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Old 10-03-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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Ugly Headlamps

My 2004 Dynasty has ugly headlamps and there is moisture trapped inside. Can anybody tell me what headlamps were used in these units. Has anyone successfully replaced the lenses? I don't want to polish the lenses as that is usually only temporary. I guess anything would be considered temporary giving the life expectancy of the newer automotive headlamps. I wish there would be a simple way to go back to the old glass sealed beams.
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There should be some numbers on the lens. Try to google the numbers to see if you can come up with a year and make of the auto they were on. If you can then try www.rockauto.com. Just input the year and make of the vehicle there and it should come up with the lenses for you. There prices have always been good for anything I've purchased from them. Good Luck
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My 2004 Dynasty has ugly headlamps and there is moisture trapped inside. Can anybody tell me what headlamps were used in these units. Has anyone successfully replaced the lenses? I don't want to polish the lenses as that is usually only temporary. I guess anything would be considered temporary giving the life expectancy of the newer automotive headlamps. I wish there would be a simple way to go back to the old glass sealed beams.
The '03 Dynasty used 1997 BMW 700 series headlights.
The '05 Dynasty used 1999-2000 BMW 5 series lights.

The '04 was probably one or the other. Pull the brochures from the Monaco archive & see which yours looks like.
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The '03 Dynasty used 1997 BMW 700 series headlights.
The '05 Dynasty used 1999-2000 BMW 5 series lights.

The '04 was probably one or the other. Pull the brochures from the Monaco archive & see which yours looks like.
Here is an example from Advance auto Parts for 1997 BMW 700

Buy Pilot Headlight Lamp Assembly - OE Style 20-6397-01 at Advance Auto Parts
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Mine (same as most of the 06 Monaco coaches) are from a Ford pickup. They are fogged on the outside even though it looks like moisture inside.

I thought about replacing them but I bought a Mothers polishing kit and with an 18v drill and some masking tape it takes about 10 minutes twice a year. Compared to buying the parts and installing them, polishing them when I wash the coach is not a big deal.

By the way, if you buy the cheap ones you can find online you will find they fog again pretty soon, so you need to buy good ones. Don't ask me how to tell the difference, but if Monaco had bought good ones we wouldn't be doing this!
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Not all lights are equal I know on our 05 Diplomat Monaco used the aftermarket ones which had inferior lenses and the reflective quality is not as good as the GM mfg. Our lights were originally used on 97-2002 Buick Century.
I'm not sure who, but someone on this site has done some extensive research on this. We have changed ours to OEM GM, yea we can see now!
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Mine (same as most of the 06 Monaco coaches) are from a Ford pickup. They are fogged on the outside even though it looks like moisture inside. I thought about replacing them but I bought a Mothers polishing kit and with an 18v drill and some masking tape it takes about 10 minutes twice a year. Compared to buying the parts and installing them, polishing them when I wash the coach is not a big deal.
I just polished mine. Here's how they turned out. This was the second time of trying an inferior kit and I went to Meguiars sand and restore kit. I still have lots of polishing compound left for future touch ups. I was amazed at how they turned out. Not perfect but certainly livable! Make sure you get the kit with the sanding discs with hand palm sander. Kit was about $36. Here is a link to what I used.
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