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    Default Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    So the XJ has 4x4 now, and with fall coming, looks like any wheeling will eventually have me in the dark. And even on this '99, the headlights are....

    So, I know I need the harness, guessing LMC truck (cause I have a K20, may as well buy 2), bulbs and housings.

    I have seen people happy with the Hella and IPF housings, and lots seem to purchase the Rampage ones. But I saw where Rugged Ridge has housings now with Polycarbonate lenses.

    And thoughts? Are Hella or IPF worth it?
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    Default Re: Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    the nice thing about the Hella housings is you can get E code, which is kinda like a poor mans projection lense
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    Well I think the added benefit to the Hella and IPF glass housings, apart from the bulbs, is that they don't get that nasty film built up on them. Sure you can always use those kits to clean them up eventually, but I think the smart money would be in the glass housings.

    That being said, I have the IPF's, Putco harness, and Hella H4 bulbs and absolutely love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    the nice thing about the Hella housings is you can get E code, which is kinda like a poor mans projection lense
    So the Hella e-code versions have the sharp cut-off that seems to be so popular?

    I think I saw where Quadratec had them....will any decent bulbs work?
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    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
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    Default Re: Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    Yes. But beware that if you go with HIDs, it is possible to melt a poly housing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneedle Vision View Post
    Well I think the added benefit to the Hella and IPF glass housings, apart from the bulbs, is that they don't get that nasty film built up on them. Sure you can always use those kits to clean them up eventually, but I think the smart money would be in the glass housings.

    That being said, I have the IPF's, Putco harness, and Hella H4 bulbs and absolutely love it.
    The Putco harness and LMC harness look very close. Good point on the glass housings, I have the 3M headlight polishing kit, and while it does VERY well, you still have to do it.

    Did you have any trouble with the "turn off" delay on the headlights on your 2000?
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    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredwolf View Post
    The Putco harness and LMC harness look very close. Good point on the glass housings, I have the 3M headlight polishing kit, and while it does VERY well, you still have to do it.

    Did you have any trouble with the "turn off" delay on the headlights on your 2000?
    I'm pretty sure they're exactly the same. I just got all my stuff from Amazon so that's why it's not LMC. The headlight delay works just fine since the new harness plugs directly into the stock light harness/control.

    When I installed it, I was kicking myself wondering "How am I gonna operate the lights??" and then I found that ton of bricks I was looking for.
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    Default Re: Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    I've got autopal housings, putco harness and 100/80 bulbs on mine, I really like it.

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    I ordered Hella housings, Putco harness and a set of 60/55 and 100/55 bulbs, we'll see how they do.
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    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    You don't want polcarb for anything optical or light related. It's index of refracting is 1.598 and it's abby value is 30. It's a ty material for anything pertaining to deviating light. The Hella kit is worth the coin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07Negative View Post
    You don't want polcarb for anything optical or light related. It's index of refracting is 1.598 and it's abby value is 30. It's a ty material for anything pertaining to deviating light. The Hella kit is worth the coin.
    The Hella kit should be here any day, we'll see how it goes. I was shocked at how bad the XJ's lights were. The lights on my '91 Exploder and '95 GMC van are better, and the GMC uses sealed beams.
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    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
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    My camping lantern is better than OEM XJ lights. Kinda sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07Negative View Post
    My camping lantern is better than OEM XJ lights. Kinda sad.
    I taped two Mag lights to the hood tonight as a joke....until I saw how much better they are.
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    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
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    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    I found a pic of somebody's xj a while back and I just think it looks awesome! These lights would provide much better visibility too. It's definitely on my list of want-to-do!
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    Default Re: Headlight Upgrade- Housings?

    I read some info about headlight upgrade, decided to order autopal 200mm euro headlights with 100/90 bulb.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/200mm-H6054-...fb58faa5#payId

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