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Installing headlights on your sports coupe

Installing headlights on your sports coupe

Sports cars will never go out of style, especially if the American classics, imports, or basic sports coupes that are fun to modify and upgrade on your own. Vehicle modifications in today’s world are becoming easier to perform with the help of the internet, how-to videos, and simple access to car parts and tools.

Many drivers love working on DIY projects when it involves enhancing the performance and style of their car, and why not? If you can save some money by doing the work yourself and choose the parts that fit your style and budget best, altering your vehicle is a great pastime and hobby.

If you’re the new owner of an older model sports car that you wish to upgrade or you are selling the one you’ve been driving the past few years, but need to make some upgrades to bring it back to life, a great starting point for optimizing your sports coupe are the headlights.

Headlight replacement is a simple process that most drivers can handle right from the comfort of their home driveway or garage. First off, It’s cost-effective. There are limited parts and components involved in a headlight replacement, and it can totally enhance the day and nighttime appearance and practicality of your sports coupe.

Read on to learn about what to look out for in old headlights and tips for installing headlights on your sports coupe.

What to look for…

Over time, your vehicle’s headlights may become worn and faded on the exterior. Foggy headlamps decrease the appeal of your car, and nothing takes the sportiness out of a coupe more than unattractive headlights.

If your headlights are cloudy, you could end up spending a lot of your time cleaning and defogging the two and even a hefty amount of cash paying someone to refurbish them. Though your headlights can be cleaned to look like new, other factors are to be inspected as well.

Sports cars go through it all. From high speeds, powerful engines that cause extensive vibration, and the weather elements, there may be faulty headlight parts that you may not notice. Loose or burnt-out bulbs may begin to alter levels of brightness, and harnessing connections overtime can become corroded or unreliable.

Before you sell your old sports car, or before you purchase one, it’s smart to inspect these matters so you or the future car owner can travel the highways at night confidently. Be sure to look out for any cracks or breaks within the exterior and interior of the headlight housing. This type of damage allows water and dirt into your headlamps and overtime will destroy the functioning components of your headlights.

Why replace headlights on an older sports coupe?

Three main points that make a visually worthy sports car.

  • A clean and immaculate paint job
  • Quality wheels and tires
  • Sharp and vibrant headlights and tail lights

When this sports coupe trifecta is complete, you bring the whole package of style, performance, and agility to the roads and highways. If you’re new to the world of car restoration, or just wanting to kick off your new car ownership; with an inexpensive upgrade that you can do on your own, headlights and tail lights are the perfect components to tackle first.

The main reason why drivers consider changing their headlights is the color. Dull headlight brightness makes your vehicle look outdated and unattractive. Typically old halogen headlight bulbs give off a dim appeal, and today it’s simple to find aftermarket HID or LED headlights that give the illuminated white or blue light that  brings your vehicle’s nighttime appearance and visibility to the next level. However, there are newly made halogen lights that are brighter in illumination, and offer enhanced clarity on the roads.

Note: It’s important to double-check your state’s headlight laws and regulations to avoid being ticketed after installing lights. Depending on where you live, some HID and LED brightness levels may be illegal.

No matter what type of sports car you drive, finding OEM or aftermarket headlights online is just as easy as ordering a new pair of headphones on Amazon. Locate your new headlights or tail lights that specifically fit your car’s year, make, and model to optimize the style and illumination of your sports coupe.

Patrick Kirk
I am a full-time copywriter from Naples, FL and living in Austin, TX. I have written for the automotive industry for three years, and enjoy other hobbies such as camping and mountain biking. I received my Bachelors from Florida Gulf Coast University, and served in the U.S Coast Guard.

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    6 Comments

    1. Sometimes on a smaller sports coupe you have to go through the wheel well to get to the rear of the headlight because the engine bays are smaller.

    2. This article made me realize that I need to find another project car, and it should be a coupe.

    3. I disagree about checking your state’s law before replacing your headlight. If you are replacing the headlight with an identical product, no need to worry about interfering with any laws.

    4. I agree that upgrading your headlights is probably one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the look of your car, If your selling it can increase the value very much, a nice set of aftermarket headlights that you may only have to pay $100 or $200 for could remove the haggling point of a buyer trying to say they need to spend $1000 or more to replace the headlights.

    5. Fun fact about the C7 Corvette, you have to remove the front wheels to replace the headlight bulbs.

    6. Clean wheels and new headlights definitely make a huge difference on the appearance. An older car with clean tires and rims really draws the eyes.

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