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Old April 4th, 2011, 12:33 AM
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Driving Lights/ Hi Beam Install

Hey All

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So my set-up uses HIDs as my mains ( & hence have no hi beam--- awesome visibility, but...), also have a bunch of auxiliaries on my roof rack, but I'd like to mount/install lights I can use to flash (hi beams).

I have an A-bar w/ winch. Over the years I've been told to drill (hell no), to look for clamps, to drill the bumper proper, etc...., but nada tht didn't seem to invite more rust or other issues.

Hence I thought I'd finally put it up here to see what you experts might have come up with or can suggest.

Thanks in advance.

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Old April 4th, 2011, 02:08 AM
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There are a number of options...

1. Replace your HIDs with BiXenon ones
2. I thought all the A-Bars came with mounting tabs...maybe look for one that has them
3. Clamps (this is what I did on my factory brush guard)
4. There is a Light Bar available that mounts to the bumper mounting bolts

I personally used clamps because I wanted to use the factory brush guard but wanted them to hang like the Camel Trophy trucks
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Old April 4th, 2011, 02:43 AM
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Sorry, you are using your mains as high beams? Everyone must love being blinded by you.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 03:05 AM
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John, I think what he's saying is he has HIDs and doesn't bother with high beams. I can understand that, I had a 5 series BMW with factory HIDs, and both the halogen high beams and the fog lamps were useless, you couldn't even tell the fog lamps were on. When I wanted more distance vision for back roads I just thumbed the little headlamp adjusting dial on the dash up a few degrees.

Why not clamps? If the finish on your A bar is good, then clamps shouldn't invite rust. Check out some of these nice aluminum ones. I used a small pair of these as mounts for my hi-lift on the rack on my RRC.

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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Tony, spot on
John, HIDs don't have hi beams
I 'll check the clamp solution as it appears to be the best option.

Does anyone have a light (that could be used as a Hi beam) clamp set up on their A-bar or similar that wouldn't mind sending a link for the manufacturer or dealer? Pic maybe?


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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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When you are doing the work I would upgrade new harness using a relay (Hella is fine).

If you have bought your HID kit, good luck with the system.

Piaa makes a Mechanical hid kit basically there is a cap that moves when you click to high beam. Last month PIAA was supposed to come out with an even more advaced system for high and low. Basically you are looking at about $350-400 for the sytem. But remember Piaa's ballast is guaranteed for life and the bulbs for 2 years...

these kits are not avialable in the USA.
these guys are on the board here http://www.piaacanada.com/hid/
these guys are also helpful http://www.nengun.com/
Nengun is in Japan, they where the ones that mentioned the latest version to me.


Here are some mounts as well http://www.shopatron.com/products/ca....25320.0.0.0.0
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Old April 4th, 2011, 11:58 AM
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Awesome, got it. My HIDs are Piaas from around '03 so I'm sure technology has changed a bunch. Hopefully these will solve my nagging problem since I upgraded to the HIDs 8ya.
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Just to add another option:

I just switched to truck-a-lite LEDs

1. Have high beams
2. doesnt need a new harness
3. 50,000 hour life
4. extremely focused
5. waterproof
6. shock resistance - military grade
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Just to add another option:

I just switched to truck-a-lite LEDs

1. Have high beams
2. doesnt need a new harness
3. 50,000 hour life
4. extremely focused
5. waterproof
6. shock resistance - military grade
Do you mean Truck-Lite?
What did you use to have?
What is the beam spread like?
I have been thinking of getting these, but I would like to see for myself how comparable they are to halogens.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 06:13 PM
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Do you mean Truck-Lite?
What did you use to have?
What is the beam spread like?
I have been thinking of getting these, but I would like to see for myself how comparable they are to halogens.

Sorry, yes there are Tuck Lite

The beam spread is great. Wide at the front of the truck, narrowing to a straight line on the horizon at 75 feet. They are super clear but not Fast and Furious anoying bright.

I had the worst sealed wagners.

A buddy with a 99 H1 Hummer had a really pricey set of HID's in his truck. Even though his might be slightly brighter, the focus on mine were 10 times better.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:18 PM
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Thanks, that's good to know.
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Sorry, yes there are Tuck Lite

The beam spread is great. Wide at the front of the truck, narrowing to a straight line on the horizon at 75 feet. They are super clear but not Fast and Furious anoying bright.

I had the worst sealed wagners.

A buddy with a 99 H1 Hummer had a really pricey set of HID's in his truck. Even though his might be slightly brighter, the focus on mine were 10 times better.

Can you post a pic of them on the truck. They are great lights but the profile of them would make the front of the truck look different.
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Can you post a pic of them on the truck. They are great lights but the profile of them would make the front of the truck look different.
2nd this request. Like kevkon, I am interested in their performance as well. I am assuming you bought one like these: http://www.discountfleetsupply.com/tlc27250c-p.html
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Some pics of ze's truck with the lights. I don't think he will mind me posting them.

Tom

Thanks for the link for the clamp mount. I always wondered who made that.
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Hard to notice with those landing lights
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Some pics of ze's truck with the lights. I don't think he will mind me posting them.

Tom

Thanks for the link for the clamp mount. I always wondered who made that.
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