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Last spring Bambi's mom ran out in front of my car late at night and I hit her in the rump after slowing down to about 25 mph (from 40). No idea what happened to her, she kept running so I didn't come to a complete stop after hitting her (was pretty freaked out). After pulling over down the road I inspected the damage and found that it was a lot more mild than I was expecting. There was a small dent in the hood, but the driver side headlight had a large crack in the lens with one chunk missing. More disturbingly I noticed that there was deer fur lodged in the crack and some of it was inside the light housing.
I didn't bother making an insurance claim since none of it hurt drivability or compromised safety. After removing the headlight I saw that much of the rear was cracked as well with a few pieces missing, the tabs had also been broken off. Since replacement LED headlights are not exactly cheap I decided to try to put it back together myself.
Lots of plastic welding and JB weld later I repaired the back and created new tabs. Most of the broken pieces ended up inside the headlight so after opening it up I was able to shake them out (along with more deer fur). I plastic welded the crack on the front and found the missing piece then added some clear gorilla glue.
My Frankenlight was completely functional and perfectly aligned. Eventually I started to tire with resealing the lens every so often to keep moisture out, but I still didn't want to have to drop the money on an entire headlight since the rest of it was fine. I got lucky and found a used one on eBay that was all busted on the rear with broken tabs, but had an intact lens.
The following pictures were during the removal of that lens to swap onto my headlight. Since it was sacrificial I decided to tear the entire thing apart out of curiosity.
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A few more pictures.
After seeing how standard the projector is I decided I was going to upgrade and modify both lights. I have the Morimoto M-LED projectors on the way along with some profile pivot switchback LED strips. I will definitely be sharing that project on here.
 

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Will you be doing an OEM design with the upgraded components? Or something more custom?
Since I'm upgrading headlights that have projectors already I'll be using the same mounting points for them and the daytime running lights. I'll be painting the Chrome accent pieces black as well. I'm going for sort of a stealthy/OEM plus look. I don't want it to look cheap by adding RGB lights or painting different areas with my exterior paint color. Definitely won't be installing LED halos either since they've been done to death and I'm honestly not that into the look anymore.
I just received most of the parts and will hopefully be starting the project this weekend.
 

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It is a pity that you got into this accident. I hope Bambi’s mom is okay. I am quite an experienced driver and have been driving regularly since 2006. However, I accidentally knocked down a young moose two months ago. a two-hundred-kilogram carcass flew into my windshield. It crumbled but withstood. After that, the deer also ran away. I would have seen it earlier if I owned good lighting. Therefore, I bought a new one on https://www.amazon.com/car-lights-car-led-lights/dp/B09L86JRRM. Btw, leaving the scene of an accident can be regarded as illegal hunting. And this is already a crime.
 

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Last spring Bambi's mom ran out in front of my car late at night and I hit her in the rump after slowing down to about 25 mph (from 40). No idea what happened to her, she kept running so I didn't come to a complete stop after hitting her (was pretty freaked out). After pulling over down the road I inspected the damage and found that it was a lot more mild than I was expecting. There was a small dent in the hood, but the driver side headlight had a large crack in the lens with one chunk missing. More disturbingly I noticed that there was deer fur lodged in the crack and some of it was inside the light housing. I didn't bother making an insurance claim since none of it hurt drivability or compromised safety. After removing the headlight I saw that much of the rear was cracked as well with a few pieces missing, the tabs had also been broken off. Since replacement LED headlights are not exactly cheap I decided to try to put it back together myself. Lots of plastic welding and JB weld later I repaired the back and created new tabs. Most of the broken pieces ended up inside the headlight so after opening it up I was able to shake them out (along with more deer fur). I plastic welded the crack on the front and found the missing piece then added some clear gorilla glue. My Frankenlight was completely functional and perfectly aligned. Eventually I started to tire with resealing the lens every so often to keep moisture out, but I still didn't want to have to drop the money on an entire headlight since the rest of it was fine. I got lucky and found a used one on eBay that was all busted on the rear with broken tabs, but had an intact lens. The following pictures were during the removal of that lens to swap onto my headlight. Since it was sacrificial I decided to tear the entire thing apart out of curiosity. View attachment 27621 View attachment 27622 View attachment 27623 View attachment 27624 View attachment 27625 View attachment 27626 View attachment 27627 View attachment 27628 View attachment 27629 View attachment 27630
Would you have a picture showing the headlamp assembly? What specific year and model of the vehicle this came from? Thank you.
 

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Would you have a picture showing the headlamp assembly? What specific year and model of the vehicle this came from? Thank you.
It's just the factory Limited LED headlight. Mine is a 2018 limited. I can't remember what year the car was that the headlight was pulled out of, but it was pre facelift (2017-2019). Subaru updated the headlight design for 2020-2023 models. I just checked and it looks like I don't have those pictures anymore. Is there anything specific on the headlight that you have a question about? I'm planning on opening up both headlights again soon for some more modifications, so I can take whatever pictures you need then.
 
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