What do you get when you take an '01 Dodge Dakota, yank out the old yellowed headlights, and swap in some new, modern, one-piece halo headlights? Boom! A cool late-model look on an older truck. We contacted Stylin' Trucks for a set, and after a pretty simple install we suddenly had the look of an '08 Charger on the front of our '01 Dakota.
After seven years of road debris and atmospheric fallout, the stock eyeballs on our Dakota developed a bad case of cataracts. The old headlights were so yellowed and hazed over, even a solid attempt at polishing them out did no good. Our eye doctor, Stylin' Trucks, gave us a prescription for some pretty awesome one-piece headlights to cure our disease. After a quick phone call, we were on our way over to Industrial Motoring in Anaheim, California, to have our prescription filled and get a little outpatient surgery.
The lights we installed are fairly new and feature CCFL halo technology. CCFL is short for "cold-cathode fluorescent lamp" and it basically means neon tubes surround the lights. They're pretty bright, even in the daytime, and they really update the look of our truck.
What's In The Box?
Once we opened the box, we knew we were in for something cool. The headlights have a full one-piece design with separate circular bulbs for high and low beams. Along the bottom of the front face is a row of five LEDs. These are the turn-indicator lights and are an amber color that matches the front and side marker lights. The coolest feature though is the "angel-eye" halo effect around the main headlights. The light from these is bright enough to use as daytime running lights. The headlight units are SAE and DOT certified and come fully wired for a true plug-and-play installation. In all, it only took us a couple of hours to pop these bad boys in the Dakota.
The lights come prewired and...
The lights come prewired and plug directly into the stock wiring sockets. Adjustment of the lights is fairly easy, and the quality of the units seems pretty good.