Well, I put a crowbar in my wallet and spent the money on a pair of Cibie 7" headlamps, a pair of 75/65 Osram bulbs and a Daniel Stern lighting harness. Total was about $350 (with shipping). Came in two packages - one arrived in 2 days (USPS) and the other arrived in about 6 days (also USPS). Total time to install was about 75 minutes. It's still daylight, so I have not had a chance to test them out and see what kind of improvement they provide (or to adjust/aim them appropriately). In the meantime - here are some comments:
a). Pre-sales tech support was awesome. In-depth and thorough answers to my stupid questions were provided without any hint of...I dunno what the world I want is - but I felt like I got personal and friendly service. A+.
b). Items mailed promptly and order was correct. A+.
c). On the wiring harness - I dunno what EXACTLY I was expecting in terms of the harness. I figured it would be high quality since it cost about $125. I was really tempted to skip this and make it myself - which I could have done a lot cheaper for sure - but it sure was nice to have something ready to use right out of the box. Quality exceeded expectations too. Nice work, and long enough to do the job without being a pain in the *** due to being a few inches short. Overall, A+.
d). The install was not very complicated and took about 75 minutes. I took my time and wasn't in a big hurry. No real big problems with the install either. I did waste about 20 minutes trying to run the wiring for the driver's side light through the front of the Jeep - near the grill. I couldn't get it through some tight spaces though and gave up - and ran the wiring across the firewall and them up the driver's side to the light. After I did this, it occurred to me that is probably what he intended - but the instructions didn't specify. Also, I didn't bother to mount the relays to the firewall - they're just sort of stuffed behind the battery. I will mount them properly in the near future when I am doing some other electrical work in that area.
e). It was a REALLY tight fit getting my Rugged Ridge Euroguards (2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler - Rugged Ridge Headlight Guard
) installed on these Cibie units. I did get them on, but I'm not entirely satisfied with the fit. I'm concerned that they may negatively impact the adjustment process too. I guess we'll see - but I may end up taking them back off. Just an FYI.
I guess that's about it. I am looking forward to darkness so I can try them out. I have big expectations for an improvement in my lighting - I hope I am not disappointed.