Spotlights

Submitted: Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 00:28
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Hey,
I have an old 1978 BJ40 landcruiser which is just my second car, which im slowly doing up, and use to go bush bashing sometimes. i saw some monza 100w 'driving lights' in k-mart for $40 a pair. Would these be worth buying? I go to wedge island quite frequently, obviously i only drive the car maybe once a month so i dont wanna spend too much money on spotties just yet.

Ryan
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Reply By: Willie - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 08:52

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 08:52
Ryan,

I am amazed that you would still use the term BUSH BASHING after all these years of publicity by the 4wd fraternity to stamp out such ideas. You must be a young fella who just has not learnt anything.

As far as your $40 spotties go.......buy a good torch as it will be better value for money.

Cheers,

WillieNever a dull moment
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 09:53

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 09:53
You get what you pay for . . . .

Pay $40 . . . expect the same sort of performance.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 10:39

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 10:39
The strength of the cheaper mounts is a problem, but for $40, what do you have to lose... if they work, bargain, if they fall apart backing out the driveway, then you only lost $40
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Reply By: Luke - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 12:21

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 12:21
I agree, bush bashing is probably not an appropriate term to use in a public forum (or anywhere for that matter). It certainly doesn't describe what we do - but conjures up images of hoons in 4Wdrives ripping through bush completely off the track destroying all flora and fauna in it's path.....

As far as the lights go - you will probalbly find (I'm being generalistic about cheap lights here as I'm not familiar with the ones you describe) that as Truckster said, the mounts will be inferior - at best the lights will shake about heaps on dirt roads, at worst the lights will fall off. You may be able to stabilise them and strengthen them with a little modification though. A friend of mine recently bought some cheap lights, and found the lights shook all over the place. After about 1/2 hr with his welder and a bit of fiddling they are now rock solid :-)

Also, whilst they may use 100W globes for example, they generally will only be of average quality - you may be able to replace them with a good globe, but then you have the poor reflector design to contend with as well as poor quality lens clarity and materials.

Having said that - are they worth chucking on for $40 bucks to try out? IMHO yes they would be.

There certainly are much better (and more expensive) lights out there - but if you want a cheap and temporary measure give them a try!
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Follow Up By: koh - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 14:33

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 14:33
Yes let’s not forget to be politically correct ALL the time

After all it’s contributed to making the country or should I say city and its attitudes what they are today, which is the way we prefer it to the old country attitudes right? Not every body who goes bush bashing is clearing old age forests
GET REAL !
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Follow Up By: koh - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 14:41

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 14:41
BTW unless you get $40 ipfs spot's out of grannies back yard sale off pops 4by that he cant drive anymore, because he cant get it out of the shed past all the crap she’s got in the way from spring cleaning and she’s trying to raise some extra bingo cash.... then $40 spot's will be crap, give your old girl some respect and stick on something worth while, there’s plenty of advice on here to recommend brands etc...
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Follow Up By: Luke - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 15:18

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 15:18
All I'm saying koh is that if you say you are going bush bashing, ignorant people will think you are out there literally bashing the bush with your fourby...

...surely you can see that that can't help the image of four wheel driving in general?

I'm not saying that everyone going four wheel driving is clearing age old forests for a second - just that the term bush bashing conjures up that sort of image to alot of people.......
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Follow Up By: koh - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 17:15

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 17:15
I know what your saying luke and i appreciate and agree with your opions

just gets my back up some times especially when we have to be so politically correct all the time to the same ppl that went for a drive in my 80 series with out asking. now worth about the same as the spot lights in question

cheers every one..

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Reply By: johnsy - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 15:54

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 15:54
Go to the wreckers with $40 and source some headlights that you can run a decent set of globes in instead of the sealed beams.
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Reply By: Ryan - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 20:46

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 20:46
Just for the record , i dont go out to destroy anything. Im sorry if i used the wrong term! And thanks for your input, i might look at upgrading my headlights. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Willie - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 09:38

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 09:38
Ryan,

There is nothing greater than acknowledging a mistake.

Good on ya, Mate.

Cheers,

Willie
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Follow Up By: sean - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 12:00

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 12:00
Dont apologise. There is nothing wrong with a bit a aussie slang. Some people just dont understand the lingo.

Sean
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Reply By: Dennis (Brisbane) - Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 23:50

Friday, Aug 29, 2003 at 23:50
Go to Supercheap, $45 (each) will get you 6" sealed beams, mounts are OK, finish is reasonable.

Great spot lights (for the $$$) and no big deal if you break them or they get pinched.

Twice as good as the Hella's they replaced
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