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freerider



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:44 pm    Post subject: 2005-2007>2012 Headlights compatibility Reply with quote

Hi guys

I just want ask you what is difference between headlights from 2005-2007 and 2008-2012 .I want upgrade my headlights original factory are crap I have moisture inside and orange side reflectors falling inside headlight what a poor design.Can I use aftermarket headlights for 2005-2008 or redesign them little to fit on my 2010 or they are way different ?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I found answer the older lighs 2005-08 are smaller it will not fit at all .
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok one more question .When I have low beams I can see clear but with high beam its worse I see even on shorter distance than on low beams is this normal ??? When I point car towards my garage door I can't even see light quarry (like it was on older cars when u wanted adjust lights)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not so much that the earlier lights are smaller, but have a different angle to the lens. In 2008, Nissan made the 5.6L V8 an option and did a facelift to the nose of the R51, extending it 3-inches, which gave it more rake. The headlights, thus, were changed to match the new profile of the nose. The same headlight that was used on the 2005-2007 Pathfinders carried on a few more years on the Frontier truck. Unfortunately, neither one of them are particular good when it comes to lighting up the road, but there are more aftermarket options for the earlier style than the later style (although, may of those aren't particularly great, either). Sylvania SilverStar Ultra bulbs do a much better job than the stock bulbs, in my experience, but they are costly and do have a shorter life. A big help with the low beams is the fog lamps, which really do a good job of assisting the low beams with lighting up the road in front of you. If you don't have fog lamps, I would highly recommend adding them. There are a few that have done HID conversions with mixed results. The better conversions are very expensive, however.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have fog lights and yes its big improvement with low beams (especially in rainy weather).But what is really weird is high beams they are useless in my case visibility is worse than low beams and this doesn't look normal to me.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

freerider wrote:
I have fog lights and yes its big improvement with low beams (especially in rainy weather).But what is really weird is high beams they are useless in my case visibility is worse than low beams and this doesn't look normal to me.


High Beams are usually a significant improvement.
Maybe your headlights are adjusted too far up or down?
Or do you have excessive "Haze" on the exterior lens?

I had excellent results with this:
https://www.tirerack.com/lighting/detail.jsp?ID=2622&autoMake=Nissan&autoModel=Pathfinder+4wd&autoYear=2012&autoModClar=Silver+Edition
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a poor design. The high beams on my 2003 Frontier are so much better than the ones on my 2006 Pathfinder. On my 2008, they are a little better, but not much better.
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