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Old August 20th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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Off-road Lights.....recommendations

I am looking to add a pair of off-road lights to my front brush bar. Based on the space, I think they need to stay at max around 6 or 7 inches wide. What's the current thinking on a good pair of lights for under say $400? I see a lot of talk about the Hella 4000s, is that the way to go?

If money is no object, what's the best thing out there?
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Hella 4000 euro beams if you want a lot of light cornering if you wanna light up the trail.
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If money is no object, what's the best thing out there?
With that being said. I am a fan of the Piaa 8002 or 8008 Hid lamps. They are a HUGE improvement over regular lamps. I had the Piaa 580's before, and they are another great (lower priced) alternative.

If you do a lot of wading the 8002 might not be the best option. Retail is about $900 a lamp but you can find deals on ebay and amazon for about 300 a lamp every now and then.

The ballast have a warranty for life and the bulbs 2 years.
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Hella 4000 euro beams if you want a lot of light cornering if you wanna light up the trail.
What he said.
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I got the euro beam Hella 4000 on amazon cheap.
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Light Force ...

I have had my Light Force XGT light for a while now and have to admit they do take a beating. And the output is more than I can use ... Quality and reliability hands down, but a little on the pricy side though.
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I have 3 HID Hella 4000's and they have been phenomenal.
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I have 3 HID Hella 4000's and they have been phenomenal.


They are a fucking pain in the ass. I have a pair i might give away.
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It's worth looking at the Led options. Different light and spread, low current draw, long lasting.
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In my opinion: HID all the way. I don't think it's hyperbole when I say that the brightness of HID systems absolutely humbles non-HID lights.
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They are a fucking pain in the ass. I have a pair i might give away.
I will take them. LICKED
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It's worth looking at the Led options. Different light and spread, low current draw, long lasting.
http://www.rigidindustries.com/D2-p/d2.htm
I bought a pair of the small rigid and use them as reverse aux lights. Not bad for utility, but the big ones are $$ and I'm not sure they can throw light down the trail the way a traditional or hid light can.
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You may be right, but there are several aspects to lighting. It really depends on specifically what type of lighting requirements you have. Where I am and go, spread is more important than absolute distance. Hids are really too much for me. Not to mention that they are a prime target for theft.
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Scott where did you mount your ballasts?
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They are a fucking pain in the ass. I have a pair i might give away.
I will take them for my hybrid, bring them to uwharrie.

------ Follow up post added August 21st, 2011 05:34 PM ------

Phil, I mounted the on top the front cross-member.
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no issues with the ballasts. I was going to put them on my RRC but I am not sure what I will do with them. I think I might have blew the bulb or ballast
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Nice how did you secure the ballasts. I wish that pig tail was longer.
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Nice how did you secure the ballasts. I wish that pig tail was longer.
Big a$$ zip ties...
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Nice how did you secure the ballasts. I wish that pig tail was longer.

Piaa told me I could extend the wiring by a couple feet if needed and it would not void the warranty. The PIAA ballast has a lifetime warranty.
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