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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:22 AM   #4906
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Basic wiring upgrade, H4's, good housings...that'll take care of it.

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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:33 AM   #4907
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That's an interesting problem I wouldn't have thought of... Do HID's have that same issue, and do they make a good HID's for wranglers yet?
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #4908
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That's an interesting problem I wouldn't have thought of... Do HID's have that same issue, and do they make a good HID's for wranglers yet?
I would think that the projectors would mask a great deal of the unintentional glare...but I don't know of a solid "it fits with no work, whatsoever" kit. I'm not a huge fan of HID projectors, anyway, though; that's why - after researching it quite a bit - I decided to stay with the basic H4 upgrade and add auxiliary lighting as it's needed.
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Most of the HID's you see on tuner cars with the horrific blue light and crappy non HID specific housings make a real bad name for HID's.

I had a Nissan Murano that had factory projectors, and those were some of the best headlights I've ever seen. Nice pure white light, and perfect cutoff.
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Most of the HID's you see on tuner cars with the horrific blue light and crappy non HID specific housings make a real bad name for HID's.

I had a Nissan Murano that had factory projectors, and those were some of the best headlights I've ever seen. Nice pure white light, and perfect cutoff.
To clarify the HID is the bulb. You need a projector housing to properly concentrate the extra light of an HID bulb to get the full effects
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Most of the HID's you see on tuner cars with the horrific blue light and crappy non HID specific housings make a real bad name for HID's. I had a Nissan Murano that had factory projectors, and those were some of the best headlights I've ever seen. Nice pure white light, and perfect cutoff.
I agree...the hack-job refits really gave them a bad name. My issue with them is perhaps more personal than most; I don't particularly care for their spectral range/output...and that goes for even the best of them. I do a lot better with full-spectrum color rendering; that's also the reason that I have issues with LED units.

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That's a very good source; if anyone's looking, I'd suggest going through them. They always answered all of my questions directly, promptly, and professionally; that's par for the course for them, to my understanding.

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Lol I remember that first night, I just don't look down
I wish that would work...but I'm literally sitting at the exact wrong position; the light is shining directly at my eyes regardless of which way they're pointed. As usual, it's all about the geometry.

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To clarify the HID is the bulb. You need a projector housing to properly concentrate the extra light of an HID bulb to get the full effects
And I usually think of short-arc and halide lamps as being contained in an "arc tube" rather than a "bulb" because that latter terms carries the implication of a filament being present.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 04:39 PM   #4914
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I also don't particularly like HID headlights. Everything looks funny in the light they put out. Why not just fab up a shield to cover the holes? Notch it to go around the headlight connector, and bolt it to the existing hardware. Shouldnt be too hard.
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I also don't particularly like HID headlights. Everything looks funny in the light they put out. Why not just fab up a shield to cover the holes? Notch it to go around the headlight connector, and bolt it to the existing hardware. Shouldnt be too hard.
That's sort of what I'm thinking of doing; I'm hoping to be able to get a look at it in the next day or so, when my back hopefully feels better. In the meantime, I'm having all kinds of fun doing axle research...and I'm also considering the potential wisdom of not holding out for an aluminum-blocked engine.
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Because of this thread I keep researching axle swaps and more and more suspension when I probably don't even have a jeep anymore. -_-

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Because of this thread I keep researching axle swaps and more and more suspension when I probably don't even have a jeep anymore. -_-
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What is the order you are thinking about doing things next?
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What is the order you are thinking about doing things next?
In something approaching a clear order...

- I'm chasing ground clearance and improved ride quality more than anything else, so the first item on the list is control arms; I've still got the stock ones and they're doing nothing but making the ride more jarring by the day because the bushings are old, hardened and act almost entirely unlike a bushing should act. Simply replacing the factory Clevite junk with fresh, non-restrictive joints will do a lot to improve the harshness I'm experiencing...and whatever portion of the ride's harshness isn't taken care of by decent joints should be somewhat mitigated by new shocks in the front. The rears are okay, but there's no doubt in my mind that the front ones are dead; I may go ahead and pony up the caps for some reservoirs.

- In addition to helping the ride and the suspension's articulation, the control arms will allow me to get started on the tummy tuck. I'm going as flat as I can go underneath, so in addition to the flat skid itself - which is going to take quite a bit of work - I'm going to have to pick up a cable shifter and a driveshaft. The last time I was out the transfer case skid was the item I tagged the most - three or four times - so hopefully a bit more clearance will make up for my mediocre driving skillz.

- Once the belly is a bit more trim, I'll be ready to start working more seriously on a few other miscellaneous items; first among those will be a heavier steering linkage, and shortly following that, improved rocker armor. I'd hope that by this time my welding skillz would be at a point to where I could confidently tackle my crossmember/bumper modification and the rear shock outboarding. I'd also like to get my shower built and installed, the wiring upgraded for better headlights and other electrical things, some radio communications installed and hopefully a little bit better of a stereo. That's a long list of miscellaneous stuff, and I didn't even include everything...

- While I'm tackling all of these other things, some of the bigger modifications will hopefully be taking place outside of the rig; at the top of that list would be the 5.3 engine build, the rear axle build, and a high-clearance gas tank. None of those are cheap, easy or quick...but they also do not require me to take Greta off of the road until it's time to install them. I can also work on a few other long-term/random projects: my trail gear and electrical boxes that are about half-finished, the cabin air filter, my half-doors, and the like.

That's a pretty long list, and it should take me quite a while to get through it; like Imped said...you can't do it all at once. Did I mention that I might want to work on a narrowed winch, too? I've also got to do something about highlining the fenders.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 03:58 PM   #4920
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I was just reading a build on pirate (idk which one, it was in the ultimate tj build up 9/609 the guy was in Mexico) where the guy narrowed his winch. Never had seen it done and seemed pretty cool.

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