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Cadet57



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PostSubject: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:00 pm

Talking at the roundup yesterday and the discussion of the awful light output on those ebay smoke headlights came up. Driving home I was reminded of that fact. I think it's time I did something to remedy this. My current setup is the smoke lights with some again ebay Hi/Lo HID kit. Mention was made of the Innovative Wiring kits. To upgrade my lights do I get the battery harness or the actual headlight harness or both? It looks like the headlight kits are intended for more serious light swaps.

Also, what is a good stock looking setup with good hi/lo output that I could go with?
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:47 pm

I recommend both wire kits. The battery, and the headlamp kit. Sylvania Silverstar Ultra bulbs, or 6000 HIDs, and Non tinted euro/aftermarket lamps.

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:46 pm

I want to do something to the SS as well. It's better since I polished the lenses but still bad.

I was thinking of doing some Euro smoke lenses since I like them, but I like the clear too and I feel the light output would be better.  When Doug was bringing the "BBS Wagon" into the parking lot at Johnsons, it was uncanny how much brighter just his turn signal bulb was, haha.

Does anyone know of a clear corner that does not use that round reflector in it?  I personally like the stock corners with the amber reflector the best, I'd like to find a clear version that still has the amber stock style reflector in it.  Maybe I'll run the clear headlight lenses with stock corners.Razz

I would do the wiring harnesses myself Justin, it's in the cards for me as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:53 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
I recommend both wire kits. The battery, and the headlamp kit. Sylvania Silverstar Ultra bulbs, or 6000 HIDs, and Non tinted euro/aftermarket lamps.
Thanks Billy, just the kind of post I was looking for. Arrow 

Matt Trakker wrote:
I want to do something to the SS as well. It's better since I polished the lenses but still bad.

I was thinking of doing some Euro smoke lenses since I like them, but I like the clear too and I feel the light output would be better.  When Doug was bringing the "BBS Wagon" into the parking lot at Johnsons, it was uncanny how much brighter just his turn signal bulb was, haha.

Does anyone know of a clear corner that does not use that round reflector in it?  I personally like the stock corners with the amber reflector the best, I'd like to find a clear version that still has the amber stock style reflector in it.  Maybe I'll run the clear headlight lenses with stock corners.Razz

I would do the wiring harnesses myself Justin, it's in the cards for me as well.
They do make the "clear" lights without the bicycle reflector as well.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRYSTAL-CLEAR-HEAD-LIGHTS-LAMPS-SIGNAL-PARKING-CORNER-91-96-CHEVY-IMPALA-CAPRICE-/130885937452?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Year%3A1993|Make%3AChevrolet|Model%3ACaprice&hash=item1e7968e92c&vxp=mtr

I thought about making them myself, but wiring isn't my thing, at all. I'd rather pay someone like Gary to do it right the first time.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:06 pm

Bill is right, Justin. I have both harnesses and went from silverstars back to 7000k or 8000k (I forget) HID. HID is great, but with the tint, the output could be better. I was gonna sell mine and get clear euros. I went back to the sylvanias because people kept flashing me even with the HID adjusted. So, I've got a set of white/blue hue HIDs up for grabs.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:28 pm

So the Silverstars are better than the HIDs as far as general practicality goes?

I've seen that light before Justin, but the "clear" round reflector on it still bothers me. It reminds me of a mole. Haha.

I generally like how the original headlights look overall the best, sort of, so it's a shame they just suck so bad!

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:28 pm

I had a harness and silverstars in my smoked lenses and they were as bad as the stock lighting.

However, cheapo ebay 6k hids remedied that for 30 bucks.

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:34 pm

I've used silver stars before, was not impressed for the cost. eBay HIDs do help tremendously, just aim them before you start driving! Another one I read about was adapting 9007 bulbs to our housings. They are 10 watts higher than stock and the filament is position differently. There's a little info on the SS forum about those.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:41 pm

I've had the battery kit for a while and there was a noticeable improvement in how quick it starts, and just how beefy they are.

I JUST installed the headlight harness 3 nights ago, removed the HIDs (that I couldn't stand) and put some nice bright whites in the stock housing...looking forward to seeing how it does.

Might be looking to try the clear lenses next...

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:43 pm

I've noticed that some of the aftermarket housings have that little chrome cup that covers the end of the headlight bulb, and some do not have that cup thingy. Is there a benefit to either design I'm wondering?
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:12 am

The cup thingy is a diffuser. It serves two purpose iirc.
1) helps reflect and concentrate the light back into the mirror like inside of the headlight to help it shine back on the road better

And

2) it keeps or prevents the raw filiment from blinding oncoming motorists.

Bill M. removed them from the ones he had in the 1A2. You'd have to ask the difference.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:46 pm

This reminded me to tell you Justin! Your LH headlight is aimed like a bag of smashed assholes! RH is bright though! Arrow 
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights/Wiring/Battery Cables   Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:30 pm

Lol that may have something to do with it Razz 
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