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Old 11-20-2017, 08:13 AM   #29
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I love my LED headlights. Can't imagine being without them now! This is a worthwhile upgrade that everyone should consider.

We discussed mine briefly on my motor swap thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...-140290-2.html and more extensivly in this thread on 12V issues http://www.airforums.com/forums/f159...-144366-4.html

They are still working well and the improvement over the sealed beams is astounding. Like night and day
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:17 AM   #30
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I love my LED headlights. Can't imagine being without them now! This is a worthwhile upgrade that everyone should consider.

We discussed mine briefly on my motor swap thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...-140290-2.html and more extensivly in this thread on 12V issues http://www.airforums.com/forums/f159...-144366-4.html

They are still working well and the improvement over the sealed beams is astounding. Like night and day
I don't know how you could go wrong with this upgrade. 80 bucks and a couple hours said n done. What I like is that I didnt add more components that would complicate matters when something needs troubleshooting. I don't have any idea of the quality of the set I bought and installed, none. There are quite a few different suppliers on Amazon and I didn't recognize any of the names. The price point was about the same across the board. So as far as longevity of the product is concerned I don't have a clue, but I'll risk $80 and find out. The quality of the light produced is amazing though, very bright. There are several 4x6 LED that are NOT DOT stamped or approved, these are. That was important to me. I'm not worried about being ticketed, I'm more concerned about the lights being DOT tested so they are not too bright for oncoming drivers.

We are about to head out for a couple months in the rig. They'll get a good test.
I think that these are really something worth consideration for all of us Classic owners.
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:25 AM   #31
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Mike,

If you haven't already done so now might be a good time to have the aiming of the lights checked and/or adjusted. On my old 310 the lights were apparently adjusted when the rear air bags were deflated because once you started the engine and the bags filled with air the angle of the lights changed and there was little light being aimed forward!

Anyway, something to think about now that you've enlightened the world....

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Old 11-21-2017, 10:43 AM   #32
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I need to have that done Brad. Ive never attempted it myself so I'll probably need to take it in to a shop. I am a bit concerned about aiming because these suckers are really bright. Looking forward to our first night drive. In all our travels Ive tried to schedule driving in daylight hours because of how bad the lights were. You know we travel in the winter a great deal and with the shortened daylight hours it gets a bit tricky. I don't like driving the car anymore at night much less the 310.
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:46 AM   #33
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I know what you mean about driving at night. I changed to LED lights in my 2001 Ranger and the difference was AMAZING. No body ever blips their brights at me so they must be aligned ok but the night visibility with LEDs is simply amazing. I then switched my F250 over and my Argosy has them installed as well.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:02 AM   #34
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I need to have that done Brad. Ive never attempted it myself so I'll probably need to take it in to a shop. I am a bit concerned about aiming because these suckers are really bright. Looking forward to our first night drive. In all our travels Ive tried to schedule driving in daylight hours because of how bad the lights were. You know we travel in the winter a great deal and with the shortened daylight hours it gets a bit tricky. I don't like driving the car anymore at night much less the 310.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:28 AM   #35
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I really doubt that 4x6 LED headlights, surely from China, were ever tested to be DOT approved.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:48 AM   #36
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I really doubt that 4x6 LED headlights, surely from China, were ever tested to be DOT approved.
Maybe but then again maybe not, & thats just Am-zon.

Look for the stamp.

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Old 11-21-2017, 12:07 PM   #37
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Its very important to bypass the power going through these old rig's headlamp switches, as it will cause voltage drop, resistance, overheating, and eventually failure.

This is done by having a relay do the heavy lifting, and using the original headlamp wiring to trigger the relay.

There are kits out there from various vendors that will work with minimal mods.

For reference, the 4 headlamp setup on a 1987 Suburban or Pickup is identical to the 4 headlamp units on the Classic, and the wiring harness will be similar enough to adapt.
Here are a couple that I know of...

http://www.painlessperformance.com/webcat/30814?

http://www.lmctruck.com/features/cc/CCC4L.htm

https://ceautoelectricsupply.com/hea...ht-relay-kits/

Aside from that, its easy to make a relay harness from scratch, following the many instructions online.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...ing-relay-kit/
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I really doubt that 4x6 LED headlights, surely from China, were ever tested to be DOT approved.
I guess there is only so much we can do as consumers. But in this case, they are DOT stamped and numbered. Whatever that means. Tested or not. Some on Amazon were not DOT stamped. In my search I only looked at those with the stamp....again, whatever that means. I guess I assume that means they have to meet some DOT guidelines and specs. I LIKE EM!
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Its very important to bypass the power going through these old rig's headlamp switches, as it will cause voltage drop, resistance, overheating, and eventually failure.

This is done by having a relay do the heavy lifting, and using the original headlamp wiring to trigger the relay.

There are kits out there from various vendors that will work with minimal mods.

For reference, the 4 headlamp setup on a 1987 Suburban or Pickup is identical to the 4 headlamp units on the Classic, and the wiring harness will be similar enough to adapt.
Here are a couple that I know of...

http://www.painlessperformance.com/webcat/30814?

http://www.lmctruck.com/features/cc/CCC4L.htm

https://ceautoelectricsupply.com/hea...ht-relay-kits/

Aside from that, its easy to make a relay harness from scratch, following the many instructions online.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...ing-relay-kit/
My hope Steve is to reduce the load on the headlight switch through converting as many lights as possible to LEDs. I should have measured the load before I started converting to get a baseline but I didn't. Ive done all my running lights and now headlights. Haven't done dash or tail lights yet. I'd like to do those next.
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:33 PM   #40
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Do you have a thread link for that post? Is it about aiming?
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Definitely!
I'll get them on order.....
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