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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by gmata, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Oct 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    gmata

    gmata [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello Guys,

    I am on the search for the best driving lights for the buck.

    I drive a lot on dirt roads in Baja Mexico and i would like some extra lightning.

    I want to mount 2 lights on a light bar and i want to be able to see as far as possible.

    Also there is sometimes traffic on those roads so i might be required to turn them on and off repeatedly.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Oct 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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    acdronin

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    Baja Designs and LightForce are probably the top two out there, check my gallery and there's 520 watts inside my grill and i mounted the switch were my right hands fingers fall if i am resting my arm on the center armrest.
     
  3. Oct 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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    Sorry i think i was not clear enough,

    I am on a budget so what are the best lights i can get with out spending a fortune?
     
  4. Oct 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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    mutilatedjak n00b waffle

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    Whats your budget?
     
  5. Oct 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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  6. Oct 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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    I have heard very good things about Hella Rallye 4000s and Lightforce. When/if I get around to it on this truck, I am going with the Hellas.

    Awhile back, I had two Pro Comp 130 (8 inch) lights. At 130W each, they pull some power, but work very well. It's been probably 10 years since I bought them, but they were $35 each. That price does not include a wiring harness. The only problem with them was they started to rust a little after a couple of years. I believe they come in stainless steel also, I just got the black painted ones. Stainless shouldn't have that problem. I bet you could do a light bar, wiring harness, and two lights for 300 bucks.
     
  7. Oct 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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    I found a pair of Hellas Black Magic 1000's on craigslist for 120 bucks brand new with wire harness included. Is this a good deal? how do this light perform? Could i upgreade them to 100W bulbs later?
     
  8. Oct 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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    I don't have any experience with those. Hella used to have drawings on their website that showed light pattern and intensity of the different models. You might look and see if they still have that. I doubt 100W bulbs would be a problem as long as the wiring you use will support it. Many members here install larger bulbs or HID in the Hella 500s. BTW, the Hella 500s are a good supplement to the high beams, but you will not really gain any distance. Not a good choice for "seeing as far as possible".
     
  9. Oct 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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    Two of my lights a Hella 500's I rewired and upgraded to 130 watt bulbs (KC bulbs on Amazon), no modding to the light itself, just 14 ga instead of 16 ga wire. the two in the middle are some baja designs, probably their cheaper lights, did the same things as the hellas, ran everything to a switch on the center console. Lightbar from BAMF, did all the work myself, cost?
    Hellas =$30
    Bajas =$50
    130 watt KC bulbs=$60
    Lightbar=$60
    Relays+inline fuses=$25
    Wire =$40
    Switch =$5
    Paint for the lightbar =Free

    Seeing EVERTHING down the road?

    Fucking priceless!

    Think I beat your budget dude.

    All lights and lightbar bought from TW members. Get creative dude.:D

    This pic is with the two outer KC's that I used to have there,

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    the KC's are here now:
    On the top rear facing backwards
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    And they do this: This is only 230 watts

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  10. Oct 21, 2012 at 6:04 AM
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    Can you post a pic with lights off how are they mounted I wanna do something like this did you relocate the Trans cooler I know you had to do horns thanks
     
  11. Oct 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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    This is with the big KC's in the outermost slots, they are deeper and heavier than the 500's that replaced them, that is the BAMF lightbar they are mounted on, which is IMO the single best option for mounting behind-the-grill lighting. Nothing else comes close to versatility and ease of installation. With the tranny cooler, I didn't relocate it inasmuch as I replaced the mounting bolts with longer ones to get the cooler to sit closer to the radiator. I didn't disconnect any of the feed lines. It really wasn't that hard to do as there is some flexibility in the feed lines to play with.

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  12. Oct 21, 2012 at 7:21 AM
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    Check out automat central's 100W lights. They are a vendor here and often have deals on their lighting products. They seem to be well liked also, if you search for them, you'll find reviews by members.
     

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