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post #16 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 11:08 AM
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The lights in my JK are a lot better than the lights on my CJ !!!!
I added relays on my CJ and the lighting is much better. Much, much better than my '08 JK

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post #17 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 11:30 AM
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I feel like my lights work good, or at least much better than my old '93 Impreza lights did; they just need to be adjusted. I got high-beam flashed 2 times per hour on a drive from Casper, WY to Dallas.

Yeah, I was bored enough to keep track.

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post #18 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 12:26 PM
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The factory lights on my JK sucked so I added a set of driving lights on my bumper. I tied the relay for the new lights in so when I turn on the high beams the new driving lights come on. MY fogs come on with the low beams so I can see pretty well at night. My TJ had better factory lights then my JK does.

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My low beams were WAY off from the factory. They were aimed like high beams, and the high beams were off in the sky. I re adjusted them, and threw on a set of hells 500's on the bumper. The hellas are on all the time after dusk.


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post #20 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 01:21 PM
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how do you know if your lights are off set from the factory?

Just wondering how those of you know how your factory lights were offset from the factory?

I know on some of my previous cars there have been marks inside the hood to align your lights, is this where you are talking or are you just using your experience to determine if the lights are off?

just curious, as I have noticed that the lights are weak at best!

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Just wondering how those of you know how your factory lights were offset from the factory?

I know on some of my previous cars there have been marks inside the hood to align your lights, is this where you are talking or are you just using your experience to determine if the lights are off?

just curious, as I have noticed that the lights are weak at best!
Well, in the tech manual, theres instructions on how to create a pattern on a wall to aim your lights properly, but I just use common sense.


I took my jeep to a quiet paved road in the night, and adjusted them to where they looked the best. Low enough to where it wont blind anyone, and high enough to see at least 3-5 seconds ahead of you at highway speed. I also took into account where the high beams were aimed as well, since before I re-aimed them, whenever I turned on the high beams it looked like I turned the lights off. Thats how far in the sky they were aimed.

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Well, in the tech manual, theres instructions on how to create a pattern on a wall to aim your lights properly, but I just use common sense.


I took my jeep to a quiet paved road in the night, and adjusted them to where they looked the best. Low enough to where it wont blind anyone, and high enough to see at least 3-5 seconds ahead of you at highway speed. I also took into account where the high beams were aimed as well, since before I re-aimed them, whenever I turned on the high beams it looked like I turned the lights off. Thats how far in the sky they were aimed.
Mine were the same way...I just went out to adjust them. Will check them tonight for alignment now that I know where the screws are.

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BTW, what's with the "if you haven't driven one shut up" nonsense? How can we have a good internet fight if experience and knowledge are going to be a requirement?
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post #23 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 02:44 PM
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Has anyone done the Delta conversion yet? Its one of those things I keep putting off - really waiing for reviews.

Yes, headlights on the JK are brutally awful. PIAA's were on of the 1st mods on mine
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Just wondering how those of you know how your factory lights were offset from the factory?
Park your rig 25 feet from a nice wall and put a piece of masking tape 2.5 to 3 inches lower than the center height of your headlight. Your beam pattern should just hit the top of the tape.
Need to approximate your average load in the Jeep to make it accurate....

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Park your rig 25 feet from a nice wall and put a piece of masking tape 2.5 to 3 inches lower than the center height of your headlight. Your beam pattern should just hit the top of the tape.
Need to approximate your average load in the Jeep to make it accurate....
how do you adjust them?
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I bumped up to Phillips Extreme Power, recently released, and the difference is definately noticeable. Not quite as good as my wife's Honda, but I'm now getting flashed consistently by oncoming traffic, which I consider a good sign. And visibility has increased dramatically. They are listed on my receipt as H13 9008. See below:

http://www.suvlights.com/index.php?cPath=81

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I read somewhere that the Marschal, Cibie and Hella lights wee the best - in that order - and pardon my spelling. But I can't find any good info on them or where to buy them. I don't care for my lights either - though part of it is probably my fault as I am sitting level as opposed to nose down by an inch and my lights are probably pointing skyward. I better get out and take care of that.

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I read somewhere that the Marschal, Cibie and Hella lights wee the best - in that order - and pardon my spelling. But I can't find any good info on them or where to buy them. I don't care for my lights either - though part of it is probably my fault as I am sitting level as opposed to nose down by an inch and my lights are probably pointing skyward. I better get out and take care of that.
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post #29 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 07:41 PM
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I bumped up to Phillips Extreme Power, recently released, and the difference is definately noticeable. Not quite as good as my wife's Honda, but I'm now getting flashed consistently by oncoming traffic, which I consider a good sign. And visibility has increased dramatically. They are listed on my receipt as H13 9008. See below:

http://www.suvlights.com/index.php?cPath=81
It's probably not a good thing you're being flashed by other people...usually that means that you're blinding them. It's not the safest thing in the world. You could cause an accident doing that. Get your lights adjusted correctly and you'll be even more satisfied.

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BTW, what's with the "if you haven't driven one shut up" nonsense? How can we have a good internet fight if experience and knowledge are going to be a requirement?
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post #30 of 107 Old 11-16-2008, 11:32 PM
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adjust them down, makes a big difference. my highbeams are functional now. has anyone tried retrofitting an HID projector setup into the stock housing?

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good grief, just buy the Rubicon.
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