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Old 02-02-2003, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Hella FF1000 vs. Hella 500

I have the option of buying the Hella FF1000's for $99 or getting the Hella 500's for $63. They are both the driving light version and will be used to supplement the PIAA 80XT Pencil beams I have now. The 1000's have a clear lens but the 500's have a little diffusion to them (cuts for deflection). They will be mounted headlight level in front of the bumper. Suggestions or opinions as to which is a better light?
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Old 02-03-2003, 08:37 AM   #2
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Old 02-03-2003, 08:59 AM   #3
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Well,

I just installed my 500 series driving lamps over the weekend, and I love them!

Now, I haven't seen the FF lamps, but I am guessing they are more bright. Obviously as they are a higher series. Dunno their size either. They may be too big, and look gawdy, who knows.

The 500 series are the PERFECT size IMHO, as they match the fog light size. I have 500 fog lamps w/ Hella Yellowstar bulbs in my fog housing, and the driving lamps up top. Looks REAL sharp, and gives me the light I wanted.

I'll post pics tonight if I can find my digicam

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Old 02-03-2003, 11:53 AM   #4
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the 1000's are about the same size from what I can see. I have the same deal with the yellowstars in the fogs, I'm curious as to your mounting for the driving beams. I have a set of Rally 3000's I was selling but I'm going to hold off until I get a light bar to see how they look since they are so huge. But they are by far and away the brightest I've experienced to date.
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Old 02-03-2003, 07:48 PM   #5
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Silvertoy,

I went to Home depot, and bought two angle irons. I ended up getting the thick galvanized steel ones. VERY beefy. Anyhoo. I ended up cutting them, just measure. If you have a GC8, your in luck, if not I'm not sure if it's gonna be as easy. Start by taking of your grill. Pretty easy, just look at it and you'll figure out how to remove it. You'll need a flathead screwdriver to push the little clips out to remove the grill.

The great thing about the angle iron is, for the GC8, it is the EXACT thickness of the gap from the bottom of the grill, to the top of the bumper. So not wierd cutting out grooves for it to fit.
On the GC8, there are TWO indentations on the bumper skin nearest the radiator. They are the PERFECT width apart. If you drill a 3/8 inch hold in the center of each indentation, you'll find that there is already a 3/8 inch hole born into the metal bumper. WOOHOO!!!! Only two little holes in the bumper skin. Mount your angle irons there, and mount your lights to them. All done.

I know this post is worthless without pics, but I think you should have the idea.

if you have any questions, send me an email wguidry@myeastern.com
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Old 02-04-2003, 01:59 AM   #6
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Ok the FF1000s are about 1 in bigger in diameter than the 500s. They will not fit in the stock foglight hole without major modifications. But since your just mounting them somwhere else then you have no problem. I have had both of them, and still have the FF1000s. As far as light output, The FF1000 are brighter alone than when I had my 2 sets of 500s and stock fogs. When riding down the interstate at night I can light up a cars rear reflector and mirrors more than a mile in front of me. And also the FF1000s are esier to aim, more sturdier, and brighter. Definatly worth the money and definatly will blind oncoming traffic. Also a side note once you installed them, do not stare into them as you will be seeing spots for a while.
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Old 02-04-2003, 08:17 AM   #7
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Much thanks... That's exactly what I was hoping for.
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Old 03-03-2003, 02:17 AM   #8
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imprezedRS isn't exaggerating, those lights will mess you up if you look right into them. totally worth the money, they are technologically leaps ahead of the 500s, 500s are starting to become a thing of the past. if you were concerned with looks you wouldn't be thinking about putting lights on anyways, all you care about is night visability. so get the FF1000s and be happy!!

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Old 03-03-2003, 02:23 AM   #9
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imprezedRS isn't exaggerating, those lights will mess you up if you look right into them. totally worth the money, they are technologically leaps ahead of the 500s, 500s are starting to become a thing of the past. if you were concerned with looks you wouldn't be thinking about putting lights on anyways, all you care about is night visability. so get the FF1000s and be happy!!

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Old 03-03-2003, 10:35 PM   #10
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Get the FF1000s and make a bracket that looks like these. Or buy the prodrive kit and basically pay $189 for the brackets.

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Old 03-04-2003, 01:24 AM   #11
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Do you mean you found FF1000's for $99 a pair? Would you mind sharing that bit of info with us?
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Old 03-04-2003, 07:40 AM   #12
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They have them at Advanced Auto Parts.

Hella FF1000's
$109 regularly, $99 on sale every other week

Hella FF50 and FF75
$59 every day.

Hella 500
$63 on sale for $59 every other week

They used to cary the FF200 and FF300 (great lights IMHO)
$89 every day.

I dont know how they do it, but they have them, and they're cheap.
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Old 03-04-2003, 12:06 PM   #13
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I have a set of the FF1000 that I don't need anymore, there for slae now, like new condition.
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