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Old 04-08-2012, 08:18 AM   #211
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Well, my package came in from Susquehanna Motorsports while I was on my 3k mile road trip the southeast. I got the lights mounted yesterday, after getting in from a 15 Hour drive Friday night. I wish I had these lights on the trip!!!!!

Just replacing the stock bulbs with the Phillips H13 extra power bulbs was ok, but getting the Hella replacement lights and harness has been the best mod I've made so far!

It took me longer to install than I anticipated due to the fact that I have winch mounted on the stock bumper...but it can be done, just take your time and take proper precautions to protect the paint on the grill.

I did find that removing the battery completely made installation of the relays MUCH easier. Used two stainless steel gutter screws to mount the relays to the firewall. Ended up cutting a 1 inch by 2 inch section of the insulation material away to get a section where I could mount the relays securely and where they would stay dry.

Think I'm going to enjoy driving at night now!!!!
X2 on removing the battery with my 4 relays it was mandatory.

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Old 04-08-2012, 08:26 AM   #212
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Ok guys finally got my harness and have the headlights wired up will do the bumper and driving lights next weekend. At this point of the install I have some questions and a few comments. First the questions:
  1. Will the rallylights plug clip into the passenger side plug? Mine will not stay together but can't get the plug lock closed.
  2. What are you guys doing to keep water etc out of the drivers side plug that's not used?
Yes, the new harness plug should easily plug into the passenger side headlight plug. Those red locks are a pain, broke one of mine the first time that I changed bulbs, if yours won't slide, maybe use some good electrical tape and run a few wraps around it...


On the drivers side, one of our members told me that he put some dielectric grease(or silicon) on the plug then put a small plastic bag over it and zip tied the whole thing....


Glad to hear that you are making progress on this now, and it will be worth the effort....




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Well, my package came in from Susquehanna Motorsports while I was on my 3k mile road trip the southeast. I got the lights mounted yesterday, after getting in from a 15 Hour drive Friday night. I wish I had these lights on the trip!!!!!

Just replacing the stock bulbs with the Phillips H13 extra power bulbs was ok, but getting the Hella replacement lights and harness has been the best mod I've made so far!

It took me longer to install than I anticipated due to the fact that I have winch mounted on the stock bumper...but it can be done, just take your time and take proper precautions to protect the paint on the grill.

I did find that removing the battery completely made installation of the relays MUCH easier. Used two stainless steel gutter screws to mount the relays to the firewall. Ended up cutting a 1 inch by 2 inch section of the insulation material away to get a section where I could mount the relays securely and where they would stay dry.

Think I'm going to enjoy driving at night now!!!!

Cool beans Bro....now you can start testing out H4 bulbs, or have you settled on one? It's rather cool to see at night, eh?

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Old 04-15-2012, 09:55 AM   #213
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[/LIST]Yes, the new harness plug should easily plug into the passenger side headlight plug. Those red locks are a pain, broke one of mine the first time that I changed bulbs, if yours won't slide, maybe use some good electrical tape and run a few wraps around it...


On the drivers side, one of our members told me that he put some dielectric grease(or silicon) on the plug then put a small plastic bag over it and zip tied the whole thing....


Glad to hear that you are making progress on this now, and it will be worth the effort....







Cool beans Bro....now you can start testing out H4 bulbs, or have you settled on one? It's rather cool to see at night, eh?
Well as an update, the lights and harness have made all the difference in the world! I cannot believe how much a difference there is with the Hella reflectors and the Phillips Extreme H4 bulbs. I'm no longer driving with both the fogs and the headlights to get adequate lighting.

For the foreseeable future, I'm staying with the Phillips bulbs, they are working really well for me--I'll continue to look around for bulbs for when these burn out.

For those on the fence, this modification is without a doubt the single best mod I've done to date. It is well worth the expense!
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:35 PM   #214
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"For those on the fence, this modification is without a doubt the single best mod I've done to date. It is well worth the expense! "

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Old 04-16-2012, 03:34 PM   #215
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Hope all goes well for the next attempt....would you post your results and maybe some pics? That way it will all be on here for the next Jeeper with an sPod.....
Ok folks third harness was a charm

After receiving the third harness from rallylights.com we have a winner. It ended up requiring 4 relays and some fairly thick wire but it works as desired. What I ended up with is the standard H4 headlight upgrade, then we added two drops for some bumper mounted driving lights, then added a trigger wire for the driving lights that is conected to my sPOD. What that allows me to do is have the standard H4 lowbeams and highbeams. It also allows my driving lights to come on and off with the high beams IF the sPOD switch is on if not just the standard H4 highbeams come on. All in all it took a while but I am very happy with the end result. I look forward to a night of dry weather so I can get everything aimed now that the AEV bumper and all the lights are installed.

Rallylights.com specifically Dave and especially Ray the harness guru were great to work with and I highly recomend them! If you want a harness with this functionality just let Ray know you have an sPOD and want to run off one of its switches vs a separate switch like they normally provide and he will get you set up. In the end not sure what it really cost I think it was about $160 or so but with all the shipping back and forth to get what I wanted not sure what the final $ was.

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Old 04-16-2012, 05:40 PM   #216
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I agree with JeeperJake, this has to be the number one mod. I would recommend the H-4 upgrade before any other on road, or off road driving light up grade. I shake my head and smile every time I drive at night and use them. Just Great!!!and very easy to do.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:16 AM   #217
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I completely agree that the Rallylights/Cibie H-4 update was the single-best mod I've done. Well, okay, maybe except for the stubby antenna. But that's a Freudian thing, and I digress.

Thanks to a lot of good advice from WF'ers (especially Hilldweller, thank you very much), I went with the Rallylights harness from Dave and Ray, and Cibie E-code buckets and NARVA 65/55 bulbs from Daniel Stern.

The headlights went from outright dangerous and factory-awful to very good. They're now very much equivalent to top-of-the-line Acura headlights. The light is brilliant white, the cut-offs are sharp, the projection and dispersion patterns are perfect, and there's no glare for oncoming drivers. Perfect.

I'm not all that scientifical on photometricality, but I can say this: They pass the see-a-black-dog-on-an-asphalt-road-a-quarter-mile-away-at-midnight test.

How do I know? Because I live on an asphalt road with a quarter-mile straightaway, and I have a black dog and a watch. (Big shoutout to Angus for being my scientifical test subject.)

No matter whether you go H-4, LEDs or just a bulb upgrade, do something. The factory headlights will kill you.
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X2 ^^First major but simple mod I've done to my 11'. Cibie with Osrams. :-) perfect up here in the NW.
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I am currently reading this through my phone while my gf gets her eyebrows done... So I'm not sure if it's been mentioned previously or not, but does anyone know where I can get all the things I need for this mod besides an on line store? I went to an autoparts store near my house and they said they don't carry the items on the list I showed them.

Does anyone know of a store that would def have it?
I live in Fairfax, if anyone from the area knows something I don't, don't be shy!
Also, around how much does the set up run? I think I read somewhere that it would cost about $200? Is that accurate?

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