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Unread 01-17-2010, 07:56 AM   #1
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Dim headlights

Anyone else seem to find that headlights on your cherokee are not much help at night? Its almost like they are not on, I checked the grounds and they are good. At night when I turn the blinker on, its much brighter than the headlight when its flashing. I can drive around with the brights on and never get flashed, they still are not very bright. Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue or knows of any fixes.

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Unread 01-17-2010, 08:40 AM   #2
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i agree that the stock lighting is not great. but if they seem really dim, make sure your battery and alternator are in good shape. my headlamps became almost zip, then i realized my alt was bad.

other options for upgrade would be to upgrade the wiring harness, and swap in some "HID" lamps.

theres a few options out there, check the stickies for the harness upgrade.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 10:09 AM   #3
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Halogen lights will dim with age...

That being said, I would get on EBAY and grab a set of H4 conversions. (Throw away the H4 bulbs that come with them, and get some Wagner or other name brand lights.)

You can use the H4s with the stock harness but I would build a HID harness to power them.

EDIT: Also, I cant stand not being able to see at night and in the rain so I have a set of driving lights on my bumper that are triggered with the high beams (keeps me from having to fumble with 2 switches when I meet a car)
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:41 AM   #4
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Convert to H-4 lamps, not HID. Google Cibie, IPF, Hella, and AutoPal. Read some of the recent JeepForum threads on H-4 lighting. You will also need and upgraded wire harness to power your new lights. eautoworks and an inexpensive one that is plug and play. Better wire harnesses cost a bit more but use better parts and thicker wires.

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