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Offline Hausaufgaben

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KC HiLites
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:37:10 PM »
I've been trying to find some lights to put on a lightbar on the top of my X but it's been a struggle to find anything that's remotely cheap and yet decent.  The cheapest KC HiLites I've found comes in TWO'S and it's $120, so I'd have to purchase another set, rounding it to be $240 which is WAY out of my price range.

Does anyone know of any CHEAPER ones that come in a set of 4?  Why is it always in a set of 2?  I don't care about brand or anything like that, I just need lights that WORK and something that doesn't throw me under the bus with the price.

Also, I'm probably going to have to hire someone to be able to put the wires in and do all the work (I don't know how to) so I can't spend $200-$300 on just the lights when the installation is going to be that much (I REALLY don't want to spend $300 to install but that's the price range I've received from almost ALL mechanics).

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2013, 05:43:19 PM »
If I were you I'd go for 2 lights instead of 4. The 1st gens dont have very big alternators, and they can get bogged down fairly easily. Is there any reason why you are set on 4 lights?

Also, dont worry about install costs. Come to a mod day and we can help you out. Its quite easy to wire lights up.

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 05:55:43 PM »
I'm gonna second that, don't you dare pay someone to wire up lights! It's a lot simpler than you think it is. We can help you out at the next mod day.

For the record, I think my KC's came in pairs too but I want to say they were $100, but it also depends on what kind you're wanting. Long range, flood, etc. Just something to think about.

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 06:52:36 PM »
I am in the same boat. I also want four lamps. I have been checking out craigslist for lights. Here is a good deal I found. http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/pts/4160123532.html

There are a ton of deals on there.

As for the wiring. Wait till a mod day. Lots of mechanically inclined guys and gal ready to help out.
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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 02:27:50 AM »
When I first installed lights I went with the Ebay cheapos, http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-UNIVERSAL-6-SIX-INCH-4X4-55W-OFF-ROAD-LIGHT-TRUCK-DRIVING-FOG-BLACK-LAMP-/390673074460?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5af5ee091c&vxp=mtr

I eventually went for the KCs for a better beam pattern, but I have 4 of those ebay lights in my garage you can have um for free if you like.   I found the housings actually weren't too bad, the bulbs however burnt out and have been replaced. 
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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013, 08:43:36 AM »
Well, I've never seen an xterra with only two lights on it, and the only time I've actually SEEN a truck with that, is actually recently a truck had two facing forward, and two facing in the back but it was all lined up.  So I guess it would be more about looks if I was to get 4 instead of two.

I guess I'll stick with two, just so I don't hurt my X.

I am in the same boat. I also want four lamps. I have been checking out craigslist for lights. Here is a good deal I found. http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/pts/4160123532.html

There are a ton of deals on there.

As for the wiring. Wait till a mod day. Lots of mechanically inclined guys and gal ready to help out.

DAMN!!!  That's cheap as hell!! And I was looking up "KC HiLights" instead of off road lights so I'm sure that's why I didn't get any results!  Awesome man!  Thank you for that link!  Mod day?  Is it a place where we all meet up and they help you with mods?  I'll look it up myself on here.

When I first installed lights I went with the Ebay cheapos, http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-UNIVERSAL-6-SIX-INCH-4X4-55W-OFF-ROAD-LIGHT-TRUCK-DRIVING-FOG-BLACK-LAMP-/390673074460?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5af5ee091c&vxp=mtr

I eventually went for the KCs for a better beam pattern, but I have 4 of those ebay lights in my garage you can have um for free if you like.   I found the housings actually weren't too bad, the bulbs however burnt out and have been replaced. 

Oh hell yea I'll take em!  What's the downside with it?  Is it a little unstable up there or what?

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2013, 02:47:27 PM »
Mod day is when a bunch of members get together who need stuff done on their trucks and everyone kinda helps out.

Mod day will probably be coming up fairly soon. I need a body lift done...

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 07:30:46 PM »


I got these: http://www.gtlightingusa.com/html/products/?products-show-91.html on a Tacomaworld.com group buy for like $140 for a pair. They are Chinese knockoff HIDs, but they are damn bright (brighter than a pair of KCs) and after about 2 years, still work like new. I have no idea if that company is still doing group buys for those anymore though.

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2013, 12:40:04 AM »
Well, I've never seen an xterra with only two lights on it, and the only time I've actually SEEN a truck with that, is actually recently a truck had two facing forward, and two facing in the back but it was all lined up.  So I guess it would be more about looks if I was to get 4 instead of two.

I guess I'll stick with two, just so I don't hurt my X.

I am in the same boat. I also want four lamps. I have been checking out craigslist for lights. Here is a good deal I found. http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/pts/4160123532.html

There are a ton of deals on there.

As for the wiring. Wait till a mod day. Lots of mechanically inclined guys and gal ready to help out.

DAMN!!!  That's cheap as hell!! And I was looking up "KC HiLights" instead of off road lights so I'm sure that's why I didn't get any results!  Awesome man!  Thank you for that link!  Mod day?  Is it a place where we all meet up and they help you with mods?  I'll look it up myself on here.

When I first installed lights I went with the Ebay cheapos, http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-UNIVERSAL-6-SIX-INCH-4X4-55W-OFF-ROAD-LIGHT-TRUCK-DRIVING-FOG-BLACK-LAMP-/390673074460?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5af5ee091c&vxp=mtr

I eventually went for the KCs for a better beam pattern, but I have 4 of those ebay lights in my garage you can have um for free if you like.   I found the housings actually weren't too bad, the bulbs however burnt out and have been replaced. 

Oh hell yea I'll take em!  What's the downside with it?  Is it a little unstable up there or what?

No downside, the beam is a little bit pencil and I thought KCs would be a big improvement.  Honestly, I cant say the KCs are $200 better, they are better, but not by that much.  I even made some custom glare shields for them so you shouldn't be lighting up your hood. 
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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2013, 10:38:03 AM »
Checker (now O'reilly) used to sell the Chinese HIDs both in 4" and 7" rounds lights.  I have 2 of the 7" ones on my bumper and they are super bright.  You could start with 2 of the 4" HIDs and see how you like the light.

I've had walmart lights, KC fogs (which aren't that great), and the HIDs on my bumper over the years.  I really like the HIDs.

Up top, I have the KC Hilites, and I like them, but that was before the HIDs and now LEDs became really popular (and much cheaper).

If I had it to do over again, I'd look into the LEDs, as they draw the least amount of power, and seem pretty bright.
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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2013, 01:43:01 PM »
No downside, the beam is a little bit pencil and I thought KCs would be a big improvement.  Honestly, I cant say the KCs are $200 better, they are better, but not by that much.  I even made some custom glare shields for them so you shouldn't be lighting up your hood.

Okay awesome!  I'd really like to pick those up, if they work for me, I wouldn't need to change them, but if they don't, I'm sure it's going to be great until I get new ones in the future.  How would I be able to get those from you?  Mail (I'd of course pay for it) or pickup? 




I got these: http://www.gtlightingusa.com/html/products/?products-show-91.html on a Tacomaworld.com group buy for like $140 for a pair. They are Chinese knockoff HIDs, but they are damn bright (brighter than a pair of KCs) and after about 2 years, still work like new. I have no idea if that company is still doing group buys for those anymore though.

Well, I'm going to see how Hammer's lights work for me.  I'm sure it'll be just what I'm looking for but thanks for that picture.

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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 02:02:42 AM »
Pickup is fine, let me check my garage today and make sure I still have them all and they are in good shape.  They have been collecting dust for over a year now. 
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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 08:51:41 AM »
looks like they are still in good shape.  
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Re: KC HiLites
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2013, 01:16:54 PM »
Oh Wow yea looks great!  I'll send you a PM!