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Old 06-01-2016, 04:33 PM   #61
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LED Ropelights on Van Headlights

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I just made custom projectors for my van. I made a how-to video with it. Check it out if you are interested.



https://youtu.be/1ZPmYssIN8k
Qreusjorj,

You're the man. You did (almost) exactly what I've been wanting to do on mine. I've been kind of hoping Redoval would start playing around with some of the switchback ropelights (hint hint redoval). Also like the look of the larger halos. They seem more proportionally apropriate to the housing. A couple questions on your mod:

Can you get smaller lanterns but with the same larger diameter halos? The lanterns seem kinda big.

Are the halos and ropelight set up to run as daytime running lights and the projectors as headlights?

Are the projectors bi-xenon or whatever so they'll do a high beam and low beam?

It looks like the projectors are kind of flashing at the beginning of the vid. Is that an optical illusion?

Did the new lights not require any kind of ballasts? It kind of looks you just soldered on the quick connectors and plugged them in.

Anyway, nice design. It definitely looks cool.
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:35 PM   #62
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rallypanam. I think I am about to order Truck-lite. Before I do. I have a few questions.
I have the old plastic lights.
If I buy new headlight bezels, what else do I need to install the truck-lites? Do I need the light buckets or will the mount in the existing ones?
Did you have to get any adapters/connections for the wiring or was it just plug and play? I saw there was an anti-flicker connector.
Thanks for the help
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rallypanam. I think I am about to order Truck-lite. Before I do. I have a few questions.
I have the old plastic lights.
If I buy new headlight bezels, what else do I need to install the truck-lites? Do I need the light buckets or will the mount in the existing ones?
Did you have to get any adapters/connections for the wiring or was it just plug and play? I saw there was an anti-flicker connector.
Thanks for the help
Anything I can do to have you take a look at the Vantage Optics products? Feel free to shoot me a call to 424-250-0270 or email Vantageoptics@gmail.com with any questions you may have. Your setup can be run with either the sealed beam or composite headlight designs.

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Old 03-10-2017, 02:43 PM   #64
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rallypanam. I think I am about to order Truck-lite. Before I do. I have a few questions.
I have the old plastic lights.
If I buy new headlight bezels, what else do I need to install the truck-lites? Do I need the light buckets or will the mount in the existing ones?
Did you have to get any adapters/connections for the wiring or was it just plug and play? I saw there was an anti-flicker connector.
Thanks for the help
skyrat is the expert, he did exactly that.. but what you need is the front and rear light holders, as well as the springs, adjuster screws and the plastic surround. Easily sourced at a junkyard for a few bucks. Then it's plug and play, no wiring needed.

Pro Tip: Bring some WD40 or other penetrating oil to the junkyard for the adjuster screws, then use anti-seize when you install them.
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:27 AM   #65
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Sorry I didn't see this till much much later, I wasn't receiving email notifications about this thread. Anyway, I've done some road trips and been using the lights for some time now. Here's what I have learned from the experience.

1. They look cool
2. The angle is too far down, I have adjusted the whole unit up as much as I can go but it doesn't light forward enough.
3. Miss the high beams.
4. I installed a 20" LED light bar in the lower bumper space. Perfect spot and looks great and more than makes up for missing high beams, but you do NOT want any oncoming traffic. We used in Oregon after Christmas.
5. If I did it again I would forego all the fancy bi-xenon and ballasts and just get a 6000k bulb that fits stock. Ballasts tend to go out. I get the same focus with the projectors on the stock bulb.

Hope this update helps.

Can you get smaller lanterns but with the same larger diameter halos? The lanterns seem kinda big.
- I suppose you can do whatever you'd want so long as you can make the parts work together.

Are the halos and ropelight set up to run as daytime running lights and the projectors as headlights?
- Yes, The rope light also switches color to amber when turn signal is on.

Are the projectors bi-xenon or whatever so they'll do a high beam and low beam?
- Yes but the high/low beam doesn't work.

It looks like the projectors are kind of flashing at the beginning of the vid. Is that an optical illusion? - All types of LED and modern ballasts flickr on camera. Naked eye doesn't see it.

Did the new lights not require any kind of ballasts? It kind of looks you just soldered on the quick connectors and plugged them in.
- Yes and no, The projectors can take the original bulbs. I had installed ballasts but one of them went bad already (murimoto) and I just plugged in the original bulb.

Anyway, nice design. It definitely looks cool.
- Thanks!
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Just to clarify.. this review is about qreusjorj's own HID mods, not the TruckLite LEDs or Vantage Optic HIDs.

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Sorry I didn't see this till much much later, I wasn't receiving email notifications about this thread. Anyway, I've done some road trips and been using the lights for some time now. Here's what I have learned from the experience.

1. They look cool
2. The angle is too far down, I have adjusted the whole unit up as much as I can go but it doesn't light forward enough.
3. Miss the high beams.
4. I installed a 20" LED light bar in the lower bumper space. Perfect spot and looks great and more than makes up for missing high beams, but you do NOT want any oncoming traffic. We used in Oregon after Christmas.
5. If I did it again I would forego all the fancy bi-xenon and ballasts and just get a 6000k bulb that fits stock. Ballasts tend to go out. I get the same focus with the projectors on the stock bulb.

Hope this update helps.

Can you get smaller lanterns but with the same larger diameter halos? The lanterns seem kinda big.
- I suppose you can do whatever you'd want so long as you can make the parts work together.

Are the halos and ropelight set up to run as daytime running lights and the projectors as headlights?
- Yes, The rope light also switches color to amber when turn signal is on.

Are the projectors bi-xenon or whatever so they'll do a high beam and low beam?
- Yes but the high/low beam doesn't work.

It looks like the projectors are kind of flashing at the beginning of the vid. Is that an optical illusion? - All types of LED and modern ballasts flickr on camera. Naked eye doesn't see it.

Did the new lights not require any kind of ballasts? It kind of looks you just soldered on the quick connectors and plugged them in.
- Yes and no, The projectors can take the original bulbs. I had installed ballasts but one of them went bad already (murimoto) and I just plugged in the original bulb.

Anyway, nice design. It definitely looks cool.
- Thanks!
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Just to clarify.. this review is about qreusjorj's own HID mods, not the TruckLite LEDs or Vantage Optic HIDs.
Thanks for the clarification Rally....that last post had me going for a bit thinking they were ones I supplied that didn't work properly!

For others interested, I can do custom headlight builds with components not listed on the vantageoptics website. Shoot me a message and we can work out the details.

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Old 03-14-2017, 04:41 PM   #68
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On a related note: Now that the JW Speaker 8900 Evolution LED projectors have come WAY down in price (about $450 for a pair) has anyone given them a try?

I have a 7" round Truck Lite on one of my motorcycles and I couldn't complain for the price, the high beam is actually better than the JWS 8700, but the 8900's supposedly have 30% more output on high beam for only a few bucks more than the Truck Lite's.

My Hella E-codes with Cyclops LED's are just not cuttin' the mustard for me anymore and after seeing my buddy's top of the line Vantage HID projectors, I'm kinda itchin' for an upgrade.
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skyrat is the expert, he did exactly that.. but what you need is the front and rear light holders, as well as the springs, adjuster screws and the plastic surround. Easily sourced at a junkyard for a few bucks. Then it's plug and play, no wiring needed.

Pro Tip: Bring some WD40 or other penetrating oil to the junkyard for the adjuster screws, then use anti-seize when you install them.
rallypanam's thread starting post has the most info here...

Sorry for the late reply.
No expert, but did the conversion.
Get all the stuff you can for a sealed beam from the junkyard except the head lamps themselves. Much cheaper around here if you just get the hardware. The buckets, the bezels, all the screws and springs. Even the surrounds if they are in good shape.

I still had to buy an adapter to make the connector work from the aero connector to the sealed beam. I bought these for my application.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

LOVE THEM!
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