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    Default Headlight question

    I am re-posting this in this forum since I didn't get any replies in the National Capital Region forum. FYSA I live/am registered in Northern Virginia (NOVA) so the laws I speak of are Virginia law.

    So after reading MANY different forums on TJ headlight options

    Just a few of the links I looked at… http://www.novajeepers.com/index.php?name=NewForums&file=viewtopic&t=38202&hi ghlight=DDM

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/h-i-d-s-my-tj-wow-842999/

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/best-headlights-without-mods-1057824/

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/im-half-blind-i-need-better-headlights-1100628/

    I am torn as to what the best option is for my rig. I know that HIDs are not legal in NOVA and I do not want to put something on my rig that is going to blind folks, cause me to not pass an inspection or to get a ticket. I have never done any type of light/electric work so unless it is truly a “Light kit for dummies” I will end up asking for help or paying someone to do it for me. I guess my question is what does most of the members’ here use? I am thinking about these options but am more than open to other suggestions.

    1) http://www.quadratec.com/products/97009_111.htm with http://www.fixthisride.com/showproductdetail.jsp?prod_id=39055 (is the harness worth upgrading/necessary?)

    2) http://www.quadratec.com/products/97017_1601.htm with http://www.quadratec.com/products/97018_2200.htm (again… harness upgrade needed?)

    3) http://www.quadratec.com/products/97052_9001.htm with (any suggestions on bulbs to stay legal?)

    I greatly appreciate everyone’s thoughts on which option is the best bet. Also, when I finally make the call I would love for someone that has done this or know how to do this to give me a hand. I am more than willing to reciprocate any assistance.

    Thanks,

    Brent

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    In this case I would go closest to MOPAR and cheap. I hate super bright European style lights blinding me on the trail (unless they are lead).
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    Delta housings, IPF fat boys and the wiring harness. That's the set up I'm running in NOVA, once they're aimed properly you can't beat it.
    IMHO the wiring harness isn't necessary, but it does give a much crisper/slightly brighter light and it keeps the temps down. Pay the extra $50 or whatever it costs and get it.

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    I've got the Deltas in my CJ and what a difference they made. I didn't buy an upgrade harness when I installed mine, I just made my own using relays. Relays are pretty much a must, the extra current going thru to the H4 bulbs has a tendency to burn out the switches. I think I still have a link to the harness I made. When I get home I'll take a look and post up a link.
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    I have the Hella Vision Plus (No. 70 477) with H4 Halogen bulbs that have a nice horizontal cut off but spread out nice on the sides of the road in my 05 TJLJ. On high beam they shoot straight down the road like driving lights. I read about them in a JP Mag story where they did a test of different lights. Do a search on the JP site for the head light test and read about a lot of different lights and bulb combinations.
    Good luck

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    I have used the Hella myself in the past and they are great because of that light cut off. If they are aimed correctly they can not blind oncoming drivers because there is not light shinning above the cutoff zone. You can buy relay harness off of ebay for a couple of bucks and make some nice wiring harness for your lights so they get full voltage and don't melt your headlight switch. I just bought three of them for less than 10 dollars including shipping. Good luck.
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    the new KC replacement lights are direct plug and play for 94 bucks, worth checking out
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    Genesbro,
    How do you wire in relays, do you need one for low beam and one for high beam and just have the light switch energize the relays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C130Hilgy View Post
    Genesbro,
    How do you wire in relays, do you need one for low beam and one for high beam and just have the light switch energize the relays?
    Yep.

    I ran relays and heavier wires on my CJ, and what a difference! It had already been upgraded to Cibie' 7" Halogen lights, but adding in the relays made a big difference!


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    Thanks for the feedback guys... I think I am going to go with option#2. I still haven't decided about upgrading the stock wiring harness.

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