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The Unofficial Official 2G headlight/taillight difference A/B faq

Posted by Slipstream, Aug 6, 2004

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  1. Slipstream

    Slipstream Proven Member

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    After seeing the same questions crop up weekly and often even daily regarding headlights and taillights for the 2g DSM, I've decided that an faq is in order rather than spending hours a month answering each one individually.

    Headlights:
    First let us note the difference between 2ga and 2gb headlights.

    diffs.jpg

    Will 2ga lights fit a 2gb bumper?
    No, it will look like this:

    thediff.jpg

    Will 2gb lights fit a 2ga bumper?
    Yes, but it will look like this:

    passengerhol copy.jpg

    thegap.jpg

    What aftermarket headlights can I buy for my 2g?
    There are several companies producing aftermarket headlights in the projector style.
    APC amoung others have both chrome and black housed projectors.

    My headlights are fogged up what can I do?
    Check these tech articles:
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127646
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113806
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98500

    Can I buy just the clear lens to replaced my fogged lights?
    No, so far no one produces just the lens.

    I saw some factory lights with clear corners, how can i do this?
    This is usually done by baking the headlight and removing the lens, for more information check this tech article: http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98500

    I saw some factory lights that had the same color housing as the paint (or custom colored housings) how can i do this?
    This also involves baking the headlight and removing the lens, for more information refer to this tech article:
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98500


    How the hell do I remove the headlights from my 2g?
    Good question, Mitsu engineers don't like to make life easy, but there is an answer for you in this tech article:
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99973

    Has anyone ever done a headlight conversion on a 2g?
    Yes.

    How can I convert my headlights to (insert whatever car you're using as a doner here) style headlights?
    There are no hard and fast rules and it is not an easy process, it involves incredible ammounts of time, bodywork, pain, and electrical know how. Odds are if you don't know how to do the conversion you shouldn't be considering it, but if you insist on proceeding I wish you the best of luck.

    Taillights:
    Will Eclipse tails fit my talon?
    Not without converting the rear end to an eclipse.

    Does anyone make Altezza, JDM, or Euro style taillights for the 2g?
    Yes, a search on ebay will yield the results you seek.

    Has anyone ever painted the center taillight piece on a 2g?
    Yes.

    I saw a 2g with a painted center taillight piece how can i do this?
    Remove the interior trim piece inside the hatch where the latch is. See the big long bolts? Grab a deep socket and get to work, unplug the wiring harness and it'll come right out. Now take it to your favorite paint shop and have it shot the color you want.

    Has anyone done a taillight conversion on a 2g?
    Yes.

    I saw Supra Taillights on a 2g, how can i do that?
    There are conversion kits avilable to achieve this, or you can do it by hand.

    How can I convert my taillights to (insert whatever car you're using as a doner here) style headlights?
    There are no hard and fast rules and it is not an easy process, it involves incredible ammounts of time, bodywork, pain, and electrical know how. Odds are if you don't know how to do the conversion you shouldn't be considering it, but if you insist on proceeding I wish you the best of luck.

    Misc:
    Has anyone smoked their taillights or headlights?
    Yes

    How can I smoke my headlights or taillights?
    Check these threads:
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132940
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132686



    Has anyone ever redded out or tinted their taillights or headlights?
    Yes

    How can I red out or tint my taillights or headlights?
    Check this thread:
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135801
    http://dsmtuners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132686



    I'm buying a bodykit for my 2g, how do i know if the front bumper is for 2ga or 2gb lights?
    Call the manufacturer of the kit, they are the only ones who will know for certain.

    I bought a bodykit for my 2g, but the front bumper doesn't fit the headlights correctly is there a fix?
    Yes, likely you have a bumper for the opposite style lights, (ie you have 2ga lights and a 2gb bumper) you can either fill/cut the bumper to fit correctly or you can swap out your headlights to the appropriate style.

    Thanks to the following people who knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this by saving me the time and energy of having the pictures taken or artices already writen.

    Defiant
    Koolade 9
    DJKAOTIC888
    Jason 99ozGS
    2GeNTSi
    stock1g4g63
    98spydert

    If anyone knows of more faqs for headlights or taillights pm me and I'll add them to the list to try and keep it clean. Thanks!
    Slip
     
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  2. blcknspo0ln

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    props for the writeup man :thumb: wish I knew that BEFORE I ordered the 2gb headlights for my tsi :cry: [ dont worry i got the stockers put back on =P ]

    resubmit this mofo into the how-to sections or FAQ section :thumb:
     

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  3. Slipstream

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    Thanks! but all this info came from the how-to sections :) However, very few people seem to dig into those articles before running to the board and posting their q's...maybe as a sticky in the forum itself it might be more easily seen :D
     
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  4. Defiant

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    I'm glad all the pictures I've taken and have been using are of good use. :rolleyes:
     

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  5. Slipstream

    Slipstream Proven Member

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    ohh c'mon now grumpy you got credit :p
     
  6. szewczyd

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    I may have missed it but is there a difference between 95 talon headlights and 97 or 98 talon headlights when they changed the bumper style?

    No, Talon headlights never changed. That's what "ALL TALONS" means in the first damned picture.
     

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  7. blcknspo0ln

    blcknspo0ln DSM Wiseman

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    huh?

    95-98 TALON headlights are all the same. i currently have 96 lights on my 97 ...
     

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  8. EuroGSTSpyder

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    Good thread!!
    I put it out on the Swedish Mitsubishi forum as well so ppl can find answers to their questions.Excellent work!!
     

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  9. oneyedfatguy

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    Thanks for the sticky. I really appreciate you gathering all this info for one concise sticky that is clear as glass.
     
  10. NickatBuschurs

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    After searching and reading a couple of threads I found that you can not simply swap out the black headlights from a 97-99 to a 95. My question is what is the difference between the two headlight styles? I would assume it is simply the shape but, I was just curious to found out if that is it or if there are other things as well. Any information is appreciated. Thanks.
     
  11. Nicks2319

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    Basically they are just shaped different, and the 95 bumper won't fit. They still bolt right on with no modification though.
     
  12. NickatBuschurs

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    Ok, thats what I was thinking but, I just wanted to make sure. Thank you for the information. I guess I will just buy some new oem ones than as mine are getting worn out looking.
     
  13. chico904

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    The 95-96 are longer. Everything else is the same they will plug in to the same harness
     

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    Ahh, thank you very much for the illustrated version sir. I really do appreciate it.
     
  15. oneyedfatguy

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    Check the thread/sticky on Eclipse/Talon headlights. It tells how to disassemble the headlights and reassemble them. Thanks to the thread, my son was able to disassemble his headlights, paint the interior body color and reassemble them. They look killer. I will post pics of the completed project after we repaint the car.
     
  16. CrusinGST6

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    haha...i did the dumbass mistake of not checking before buying my bumper from a friend...do the new headlights have the same connectors and wiring as the old ones where i can just plug and use? or do i have to cut and mount...i will be purchasing new headlights since the old ones are fogged out...thanks
     
  17. RedTurboEclipse

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    The headlights 2ga or 2gb all use the same connectors, ASSUMING you have purchased OEM headlights.

    If its from ebay, it may vary, especially if its the current batch of dual projectors with halos. Those are not plug and play, but you can make it, if you use common sense. ;)

    Here is a hint, cut the harness from your old 2ga lights, wire them appropriately with the ebay headlight wiring, then plug and play to stock harness.
     

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  18. 95redturboawd

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    Well I had 2gb Eclipse headlights on my '95 Talon... previous owner put them on not sure why... I bought headlights that were supposedly from a '97 Talon and I have the same gap as I did with the Eclipse headlights.
     
  19. Attack Eagle

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    then they are still 2gb headlights.

    See picture above...
    ALL 2ga headlights and 2gb TALON headlights are the wider 'chrome' versions.
    Again, Early eclipse and ALL TALON are the wide version.
    IF you have a talon nose and a gap, then you have later 2gb style headlights... whether they are chrome (aftermarket) ones or not

    newtalonfront.gif

    You certainly can disassemble the OEM chrome wide lenses (baking headlights)
    take out the chrome insert,
    spray it with oven cleaner to de-chrome it (old model car trick that works great) in about 60 seconds,
    wash it in hot soapy water to remove the residue
    and spray them fusion satin black for the same look as the later headlight...

    Makes a HUGE difference.

    my old TSiAWD...

    prey

    oldfront.gif

    predator

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    (BTW if you change the low-beam headlight connector for a high-beam connector while they are apart, and use a pair of dykes to nip about 2mm of the rib that interferes with the high-beam bulb seating properly, you can have plug n play 9005 low-beams... major difference in usable light... and beats the pants off modding the bulbs to fit.
     
  20. garage16

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    Just picked a 95 talon and Im gonna swap bumper off a 97-99 eclipse and I wanna grab a set of black headlights

    From list of lights I see 95-96 and 97-99 have diff part #

    Just like to know whats the diff and what year should I grab when doing a 97+ bumper

    thanks
     
  21. myturbo

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    yeah you will have to have a set of 97-99 talon/eclipse headlights .the 95-96 are a diffrent shape and wont fit
     

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  22. garage16

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    Thanks man :thumb:
     
  23. myturbo

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    glad to help out
     

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  24. jrohner

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    I've recently heard that all 2g talons use the same 95-96 Eclipse style headlights.
     

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  25. shredwin

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    Thats true... 95-98 Talons have the Same headlights as a 95-96 Eclipse would. Now the 97-99 Eclipse Headlights are different, they are a little shorter the the longer ones
     

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