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Old 09-11-2010, 06:15 AM
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Default help! headlight mod:sealed beam to open beam....

Hey guys well I was thinking about modifying my headlights on my '85 wagon from sealed to open beam...I have a few questions if anybody knows or had done this....is is even possible to do without damaging or major modification? if so, i know there are seperate low/high beams and would the new H4 bulbs be compatible with the Volvo's factory wiring harness? i .e. using a separate H4 for the low and using the separate H4 for the high? lastly would i have to worry about overheating wires from the headlights to the switch or of the sort?? I would really like to do this for more visibility and of course to make the car look better! help/comments are greatly appreciated!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:33 PM
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This is done all the time. Composite lamps can be had for a reasonable price on eBay.The low beams (outboard) are H4, the high beams (inboard) are typically H3. The H4 is a 3 lug base, the H3 is 2 lug and match your existing wiring perfectly. If you stay w/ stock wattage bulbs, 55w, your wiring will be ok...if you go to 90/100w bulbs you'll want to upgrade wiring. Go here for insight....http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...ys/relays.html
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:54 PM
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yes i was looking on ebay earlier and found the headlights and all for a reasonable price compared to what i have seen around. i figured it would be safe to do as in not breaking or burning any wires up lol. just wanted to see if there would be any major issues concerning wiring and such..ill have to check that link out right now...thanks for the help!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:13 PM
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sorry i was going to ask this but forgot...here i found the headlights on ebay pretty sure they are the right ones, http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/6-X4-...Q5fAccessories

and well it says they are for H4's, H6 and HP bulbs...now that you said that the high beam will be an H3, do i need to look for a different composite housing that support the H3 or will the H4 composite housing work as well for the H3?
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:53 PM
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Well, ideally the lenses are different for the high beam. http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html shows what high quality, high price lenses look like. The ones you found on eBay are plastic; some time ago a company was selling a set of four made of glass. They were made in India, Bosch knock offs. Roughly $80 I think. Ran them until I replaced them w/ single unit e-codes.
I believe H3's and H4's mount the same; the difference is in the design of the lens.
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