Running_riot Posted July 28, 2017 Share Posted July 28, 2017 So some of you may know I was hit by a fuckbag retard who thought red lights don't apply to him, in March. GEICO, being the cheap asses they were used an aftermarket headlight on the passenger's side. Aside from one lens being clean and another not, the beam patterns were wildly different. I replaced the drivers side with a headlight of the same brand (Keystone?) I finally got around to tearing in to them (literally doing that now) to compare the two, maybe swap lenses over or see if I can do an hid retro on the aftermarket ones. One of the first questions Ive been asking myself for weeks now is is there any clarity difference in the lens itself? I've been on everything for Acurazine forums to the Z forums, nobody has a specific thread comparing aftermarket (not the General Tso eBay variety, they are obviously crap) but OE replacement like Depo. Clearly my headlights aren't Depo brand but it's a brand thats available for other 5TH Gen Legacy users and maybe the quality won't be that bad and it will serve somebody at some point. First thing is first. I haven't removed the headlight from the car yet, but looking in to the lens, right away the shield on the Keystone lamp and the OE lamp are drastically different. This is the Keystone lamp, looks like it has two fingers coming out, like a Starwars imperial destroyer. This is the factory lens. The shield looks like a small window. No apparent differences in lens clarity though. This is view of the Keystone lamp from behind the bulb holder. OEM view from behind the bulb holder. Keystone scatter shield. OEM scatter shield. Keystone replector bowl. OEM reflector bowl. This isn't very scientific but it illustrates a point. This is the cut off for the Keystone lamp. It has a very HID type cut off that steps down. The squirrel finders are clearly visible. This is the OEM lamp. Different cut off. Centered hotspots, no step but good output none the less. So I'm kind of undecided here as far as output and quality. Although different, it didn't seem to be a huge difference in quality. I'm going to play with bulb alignment and see what that does to light output. Someone want to lend a fresh pair of eyes, find something I'm not seeing? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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