Narva Ultima 175.........any opinions???

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Has anyone used Narva Ultima 175s or Ultima Blue 175s? Reading a review in a mag recently they seemed to perform pretty well, apart from the backscatter from the clear covers.
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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:37

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:37
Bang for buck I reckon they are great. They have a good strong swivel mount that stops the light from moving once you set them up. Mine have been up the cape on all those corrugations without any drama's and friends with IPF's had them pointing in all directions!

Leroy
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:58

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:58
Hi Will, I've got the clears... Bloke at the shop reckons the blue is for looks only, no performance gain. I settled for them after having IPF's pinched, can afford to replace these again if needed. I was suprised with the performance, they're not a patch on a lightforce but are more than adequate for my needs. I bought the combo pack but next time I will probably go for 2x spread beams JMO.
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Reply By: Moggs - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:59

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:59
I have a set of round Ultima 175's, 1 spread, 1 pencil beam. I agree, the mounting system is good and solid - they don't move once set.

They are good value for what you pay, which should be around the $140 mark for a set. They are obviously not as good as the more expensive brands out ther, but provide a resonable light output.

The best thing about them though is that you don't have to worry about your mega expensive spotties being flogged everytime you park your 4wd in a public place :)
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Follow Up By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 23:08

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 23:08
If you have a half decent insurance policy you dont have to worry about them being stolen anyway.
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 23:11

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 23:11
Yeah right...just pay up the excess whenever someone decides to rip off a spotty - don't think so....and if you mean a half decent policy as one with a low excess - then all power to you for paying too much base premium.
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Follow Up By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 19:53

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 19:53
Well I would rather pay $250.00 excess and get 2 new XGT's than pay $175.00 and get new Taiwanese crap! My insurance is only around $500.00 per year.
Cheers Peter
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Reply By: dingbat - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:07

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:07
I currently am using the blue ones, both in the spot lights rather than one of each, previously I used the clear ones in spot and spread configuration, the blues provide a whiter light and I am happier with the twin spot types. Coverage and distance is good and as I work at night(when not touring) i use them on a nightly basis. Can not compare with other brands as its been years since I had Lucas Flamethrowers, and actually the modern cars I am paid to drive have very good driving beams. All in all they appear to be pretty much ok--and come with clear covers as well.
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Reply By: will21 - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:08

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:08
Had any problems with the light from the covers? The picture in the review showed a large band of light around the back of the light which I imagine would be annoying
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:51

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:51
Mine are well below the bonnet line so I don't get any backward glare through the windscreen.
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Follow Up By: warthog - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 12:18

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 12:18
If they are above the bonnet line the clear covers do project light back and may give you the chits. Have a set of blue spots on patrol and older metal set 175's on pord pelican which I reckon are better. If I were to buy again I would spend the extra and get LF240XGT, not that impressed with the ultimas.
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Reply By: banjodog - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:39

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:39
I've had the 175s spots from Repco ($138, could be dearer now) on for 18 months and to date been very good. I don't travel on really rough roads but those I have travelled on don't misalign the lights.

I also converted my standard headlights (glass) to the after-market polycarbonate ones for $35ea from AutoBarn and fitted the 55w/60w Philips +50 H4 bulbs about $29 for the pair. With the headlights on high beam and the two 175 spots I have more than adequate lighting.

The replacement headlights (Hilux) throw a really good light - up to 25m in front and about 15m to the side. The 175s push for about 400m but I haven't compared to other brands for performance. Another good light are the NightStalkers (sp?) for about the same price as the 175s but like always shop for a good price. Repco were $40 cheaper than another well known autosupplier.

But like other people, I won't loose too much sleep if they are damaged or stolen as they are on the lower price end of the market.

As for the "ring" of light from the protector - yes they do that but as mine are out of my view I'm not worried. One could always place a strip of black tape around to help prevent this.

As for the blue lens - don't know. Some say it's for looks but one things for certain it does bump up the price over the clear lens ones.
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Reply By: firestang - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 21:20

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 21:20
I have them on the Terracan and there are pretty good for the $145 they cost me. As said the bases are pretty good but IMO they are a bit awkward to adjust but do stay there once done . Mine are well below the bonnet on a light bar so i don't see the rearward glow .
For 150 odd they seem good value .
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 22:48

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 22:48
Hi Will

I have the blue 175's, seem excellent to me, give off a good light, have never had a problem with the covers
cheers crazie
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Reply By: dingbat - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 07:13

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 07:13
I have more of a problem with the light reflecting in off or around the bonnett stone protector with just the headlights and can not detect an increase in this when the narvas are on.
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