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Old 11-12-2009, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Can anyone tell me where i could get a new set of healights for a reasonable price that work real well?
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autozone sells all kinds of headlights. you can also buy them on Ebay for some good deals. Are you looking for sealed beam lights like the stock lamps? or are you looking to upgrade to a halogen or HID lamps?
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I'm looking to upgrade them,the ones on there now are stock and are just not bright enough.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i got mine for 28-30 bucks from aj motorsport in elmonte california 626-618-2026 ask for 7 inch H4 round headlights they install in about 10 minutes and you can use an h4 hid kit or regualr H4 bulbs..

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keep in mind that reflector housings are for non HID bulbs. HID bulbs require a projector housing with a focusing lense on it. They make Projector housings for Halogen NON-HID bulbs, and you can put a xenon HID bulb in that housing, but it will not work optimally since the two types of light require different focal lengths and lense curvatures.

A Halogen light will put out far more light than the stock Sealed beam light, and can use the stock wiring.

An HID light will put out far more light than a Halogen, but require a special balast and wiring harness to ignite the Xenon gas in the bulb. They also need an HID specific housing for the bulb.

HID kits cost around $200+ dollars and are not DOT approved in vehicels that did not come from the factory with HID headlights.

Halogen kits are the best bang for your buck and that's what 88zuki88 got. It says HID conversion kit on the site, but they are not an HID light kit.
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keep in mind that reflector housings are for non HID bulbs. HID bulbs require a projector housing with a focusing lense on it. They make Projector housings for Halogen NON-HID bulbs, and you can put a xenon HID bulb in that housing, but it will not work optimally since the two types of light require different focal lengths and lense curvatures.

A Halogen light will put out far more light than the stock Sealed beam light, and can use the stock wiring.

An HID light will put out far more light than a Halogen, but require a special balast and wiring harness to ignite the Xenon gas in the bulb. They also need an HID specific housing for the bulb.

HID kits cost around $200+ dollars and are not DOT approved in vehicels that did not come from the factory with HID headlights.

Halogen kits are the best bang for your buck and that's what 88zuki88 got. It says HID conversion kit on the site, but they are not an HID light kit.
you do not need a specific housing for the bulb to run HID light. I have no problem running HID lights on even my yamaha raptor 660 ive been putting HID light on all my vehicles for years and you do not need a special housing.
If the headlight requires an H4 bulb you just order an H4 HID kit and your done. You can get the kit shipped to your door for about $95 on ebay they are not $200 anymore. I did not get a "halogen kit" i got new 7" round headlights wih a hole on the back to run H4 "halogen" or an H4 HID kit which is what i got. Halgoen is better than stock but HID is alot brighter and better looking. i will post some pictures when im done doing my rebuild.
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If you still have the stock headlight wiring just go with a regular halogen headlight. The stock wiring uses a switched-ground and it is not able to supply full voltage to the lights. Without upgrading your wiring harness and using relays, you would not be able to take advantage of the more expensive lights.

Check out acksfaq.com and do a search on relays to get you started. The main parts needed is two 40A relays, two 5-wire plugs for the relays, about 30 foot of 14 gauge wire, and some wire connectors. My measured voltage at the plug with the lights on went from about 11.2v to about 12.4v after doing the rewiring. Either wiringproducts.com or allelectronics.com is a good place to order the relays since they are a lot cheaper than buying locally. Also once you start putting in relays it is hard to stop.

[edit - added link] A good link about re-wiring a Samurai's headlights
headlights/relays/headlight switch

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driving ON-ROAD with HID's in the wrong lamp is just dangerous to everyone around you. Puting them in a trail rig is great for night driving, it illuminates everything. A HID light puts out too much light for a reflector housing to accurately shape. A halogen bulb can still use a reflector housing and have a decent cuttoff at the boarder of where your light is directed.



in this image, you see halogen at the top and xenon at the bottom. If you look at the halogen picture you can see the focal point of the lamp and then you can see how far spread the abient light is away from the focal point before it tapers to darkness. With the xenon bulb, you don't even see a focal point or a drop off point because the light is so bright and strong that it overcomes any kind of focusing provided by reflectors alone. It does a great job at illuminating the road, the roadside, the rear view mirrors of the people in front of you and any oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. Without a propper lens to focus the light, an ON-ROAD HID is dangerous and irresponsible to use. (also completely illegal)

now a HID kit in a reflector housing for your OFF-ROAD lights would be awesome. You wouldn't need nearly as many lamps and you could illuminate a much larger area with half the power draw. And you would have light scattered everywhere!

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The brighter the better....most of the responsible people run these offroad..since just about everything fun,good,or better is illegal now a days i really dont care about being a law abiding citizen.. but that is just my 2 cents..give me the $10 dollar fix it ticket that my friend will just sign off.....the brighter the better....
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