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Old 01-25-2011, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When I first bought the Samurai, it had a set of DOT Sylvania sealed-beam halogen headlights on it. It's funny, but I remembered these same lights as a revelation 25 years ago, when I installed them on a '73 Corolla to replace a set of "conventional" sealed beams.

Fast-forward 25 years, and the Sylvania halogens were simply unacceptable when on dark mountain roads. The pattern was poor and if you aimed the low-beams correctly, the high-beams were up in the trees.

I decided to try a set of Hella E-spec headlights, and found them to be a big improvement when it came to the pattern, but still put the high-beams up in the trees, though not as bad as the DOT headlights.

I did some reseach and found Marchal headlights to be the best available, but then found that they were $325 each. I also found that Cibie E-Spec headlights were a fairly close second, with Cibie "Z-beams" being a closer second, but unobtanium at this point.

So I bought a set of Cibie ECE headlights from http://www.vclassics.com/ojrallye.htm (you have to email them for a quote) and installed them a few weeks ago. They were $75 each.

These lights are very nice, with a good pattern and sharp cut-off in low-beam, and great coverage with the high-beams. They are designed so that, when aimed correctly, the lows and highs are both putting the light where it is supposed to be.

OJ Ralleye also has the Marchals if you can afford them. I was very tempted to get a set of them, but opted instead for a set of Cibie Oscar driving lights, with a long and wide beam, which I have yet to install. The beauty of the Marchals is that they have two seperate bulbs and reflectors in the same capsule, so that the pattern is optimised for high and low. The high and low beams on the Marchals can also be aimed seperately for a perfect aim.
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that's why god made off road lights vader!

good to know there are other options out there. I've been looking into everything from LED lights to HID xenons... up to this point I havn't found anything that was practical and affordable. I'll look into those Cibie's
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LOL!

I updated the pricing above. The Cibies were $75 each and the Marchals were $325 EACH.
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Here is a site showing a beam comparison of various 7" headlights;

Four European H4 7-inch round low beams' photometry compared
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check out Rocky-road.com. Find the IPF lights/bulbs. The Fatboys are awesome. At 190 each on low beam they will definitely cure your low beam problems. Supposedly, because the bulbs are "fatter" they hold more gas and are consequently brighter. It also makes them run cooler than other upgraded bulbs. The PIAAs I had in my Aerio baked the crap out of the sockets. The IPFs have not done that to my Samurai. (might be the headlight harness that provided that protection ... hard to tell ) I also put one in my motorcycle ('02 Kawasake Concours). One of my MC buds referred to it as "the eye of God".
Interestingly the highbeams are ONLY 150 watts. The IPFs are $75 a pair. They also have the 7 inch round "lenses" that the bulbs go in for $62/pair. Here's the URL Suzuki IPF high output head light, H4. There's also a headlight harness available. It's debatable whether it's absolutely necessary. Depends on who you talk to. I got when I upgraded. Simple install.
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check out Rocky-road.com. Find the IPF lights/bulbs. The Fatboys are awesome. At 190 each on low beam they will definitely cure your low beam problems. Supposedly, because the bulbs are "fatter" they hold more gas and are consequently brighter. It also makes them run cooler than other upgraded bulbs. The PIAAs I had in my Aerio baked the crap out of the sockets. The IPFs have not done that to my Samurai. (might be the headlight harness that provided that protection ... hard to tell ) I also put one in my motorcycle ('02 Kawasake Concours). One of my MC buds referred to it as "the eye of God".
Interestingly the highbeams are ONLY 150 watts. The IPFs are $75 a pair. They also have the 7 inch round "lenses" that the bulbs go in for $62/pair. Here's the URL Suzuki IPF high output head light, H4. There's also a headlight harness available. It's debatable whether it's absolutely necessary. Depends on who you talk to. I got when I upgraded. Simple install.
the FatBoys are a waste of money. The IPFs replacement lights are great
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Curious why you feel that way. I thought they were a bit pricey but mine are sure doing the trick and everyone I've turned on to them are very happy with them
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