Installation Time: Afternoon
February 12, 2012
Mediocre review I know, but still not bad...
Yes these headlights seem to do the job pretty well, but I’d strongly suggest you follow these suggestions. Before you tear into this project, got get yourself some good epoxy glue and at least four – preferably six - 1/2-inch E-Clips (pick these up in the nuts, bolts and screws aisle of your favorite hardware store). Here’s why:
Inside the box with your headlight assemblies, you’ll find a package of small parts and hardware. This looks like a bunch of leftover erector set parts. These are the mounting and guide subassemblies and they get attached to the headlights. The instructions for putting these together are fairly clear using the photos and text that come with the kit. Trouble is, the small steel screws used to attach these subassemblies to the headlights will strip their mounting holes right out. Mix up a batch of epoxy and dab some into the screw holes as you assemble these parts.
Every model year may have things laid out differently, so I can only speak here to the 97 model Mustang. On mine, three mounting/adjusting posts protrude from the factory headlights through the molded plastic backing plate that spans the whole front end of the vehicle. One of those three posts is anchored by a metal spring clip. The other two are held in place using plastic pinch clips (nice job, Ford!). Once you’ve wrestled the factory assembly out of the car and guide the new headlight into place with those mounting post subassemblies epoxied into place, the factory metal spring clip will fasten in its usual fashion, but you’ll notice the other two posts could benefit from a similar clip. They all have the same groove cut around their circumference. Grab your ½-inch E-clips and shove those babies right in there. They fit the groove very nicely and they will come out again when you have to change a parking light or turn signal bulb.