Lights and HID ..the good the bad and those who look like me :))

Submitted: Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:37
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Like all 80 series, my low beams have always been candles in the wind.
Even an ARB upgrade didn't do the trick.
Now I read that HID lights aren't legal ? I had thought of upgrading my lights again, but I'd rather not run the risk of offending (or blinding) mr plod.
What is currently the best way to go in terms of lighting up my life ?
I note that my son's late model Holden has brilliant lights...if only my 80 series had them I'd be more than happy.
Who can throw some light on my problem ?
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Reply By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:50

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:50
Footy,

Buy some good quality reflectors( not narva or that rubbish) and use philips +80 globes even on the standard wiring will be 100% improvement. also put relays switching off the battery(upgrade wiring kit) and another improvement you will have.HIDs are not legal and do create electrical gremlins and noise.
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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:53

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:53
Footy

Drive by day and camp at night???


lol.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:15

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:15
Nice self portrait in the rig picture mate!

Geoff

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:33

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:33
Geoff

it reminds me of a guy i once saw fishing on Stockton Beach last xmas.

A real old timer who looked like he'd had a hard life,cheers.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:36

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:36
Touche,

And you've got to live this long young fella.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:38

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:38
:-))))))))))))
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:10

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:10
Hi Footy

I had similar problems - went to ARB and replaced the headlights with IPF inserts. Since then I have given away having spotties fitted - they always seemed to spot possums after a while on corros anyway.

Best thing I ever did was the IPF's they fit straight in and look like original equip.

I presume they still supply them as it was many years ago I did that.

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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:05

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:05
Hi Phil B, did you do this on your 80 series or a different type of vehicle
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 05:49

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 05:49
Hi Footy, It was on my 80 series - they were a straight fit.
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:18

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:18
Hi Footy,
I'll give another vote for the IPF inserts over the standard reflectors.

I put them in my Troopie not long after I bought it.

Like you I too have the ARB wiring upgrade and have retained it with the new IPF reflectors.

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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:03

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:03
Hi Geoff, has your Troopie got round or rectangle lights like the 80 series
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:20

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:20
Hi Skip,

My Troopie like all Troopies since the begining of time has round head lights.

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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:24

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:24
That's what I thought

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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 08:02

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 08:02
G'day Footie

The ARB upgrade .. is that only reflectors and globes etc.
The reason I ask is that the lighting on some landies is a bit like the old 6V Veedubs. The solution there is to upgrade the wiring also, as the OEM stuff is too light to carry sufficient current.

I've not done it personally, but I believe the upgrade involves installing heavier wiring plus a relay from the original switch to activate the system. The relay being to save the OEM switch from burning out due to the extra current load. You could check the voltage at the lights through the original wiring and if it's down, then heavier wire should solve the prob.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 08:15

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 08:15
Hey Footloose ,you got headlight protectors ? When we bought our 80 the low beam was so pitiful we tried all the normal stuff as well , thing was that some over the top headlight protection had been applied by the previous owner , kid you not it had 4mm thick plastic stick on protectors + the Aunger type bonnet and headlight protectors , stickons had opaqued enough over time to stop round 50% of the light , , pain in the proverbial to remove but made a major light output difference ............
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