Have the lenses started to turn yellow and hazy?? If so, there is a
polishing kit that I got from Advance auto that works great. Chuck it
up in a cordless drill, use the three different grits of sandpaper and
then the polish. Works great. Then install some Sylvania Silverstar
bulbs. My ole truck went from being borderline unsafe to drive at
night to a real pleasure to drive.
Your welcome. Now send me some cookies while ole Roy is on the road!!
I'll second the vote on the Silverstars! They are quite good, but pricey
though. I've got the Silverstar Ultra's in the ol' Ram... along with the
heated leather seats!
Hi Mike, how ya been?
Regards the seat warmers "wide ride" is bustn' your chops about. You have to
remember how large a seat it would require to heat his buns. Probably also
need a donkey for the gen to get up enough juice to power the warmers. <G>
Absolutely true. Want the seats warmed, you tell yer woman to go out
and sit for a while...
Gasp... I ain't got enough hair growing anywhere to tell my wife to
You beat me to it.
Kim would kick yer ass!! <G>
Suddenly, without warning, Mike Simmons exclaimed (12/5/2009 11:42 AM):
Funny, I'd never heard of the Silverstars before starting this research,
and just now was watching a commercial on TV for them.
And, I'm gonna go with Mike on the heated seats. Warm buns are always
better than cold ones!
Suddenly, without warning, Plowboy7 exclaimed (11/30/2009 8:41 PM):
Nothing yet, need to get near an auto store or two and see what they
have. Also need some time to actually look at my lenses closely and see
if they need to be polished. They don't *seem* to be but I want to look
again. I only seem to remember when it's dark out though :)
Suddenly, without warning, jmc exclaimed (11/30/2009 9:48 PM):
Had a look. They seem fine. It's possible it's the wiring, since the
British laws required certain lights to be certain colors, which
required creative rewiring. Stupid British mechanic didn't bother to do
a good job putting them back the way they should be - knew I was leaving
the country. I had to get some wiring on my taillights replaced, it's
possible that's the problem here too.
It's also possible that it's a bad earth (ground) issue as well, as a couple
of ohms across an earth connection makes a huge difference to a bulb that
draws a higher current, and your headlamp bulbs will draw roughly 4.6amps
each, whereas a sidelamp marker bulb will probably only draw around 0.4amp.
On Landrover Defenders, the single biggest improvement that can be made to
the headlamps is a new power feed and relays, there is so much volt drop
through the original wiring harness! Check with a voltmeter, with the engine
running, that you are actually getting full battery voltage to the bulbs - a
drop of just a volt makes a huge difference here.
For what it's worth, not all British mechanics are stupid or don't bother -
some of us take a pride in our workmanship. Anyway, it wouldn't be an issue
if you lot didn't try to make a brake light or side marker light work as an
indicator at the same time, lol. On my Ram 2500, whoever imported it
re-wired the rear lamp clusters so that I have orange bulbs fitted to what
would have been the reversing lights, to act as indicators (which they do
very well), but they stuck a single white light under the bumper for a
reversing light (and a red to the offside as a rear fog lamp - mandatory in
the UK) but the reversing light is useless! I now have twin 55watt floods on
the roll bar pointing rearwards!
G'morning, Jodi. Badger makes a good point with the voltage issue. Daniel
Stern has been around for awhile and explains it at
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/relays/relays.html fairly well. He
also sells kits to improve the lighting system. Might be a solve for your
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