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Unread 02-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Headlight upgrade

So my headlight went out and it's time for a replacement. Are any of the upgraded headlights worth the extra expense? Anybody have info/reviews on the matter?

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Unread 02-02-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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I put the new Truck-Lite phase 7 LEDs in my TJ before Xmas. HUGE difference. Plug and play.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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So my headlight went out and it's time for a replacement. Are any of the upgraded headlights worth the extra expense? Anybody have info/reviews on the matter?
SILVERSTARS IN MINE. WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT. ABOUT $25.00 APIECE O'REILLYS.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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or, you can really get an improvement and upgrade your headlight wiring harness using relays...

these threads me helped immensely:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f20/m...inside-510221/

In this thread JeepHammer goes into detail on what to do:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/he...t-mods-686559/

I bought my parts from Daniel Stern, his website is helpful as well:

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/

once you complete this easy project, any head lamp you throw on your Jeep is a vast improvement because your new wiring harness can supply the adequate juice to the lights instead of starving them with the stock OEM wiring. A very worthwhile project...
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Unread 02-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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I have these http://www.roundeyes.com/Products-Jeep_Headlamps.html and really like the optics. Once you replace the bulb housings then the H-4 replacement bulbs are available at your nearest parts store. Oh, and they are way cheaper than going to LEDs.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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I use regular stock replacement lights and upgraded my harness like mvigo said, MUCH better than stock and saved a ton on aftermarket lights.
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I used Marvel once before I took my Jeep out on the trails. I didn't get stuck all weekend so I guess it works.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:11 AM   #7
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I am getting ready to do this as well. Has anyone found a good aftermarket source for a water proof relay "box," as opposed to going to the junkyard and digging around?
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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I had not seen this one before, it is a very good write up/schematic. I like his idea of using the existing headlamp base for the relay trigger, though I won't be doing it that way.

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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:14 AM   #9
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I am getting ready to do this as well. Has anyone found a good aftermarket source for a water proof relay "box," as opposed to going to the junkyard and digging around?
I used some from advance, they look just like this one

http://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-.../dp/B000PHLQJW
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I used Marvel once before I took my Jeep out on the trails. I didn't get stuck all weekend so I guess it works.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #10
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I'm looking at this http://www.ebay.com/itm/370658138040

CERAMIC H4 HEADLIGHT RELAY WIRING HARNESS 2 HEADLAMP LIGHT BULB SOCKET PLUGS 7"

Looks pretty universal and takes a lot of the work out.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #11
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Sorry, I meant the block that they actually plug in to. Painless makes one, but its around $132.
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I'm looking at this http://www.ebay.com/itm/370658138040

CERAMIC H4 HEADLIGHT RELAY WIRING HARNESS 2 HEADLAMP LIGHT BULB SOCKET PLUGS 7"

Looks pretty universal and takes a lot of the work out.
my thoughts on this are

A: I like to wire stuff myself as to avoid not enough/too much wire
B: the gauge of that wire looks no better than stock

Personally I would rather run it myself and be able to put the relays, wire where I want instead of being limited by wire length or having excess so it looks like crap.
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I used Marvel once before I took my Jeep out on the trails. I didn't get stuck all weekend so I guess it works.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:22 AM   #13
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Sorry, I meant the block that they actually plug in to. Painless makes one, but its around $132.
not sure what you mean, are you talking about the little pelican/tuperware type boxes with the relays inside them? what would be the point when the relays are already sealed?
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I used Marvel once before I took my Jeep out on the trails. I didn't get stuck all weekend so I guess it works.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:23 AM   #14
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my thoughts on this are

A: I like to wire stuff myself as to avoid not enough/too much wire
B: the gauge of that wire looks no better than stock

Personally I would rather run it myself and be able to put the relays, wire where I want instead of being limited by wire length or having excess so it looks like crap.
Makes total sense. I just happened upon it this morning and hadn't really looked close at it...not enough coffee yet.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 11:26 AM   #15
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I am getting ready to do this as well. Has anyone found a good aftermarket source for a water proof relay "box," as opposed to going to the junkyard and digging around?
I use Tupperware containers, the ones with the vent tab on the top. In your case, the lid matches your paint (close anyway) (picture)

image-2879692793.jpg

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