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Old February 17th, 2019, 21:43
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Talking head light upgrade?

anyone have any input on headlight upgrade with thr recent rain mine are not up to par
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Old February 17th, 2019, 23:01
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anyone have any input on headlight upgrade with the recent rain mine are not up to par
Upgrade the headlight harness first, the Factory wiring is inadequately sized. You will see an immediate increase in brightness.

Upgraded headlights range from Sllverstars, to a variety of LEDs in a wide range of price and quality. Others can comment .
With upgraded wiring, H4 housings can be used which have a sharp low beam cutoff, allowing higher wattage bulbs to be used.
I have run IPF housings for years, along with Hella 80/100-watt bulbs.
https://www.quadratec.com/products/97017_1600.htm
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old February 17th, 2019, 23:32
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Re: head light upgrade?

Yeah I second that. I haven't installed it yet but was impressed with Tims results on BleepinJeep https://youtu.be/JGf9eNK5ZYA
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Old February 18th, 2019, 03:39
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Re: head light upgrade?

After you do the harness if you still want more just do us all a favor if you want LED lights then spend the money for good ones. Cheap china junk has really poor cut offs and blinds the crap out of ohers.
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Old February 18th, 2019, 03:52
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Re: head light upgrade?

First try the harness as
Suggested, here's what I've used and I really like the build quality.

https://www.amazon.com/d/Wiring-Harn...ght/B00BMN30HY

Now this amped my silverstar lamps to a highly noticabl difference, However after seeing what my light bar does, ide like LED. I do not have any h4 experience to offer I wish there were more comparisons.
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Old February 18th, 2019, 11:06
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LOL i just ordered some LED for 100$ on ebay then saw your post about bleeping jeep and upgrade the harness im impressed may revert back to stock and do the harness that harness trick looks like a universal product i will probably get this as well for another vehicle now that im aware of it
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Old February 18th, 2019, 11:14
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Re: head light upgrade?

+1 on the harness. I'm running it with stock sealed beams and really happy with it. Ran it with silverstars on my last XJ and it was almost too bright.
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Old February 18th, 2019, 11:37
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LOL i just ordered some LED for 100$ on ebay then saw your post about bleeping jeep and upgrade the harness im impressed may revert back to stock and do the harness that harness trick looks like a universal product i will probably get this as well for another vehicle now that im aware of it
Last time I changed a headlight on my RENIX Jeep, I measured a 2-1/4 Volt drop from the battery to the headlight. Not running that current through the switch on the dash makes a huge difference.
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Old February 18th, 2019, 12:17
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Re: head light upgrade?

1, Harness
2. Lamp and Bulbs

This Headlight Services harness is XJ specific, high quality, and installs easily (a hour or so) with a factory like finish. http://www.headlightservices.com/CherokeeHarness.html

I also installed Hella E-Code lamps and some 55-100 Osram bulbs. My experience with installing high quality lamps and bulbs without the harness made only a slight difference not any real upgrade - due to the inherent voltage problem in the XJ..

The lights on my XJ are now very bright, safe, and there is no need on my Jeep for any additional lighting system.
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After you do the harness if you still want more just do us all a favor if you want LED lights then spend the money for good ones. Cheap china junk has really poor cut offs and blinds the crap out of ohers.
Agreed. I just loooovvvveee the "how many LEDs can we cram in this housing" so called upgraded lights.
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Agreed. I just loooovvvveee the "how many LEDs can we cram in this housing" so called upgraded lights.
Hahaha, absolutely. I did the "LED" route... waste of money.
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Hahaha, absolutely. I did the "LED" route... waste of money.
that's surprising. which ones did you go with?
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After you do the harness if you still want more just do us all a favor if you want LED lights then spend the money for good ones. Cheap china junk has really poor cut offs and blinds the crap out of ohers.
This really depends on the housing and LED's used.

I've got some Amazon (Beamtech) drop in LED's in Hella E-Code H4 housings.

The light is great, and the cutoff just as good as incandescent bulbs.

I did try the same LED's in Autopal housings...complete crap.

I run Beamtech LED's as well (Amazon) in my F-350's housings. Cutoff on those is fantastic as well. HID's in those housings...crap.

I love LED's, less draw and better light.

That being said, I'm a huge fan of Hella E-codes, a harness upgrade, and Hella 90/100W bulbs. Ran that setup for years before the buggy was a buggy. You can find the Hella bulbs rather cheap as well (like less than $10 a pair), since the higher wattage bulbs have a shorter life.
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I've got some Amazon (Beamtech) drop in LED's in Hella E-Code H4 housings.
The light is great, and the cutoff just as good as incandescent bulbs.
I did try the same LED's in Autopal housings...complete crap.
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Do the Beamtech LEDs, for the E-code housing, fit without trimming the back of the headlight buckets?
I have used IPF housings for years and like the cutoff, the Autopals are junk in comparison, thin glass, poorly focused and easy to break.

https://www.amazon.com/BEAMTECH-Head...ct_top?ie=UTF8
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Old February 21st, 2019, 14:27
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Re: head light upgrade?

I ordered this harness from Amazon, it's actually a Hella product. Far nicer than the Putco harness I've used. And yes, the pictures on Amazon are not what I actually got.
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