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advice with HID offroad lights

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by toytaco85, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Mar 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM
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    toytaco85

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    hey all, my wife is in a giving mood and gonna let me buy a pair of HID's to put on the taco. im looking for a pair of slim lights. ive found some online such as eagle eye, and rugged ridge. anybody have any experience with these, or can anybody recommend a good pair? oh and they are just going to be mounted to my stock bumper, thats why i wanted slim. any advice is much appreciated
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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    Hellas are really popular here. KC hilights are great too.
     
  3. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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  4. Mar 15, 2011 at 6:33 PM
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    Congrats on the green light! I was thinking about a set of HIDs as well for my Taco and my Cherokee. I was going with incandescent or halogen but they draw way to much power. I would go with a Xenon HID light from HELLA such as the 4000 series, but this depends on what your requirements are and how you will use them. There are a few different styles within this series such as pencil, flood, driving, compact pencil etc. If you drive in fog or dust a lot then perhaps a yellow light may be needed. There are some that do a high beam driving light and low beam yellow fog but they are a bit pricey (300-600)
    Hope this helps
     
  5. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    yotataco94- iv e looked into them and kc seem super expensive and hella are a little more reasonably priced. i also found some on lcengineering, but i dont know what makes one HID better than the other.

    jlee- haha well we have our spending money/allowance that we get from each paycheck, and the rest goes to the joint for bills such as mortgage, car payments, and what is leftover is for us like if we want to go do something. its just kinda hard to justify something like that, that i dont necessarily need.

    jeepin456- there really is no need for them, except for maybe when i go camping or as bad as it sounds, light someone up who cuts me off. i live in az, so no fog except for maybe once every couple of years. so im just looking for more of a flood of light to go out somewhat of a distance. ive tried to find a picture of the lights lit up, but no success.
     
  6. Mar 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    Its one of those situations where your needs dont really demand a fantastic light. Lighting someone up with an offroad light that cuts you off can be accomplished with the cheapest of lights and since you have no fog you dont need the amber lights. Many companies make flood lights that have distance and I know if you check out ebay for KC lights (the basic kind) you will be more than satisfied with your needs. Dont spend the money if your not driving fast at night offroad which are what the more expensive lights are good for as well as brightness (I am talking about super bright)
     
  7. Mar 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    If you're on a budget, but still want HID driving lights, pick up a set of Hella 500's or 700's. You can do a HID retrofit and it's pretty simple. I put HID's in all 3 of my 700's.

    A pair of 700's is only gonna set you back about $75 and the HID retrofit kit another $40 from DDM Tuning.

    Check out this article for more info.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/60590-hella-700ff-hid-conversion.html

    I've got some pix in my build thread of the difference with the lights off/on if ya need a visual.
     
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  9. Mar 16, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    Yeah Jerry...if that was the case wouldn't you have a supercharger? :p
     
  10. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM
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    Differential Breather Mod Light Bar: 2 Hella 4000 HID, 1 Cibie Halogen. Bilstein 5100s Ride Rite Air Bags
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    On the inside are a pair of HELLA 4000 Metal 100 watt Halogen Pencil (spot) Beams
    On the outside are a pair of Kragen HID 35 watt Euro (driving) Beams.

    Below, see the illumination comparisson:

    TACOMA HIGH BEAMS:
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    Add HID Driving Beams:
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    Add Halogen Pencil Beams:
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Mar 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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