03-01-2017, 06:54 PM
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Originally Posted by fordem
Samurais (and most Suzukis) are wired negative switched, which is the reverse of many of the US domestic vehicles, but it's a fairly simple matter to "reverse" that with a couple of relays, and I believe you can get a plug-in harness to do that from a number of vendors - LowRangeOffRoad for example.
Having said that, there are a couple of points I want to touch on - first - assuming that your Samurai has the original style "sealed beam" headlights and wiring, those are not halogens, they are incandescent sealed beams and they are being fed by thirty year old wiring, which by now will have quite some resistance - the plug in harness reduces the voltage drop and ensures full power to the lights.
Second - there are very few LED lights available in the US that meet SAE/DOT legal requirements - Genssi (the brand in that auction) would like you to think they are, but they are not - they mention CE and RoHS - google them and find out what they are about - without those certfications, your vehicle with those lamps will no longer be street legal.
Low Range Off Road also offers replacement headlamps, which, as far as I know, are street legal, and can be fitted with H4 halogen bulbs of your choice.
No - I have no affiliation with Low Range Off Road - I'm just a satisfied customer, and one that is super irritated by vehicles coming towards me with poorly designed and installed HID & LED lighting.
Thank you for all the info!
I was thinking.. I understand the resistance thing, but with LED's they don't draw nearly as much as regular bulbs or HID's. Would that still be an issue?
I used to have the sealed headlights but I got a housing off eBay that allowed me to install a bulb and they are better but still "meh"
Also, I found these and the company states they are DOT.
My samurai is a trailered trail rig anyhow, but for anyone with DD rig, what would be the best way to add a better headlight?
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