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Hello!

Newb to the forum (wasn't too sure how active forums are anymore now that most folk have swapped to bookface) and to the CR-V platform. I'm looking to buy a 2012 EX-L tomorrow and noticed that the 2015s have different headlights, grille, bumper, and fog lights. How hard is it to do a nose conversion? I've heard that the 2014 is the last year before the CR-V went to the CVT transmission, and I want to steer clear of that. So, pre-2015s are what I've been looking for.

You can't do the updated headlights without doing the grille, because the 2015 headlights are bigger than the 2012-2014 ones... but you can do the 2015 headlights and grille, without having to do the updated bumper.

Is there a parts list that tells you all of the brackets needed to do this swap? Is it a common swap? Thank you!

Also, would love to see some pics of modded 4th gens for inspiration. I'm buying this as my new daily driver, but plan to do a few small mods to it - to make it stand out. :D

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Alright, ordered a few things from eBay and Amazon; going to see how all this plays out before spending some big bucks on OEM parts...
Picked up these DEPO 2015/2016 Touring Headlights
Also picked up this 2015/2016 grille replacement

In order to get the headlights to work without cutting up my factory headlight harness, I've ordered several different connectors to make my own custom wiring harness:
2012-2014 bulbs ordered the male connectors for the low/high beam bulbs
Low/High Beam - 9003

2015/2016 bulbs (ordered the female connectors for these)
Low Beam - H11
High Beam - 9005
Turn Signal - 6189-0887
DRL - 6189-0968

Tire Wheel Car Hood Automotive lighting
 

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Is there a parts list that tells you all of the brackets needed to do this swap?
Look at the parts lists on an online Honda dealer.

EG, Shop Genuine Honda OEM Parts & Accessories Online - Bernardi Parts Honda

or


If the part # is different (as for mounting brackets) they ARE different.

PS, if you think you want to go ahead with the swap, used parts might be a way to go.

 

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Look at the parts lists on an online Honda dealer.

PS, if you think you want to go ahead with the swap, used parts might be a way to go.
Thank you! Didn't think about cross-checking the part numbers, that's great. I've been sourcing a few parts already (used OEM) but just wasn't sure what all I needed. You gave me a good starting point.

Additionally, I may poke around for some Mugen or Modulo bumpers/grilles (not sure if those are available for the 2015 or not) so I can do a total refresh on the front end.
 

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PS, Look in the DIY/Mods section for pics of other Gen4s...for inspiration.
Is there a way to search for a 4th Gen CR-V specific DIY thread? Kinda funny that all the gens are clumped into one giant thread for engine performance, DIY mods, appearance, etc...

It'd make it a lot easier to find year specific products/jobs. Either way, thanks for the help (again)
 

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Personally, I'd save the money as opposed to doing facelift surgery.

Its not like you "gain" anything :)
 

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Its not like you "gain" anything :)
True, it's just cosmetic but I'm okay with that though. :D

The updated headlights do come with projectors, whereas the 2012's do not. So the light output should be a lot more focused. I plan to install either HIDs or LEDs at some point, and I'm sure everyone on the road will thank me for not putting those into a reflective headlight housing!
 

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Personally, I'd save the money as opposed to doing facelift surgery.

Its not like you "gain" anything :)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (Or is it "Beer Holder"?)


We have helped @Sprocketeer find what he wants.

Sounds as if an off-road Bull Bar and an LED light bar that is 4 feet across would "gain" something. :giggle: 😇 J/K
 

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I have a 2012 EX-L and hit a deer a couple of weeks ago. This might have been a good time to upgrade to the newer style front and headlights, but insurance is covering it so I'm going with the 2012 stuff.

The 2012-2014 headlights are pretty crappy, without much light output from either high or low beams. I upgraded the bulbs to brighter ones, which helped, but still not as good as the later projectors.
 

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The 2012-2014 headlights are pretty crappy, without much light output from either high or low beams. I upgraded the bulbs to brighter ones, which helped, but still not as good as the later projectors.
Yeah, I hear ya. I got the headlights in last week, they look really good but all of my harness connectors haven't shown up yet (supposed to be here today or tomorrow). I don't mind the low beams so much on the 2012 headlights, but the high beams are awful. I'm going to try to find a way to keep the fog lights on whenever the high beams are engaged too. Hopefully someone has already figured that out for me!
 

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Looking good. For anyone looking for a simpler swap - 2012-2014 European HID projector headlights would be a direct fit with probably some harness mod.
 

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Looking good. For anyone looking for a simpler swap - 2012-2014 European HID projector headlights would be a direct fit with probably some harness mod.
Wish I would've known about that, however I still can't really find those for sale stateside. I did this as a proof of concept, I plan to get real OEM touring headlights in the future.
 

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Wish I would've known about that, however I still can't really find those for sale stateside.
Someone sold those here a while ago, I think it was last year, no-one was interested. So they do exist. Ebay is always a source.
 

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What are your concerns with the Depot headlights?
The only concern I really have is the lenses fading over time from the sun, that's it. I've used DEPO headlights before (several times) and they've always been great. I just prefer to have OEM when possible. I wasn't sure how these were going to look/work, so I wanted to go with DEPO first, before dropping $800ish dollars for OEM.
 

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I'd love to do this to my '12. Something to consider, if your car goes into the bodyshop for an insurance claim repair, the shop is most likely (like 99% sure) only going to be able to order you headlights for your year, not for the 2015 or 2016 model years.
 

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The only concern I really have is the lenses fading over time from the sun, that's it. I've used DEPO headlights before (several times) and they've always been great. I just prefer to have OEM when possible. I wasn't sure how these were going to look/work, so I wanted to go with DEPO first, before dropping $800ish dollars for OEM.
You can always use a chemical product to seal the lenses, whether it is a dedicated headlight sealant, a ceramic coating, or just keep up on sealing the lenses with what you would use to seal your paint and glass (like a 'wax' etc.). You could also install some laser cut headlight protection film.
 
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