I have recently hit a deer and it broke the top two brackets that are holding the headlight in place. The brackets are actually plastic and are integrated (plastic welded?) into the light housing. To avoid buying a new light, since there is nothing other than the brackets that are broken, I was contemplating to fabricate my own from aluminum sheet metal (which I have left over from some home remodeling) and screw them into the top of the light housing. My only concern is how to watertight the hole: are there small washer gaskets I can get or should I apply silicon or something third?

  • What car is it for? Could you post a photo of the headlight, and the hole it fits in? We may be able to suggest an alternative solution...
    – Nick C
    Nov 13, 2013 at 11:40
  • it is a Toyota Tacoma 2007
    – amphibient
    Nov 13, 2013 at 15:38

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I would try to avoid drilling a hole in the housing. If you can epoxy the bracket to the headlamp shell. If you drill a few small holes in the bracket the epoxy can push through and will adhere better. Be sure the light is aligned before everything sets up.

  • i cannot epoxy. the only solution is drill holes or buy a new headlight
    – amphibient
    Nov 11, 2013 at 22:47

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