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Headlight conversion

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by sypher651, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. Aug 22, 2017 at 11:05 AM
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    sypher651

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    so i purchased a new set of headlight fronts for pretty cheap, not worried about them one bit, what I am wondering is has anyone done a converson on a 1st gen from lamps to say LED, or HID. If so recomendations on a kit.... LED would be ideal, i just got 2 bars and would like to stay consistant if possible.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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    Please read this:
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    and this:

     
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  3. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:01 PM
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    I did bought a cheap headlight set from ebay and got this https://www.amazon.com/Headlight-Co...&sr=1-1&ymm=2002:toyota:tacoma&keywords=VK-5S
    i did some reserach and you can adjust them so it does not blind incoming traffic.
     
  4. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:07 PM
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    Look into the TRS ongoing group buy for HID conversion kits
     
  5. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:39 PM
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    HIDs are easy to put in these days. All you need is an oven and a few basic tools. Hardest part is removing the grille and shit.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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    7x6 housings will require custom work to fit a projector in there. ive made 3 sets myself. nothing a dremel and some jb weld cant handle.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:47 PM
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    Ah damn, didn't even notice it was an oldie.
     
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  9. Jan 21, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    Those shine high. Is that low beam?
     
  10. Jan 21, 2019 at 9:27 AM
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    That was hi beam sitting on top of a hill shining down a hill
     
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    I have sealed beam lamps. What did you replace the sealed beams with to install the LEDs in?
     
  12. Feb 4, 2019 at 5:16 PM
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    7x6 plastic housings off eBay. Go on eBay type in 7x6 headlight. Any of them that don’t have the bulb made into them will work
     
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  13. Feb 5, 2019 at 2:42 AM
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    Match it with the cheapest ebay LED bulbs you can find. 100k lumens set for $9.98 will do. There is no reason to pay more if you are going to put crap on your truck anyay.
     
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  14. Feb 5, 2019 at 8:45 AM
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    Found you the best deal:

    upload_2019-2-5_8-41-13.jpg

    Look how awesome bright they are: 600W per bulb (you need to upgrade your alternator for that) and 195 thousand lumens is more than a space shuttle during the take off.


    upload_2019-2-5_8-40-11.jpg
     
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    Exactly. This guy has it figured out. If you need more help or advice just ask him :thumbsup::bananadance:
     
  16. Feb 5, 2019 at 9:42 AM
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    it's like goldy and bronzy only it's made out of iron.:rofl:
     
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  17. Feb 5, 2019 at 4:13 PM
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    I think 1200 watts is a little over-kill! Having to by a much higher amperage alternator is a bit much. The sealed beam halogens are 55/65 watts! They just aren't enough when driving at night and all the newer vehicles headlights are blinding. I just want to be able to see, not blind anyone and get a hefty ticket in the process. I appreciate the advice, but there has to be a more moderate solution! lol!
     
  18. Feb 5, 2019 at 4:23 PM
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    Seriously read the link in post Headlight conversion, then once you understood the technology get e-coded Hella and decent set of H4 bulbs (Phillis, Osram). With e-code Hella you will find that you don't need more power than road legal halogen H4 bulb. This is the only way to go.
     
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    Unless you put LED projectors in the 7x6 housing.
    DSC_0007.jpg
     
  20. Feb 5, 2019 at 4:58 PM
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    I wouldn't mine doing this but there are no LED projectors that put out enough lumens and have a wide pattern. Most LED designed headlights now have multiple LEDs to provide the lighting needed for the length and width.
     
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