|10-28-2012 08:02 PM|
|lifted tj||Scott I'd love to do a great set but I have a lot if money left to put into my TJ, (SYE, custom driveshaft, and a gear upgrade to 4.56 gears from my 3.73.... )|
|10-28-2012 07:58 PM|
I just installed the Truck Tech Led 7" head lights.
The cost is high 578 dollars but the output is amazing.
|10-28-2012 07:31 PM|
|lifted tj||Do I have to change the harness? Or can factory work?|
|10-28-2012 07:19 PM|
Bosch European H4 Headlights - PAIR
|10-28-2012 07:07 PM|
|10-28-2012 06:52 PM|
|Blind Dog||You got the same setup I do except I think my KC windshield lights are 55W. I guess now I'll have to check that. I don't run them often, but the 500 fogs help on country roads. Still haven't done anything with the headlights yet except after I got it I fixed the aim and matched them. There was one halogen (sealed beam) and one standard and they looked different color and brightness.|
|10-28-2012 06:26 PM|
|lifted tj||Iv been thinking about doing this too, I have the sucky stock sealed beams two KC 100w daylighters up by the windshield and I just put on hella 500ff fog lights on the bumper, Iv looked at a bunch of kits and I was gunna settle on the KC set till I read here about the e-codes I want to run the 100/80w optilux xenon blue bulbs or just a 100w bulb but I'm worried about if I don't do the upgraded harness what will happen? You guys helped me out when I first got my TJ and now I'm looking for some more help I just need brighter lights|
|09-14-2012 06:15 PM|
|09-13-2012 08:17 PM|
|Blind Dog||^^^ That's good stuff. Thanks!^^^|
|09-13-2012 07:48 PM|
Here's my Hella light, DOT approved replacement post.
It's not E code, but significantly better than stock sealed beams.
Uses stock wiring harness, etc...
If you dont think it's bright enough, you can switch out the bulbs.
This might help too:
Best of luck!
|09-13-2012 06:49 PM|
|09-13-2012 01:40 PM|
I installed these...
KC HiLites Performance 7” Round Headlamp Kit
...the original bulbs that they came with were a lot better than sealed beams, probably atleast twice as bright, but I wanted a bit more light so I went and put these in...
PIAA H4 EXTREME WHITE PLUS
...which probably is twice as bright as the KCHiLites bulbs. Spent about $180 total, to me it was well worth it.
|09-13-2012 11:29 AM|
|lynn||Our 08 Volvo S60 has a sharp cut-off and throws a bit more light to the right, typical e-spec. The Hella e-codes I installed in the LJ have an equally distinct sharp cut off, with a bit more projection to the right to illuminate road signs and berm hazzards better.|
|09-13-2012 10:51 AM|
|HaloNHorns2002||My Legacy has a nice sharp cutoff, and they're not even HID. I'm sold. Headed into winter in MI, that's going to be my next project! Damn for having too many cars and not enough money... I need to win the lottery.|
|09-13-2012 10:23 AM|
Euro code headlights are probably more common in new cars than non-Euro code housings now. Go drive any Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, etc. from the last few years and you'll love the cutoff. Lexus, Acura, and a lot of others use them as well. I'm pretty sure the new Z06 I passed last night had some as well.
Point--legality is a non-issue.
|09-13-2012 10:15 AM|
That's the benefit of E-code housings. They have a distinct vertical beam cutoff. Unless, of course, you have your housings improperly adjusted. HID kits installed in halogen housings are generally the ones that blind oncoming traffic.
It is probably not worth the money or the effort to change from a DOT sealed beam to a DOT H4 housing. You can still benefit from a wiring harness upgrade, though. The Truck lite LEDs mentioned by homebrwd are DOT approved but are also around double the cost.
|09-13-2012 09:44 AM|
|Blind Dog||OK. Thanks!|
|09-13-2012 09:34 AM|
|homebrwd||Nothing e-coded will be but as someone who has owned a few Euro vehicles and swapped their headlights for e-coded ones, I have never had an issue with inspection, which would be the only time anyone would ever catch it. The only kit I know of that is DOT stamped is the trucklite LED headlights.|
|09-13-2012 09:21 AM|
|Blind Dog||Are any of these kind of upgrade kits DOT "approved"?|
|09-13-2012 08:27 AM|
|homebrwd||They are e-codes, which means they have a European spec beam pattern. The US is allowing the use of this in newer vehicles (DOT approving them) and it is better light output than the US standard. You will have a better cutoff line and light will be where you need it and brighter.|
|09-13-2012 08:23 AM|
You won't blind anyone if you aim them properly. Even the stock headlights will cause issues if they're improperly aimed.
|09-13-2012 08:10 AM|
|09-13-2012 08:06 AM|
|HaloNHorns2002||Ok, dumb question... on Quadratec's website, the Hella e-codes are not DOT approved. The box for Osram low beams in my Subaru Legacy said the same thing and I thought nothing of it... Should I worry with the Jeep? It sits so much higher than the Leggy, I don't want to blind oncoming traffic.|
|09-13-2012 06:47 AM|
I installed the Hella e-codes with standard 60/55 H4 bulbs and still run the factory wiring harness. This alone was a significant upgrade over the sad sealed beams.
I do plan on installing an upgraded wiring harness kit at some point in the future, so I can run a slightly stronger bulb and benefit from the better wiring.
I got my Hella e-codes on Amazon via Susquehanna Motorsports.
However as UR and Imped indicate above, you really cant go wrong with Cibie, and products/info from Daniel Stern.
|09-13-2012 12:38 AM|
I bought Cibie E-code housings, OSRAM bilux 70/65 bulbs and a wiring harness kit from Daniel Stern. The bulbs don't have the greatest lifespan ~ 200 hrs. (I bought 2 spares) but looking at the pic that Imped has posted I'll take the trade-off. The OSRAM night breaker plus 60/55 bulbs have about twice the life but obviously less output.
Spend the extra money on a wiring harness kit to get the most out of whatever housing/bulb setup you go with.
|09-12-2012 09:22 PM|
Fog on the outside and driving on the inside, I gather?
Thinking about Hella 500, driving, but after reading this thread I might replace the sealed beams first.
|09-12-2012 08:25 PM|
I run the full compliment of Hella Lighting:
Fogs, Driving Lights and E-Codes... couldn't be happier
|09-12-2012 08:22 PM|
Do some research and you'll find that the Hella E-code housings are by far the most recommended housing around.
I run them with OSRAM 70/65w bulbs and an upgraded harness using components from Daniel Stern. It flat out rocks and turns night into day. I don't like a bunch of tacky lights all over my Jeep so I made sure the ones I do have exceed any need.
Head-on shot of the high beams. Obnoxiously powerful
|09-12-2012 08:13 PM|
|wtbiv73||I've got 'em. They're great!|
|09-12-2012 07:44 PM|
Oddly, I couldn't find anything useful.
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