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Unread 07-07-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Best off road lights?

I want to mount some lights on my front bumper and eventually a light bar on top but i was wondering what good lights are and im not looking to spend a fortune either.

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Unread 07-07-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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I don't know what you consider a fortune, but I LOVE my PIAA 520i (crystal ion beam) fog lights. They are amazing in foul weather and dust. I think I paid ~$250 for them. Well worth it. In fact, they let me spot a deer in the rain once, probably saved me a couple grand in bodywork.

The PIAA kit is easy to install, looks great and includes the lights, relay, switch, wiring, stoneguards, and mounting hardware.

Pay attention to the beam pattern you buy ... don't mount fog lights high on the body or driving lights where fog lights should go.
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HID lights are the "best" offroad lights but they do cost a fortune. Personally, I'm a big fan of (and run) KC lights but PIAA and Hella are good brands too. KC's lights have a no-questions asked 23 year warranty that even covers bulb burnouts that no other light manufacturer offers.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 01:08 PM   #4
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Good to know Jerry. KC slimLites were going to be my next Jeep purchase because of the clearance where I want them. Which of the slimLites do you think are the best all-around? Not looking for fog lights though.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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I dunno which of their lights meet your needs or budget GhostRIderLJ. I currently run their 8" lights but I was also pretty happy with my previous 5" Daylighters.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 01:37 PM   #6
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Well, I was considering the 130 watt driving lights, which are just under $200. That's about what I want to spend. Is there a certain pattern I should look for for off-road use? I'm thinking wide and bright, but I'm a noob so not sure.
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My two KC lights each have a different pattern. One is for long-range and the other has a wide pattern. Together, they work very well. One lights up the road a long distance ahead, the other lights up the close-up terrain. The national sales manager for KC I was talking to at a trade show recommended that combination to me and I like it very much.
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Makes sense Jerry thanks. I think what I'll work towards is long range on the bumper first, then maybe some wider ones pointed out a little on windshield hinge mounts. Or would vice-verse be better?
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Personally I don't like any lights mounted up on the windshield. To me, they create more glare when mounted up high like that. So much so that some manufacturers like KC have come up with special mounts with light shields on them to try to reduce that glare. My mounts are mounted just above my winch which to me is a good height.
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You're the man Jerry. That's one of the things I love about this forum, is that it will help keep me from having to learn some things the hard way. Thanks again.
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i use Lightforce lights on the front bumper. Love 'em. If Lightforce is OK with all the Baja and desert racers, works for me. Nice, light and very strong. I kept breaking KC lights at the base hitting tree branches or protruding rocks-- there is this rounded stud that holds it all together and if you rip off a light, then the whole housing is toast.

The HID and other high-zoot lights are fine, but remember they require passing air to help keep them cool. Slow crawling will cause a melt down.

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The HID and other high-zoot lights are fine, but remember they require passing air to help keep them cool. Slow crawling will cause a melt down.
Then all those Bimmers, MBs, Lexuses, Audis, 350Zs, Porsches, Infinities, etc. better turn their HD headlights off when they're in rush hour traffic or going through the drive-thru.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 05:24 PM   #13
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I have four KC long ranges on my roof rack. You can see forever once you get them aligned correctly.
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yeah, i got 2 KC longrange slim lights and they shine farther than you can see.
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... and they shine farther than you can see.
Then how can you tell?
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