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Old May 29th, 2014, 11:52 AM
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HID conversion headlights

I installed the Hella Vision Plus headlamps with the H2 bulbs from RN and they still seem weak. The LED options (JW Speaker and TL) also don't seem to be up to par in terms of uniformity and width of light spread.

Speaking with Rally Lights (Susquehanna Motor Sports), they recommended an upgrade to the Hella Bi-Xenons. http://www.rallylights.com/all/light...onversion.html

Has any one converted a Defender to one of these. Looking at the photos and measurements on the website, would I need to cut the bucket that sits behind the headlamps presently? I am installing the ARB headlight relay harness right now so would this be legal, easy to install and work without drawing too much current?
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Old May 29th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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The Hella's dont run H4's? Did yo upgrade your harness? Upgrading the harness should help.

I run the E-codes with Xenon Bulbs (60/55W) from rallylights. I have not upgraded the harness.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 12:36 PM
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I'm just using the stock H2s the Vison Plus came with. Upgrading the harness this weekend. Are the Vision Plus considered E codes?
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Old May 29th, 2014, 12:41 PM
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Some one will chime in, but i think the Vision Plus are DOT certified. Not the E-code. I thought the Vision Plus used H4's as well. Unless i am confused.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 02:42 PM
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According to Hella:

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HELLA HB2/9003 Vision Plus headlamps are SAE/DOT legal for all vehicles in the USA while the H4 conversion headlamps are ECE approved only and are legal only for motorcycles in the USA. Be sure to check your local laws for any additional requirements.


There appear to be three different part numbers on the 7" Vision Plus.
002395801 and 002395991 are E-Code, while
002395301 is a DOT approved headlamp.

As for LED's, the JW has a very adequate low-beam, however the high is nearly non-existent and needs an auxiliary light to supplement. I'll be doing a test on a 7" housing with a Bi-Xenon HID projector soon, which I think will be the best option as far as driving lights are concerned.

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Old May 29th, 2014, 02:47 PM
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My Hella Vision Plus from RN is part number 002395301 so is DOT approved. I'm using it with the included HB2 bulb presently.

I'm reading more about the Truck Lites on the Jeep forum but let me know what you think of the HIDs.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 03:13 PM
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My Hella Vision Plus from RN is part number 002395301 so is DOT approved. I'm using it with the included HB2 bulb presently.

I'm reading more about the Truck Lites on the Jeep forum but let me know what you think of the HIDs.
I'll post a review here once I have the chance to do some testing. I'll be running them on a 110 we're restoring at the moment, which ought to be done in the next month or two.

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That price is astounding...$1300 for headlamps is way too rich for my blood...but let us know how they perform! 😄
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Old May 29th, 2014, 05:37 PM
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That price is astounding...$1300 for headlamps is way too rich for my blood...but let us know how they perform! 😄
Actually, I'm rethinking that. The car doesn't drive that fast that I need all that distance in light reach. The Truck Lite LEDS have a wide dispersion while the Speakers have enough reach for the Defender. Just going to decide among these 2.

If anyone has opinions regarding the two LED choices, let me know.
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You're not paying for reach with these. You're paying for uniform light. Those are very nice projectors. And high-end ballasts to boot with hot restart and all the fancy tricks. You definitely got what you paid for.

Just know they aren't technically legal and you better fucking aim them properly.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 08:01 PM
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That price is astounding...$1300 for headlamps is way too rich for my blood...but let us know how they perform! dde04
It's a little less than what I paid for the projectors for my Passat a number of years ago. Seems expensive but it's what they cost really.
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