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Old September 20th, 2014, 01:59 AM
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Fitting led headlights to ex-mod

Any one tried doing this? I know they will work and fit, but don't I know if they'll fit in the sealed rubber cup behind the light or whether to remove this.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 02:14 AM
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No, you will have to replace the entire H4 assembly and possibly wiring and the mounting ring, depending on what you have.

IMHO, LEDs look ridiculous on Defenders, especially ex-MOD trucks. I went for a Hella H4 halogen bulb with the heavy duty ARB wiring harness. I had to build some harness adapters and replace some bits because of the sealed mil bulbs in my Tithonus but it was an easy afternoon project. End result is super-bright headlights that don't look like some street racer degenerate.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 08:21 AM
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Thanks Chris. You're going to hate my 90!

The mounting ring and wiring is the same I think. It's the plastic and rubber stuff that keep everything protected that may be too shallow
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Old September 20th, 2014, 08:44 AM
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Don't mind Chris, Henry. Chris thinks he's a purist. LED's look ridiculous alright... Ridiculously awesome. Especially on an MOD truck. More important than what they look like is how they work. They have a much lower draw, the light quality and disbursement is better and they'll outlast the life of the truck. Which brand are you going with?
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Old September 20th, 2014, 08:47 AM
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The truck-lites. Everyone here seems to love them and I really like the look of them.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 08:56 AM
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I've always converted my trucks to the halogen units with the hella lenses..you can get them pretty easily off eBay and they work breat and if you give them a better power feed they are very bright..they make a headlight relay system which uses the headlight wiring to switch relays to five a really good power to the lights and reduces the load on the switches.. And they look stock for the purists.. this next build I will be using the trucklites.. I'm choosing function over appearances, I think they look totally out of place (and a little ugly) but are supposed to give totally awesome light projection..and that's more important for this one to drive around the world..
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:37 PM
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So I used the existing MOD fittings but removed the small weather cover from the connector to make space for the larger trucklite assembly. It all works. I'm just a little nervous that the LR design has just one screw holding the headlight surround to the body work as the trucklites are heavier than the stock lights.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:50 PM
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Got a pic? I don't recall any surround or plinth that just has one screw.
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The surround has 3 screws to the lamp but then only one screw to the body. You can see it at 2:09 in this video:

I'll take pic tomorrow.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 11:17 PM
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Ok you're actually talking about the headlight itself, not the surround.

Your fine. It's not coming out. If you're still worried, then put some blue thread lock on the screw.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 11:28 PM
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I would solder the connections, not use a connector as seen at 11:30
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