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silver rubi 06-02-2012 01:32 AM

Headlights
 
I want to have better visibility from my headlights. Brighter and clearer :) I'm not familiar with different types of systems with Jeeps (halogen, HID, xenon, etc..) Does anyone have any suggestions?

Sloan409 06-02-2012 01:43 AM

E-code headlights with 55watt HIDs in 4500k, at least 30x brighter than stock and relatively cheap at $50 for the HID kit and about $40 for the headlights

98tj.steven 06-02-2012 01:56 AM

Just ordered mine today.
Hella ecode and DDM 5k hid kit!

shipjim 06-02-2012 07:03 AM

Thats what I did also put on hella driving/fog lamps really lites up the road on dim.

UnlimitedLJ04 06-02-2012 07:10 AM

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IslandTJ 06-02-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 2428693)

Nice :thumb:.

530ktm 06-02-2012 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 2428693)

Is this bulb a simple matter of just replacing the original? Does it use the same plug and mounting socket as what is on the Jeep now or do you have to replace some things? I made a similar conversion on my motorcycle but had to swap out some parts. I would like to get some brighter headlights over what is up there now.

commodore_dude 06-02-2012 09:02 AM

H4 housings are plug and play, however there is about a 2v drop through the stock wiring, so many of us have also added a new wiring harness directly from the battery. Even the stock sealed beams are brighter with that upgrade, but a wiring harness + Ecodes + good H4 bulbs is the way to go.

UnlimitedLJ04 06-02-2012 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by 530ktm (Post 2428959)
Is this bulb a simple matter of just replacing the original? Does it use the same plug and mounting socket as what is on the Jeep now or do you have to replace some things? I made a similar conversion on my motorcycle but had to swap out some parts. I would like to get some brighter headlights over what is up there now.

plug-n-play.

but as commodore_dude said, there is a significant voltage drop through the stock harness for any headlight not using a harness/relay setup.

GNS1310 06-02-2012 11:06 PM

Was also looking to upgrade my headlights, but thinking of going with those SilverStars or the Philips X-treme power lights.
Going to add a couple long-range blindingly bright KCs in the coming months, but looking for a basic change to the headlights themselves, something simple and under $50

necromancer_tat 06-03-2012 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by 98tj.steven (Post 2428457)
Just ordered mine today.
Hella ecode and DDM 5k hid kit!

That's the exact combo I run in my Jeep and it's amazing! Make sure you adjust them correctly though because they're super bright and will annoy other drivers if you try running them with the same adjustments you had with your sealed beam bulbs.

GNS1310 06-03-2012 11:54 AM

Guess I need to do a little research before I post! Not as simple as switching out a bulb!

SecretAgentMan 06-04-2012 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by commodore_dude (Post 2428972)
H4 housings are plug and play, however there is about a 2v drop through the stock wiring, so many of us have also added a new wiring harness directly from the battery. Even the stock sealed beams are brighter with that upgrade, but a wiring harness + Ecodes + good H4 bulbs is the way to go.

What's the best source to get a battery wiring harness/relay?

imquagmire 06-04-2012 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by IslandTJ (Post 2428854)
Nice :thumb:.

X2, great find!

00tj2 06-04-2012 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by 98tj.steven (Post 2428457)
Just ordered mine today.
Hella ecode and DDM 5k hid kit!

Did you get the kit with the rotating high beams?? It seems like the less expensive kit only has low beams unless I'm reading it wrong..

Neil F. 06-04-2012 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by 00tj2 (Post 2436571)
Did you get the kit with the rotating high beams?? It seems like the less expensive kit only has low beams unless I'm reading it wrong..

Yes the Lo beam kit is less but you want the Hi/Lo so you have both. I LOVE mine.

98tj.steven 06-04-2012 08:59 PM

I ordered the low beam because I have hella driving lights on the bumper I can use if needed.

commodore_dude 06-04-2012 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by SecretAgentMan (Post 2436098)
What's the best source to get a battery wiring harness/relay?

Several choices. You can make your own, get a cheap one from somewhere like Ebay, or get a fancier one like the IPF/ARB one, which is what I did. Haven't heard any complaints about cheaper options, but I really like the way the IPF one is put together.

clarkkent 06-04-2012 10:36 PM

I went with Cibies and H4 bulbs through Daniel Stern. With the upgraded harness

commodore_dude 06-05-2012 01:26 PM

That's definitely the best quality solution. I decided that I didn't want to fear breaking a Cibie on a rock or something, so I went with IPF housings. Still very good, and it wouldn't be as much of a tragedy if one broke :)

98 tj sport 06-05-2012 01:33 PM

Ok were is a good place to get the high and low beam combo the po of my jeep put a kit in but they are only low beam and I would like to have both.

clarkkent 06-05-2012 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by commodore_dude (Post 2440297)
That's definitely the best quality solution. I decided that I didn't want to fear breaking a Cibie on a rock or something, so I went with IPF housings. Still very good, and it wouldn't be as much of a tragedy if one broke :)

I haven't broken one yet so fingers crossed :whistling:


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