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Please guide me on how to create 2 howto posts
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One is for electric fan. It’s a flexalite 14 inch flexwave model. Controller is a maradyne unit.
Due to chip shortages the variable speed flexalite one was on backorder at least 3 months!

The other is LED headlights. Used JW speaker 8900 model. Amazing results, absolutely blows away any halogen models. As you can see I did a totally new wiring connection.

The fan also includes new radiator! Very good results. Engine has more power, I’m getting about 38km per gallon. I’m in Colombia, no mpg here. All metric. Basically the fuel mileage is as good or better than a new pickup! Most of the time I drive alone or just one passenger.
My engine is the 2.3 liter, carburetor.
Mostly stock.
 

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Those may be the most effective LED headlights on the market, but:
1. They're UGLY (I realize "ugly" is in the eye of the beholder)
2. They're EXPENSIVE!

Other than that, great! ;)
 

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Those may be the most effective LED headlights on the market, but:
1. They're UGLY (I realize "ugly" is in the eye of the beholder)
2. They're EXPENSIVE!

Other than that, great! ;)
I tried a bunch of halogen lights, the performance was really poor
I’m in mountain regions, lots of fog, heavy fog!
When you see how much better these are in those environments, price is meaningless.
FYI, I don’t need fog lights anymore! These have built in beams which cut through the heavy fog. Just amazing technology. High beams can see to next week!
 

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I tried a bunch of halogen lights, the performance was really poor
I’m in mountain regions, lots of fog, heavy fog!
When you see how much better these are in those environments, price is meaningless.
FYI, I don’t need fog lights anymore! These have built in beams which cut through the heavy fog. Just amazing technology. High beams can see to next week!
This topic always catches my eye, because I've been researching to do my own upgrade. My P'up has 6x7 headlights, probably the same size as yours. But mine are sealed beams (not sure what came on yours).

I'm not a purist -- my truck will never look original. But I am trying to find headlights that don't look too out of place on a 1980s vehicle. When I decide what I want, I'll share here on the site.

Jack
 

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This topic always catches my eye, because I've been researching to do my own upgrade. My P'up has 6x7 headlights, probably the same size as yours. But mine are sealed beams (not sure what came on yours).

I'm not a purist -- my truck will never look original. But I am trying to find headlights that don't look too out of place on a 1980s vehicle. When I decide what I want, I'll share here on the site.

Jack
You need to check out IPF housings. Had them on my Amigo and miss them to this day. Look just like the original sealed beams.
 

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grote makes a good led retrofit that doesnt look too out of place. not cheap, but they do light up the road WAY BETTER than crappy halogen bulbs.

none of my vehicles have halogen bulbs. either hid or led.
 

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i had 4x6 glass lens with led halo - you could buy the lens with white or amber halo ring, and connect the halo ring to any circuit you want- i had amber ones, with them hooked up to the signal lights.
they worked good , until that damn deer took them out....but the deer gave up his life....
 

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oh you can get them WAY CHEAPER on ebay- $250 seems expensive- i paid maybe $50 for mine brand new, the hid kit cost another $30? been a few years since purchased them. the ones you linked look 110% identical to the ebay ones i bought. For cheaper.
some places bring in a c- can full of them, from china for dirt cheap, then price gouge the market once they are on north American soil.
 

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i had 4x6 glass lens with led halo - you could buy the lens with white or amber halo ring, and connect the halo ring to any circuit you want- i had amber ones, with them hooked up to the signal lights.
they worked good , until that damn deer took them out....but the deer gave up his life....
Yeah, this was my plan -- they have what they call a "switchback" feature that turns off the white LED halo/DRL when turn signals are on, and the yellow halo serves as a turn signal.
oh you can get them WAY CHEAPER on ebay- $250 seems expensive- i paid maybe $50 for mine brand new, the hid kit cost another $30? been a few years since purchased them. the ones you linked look 110% identical to the ebay ones i bought. For cheaper.
some places bring in a c- can full of them, from china for dirt cheap, then price gouge the market once they are on north American soil.
I'm leery of eBay sellers. I bought a $50 pair of LED so-called "projector" headlight kits, and they were way worse than my 5 year old sealed beams. Calling them "junk" would be generous.

The identical housing/LED halo as the one I linked -- but with halogen bulbs is $99/pair (from Octane Lighting), and that's not bad. But maybe the price bump for the LEDs is a bit over the top. I plan to call Octane directly once things settle down after the holiday. Depending on what they tell me, I may buy the housings and the bulbs separately.

I'm also trying to find something similar from IPF, since they're highly recommended here and on other forums.
 

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the led bulbs are most likely pushing the price up. IF they are a good led bulb, not just one that lights up but has no beam spread / projection...
putco and speaker are other brands of led, but i have seen many of the speaker brand led headlamps fail in new jeeps....
 
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