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Old 05-07-2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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Upgrade headlights on 1997 Wrangler

I've noticed recently that the lights seem dim. I want to replace them with something brighter than stock lights.

Is upgrading to HID lights the best way to go, and are there any suggestions on what type to get that is reasonably priced and where I might find them?

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Old 05-07-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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If you have a 97 TJ you are lucky, the lights on the TJ's were super bright. I don't know why you would want to replace them. I had a 97 TJ and now I have a 10 JK and the difference is tremendous. The headlights now are terrible. If you do have dim lights perhaps it is an electrical problem because I'd take the old TJ headlights in a heartbeat!

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Old 05-07-2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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My 98 TJ's lights are insanely bright. People flash brights at me all the time when I'm riding with my dims.

check for an electrical problem like aaron said. Who knows, maybe you need a new pair of lamps?
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:12 AM   #4
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I seem to remember them being brighter at one point. So does it make sense just to replace them with the stock lights and see if that helps first before spending the extra money for HID lights?
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:15 AM   #5
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Yes. I bought a nice set up headlights at Autozone (it was my only option I SWEAR!!!)

They are working pretty good for me, really cheap, and really easy to change out.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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Bright/dim is subjective. I'm used to the HID's in my other cars. and Jeep TJ headlights suck in comparison. Sealed beams aren't known for being terribly bright. so those who are being "flashed" all the time, should look at re-aiming their headlights, as they are obviously aimed high.

Crap headlights is a common complaint about the TJ Wrangler. However the correct fix is NOT HID's. unless you go to a Projector style headlight. You can however upgrade to a non-sealed beam headlight that accepts an H4 bulb, and things will be much improved.

oh and you posted this in the wrong forum.
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I agree with mrcarcrazy...my TJ headlights are no good. They do not light up as much as they should. Has anyone heard anything on the new KC headlight conversions that came out?
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:25 PM   #8
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Most people are happy with the IPF conversion: Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: Lighting & Electrical, Headlights
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:41 PM   #9
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Most people are happy with the IPF conversion: Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: Lighting & Electrical, Headlights
The IPF reflectors aren't legal for street use; IPF has never had their bulbs or reflectors tested/certified for use on any continent.

The proposed HID conversion could be done legally if you have the skillset to do it. You'd need to retrofit a correct reflector or projector and gizmo it in.
Most HID "kits" that you find are illegal and dangerous though.

Do you have a sealed beam unit now? You can easily replace it with a good 7" H4 assembly from Susquehanna Motorsports or Daniel Stern Lighting. DS has the better Cibie housings available.

Good things to read.
About wiring: Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
About illegal HID "kits": Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
About blue bulbs like the IPFs: Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:00 PM   #10
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WOW thats interesting that you guys dont like your TJ lights. I don't know if in 97 they were different becuase it was the first year of the TJ but like GMINTON said, I use to get people flashing me all the time because they thought my high beams were on. And if you guys think your lights suck in your TJ's then you would hate the JK's lights
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The sealed units I was referring to are E rated and legal in some states (eg. Oregon and Washington) I was told. In fact the IPF H4 was sold by the Land Rover dealer as the direct replacement lamp for my Defender before the bloody thing rotted away. Furthermore, the Northridge units are sold with a white bulb, not blue.


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The IPF reflectors aren't legal for street use; IPF has never had their bulbs or reflectors tested/certified for use on any continent.

The proposed HID conversion could be done legally if you have the skillset to do it. You'd need to retrofit a correct reflector or projector and gizmo it in.
Most HID "kits" that you find are illegal and dangerous though.

Do you have a sealed beam unit now? You can easily replace it with a good 7" H4 assembly from Susquehanna Motorsports or Daniel Stern Lighting. DS has the better Cibie housings available.

Good things to read.
About wiring: Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
About illegal HID "kits": Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
About blue bulbs like the IPFs: Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
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My 2000 tj lights are very bright and I have had a few people flash me, and yes I have checked the alignment and its fine.
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The sealed units I was referring to are E rated and legal in some states (eg. Oregon and Washington) I was told. In fact the IPF H4 was sold by the Land Rover dealer as the direct replacement lamp for my Defender before the bloody thing rotted away. Furthermore, the Northridge units are sold with a white bulb, not blue.
Dave has recently added the clear bulb as an option; better choice at least than the blues.
IPF still hasn't bothered to certify their products. They do put an E with a circle around it on some of their stuff ---- a blatant attempt at trying to look like the ECE stamp.

There are several H4 assemblies that are sent by their manufacturers for testing, certifying their compliance with DOT and/or ECE codes; those are the products that we should be buying.
And that Northridge should be selling.

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