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Old 10-29-2011, 03:25 PM   #15
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Bad wires on an Airstream... never... LOL!

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Old 10-29-2011, 09:19 PM   #16
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navy, sweet looking headlight conversion. I'll start saving my pennies for that one!
Thanks, Derek

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:03 PM   #17
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Excellent, Looks really good!
Now for the best performance, create a system of relays driven by the existing light switch... wire the actual power to the battery... you'll get 20-30% more voltage out of relays and new wire!
If overland travel was easy, everyone would do it....
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:32 PM   #18
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This might help...
Painless Performance: H-4 Headlight Relay Conversion Harness

And they do a relay kit to bring on all 4 when on main beam..

Painless Performance: High Beam Headlight Relay Kit (1988-1998 GM fullsize trucks & SUVs)
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:01 AM   #19
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Did you have to modify the rear of the pot for the lamp to fit? I don't think I have any extra room in the rear of the pot for anything that sticks out more than the existing OEM installation.
I had considered these LED but am waiting for the price to come down. 8800 High Beam (top) and Low Beam (bottom) LED Headlights

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They do seem to be the best of all options, but the $$$$$$ are hard to justify. Especially when you travel the Alaska HWY.



Originally Posted by navyspook View Post
I would have loved to use the Hella's but couldn't find them in the 4" X 6" size my 345 uses.

I have attached pics with the old sealed beams and the new H4 conversions. Major improvement, but I apparently have a short circuit between the high beams and the low beams. I couldn't tell before because the bulbs were burnt out.

I have also attached a pic of the lights the way they came from Whitney. I bought the Hella bulbs separately from Amazon
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #20
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Wow, they look like a Vintage Lieca Camera!
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:16 PM   #21
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No modification necessary, however unlike the Hella's, the backs are plastic. That's why they say 55/60Watt only, the brighter ones will warp the reflectors. Just pull the sealed units out and plug in the conversions with the bulbs mounted in them. Just make sure you only unscrew the 4 mounting screws, not the 2 adjustment screws.

I don't work for Whtney, but they were the cheapest, approx $75 for all four, and offered free shipping on all lighting. Same reason I got the bulbs from Amazon, probably due to stories about the depression from my Mother and I'm Scottish.

The Speaker's are cool and expensive. I love the LED feature, but if it goes out you usually have to replace the Whole unit. I know you do in BMW's and Mazda's. They're usually pretty good, but the are electronic (diode). FYI...I've never had to replace an HID bulb (approx $125 ea) in my years as a Parts Mgr.

The Painless kits are great. I've used them to put ridiculously large driving lights on my cars. I wire them to come on with my high beams and I've never had one fail. I've got a pair of enormous Hella 700FF's that I'm putting on the AS as soon as I get the short fixed. The small rusty yellow fog lamps supplied by Airstream are being replaced by 160MM round yellow Bosch fog lights. It will look like the worlds largest Rally car, because I've noticed that as I've aged the nights have gotten darker, the moon dimmer, and the printing is all fuzzy...I'm just saying.

Pic's when I'm done.

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