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Found a site with some good information and technical articles. Stern Lighting
There's also a relay wiring diagram. here's the diagram
Make sure you look at the 2nd diagram. The first one's a stock configuration.
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Thanks WD40, i ran into that site the other night in my Quest for E-code housings but forgot to jot it down.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img]

I had also seen sites with preassembled harnesses complete with relays, male and female headlight prongs, sleeving and ground terminals for around $35.00. Speaking of, my right side socket looks burn`t and brittle.

That sounds like a fair price to me cause you could spend close to that in materials right?

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$35 sounds like a great price!
Good relays alone are around $10 a pop.
What gauge wire are they running to the lights?
Should be at least 14 gauge, but 12 gauge would be better still.
The male and female headlight prongs are another good idea.
If there's ever a problem with the harness, you can plug in the stock wiring to make it home.

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I ran into a few sites selling harnesses but http://jen.liu.tripod.com/suvlights/id14.html is one of them. They have one listed for H-4 bulbs.

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Hey Broncomania

I was looking at the Sylvania cool blue sealed beam replacement H-4s today. The jobber wanted $18.50 CDN, which ought to be @ $11 American these days. He claims to have used them on his Areostar and says they were awesome. I've only got a year on my Sylvania ExtraVisions so I won't be buying the cool blues anytime soon.

I bought 3 relays(one to keep the lows on when the highs are on) at @$3.95 CDN each, 3 relay pigtails @ $2.95 CDN each, one 30 amp ATO line fuse @ $3.45 CDN, two headlight sockets @ $2.99 CDN and a three 25 foot coils of 12 gauge for @ $6.00 CDN (though one would have done).

So yeah I had @ $40.00 CDN in the harnesses I made up. Granted I already had the convolute tube, larger #12 terminals, silicone, dielectic grease, etc.

$35.00 American sounds pretty good with all that stuff.

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The toughest thing was not being able to fine headlight socket terminals to fit the 12 gauge wire, but that soldering trick I outlined in the other headlight thread worked even better.

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Six-litre, if you do another upgrade, dont waste your money on those DOT approved sealed-beams. I had been researching headlights on the web and every site ive seen says the difference between the european E-code lense and the american dot are like night and day. I just returned the GE high-output replacements i just bought, should have the new ones tomorrow.
DOT wont allow a good lense pattern, however some of us cant afford the new fancy HID lighting like the new luxury cars come with. Hell, if they can have the power to light
up the highway for a mile, so can i [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]. They claim the european code lights WONT blind on-coming traffic as long as they are aimed properly...

BTW, they say those blue coated bulbs actually block out some of the light spectrum and because of that, put out LESS usable light than a standard bulb!!!

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I had heard that about those blue ones. I'm pretty happy with these Sylvania ExtraVisions, but real interested in these European lights you're talking about. I take it they come in an H-4 sealed beam unit to fit our pre-87s ? Let me know what their part number is off the package and who supplies them if and when you pick up a pair.

The old socialist grannies that run Ontario are down on you like hounds with their lighting laws. I'm not sure I could get a set into the country, but I'd be willing to try. Anything beats Roger Rabbit taking out the grill and rad or his pal 12 point buck ruining a fender.

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Of course after i get my hellas in and installed,Then i run across some IPF units for less here. The bulbs they offer (majic J H4s) have an exotic gas mixture which they claim will make my hellas look dim...[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the prism lenses are 3/8" thick for protection from rocks![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] i could just cry

the bulbs also have a phosphorescent coating that make them <font color=green>GLOW</font color=green> for 10 minutes after you shut them off so you can see around the garage in the dark.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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I like the idea of being able to go back to stock, but for $43 I can make about 8 of those harnesses by just cliping the wires instead of using plugs.

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