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post #1 of 42 Old 09-11-2016, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Help with headlights!!!

I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport and the sealed beam headlights are still on it. I am thinking about switching them out. Suggestions?

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post #2 of 42 Old 09-12-2016, 07:35 AM
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I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport and the sealed beam headlights are still on it. I am thinking about switching them out. Suggestions?
I have got a 2000 xj jeep cherokee with the same issue hopefully someone will tead this post

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post #3 of 42 Old 09-12-2016, 07:53 AM
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Use E-code halogen 100% glass housings and white H-4 bulbs. Anything car show cool or Ricer style will be Chinese garbage. You should also upgrade the headlight wire harness for maximum performance.

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I have AutoPals. Good Quality, Low price. I used there bulbs that came with them. About twice as bright as the sealed beams. I have not done the wiring harness. Plan to. Also, haven't upgraded to 'better' bulbs. My experience with the 'better' bulbs, is they will burn out quicker. So keep an extra set or regular set with you. This was on an '81 MB 240D. I do have the Autopals on my XJ. The MB has a Cibie and a Hella, but used. I did have on new Sealed Beam on the XJ to compore to.
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@CJ7-Tim Is it difficult to switch from sealed beams to the halogens? Is it something I could do myself?
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@CJ7-Tim Is it difficult to switch from sealed beams to the halogens? Is it something I could do myself?
simple.

DO NOT do this without upgrading your harness!!!

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Best mod on an XJ IMHO is to do the headlight relay upgrade. Adds about 1 Volt at the lights which is A LOT in terms of light.

The dipped beams will be so much better, clearer cutoffs.

The high beams you could install some driving lights, they will throw light much further forwards in a narrower beam than the headlights,
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I'm using E code Depo 100-1120N-LD-E clear headlights, with Pegasus HOD H4 bulb. Super bright and white, would recommend this combination for everyone. Relay upgrade also done.
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Best mod on an XJ IMHO is to do the headlight relay upgrade. Adds about 1 Volt at the lights which is A LOT in terms of light.

The dipped beams will be so much better, clearer cutoffs.

The high beams you could install some driving lights, they will throw light much further forwards in a narrower beam than the headlights,
You know, on one of the many Jeep forums I frequent, there was a guy who tested stock headlights with a lumen meter before and after the harness ONLY.

35% improvement in output after the harness.

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This makes it pretty clear: http://www.go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoHeadlightLoom.htm It basically follows the same format as building a fog lamp wiring harness but with two relays, one for low beam & one for high. Heavier wire plus relays will make all of the difference. This fuse block will reduce the number of splices by eliminating the inline fuses.
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Cibie lamps are recommended & 65/75 watt bulbs. Will consider going up to 65/100 watt bulbs. The new wiring harness will handle it.
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I have the LED ones and they are much better. have the 100 watt ones in my garage if anyone wants them.

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I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport and the sealed beam headlights are still on it. I am thinking about switching them out. Suggestions?
Ahem. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/headlights-2891137/

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You know, on one of the many Jeep forums I frequent, there was a guy who tested stock headlights with a lumen meter before and after the harness ONLY.

35% improvement in output after the harness.
From my writeup linked above that not enough people read. Not implying that you didn't, Cruiser, cuz I know you did. Like your stuff, just not enough people find it and read it.
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...... A 10% drop in voltage (a little more than 1 volt) reduces headlight output to 2/3 of its maximum potential! ......

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Installed this harness:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/H4-Headlight...lXehfq&vxp=mtr

along with a set of Hella H4 housings and bulbs. Very pleased with the results. Just make sure when you are doing the install to route everything well and to make sure that you have a good ground otherwise you will get one dim side and one bright one. I ended up grounding to the radiator mount which required some light sanding.

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hey everyone. i spent a lot of time reading around and have read these threads many times (thanks for posting those instructions!).

i have weak headlights that are dim on my 98 xj sport.

i sprayed contact cleaner on the leads and brushed everything. i also restored the halogen lamps to make sure they are clean.

i tried aiming but i have to try that again.

i understand you cannot just put stronger lamps in because that might burn out.

i checked how much voltage im losing at the leads. 2.5 volts, which brings me over the 10% figure quoted above.

i know the stock wiring is crap and i have to upgrade harnesses and all that. it just seems like its out of reach for someone with my auto repair skills.

if i bought the right harness- anyone have an idea what the labor is for a mechanic to rewire? im expecting a # that makes me want to do it myself.
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hey everyone. i spent a lot of time reading around and have read these threads many times (thanks for posting those instructions!).

i have weak headlights that are dim on my 98 xj sport.

i sprayed contact cleaner on the leads and brushed everything. i also restored the halogen lamps to make sure they are clean.

i tried aiming but i have to try that again.

i understand you cannot just put stronger lamps in because that might burn out.

i checked how much voltage im losing at the leads. 2.5 volts, which brings me over the 10% figure quoted above.

i know the stock wiring is crap and i have to upgrade harnesses and all that. it just seems like its out of reach for someone with my auto repair skills.

if i bought the right harness- anyone have an idea what the labor is for a mechanic to rewire? im expecting a # that makes me want to do it myself.
Super easy. Do it yourself.

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