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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:01 pm 
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Can someone tell me if there is a structural difference in the replacement head light housing assemblies on a 2005 Bonneville GXP versus a regular Bonneville? GXP headlights are like 700.00 per pair in comparison to 300.00 per pair regular Bonneville headlights. I am debating buying regular headlights heating them in the oven softening the adhesive to remove the lenses and place them on my original housings. Thoughts? Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:05 pm 
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Nope. Just a smoked lens and use of HIR bulbs in the high beams.

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The outer lens itself is the same except the lettering for what bulb the headlight uses, that will not make any difference though. You can definitely swap lenses out.

I would recommend trying this first though instead of buying new headlights if yours are just oxidized and nasty looking... general-chat/topic37117.html

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:18 pm 
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CMNTMXR57 wrote:
Nope. Just a smoked lens and use of HIR bulbs in the high beams.



The lens isn't smoked.

GXP - flat black glare caps
Standard - chrome glare caps

GXP - reflector housing around blinker is glossy black
Standard - reflector housing around blinker is chrome

GXP - HIR bulb for high beam, low is standard halogen
Standard - standard halogen bulbs for low and high beam

GXP - reflector housing for high and low beams is a slightly darker chrome
Standard - reflector housing is bright chrome

The actual lens itself is basically the same between the lights with the only difference being the GXP lens has HIR molded in the bottom of the lens face for the bulb, which is something that nobody would ever notice.

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CMNTMXR57 wrote:
Nope. Just a smoked lens and use of HIR bulbs in the high beams.



The lens isn't smoked.

GXP - flat black glare caps
Standard - chrome glare caps

GXP - reflector housing around blinker is glossy black
Standard - reflector housing around blinker is chrome

GXP - HIR bulb for high beam, low is standard halogen
Standard - standard halogen bulbs for low and high beam

GXP - reflector housing for high and low beams is a slightly darker chrome
Standard - reflector housing is bright chrome

The actual lens itself is basically the same between the lights with the only difference being the GXP lens has HIR molded in the bottom of the lens face for the bulb, which is something that nobody would ever notice.

This. Ryan and I verified it last summer! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:49 am 
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It really didn't matter to me bc I'm tired of cleaning my headlights every month lol! And I'm going to get some standard headlights and if its that much of a difference and I can't deal with it ill just pop em in the oven and swap lens!

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Don't waste your time, just swap the lens, but I really recommend trying what I posted above first.

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What do you mean by "cleaning...once a month". Id hope you clean the car more often than that. It sounds like you need to wetsand them down to get rid of the damaged layer of plastic.

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A month actually isn't all that long! Outside of winter months when road salt is down, It's been a month since I washed the Caddy. It just doesn't get dirty. Maybe a little dust on it, but...

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Sits outside 24/7. IT gets rained, hailed, snowed on, just like the van and the Suburban.

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2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

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