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Hey Guys and Gals, just wondering if i could impove my lighting, i dont mind the 7" rounds just want MORE POWER. Can i even fit squares in there or the eurolights? I really have no preference, but i do lean a little toward rounds.
Thanks for any advice in advance.
02-04-2003, 11:35 PM
Higher wattage 7" round Cibie or Hella bulbs and thicker wiring with additional relays.
See my links page under General Info for a couple sites on lighting upgrades.
02-05-2003, 01:16 AM
Have you up-graded to H4 lights? Made a hella (no pun intended hehe) differance. I also installed PIAA lights at the same time. Man... They are nice. My dads 122 has Hella H4's and bulbs, there is no comparison between my old 7" seal beamed and his H4's. Just amazing the differance.
I also drive a GT ;)
02-05-2003, 09:06 PM
Also, if you're lucky and/or have some money to burn, try tracking down the SQUARE euro lights. I've seen a few GTs and early 242s with them, they look sweet if nothing else.
02-06-2003, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the tips, where do you get the Euro lights from? Im from BC Canada dont even know where to look. Gt Jordan, hella lights sound cool, where do i get those>? are they available through any retailer in Canada and am i going to need a kit of some kind?
02-06-2003, 06:33 PM
Square euros will work well, but even they won't keep up to some of the H4 wattages that are out there. we're talking 110/90's and scary stuff like that. ;)
02-06-2003, 07:09 PM
Agreed, the round hella H4s are the better performers. I just suggested the rare euros for aesthetics. A good balance of performance and coolness would be the 7" Cibies with the City Light option. iPd has 'em, but I think Daniel Stern has a better deal. I forget the url, it's kicking around here someplace.
02-06-2003, 11:30 PM
http://lighting.mbz.org I do believe
As for the wattage... hell no, go MORE POWER!
as in 100/130W!
I'm getting around to rewiring my car with 10G wire (headlight power side and ground), Hella heavy duty relays (they're great ****! talk about heavy!), and a 90A or better alternator.
I cannot tell you how damn simple the cibie H4 7" headlights are to pop in... just take off the bezels, get a couple flat screwdrivers to slide off the headlight rings, and off it comes!
Just putting in my 30+ year old Cibie's (my dad's) they outperform EVERYTHING I've seen out there! They're GREAT! I was so impressed with them... and that was with stock 15 year old bulbs... they got even better with some hi-effieceny new **** (dont get the sylvania crap, get actual german if you can... I got Osram I believe)... 55/60W of power does better than any goddamn XENON / BLUE LIGHT CRAP without GODDAMN BLINDING EVERYBODY ON THE ROAD INCLUDING YOURSELF!
Although, don t even think about going higher wattage without rewiring and getting your charging system up to snuff, you'd cook it all.
02-06-2003, 11:36 PM
getting down to it,
my reccomendation if you've got the stock GT 7" headlight type,
Either get Sylvania X-travision (non-replacable bulb type, found anywhere) and they'll work better than majority of American spec... this is cheap and easy.
Get a set of Cibies (Hellas work, but not as well as the Cibies IMO, I tested both and I liked the 10 year older Cibies better) and put stock wattage bulbs and do just fine.
Everyone should eventually replace their ****ty headlight wiring anways, with AT LEAST 12 gauge wire and you'd be able to do just as well
another thing to improve your lighting... if your thing is ancient, you're more likely to lose light because your voltage, amperage, etc is not keeping up with STOCK demands, much less enhanced demands... solve those problems first and then upgrade.
02-07-2003, 06:52 AM
i just thought i'd say that the euro light's on both my cars us H4 bulbs
i've included a pic from my 740
the 760 has them too but does say on the glass
all my friends who have golfs whit round lights have H4 bulbs to it's just the norm over here
02-07-2003, 10:59 PM
give some Sylvania SilverStar bulbs a try...I had these in my 760 and they were so much better than the stock, even tho they were just 9004s...H4s are considerably better...
As for the XtraVision, I have these on my car, and they ARE much better...if you have a few extra bucks, there are also SilverStar sealed beams...these are even brighter than the XtraVision, and offer the same enhanced beam pattern. (Why didn't someone think of the XtraVision beam pattern in 1978!?)
02-23-2003, 04:08 AM
win the lottery and get h4 sized HID lighting... sweet ass color :whip:
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