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krs

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
I could use some help with headlight options for my daughters MK7 TDI.

Those that are much wiser than I am regarding these cars, what are my options for replacement?

The lense is pretty pitted, and is riddled with the micro fractures to the point it looks cloudy, and is impeding on the light output.

I’ve never really paid too much attention to headlight discussions, as I never felt I needed to until now…

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tigeo

Autocross Champion
Osram or BMP replacements.
 

MonkeyMD

Autocross Champion
Does she have xenon's though? Or are those aftermarket
 

tigeo

Autocross Champion
Ah - is she has the factory lighting package/HIDs, the replicas I posted above will not work. Best to just clean them up/replace the bulbs etc. HID bulbs over time to get dimmer.
 

krs

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
OEMs mean either get to polishing and reseal with clear OR look into OEM replacement (new or used, that'll run about 800-1000 per assembly iirc).

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I’ll see if the place I get the cars detailed at does that. I tried that once on my Nissan, and it’s a skillset I don’t have.
 

MonkeyMD

Autocross Champion
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I’ll see if the place I get the cars detailed at does that. I tried that once on my Nissan, and it’s a skillset I don’t have.
I had never done it before, but it's actually not that difficult. Just need a drill, patience and get one of the kits with everyone in it. Sandpaper discs, clear coat etc. I got the 3M one. Unfortunately I didn't take a before pics, but they were completely yellow and chipped.

Edit: just reread and you mentioned cracks. This won't fix that
 

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krs

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
I had never done it before, but it's actually not that difficult. Just need a drill, patience and get one of the kits with everyone in it. Sandpaper discs, clear coat etc. I got the 3M one. Unfortunately I didn't take a before pics, but they were completely yellow and chipped.

Edit: just reread and you mentioned cracks. This won't fix that

Maybe we'll start with the polishing, and go from there. I don't remember how bad those micro cracks are, but the polish might buy her some time. I don't have the desire to drop the coin for new OEM lights out of my own pocket.
 

StorableComa

Autocross Champion
Location
SoCal, USA
Car(s)
17 GSW S FWD
LP can swap to Xenon Osrams, but it requires some wiring, coding and a module swap.

Outside that either upgrading to R Euro OEM lights or replacement is your best bet. Not much on the market for Xenon cars at the moment.
 

Maiden69

Autocross Champion
Location
Texas
Car(s)
2020 GTI
If you are having those microcracks on them polishing won't do anything. It will clear out the outside of the polycarbonate but the hazing created by the cracks will stay. Only way is to either order an OEM replacement set, or change the polycarbonate yourself, or have a company do it for you. I just received the lenses for my GTI, just waiting to get some free time to do them.

Companies like Lightwerkz, Retrofitlab, or Evilheadlights do that kind of work. The lenses are sold in Amazon or Aliexpress.
 

krs

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
If you are having those microcracks on them polishing won't do anything. It will clear out the outside of the polycarbonate but the hazing created by the cracks will stay. Only way is to either order an OEM replacement set, or change the polycarbonate yourself, or have a company do it for you. I just received the lenses for my GTI, just waiting to get some free time to do them.

Companies like Lightwerkz, Retrofitlab, or Evilheadlights do that kind of work. The lenses are sold in Amazon or Aliexpress.

I think it was one of your posts I came across just recently, was going to follow what you put up for the process.
 

The Dude

Autocross Champion
Location
PNW
Car(s)
MK7 GTI S
LP can swap to Xenon Osrams, but it requires some wiring, coding and a module swap.

Outside that either upgrading to R Euro OEM lights or replacement is your best bet. Not much on the market for Xenon cars at the moment.
How are the euro lights better? Pardon my ignorance
 

Maiden69

Autocross Champion
Location
Texas
Car(s)
2020 GTI
How are the euro lights better? Pardon my ignorance
less restrictions, brighter and a lot of times added functions like sweeping turn signals. While they look identical on the outside, the modules are completely different.
 

EpicTech

Autocross Champion
Location
Houston
Car(s)
MK7 GTI 6sp w/PP
less restrictions, brighter and a lot of times added functions like sweeping turn signals. While they look identical on the outside, the modules are completely different.
They also have clear side markers, as opposed to amber.

OP- Euro assemblies have an insanely long wait time for shipping. Don't ask how I know that. Order now and you might see them before Christmas.
 
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