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Old 06-18-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Headlight replacement for 96 Gulfstream

Wondering if anyone has any suggestions regarding replacement of headlights for our 1996 Gulfstream Scenic Cruiser. Have been in contact with hella and they state it has been discontinued in the U.S. Not sure if that means we can still obtain it from another country or that it cannot be gotten at all. Hard for me to believe that one can't be found but I don't know where to look from here. Hubby is talking about adding running lights to help the situation but I'd feel better if we could just replace what we have. They are cloudy and we've tried to clean them up without success. Thanks for anything anyone has to offer.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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Are they glass? You might take off and have a glass shop try to polish them for you. Also you could check some of the RV salvage yards:

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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Thank you for the tip. Will check the salvage sites out. Appreciate it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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Try a professional headlight restoration service. I bought a 02 Dutchstar last year that had very cloudy lights and had them professionally restored and they now look brand new. Was 100 for the entire coach. I was pleased.
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Have you checked into HID type lighting? That is what I ded on my 2000 and I am very happy.
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We live in a very rural part of ME, so not sure about finding restoration service. It appears the lenses are something other than glass, too. RV Wizard, sorry for the ignorance, but what is HID lighting? Sure hubby knows but he's not here at the moment. Not sure if it is the bulb causing issues of the lens or combo. Just difficult for me to believe that parts are no longer available for some of these things. Hella referenced it as a peterbilt part. There must be peterbilts of this era still on the road - frustrating. Thanks to you all for your suggestions and letting me vent.
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My 94 Scenic Cruiser has the same problem; the lights are plastic and the problem is inside the lens not outside. It's my understanding these light assemblies are from an Audi car, not sure which model or year but if you can find new ones they are expensive. It's unlikely you will find used ones without the same problem.

Mine has some nice driving lights mounted on it that I normally leave on. I don't have any pictures and right now it is in the shop for service on the brakes. I will try to get some uploaded if they get it done today.

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lights from Audi 5000- also fit early 90's Peterbuilt model 377
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If I remember right we could get glass replacements from aftermarket but they were pricey.Might still be available
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HID - High-intensity discharge lamps ( HID lamps) are a type of electrical gas-discharge lamp which produces light by means of an electric arc between tungsten electrodes ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_discharge_lamp -
Kits are available for the bulb type it replaces.
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Thank you all for the information and suggestions. I will show all this to hubby. Mike (Muncie 6 spd), would love to see the pictures if you have any to post. Think hubs has talked about perhaps putting some of those on. Would like to see how you set them up. Mike of Rv Wizard, will check out the HID lights too. Charlie 62, thanks for the thought they might be Audi. At least, I now have hope.
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Get the numbers from your headlights (should be on the lenses) do a google serch. I found mine link back to a BMW.
You might find some outhr sorce for replacement lights.
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