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1995-97 Aftermarket Headlight Assembly Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Madjik_Man, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Nov 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

    Dec 2, 2009
    Boulder County
    1998 Ext Cab 3.4 4x4 TRD 5MT
    2004 DC 3.4 4x4 TRD
    Yes, I tried searching this forum but the resulting hits are tremendous or barely any.

    I have a 1998 Tacoma and will be doing the front end swap to a 95-97. The roundeyes aftermarket assemblies I've had in mind for a few years now are no longer available:


    I am wondering if anyone has recommendations on a high quality headlight assembly for my project.

    I've heard to stay away from the sealed beam assemblies that came on the 95-97s. And I'm also not looking to break the bank. I'm willing to spend $100 for the pair.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Nov 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    chasebrooks14 Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    First Name:
    Dahlonega, Georgia
    2008 Acura TSX (RIP LaToya)
    Mickey Thompson Classic iii, Green LED interior floor lights, After market Kenwood touch screen radio, 20% window tint, Blacked out bumpers and grill, blacked out tail lights, Pioneer door speakers, bed lined toolbox, LED tailgate light bar w/ reverse lights, Bilstein 5100 all 4 corners and top setting up front, Trd Coils, New 1.5" lift leaf pack and shackles, White gages with blue needles. 32x11.5 Cooper STTs, 1.25" Spidertrax spacers
    you can always retrofit :rolleyes: its what I hope to be doing here soon
  3. Nov 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    joes06tacoma Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    First Name:
    Central Coast, CA
    06 4x4 Off Road Access Cab v6 6spd
    LEER Shell with dome lights operated with 3 way switches, aux backup lights with relay and 3 position switch, modified wiring to compass/temp display and clock to include switch that disables dimming function (poor man's DRL solution), Scan Gauge 2

    I have owned these, can't say enough good about them. Note that they don't come with bulbs and they are going to be a bit over $100 once you've bought the bulbs. If you get them, go all out and get the 55/100W or 80/100W bulbs and build or buy a harness to handle the current draw. When I installed these I no longer needed my 130W off road lights anymore.

    I should also say that before I bought the Hella conversions, I went to Walmart and bought a pair of GE "High Output" sealed beams. They were around 20 bucks, way back in 2000 or so. These were definitely the best "bang-for-the-buck. I think GE now has the "Nighthawk" or something like that, not sure how that compares, probably pretty good.

    Around the same time, back in 2000ish I worked at Kragen Auto and tried a couple of other sealed beams. The Sylvania Xtravision was overpriced junk compared to the GE HOs. The Silverstars always got good reviews but never had them on my truck, and they don't last long either. I had a friend working at NAPA around that time and he said the Wagner "Brightlite" sealed beams worked very well on his Toyota truck, never saw it for myself.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2013

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