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Headlight Upgrade

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Dedlish, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Apr 24, 2018 at 9:19 PM
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    Dedlish

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    Anyone know of some good headlight options that use the stock harnesses or an easy install upgrade?
     
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  2. Apr 24, 2018 at 9:21 PM
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  3. Apr 24, 2018 at 11:47 PM
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  4. Apr 24, 2018 at 11:52 PM
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    For early second gens you need to get the H4 conversion from sealed beam. This switches your headlights to a fixed lens where you can then change out the bulb, which is far higher performing. While more expensive, I highly recommend Hella E-code 200mm lenses. E-codes put more light on the ground and less in the air, alone producing drastic improvements in lighting on top of the improvements from switching away from sealed beams. Hella makes some of the best ones out there. Those alone with a quality bulb with make a massive difference over your sealed beam setup. Once you are ready you can then switch to a harness and high wattage for insane headlight output with the E-codes.
     
  5. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:02 AM
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    You mean first gens?
     
  6. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:04 AM
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    Habit. Yes, Early 1st Gens.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:08 AM
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    :) figuered thats what ya ment. U werent kidding about the price 95 bucks for 1 headlight. My luck they will find a rock on the 2nd day of install
     
  8. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:12 AM
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    I've been using some led conversion lights. I like them and they aimed well.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B074LT5B1M?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_pd_title

    Need this harness too because toyotas use ground side switching and the LEDs cannot deal with that because they're diodes.

    https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/321185541524

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    Funny thing. I've run them as well as 'bargain' versions. The bargain brands would have rocks go right through them, glass was super thin. The Hellas were tanks, they weighed significantly more than the bargain brands and the lenses appeared to massively more robust. Went through 2 bargain E-codes lost due to rocks though the lens. Once switching to Hella, over many years never once even cracked a lens.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:23 AM
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    Just bought a set of 200mm Hellas on Amazon 100 for the pair. Came with 100/80w bulbs. Also got a grounded harness
     
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    Running Hella Lens also, yes the glass is very thick, no chips or cracks, big difference over stock

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    If installing the 100/80 bulbs I would check the heat generated at the 3 prong plug... it just might melt. They make ceramic plugs just in case.
     
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    You see signs better because light is shining where it shouldn’t. High beams show signs better too, but that doesn’t mean they are acceptable for oncoming traffic. And the short wave blue light from LEDs refracts and scatters more (a bad thing) which causes light to bounce back to the driver making reflective signs appear hyper illuminated. This also reduces vision in rain/snow/fog for the same reason.

    The correct way to upgrade lights in a halogen reflector housing is to use a halogen source designed for the housing which drastically boosts output while maintaining beam pattern and cut offs:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/
     
  15. Apr 25, 2018 at 11:48 PM
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    If they have the little cutoff pieces that most led conversions do then it's fine, it won't shine on the bright portion...

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    See the little outcroppings that hang over the diode face?
     
  16. Apr 26, 2018 at 12:02 AM
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    Negative ghost rider. Tried kits like that too, while the glare is better than those without, there is still excessive glare. Even the H4 version of the Hikari kit that everyone raves about still had glare and poor performance.

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  17. Apr 26, 2018 at 12:05 AM
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    Guess it all depends on what you get, those hella headlights he got have the focusing element on the front which helps a lot. But I've only tried Philips H4 conversions and they aimed beautifully and even sitting in a lowered 300zx didn't blind us oncoming. Cheaper ones are usually a no go though, the Philips weren't cheap. I like my LED sealed beams, they were cheap and aimed very well but they have a special reflector design.
     
  18. Apr 26, 2018 at 12:47 AM
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    The Philips are actually the best ones I’ve seen. Haven’t seen other brands do nearly as well.
     
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    Got any output shots? Looks interesting.
     
  20. Apr 26, 2018 at 9:58 AM
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    I can take some tonight, they're pretty even, just one hotspot but it is low so it doesn't affect oncoming traffic
     
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