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ugh, anticipation for the harness kit is killing me. Still running them on factory wiring and holy heck they are bright. very bright, the good bright too. not the glaring annoying bright, though someone down hill from me in oncoming traffic gave me a flash...nothing I can do about that since they're projectors and I was cresting the hill.

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Good to know! I'll put them on my shopping list when it comes time to replacing my current bulbs. Kind of weird that they started out dim and them brightened up. I guess you'll find out when you replace the harnesses if it was the connectors giving you problems this whole time.

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Well not unusual, I've found that with any high output halogen bulb. The HIR high beams are the same way, sort of average at first but after some use reach full brightness.

 

Let me refine that, not everytime I turn them on. I'm talking about after the initial use. the first time I use them ever, they're a little dim and then with normal use they reach peak brightness for the rest of their lives at each use. its just the initial few minutes that the output is 'meh'.

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Couldn't resist, got 4 of these....

 

http://store.candlepower.com/2886x.html

 

Really curious, information is scarce on them. lots of people talk, but I can't find any photo's. from what I can see its a tiny halogen bulb and not a regular incandescent which is how it puts out so much light from such a lil wattage. going to replace the LED's in the headlight housing parking lamps...they look too 'blue' tinted and I don't like them. If they had been a warmer white I'd have not minded, but they're a very cold white with a hint of blue....nah. 85 Lumen will be nice, going to leave the bulb shrouds I made in place though to keep the look special. if they're bright enough could re-purpose the DRL circuit to burn those instead...maybe.

 

Not sure where the other 2 will go, I'll determine that once I see how hot they get. if they stay similar to a regular 194/168 then I'll toss them in the side markers for even better front visibility. May end up with 2 more of the plate!

 

What I'd love are some nice bright 7440 LED's for the turn signals...but I don't want to take a $40 gamble on bulbs I won't be happy with. Fish, any suggestions?

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Got the Putco harness...its...confusing. Directions with it are for the H4 harness and the thing looks like it has 4 H7 connectors and and a bunch of odd grounds and ugh. I should have just had my friend make me one with my measurements...may still do that and just use the Putco for something else...argh.

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Agggh, this site lost my post when I told it to post it and I forgot to copy it first as I usually do just in case that will happen so here goes a second time.....

 

I don't like the blue lights either. They usually blind me when I see a car with them on.

 

Can you get a refund for the putco harness or are you stuck with it?

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Nice link on those wedge bulbs - 85 lumens!! That will be some decent about of light from them.

 

Yeah, PUTCO harnesses were on my list to get as well. Let me know how it turns out, as I haven't run across any other vendor will insulated lighting harnesses.

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Nice link on those wedge bulbs - 85 lumens!! That will be some decent about of light from them.

 

Yeah, PUTCO harnesses were on my list to get as well. Let me know how it turns out, as I haven't run across any other vendor will insulated lighting harnesses.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/DSC07404Custom.jpg

 

without any harness with the camera on auto night mode...the foreground is washed out pretty bad and I forgot my fogs were on. I'll re-do tomorrow or later in the week at the same spot.

 

I have the harness and multimeter here to sit down with and figure out, never got a reply from Putco about better directions. I may send it to a friend to have him re-work it to make it direct fit plug and play with my car. just hook one side to the battery positive, one to the negative, plug in at the light harness, plug into the bulbs, and mount the relays...because what came from Putco does not look like that and has no fusing.

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Took a better look at the putco harness, its pure snip. hell, 2 of the connectors came unpinned or were never correctly assembled. Off to my friend it will go, it will come back as a harness that will just drop into place.

 

Fish, would you like his contact info? He does great work!

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Woah! That is some serious amount of light being thrown down the road, very impressive.

 

That's pretty funny on that harness - sounds like they just crank out a standard "template" of a harness and pinout what needs to be used. That or you got a messed up one by accident. As for the contact, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the offer, but I sort of like messing with those electrical things, pretty used to it at this point and can be fun. Gives me a good idea of what the vendor is capable of and if their quality/design is any good.

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Yea, I could build it myself...but my time to work on my car is limited so things that 'just work' are worth the price to me.

 

Yea, 2100 Lumen is nothing to sneeze at. mind you the high beam HIR I have are 2300 Lumen and D2R HID are 2800 Lumen. So near HID lumen output but with the gentle curve of halogen.

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New bulbs look good, side markers are WAY brighter. They're not as bright as the LED's were, or don't look as bright probably because of the color of light (LED's were very cold almost blue. I'll put the LED's in the plate light bulb sockets if they'll fit.

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Well I went to my auntie's after work to paint the drums for the Mazda (flat black, no rice) and it turns out the brake cleaner I got (free sample from a sales rep) sucks ######. Didn't cut the cosmoline at all, just left them oily. Well that boned my plan for the evening, right? Nope. Since I had a warm barn and a hard floor I decided to get to work and installed the same 15" chrome horn my Mazda has on the Celica...just barely sniping fit in there too. I had to pull the bumper off to get it in there, it was a real trick too. So I've got the bumper off...and suddenly the Celica starts feeling sick, looks a little funny and then just sniping pukes all this crap out on the ground!

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/DSC07697Large.jpg

 

THE snip DO I DO?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh yea, I do this...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/DSC07698Large.jpg

 

So I didn't pull any fuses to reset fuel trims or anything, they'll sort themselves out fine all on their own. I'm not sure if its all in my mind but I think I feel a slight more 'go' from the engine, I know for one thing lift is sniping ricer loud on the mothersniper now. Holy snip! Full throttle there is no doubt when lift engages from the sound alone. Part throttle it feels a little better as well, more driving should allow the computer to play with trims to get it all running right. I'll check them Monday with the Verus and see where they're at and if the intake is messing with things too much. I broke one little stud off of a clip that is one of 4 that hold some under panels in place, I'll grab a one from the dealer if I can or get some stainless hardware and fix it DIY. I need to get one lag screw back into place on one other clip, it just wouldn't line up for me...probably because the horn is pushing against the plastic slightly. Oh yea, thats loud too. If you can't go fast at least be loud enough to be heard coming in last.

 

Come to think of it, that piping's red color ALMOST exactly matches the red inserts in the back of the car and the red dragon on the steering wheel button. How cool is that?

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