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Old 09-02-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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TJ Replacment Headlights

My headlights suck...driving at night is almost scary because they are so dim.

What do you recommend as a good replacement? I'm not doing this for the cool factor (i.e-HID or LED lights). I just want a good replacement set that is easy to install and not expensive.

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Old 09-02-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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I use NAPA Halogen sealed beams... about $15.00 each.

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Old 09-03-2014, 01:35 AM   #3
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Sylvania Silverstars are great. A little pricey but are extra bright
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:00 AM   #4
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This is my plan when I get around to replacing the headlights. Also remember to realign them when you replace them.
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E-code housings from Delta and Xenon H4 bulbs, plus I built my own harness using relays to pull power directly from the fuse block to get a full 12v at the headlights. Very bright, and correctly aimed won't be a problem for oncoming traffic.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:45 AM   #6
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I'm using Hella E-Code kit I got off of Amazon for around $80 shipped last year. Light output is much better, and I'm not running an upgraded harness which would make them even better.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:50 PM   #7
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I don't know about you, but for me trucklites fall out of the "not expensive" category.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:26 PM   #9
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I just put in Roundeyes brand headlights. Mine went from scary dim to about the same brightness as any newer car. Non-HID or LED of course. They also look a lot nicer than the sealed beam ones that I replaced. Less than $110.00 including shipping and you will be driving safely without blinding oncoming traffic.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:05 PM   #10
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The Hella Vision Plus lights I installed last year were about $60/pair on Amazon.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:25 PM   #11
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Same problem with mine, I searched and found vw bus depot 7inch H4 housings and some H4 bulbs on the same site. I want to say it was around 75-80 bucks (total + S&H) and was quite an improvement. That was in Oct of last year and I have had good service out of them since.
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Go HID. i just did a write up on my install

Retrofitting HID projectors from the retrofit source
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:08 PM   #13
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I have IPF halogen conversions. Absolutely GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Hella Vision Plus lights I installed last year were about $60/pair on Amazon.
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Amazon.com: HELLA 002395301 Vision Plus 176mm High/Low Beam 12V Halogen Conversion Headlamp (HB2): Automotive
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Ipf e code housing osram nightbreaker unlimited 60/55 and ebay wiring harness. Total is 140 and when I pulled up next to a jk with trucklites on my last night run the guy said damn I paid over 400 bucks for these and theyre almost identical. Main difference was the color temp. His was just a little closer to actual day light but for 140 bucks total it cant be beat. I love driving at night now. Its almost dark. Ill post up a pic if anybody would like
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If you could post one that would be great
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:26 AM   #17
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You won't need to change the wiring harness with the Hella Vision Plus (easier to install) and they come with replaceable bulbs ($8) (like the other non-sealed beams mentioned here)
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... Also remember to realign them when you replace them.
Not necessary if replacing them with more sealed beam headlights. Replacing them doesn't change their aim which is done by the headlight mounting bucket that isn't moved during the headlight replacement process.
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Not necessary if replacing them with more sealed beam headlights. Replacing them doesn't change their aim which is done by the headlight mounting bucket that isn't moved during the headlight replacement process.
Any concern with an H4 conversion not being waterproof like sealed beams? It would seem to me that H4 housings cod fill with water during deep water crossings. I think I will look for the brightest sealed beam replacements. Any suggestions?
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Are there a lot of deep water crossings in Arizona? I would think if you are truly concerned with getting water in the H4 housings, then the rest of your Jeep is going to already be additionally sealed against water far beyond even a snorkel. I've been up to the door sills a few times and had water washing over the hood a couple times. My H4's stay quite dry.
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Yes, there are if you know where to look. I have waterproofed the jeep pretty good, extended all my breathers and sealed all my electrical connections. A good afternoon of trailing might take me across the Verde river 2 or 3 times in an afternoon. Water between crotch and waist deep so headlights at least halfway submerged or more. Hard to believe an H4 housing wouldn't fill with water if submerged. Any one else have any experience with this? I would like to go to H4 enclosures and brighter bulbs if I knew they won't fill with water.
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From what you describe and if you are submerging your headlights on a regular enough basis, then i think you may be far beyond most people on Wrangler Forum. I'm not afraid to ford a good sized creek, but my crotch has always stayed dry in the process.
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I just want to make sure I can see the road on the way home afterwords.
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I just want to make sure I can see the road on the way home afterwords.
Unless you have a snorkel, filling the headlights with water is going to be the least of your concerns.
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I'm not afraid to ford a good sized creek, but my crotch has always stayed dry in the process.
me too
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:32 PM   #26
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Sylvania Silver stars. Amazon, only about $25.00 each. A good, cheap improvement,
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:35 AM   #27
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Sylvania Silver stars. Amazon, only about $25.00 each. A good, cheap improvement,
Thanks! I was looking at these. Seem like the best sealed beam option. Is anyone running them that can share an opinion of the Silver Stars?I will look at doing these and rewiring with a dual relay harness as well to get full voltage to the lights. Have the harness on order already.
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Unless you have a snorkel, filling the headlights with water is going to be the least of your concerns.
A snorkel is on the list as well. I do however get up to my headlights without one now.
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I'm not afraid to ford a good sized creek, but my crotch has always stayed dry in the process.
Although a few times I've gotten deep enough to scare the pi$$ out of me, that's not the cause. It is just from walking my path across first. Anything below waist deep seems to be fine.
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I bough these and they've made an excellent improvement. The Hella H4

Same wiring harness, super easy.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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