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Old 04-25-2011, 12:05 PM   #15
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Where is Ralph Nader? This sounds like a cause he could sink his teeth into.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:16 PM   #16
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Where are the a/s owner/lawyers from this site? Might be a good long term project to use all that spare time.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:22 PM   #17
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Now your on to something!
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:28 PM   #18
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1974 saw the 5mph bumper, then a few yrs later they went to 2mph, now they are styrofoam covered with plastic. What a joke, its all about money, our money!!!
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:44 AM   #19
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Here's your answer...

Add more! Heehee
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:48 PM   #20
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Led

This does not address the OP concern with clouded lens but is a great upgrade for those units that have the 4 lamp system. Less power demand also.

http://www.newflyer.com/index/cms-fi...0low%20res.pdf

They are also available on ebay if you do a search.

One thing that is seldom addressed is the angle/view that the driver has in the power unit. If you are in a bus or truck and are sitting above the traffic, you can see a lot better at night. Less glare from approaching traffic and storefront lighting/signs, and a lot easier to see objects on the road ahead.
From the photo below you can see the advantage in height that the MH driver has over the average auto. Even the Tracker behind is considerably higher than the average car on the road today.
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:36 PM   #21
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the Fed's do mandate brightness and beam design, like a cutoff on the left side, so it is kind of logical to mandate light output over xx years, just like emissions components must operate correctly for a specified number of miles and time.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:57 PM   #22
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As manufacturers have learned when they first switched over to plastic lens's, the chemical makeup has been modified, and this once herandous issue is slowly going away like a bad dream.

For those with plastic covers made from the older chemical makeup (either new or old vehicles; new only as they are phased out) I guess your gonna have to polish away...
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:30 PM   #23
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Blue Magic Headlight Lens Restorer

I bought a 8 oz. bottle of this stuff from Auto Zone about a year ago. I polish the lens every few months and it seems to bring them back. It is just liquid polish that you hand apply and buff off.

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Old 05-01-2011, 04:42 PM   #24
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I bought a 8 oz. bottle of this stuff from Auto Zone about a year ago. I polish the lens every few months and it seems to bring them back. It is just liquid polish that you hand apply and buff off.

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Sounds like a great idea, but is it really anywhere near as much fun as getting upset and complaining about it?
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:03 PM   #25
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I'm going to register a gripe here too. These lenses do not meet suitability for purpose, especially in areas of southwest which have high UV exposure. I'm seeing damaged lenses in desert areas on vehicles four years old.

Polishing works, but should not be a requirement or needed.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:29 PM   #26
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What really gets me it that the headlight lenses on my 2000 F150 clouded. The turn signal/markers right next to them, both clear and amber, have not clouded.

They are exactly the same age and have been exposed to exactly the same conditions. Why are the signal/markers holding up so much better? Why can't the headlight lenses be the same quality.

I have noticed the same phenomenon on other vehicles, so it's not just my F150.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:45 PM   #27
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They are exactly the same age and have been exposed to exactly the same conditions. Why are the signal/markers holding up so much better? Why can't the headlight lenses be the same quality.

Yeah, Makes me wonder why dont they make the entire airplane out of the material used to make the 'black box'.
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These plastic things are cheap, cheap crap. Gotta get them polished after a year or two to make our headlights brighter...why not just go with glass and never have to worry about that?

I just had the headlight units on my Jetta and Jeep polished last year by a friend. They are not perfect, but look much better.

There was a time in the not so distant past when I could walk into a WalMart or K-Mart to buy the 4-round sealed beam headlight units for my Corvair trucks. Now they are few and far between. Imagine I will have to special order them from after market antique car specialists in the near future.

This, my friends, is progress...

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