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Unread 03-07-2012, 06:35 AM   #31
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Unread 03-07-2012, 09:52 PM   #32
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Unread 03-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #33
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i made my last attempt at a Truck-Lite product today. purchased the new gen led headlights from Jason@Rebel Offroad and got them very quickly. Initial impressions were mixed. love the appearance of the top half of the light, but was very surprised to see the circuit board exposed on the bottom half of the black piece that separates the high and low beams. They seemed well-made, and thats where my positive review of these lights ends.

FIrst - fit. they wobbled around in the factory housing. the "keys" that fit into the recesses on the mounting ring were a bit off in size, so even after tightening down the trim rings the lights were a touch loose and would wiggle when the jeep was running. a piece of electrical tape on the back of the light on these "keys" did the trick of allowing the lights to fit snug. I tried the supplied adapter that switches the h13 to a h4 plug, and had flickering. So i hacked up my hid harness and added the h4 plug to that, and lights functioned with no flicker.

secondly, the lighting output, like the first gen, left a lot to be desired. they have a better spread of light compared to the first gen, but still have the high and low light areas in the beam pattern. also, i had a weird hot spot in the center of the beam that created a very bright hot spot at the end of the beam. i tried to get a pic of this, but it didnt turn out that great. only had my iphone.



the hot spot/weird spot was in the shape of a "X" and my eyes were drawn to that focal point, regardless of what i tried. here are the spots on a garage door, again a bad pic.



the "X" became one spot while driving that you can kind of see in the first pic. i tried aiming the lights differently, and nothing got rid of it. needless to say that they were immediately taken out of my jeep, and thank goodness i was able to rebuild my hid harness and put my hids back in. i cant believe that my luck is this bad with truck-lite. maybe it truly is just a bad product.
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Unread 03-09-2012, 10:29 PM   #35
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i made my last attempt at a Truck-Lite product today. purchased the new gen led headlights from Jason@Rebel Offroad and got them very quickly. Initial impressions were mixed. love the appearance of the top half of the light, but was very surprised to see the circuit board exposed on the bottom half of the black piece that separates the high and low beams. They seemed well-made, and thats where my positive review of these lights ends.

FIrst - fit. they wobbled around in the factory housing. the "keys" that fit into the recesses on the mounting ring were a bit off in size, so even after tightening down the trim rings the lights were a touch loose and would wiggle when the jeep was running. a piece of electrical tape on the back of the light on these "keys" did the trick of allowing the lights to fit snug. I tried the supplied adapter that switches the h13 to a h4 plug, and had flickering. So i hacked up my hid harness and added the h4 plug to that, and lights functioned with no flicker.

secondly, the lighting output, like the first gen, left a lot to be desired. they have a better spread of light compared to the first gen, but still have the high and low light areas in the beam pattern. also, i had a weird hot spot in the center of the beam that created a very bright hot spot at the end of the beam. i tried to get a pic of this, but it didnt turn out that great. only had my iphone.

the hot spot/weird spot was in the shape of a "X" and my eyes were drawn to that focal point, regardless of what i tried. here are the spots on a garage door, again a bad pic.

the "X" became one spot while driving that you can kind of see in the first pic. i tried aiming the lights differently, and nothing got rid of it. needless to say that they were immediately taken out of my jeep, and thank goodness i was able to rebuild my hid harness and put my hids back in. i cant believe that my luck is this bad with truck-lite. maybe it truly is just a bad product.
I had the wobble in the left front headlight as well. Tape worked out just fine. Tonight was the first time I saw the flickering, its annoying once you see it. Ive never had anteing but stock lighting so they seemed great to me. Did the harness change the brightness at all? I find the high beams amazing but low def have some gaps in light and I notice the x hot spot as well. I didn't see a place to vertically adjust, am I missing something obvious? Im also concerned about the lenses, they've alreayd scratched and i think a couple kicked up rocks will make them look like beat up. I have no clue why glass wasn't used. Im contemplating returning them, what HIDs are you running and how much is the price dif?
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Unread 03-10-2012, 06:34 AM   #36
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I have none of these issues. Mine fit tight. Don't wobble. I did haven an issue with my headlight brush guards. These new headlights are 1/2 inch deeper, so they were hitting the brush guards (rugged ridge brand). I just dremeled the guards off and extended them out the 1/2 inch and all is good.

I already had a complete wiring harness installed thanks to D. Stern, so I have zero flicker and they are bright as hell. I haven't been able to drive with them yet as my radiator fan shorted and am currently waiting for a new one to come in. The 'garage door' test was mighty impressive however.

I did notice that the lamp isn't glass, so I purchased a headlight protective film to avoid scratched. That part is a shame considering the cost, but at 1/2 the price of the Speakers, a $15 film is fine by me!
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Unread 03-10-2012, 09:32 AM   #37
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I have none of these issues. Mine fit tight. Don't wobble. I did haven an issue with my headlight brush guards. These new headlights are 1/2 inch deeper, so they were hitting the brush guards (rugged ridge brand). I just dremeled the guards off and extended them out the 1/2 inch and all is good.

I already had a complete wiring harness installed thanks to D. Stern, so I have zero flicker and they are bright as hell. I haven't been able to drive with them yet as my radiator fan shorted and am currently waiting for a new one to come in. The 'garage door' test was mighty impressive however.

I did notice that the lamp isn't glass, so I purchased a headlight protective film to avoid scratched. That part is a shame considering the cost, but at 1/2 the price of the Speakers, a $15 film is fine by me!
Good idea, what type of film?
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Unread 03-10-2012, 12:00 PM   #38
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I had the wobble in the left front headlight as well. Tape worked out just fine. Tonight was the first time I saw the flickering, its annoying once you see it. Ive never had anteing but stock lighting so they seemed great to me. Did the harness change the brightness at all? I find the high beams amazing but low def have some gaps in light and I notice the x hot spot as well. I didn't see a place to vertically adjust, am I missing something obvious? Im also concerned about the lenses, they've alreayd scratched and i think a couple kicked up rocks will make them look like beat up. I have no clue why glass wasn't used. Im contemplating returning them, what HIDs are you running and how much is the price dif?
35w ddm tuning kit with the capacitor/diode wired in (<$5 from radio shack) in 5000k. less than $100 in the hid kit. works great, aimed properly and never get flashed. good spread of light with the exception of directly in front of the vehicle. but thats what a good set of fog/driving lights are for.
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Unread 03-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #39
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35w ddm tuning kit with the capacitor/diode wired in (<$5 from radio shack) in 5000k. less than $100 in the hid kit. works great, aimed properly and never get flashed. good spread of light with the exception of directly in front of the vehicle. but thats what a good set of fog/driving lights are for.
I have a set of 35 ddms in 5k. Put them in my Cibies. It was not great. I didn't try the ddms in my stock housings. Just went with LEDS to be done with this headache.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #40
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I added my review of the newer Truck-Lites to the Headlight Shootout thread - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/h...7/index18.html

Overall, I'm pleased, but undecided if I'm going to keep these or switch back to the 10-LED ones I had originally.

Here's a quick shot of the way they look on the Jeep. Sorry for the lousy cell phone pic:

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