Driving lights facing sides of road

Submitted: Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 22:32
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I was having a bit of a sticky beak at the set up on a Nissan GU that was parked in the local shopping centre, and noticed the owner had a pair of those slim driving lights (the type you see on "doof doof" cars), mounted on his/her bullbar, and they were facing to the left and right on about 45 degree angles.

I figure they were for lighting up those twisty bush tracks but I couldn't hang around to quizz the owner. So my questions are, was I mistaken, and is there any other purpose for these lights, and has anyone else tried this type of set up and if so, is it any good? The whole thing was very nicely done who's ever it was.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 22:42

Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 22:42
You mean the little gino lights about 2-3inch round, bright as hell?? yea they work for that, 1 Lux had them on a night run up Toolangi with us.

They also they make awesome reversing lights, if you can recess them into you rear bar out of harms way
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Follow Up By: Gajm (VIC) - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 22:50

Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 22:50
These were actualy oval shaped, and were so nicely done it looked like a factory set up. I have more than enough gadgets on the patrol as it is, but a good idea is a good idea and I might give them a try. They seem small enough that the wife may not even notice them.
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Reply By: Bilbo - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 23:16

Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 23:16
What's a "doof doof" car for God's sake??

Bilbo
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Follow Up By: Jimbo (WA) - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 23:27

Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 23:27
Bilbo,

It can be ANY car - but it's distinguished by the "doof doof doof doof" bass beat that comes out of it at about 140 decibels and the melon headed driving style that often accompanies it!
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Follow Up By: robb - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 04:37

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 04:37
Don forget the backward facing baseball cap on the driver as well as the driving position... i.e cranked back at least to a 45 degree angle...

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 07:41

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 07:41
have heard them called a lot of things but your description Jimbo wins 1st prize hahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 07:51

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 07:51
For viewing of doof doof cars goto the Autosalon website. They have other names but they really are a work of art on wheels. It really would be amazing to see what one of these guys would do to a 4B, once we got it thru that theyre meant to be LIFTED not LOWERED. :)
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Follow Up By: bruce - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 09:41

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 09:41
Yep ...thats the best description that I have heard ...ever , and apt...bewdy
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 07:56

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 07:56
On a trip up to Woods Point one year in my old Falcon I repointed the driving lights to do a similar thing, the RHS one I pointed left at 45 degrees the LHS one right at 45 degrees so the sort of shined around the corners. It was brilliant! Rather than just lighting up the bush in front of me on those windy roads they looked around the corner for me. Excellent! If I was setting up lights similar to what you mention above I would definitely cross them over. This trick was told me by a parttime rally driver.
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Reply By: Davoe - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 09:55

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 09:55
may have used it for some sort of job that required him to find house numbers-just a thought
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Reply By: flappan - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 10:07

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 10:07
Ive used them for most of those purposes.

Had a set angled on my Rally Car to see thru the corners.

Had them on my 4bie for night driving , and also for my PT job as a Paper Boy.

Work a treat.
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Reply By: mijochka - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:18

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:18
I have a set of Nava driving lights on my 'cruiser, which came with different lenses, one being a very effective pencil beam, the other throwing a wide beam which illuminates the roadside. Works quite well.
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Reply By: Mrs Diamond - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:48

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:48
wouldnt be the same set up as some of the later gq patrols that would light up when the indicators went on at night
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Reply By: phil - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 13:28

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 13:28
I think a Citroen car many years ago had headlights which were linked to the steering so that they "looked around the corner"
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Reply By: Rosscoe - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 13:49

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 13:49
Mechanic friend is preparing a ralley car for his son. Has a bracket in the middle of the Lancer with four driving lights about 150 mm dia each and down low on each side of the bumper and recessed into it two slightly smaller lights pointing out at about 45 deg.
Sounds like a ralley car thing.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 16:46

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 16:46
The so called fog lights in the silver Germerican point off to the sides without crossover which I have had before. It is great asset seeing the edge of the road whatever the conditions. I like it where ever in the country
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 20:27

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 20:27
This is probably 'the oldest trick in the book!" - I have always (thats for about 35 years !) had my driving lights crossed over by at least 5* - lights up the roadside where all the little nasties are, waiting to jump out at you. Also lets you 'see around corners'.
It is fairly pointless lighting the road straight ahead for 100m when the dangerous stuff is a lot closer.
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