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Old 10-05-2018, 11:42 AM   #18131
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Hellas. Hell, yeah.

The LED systems throw a lot of light but little of a beam.

You can do the conversion for the high def lights you see on folks' rigs that will blind you.

Or you can go old school and get something good with a beam. It all depends on your needs. If I'm cruising out into the wilderness on some crooked Forest Service road where a deer might jump across any second, I'm going with a beam system every time. Conversions are cool, but expensive.

Need even MORE light? Shove on some more Hellas or the equivelent, but do two switches. One for the two you can run on the road legally...another for the other dozen lights.

Best off road light I ever saw was on a friend's Jeep truck back in the 80's. An older one, the big truck. He went to a Boeing auction and bought a 727 landing light. Mounted top center on the roof toward the front near the windshield. Had to get a bigger alternator, special wiring, and couldn't run it off the battery. He could light up a forest field at night good enough to play football. For a while. Someone had to keep the engine running at a bit higher than idle. If you ran the light without the engine, the battery would be flat dead in less than five minutes.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:27 PM   #18132
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Light dispersion on modern LEDs is significantly better than incandescent bulbs. Depending on the particular housing you have (projectors for instance) you can also get an extremely long beam of light.


Personally for offroad, I tend to go with the dispersion at the expense of range. Crawling around offroad you don't necessarily need to see 300 yards in front of you, but having the area all around the front/rear lit up is nice.


I can run the LEDs on my light bar for hours with the truck off without draining the battery, which is another nice benefit.
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:20 PM   #18133
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Why not both? My headlights do a fantastic job of lighting everything for about 200+ yards where my Hella 500s kinda fill in the center a little and help with the width of the beam.
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:11 AM   #18134
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take it from someone who drives 80000 pounds down the road at night............please for the love of god use correct lighting on the highway. shitty light dispersion patterns blind us 80000 pound vehicles. i say that is bad................
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Too many morons on Facebook raving about those "fantastic" LED eBay lights that are literally the worst possible light money can buy and are a hazard on the road.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:57 AM   #18136
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i have DOT approved clear glass housings that were for the 9003 bulb. sape power connector as the 6054 style. they have the correct reflector and the light pattern is perfect.



i wish i had bought a spare set. they were only 20 bucks and are now no longer available. my worst fear happened. a rock got my driver one. looks like it was shot with a BB. so i bought a tube of aquarium silicone and smeared some inside the hole. it does not leak so i am fine with that "repair".
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:22 AM   #18137
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i have DOT approved clear glass housings that were for the 9003 bulb. sape power connector as the 6054 style. they have the correct reflector and the light pattern is perfect.



i wish i had bought a spare set. they were only 20 bucks and are now no longer available. my worst fear happened. a rock got my driver one. looks like it was shot with a BB. so i bought a tube of aquarium silicone and smeared some inside the hole. it does not leak so i am fine with that "repair".
Could you post a pic of those, cadillacdude?
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Old 10-07-2018, 06:24 AM   #18138
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Carried home my 4.8l lr4 engine that i purchased a while ago. Red truck hauled it like a champ. Also removed the cab from the rallycross truck as this will be going on my pathfinder pickup project.
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Old 10-07-2018, 06:32 AM   #18139
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Carried home my 4.8l lr4 engine that i purchased a while ago. Red truck hauled it like a champ. Also removed the cab from the rallycross truck as this will be going on my pathfinder pickup project.
What are your plans for the LS?
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Old 10-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #18140
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Changed oil using Hyperlube and Castrol. New plugs as well. Sanded and painted the battery support plate, or whatever you call that. I bought some paint from the pro shop down the street that deals with the local body shops on paint, supplies, etc. For twenty bucks, they will mix you up a half-pint and put half of it into a plastic bottle with a brush, the remainder left in the can. All they need is the code.

Tomorrow it's polish compound (lightly) to take care of a few clearcoat flaws, and then waxing time. While I listen to the Seahawks on the radio.

Look...as far as LED for headlights, I think the ones you see on the road with twenty or thirty bulbs stuffed into them look really silly on a truck. My apologies, but that's how I feel. It's like when you see a spoiler on a four-door so-so car. You want to go over there and remove it gently... and then hand it to the owner.

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