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Bender, if you go to separate the clear lens off of the factory lights, you will need to heat the housings up to 250-300F. The trick with this is to take your time and heat the assemblies numerous times. You will also want to heat the assemblies with the clear lens facing upwards. If you let the clear lens touch the metal of the cookie sheet or the item being used to heat the assembly, it will put a white spot in the lens that you can not remove. TRUST ME!!!!! The closer you can get to 300F, the better off you are. The glue will get softer and make it easier to separate the two halves. The issue comes that the acrylic clear lens also gets softer the closer you get to 300F. For reference, at 350F, the acrylic will turn into warm taffy and will deform on you. Again, I have done lots of playing and know the do's and don'ts. Also, the closer to 300F, the more likely the internal reflector may deform. As long as the reflector remains tightly attached to the inside, you won't have an issue.
If you have more questions, just ask. I'm in the middle of doing a custom set of lights for my truck.
Chris "Thermo" Coleman and Nukie, the radioactive 97 X