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Old 05-09-2004, 11:51 PM   #1
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Talking Moi? A mod? Hella 500 Driving Lights installed (w/ Pics)

I gots a bling-bling thing!

So this weekend I built myself a Home Depot $12 light bar and put a set of Hella 500 driving pattern lights on it. Much thanks to Peaty for putting the Impreza lighting wiring diagram up at Scoobymods. I was able to just copy the fog-light circuit over to the high-beam side, and it works a charm. When the switch is on, they come on with the high-beams and go out when I switch to low. They probably come on when I flash-high, but tough - you should have dipped your lights sooner. I also couldn't figure out how to make the switch light up when on. It was either always lit, or always dark,so I left it off - I hate bright lights in the cabin at night anyway...

As for the pattern, I'm... Well... Underwhelmed. I'd almost swear they're the fog pattern, but the part numbers match up, so I guess they must be the driving pattern. I've only had them on a short test-drive, and it was on a narrow tree-lined street, so maybe it'll be better on a more-open road. It's a sure thing that there won't be ANY deer or moose sneaking up on me from the ditch though.

I'm tempted to add a pair of pencil beams to the bar for distance. I'm not that pleased with the throw distance of the 500's. Summit has the FF1000's in a pencil beam for $76 a pair, I have a long-enough chunk of box-stock left to make a bar long enough for 4 lights, and I still have that one blank switch plate to fill...

I had to take a pair of tiny 1"x1/8" notches out of the bottom of my grill. The mounting is quite solid. I didn't notice any vibration while driving. I'll try to snap some pics tomorrow.
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Old 05-10-2004, 09:20 AM   #2
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I'm with you my friend. I formerlly had some really cheap round driving lights and I could see far better with them versus the Hella 500's

The Hella construction is good, but at this point I wish I saved my $$$ and just bought some PIAAs or CATZ.

Post up some pix, see if we have twin cars

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Old 05-10-2004, 11:41 AM   #3
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I'm looking at adding a pair of KC 60-series long-range.

240,000 candle-power in a long-range beam. I'm hopeful they'll cause moose to burst into flames at 1000 yards...

They have 6" HID's that give 600,000 candle-power. $7-mumble-hundred from Summit. Noooiiice. Overkill, but nice.

Not a chance on being twins, I'm missing a hood scoop and about 80 horsepower.

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Old 05-10-2004, 06:43 PM   #4
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3/4" aluminum box extrusion and 3/4"x1/8" aluminum bar. Two bars to the license-plate mount, and two to a pair of holes conveniently located behind the grill, just above the bumper-beam. Not the most solid, but solid enough.



If I wanted to get fancy I guess I could get a fog-light switch from the dealer. This works.


Here Moosey-moosey-moose...
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Old 05-18-2004, 03:48 PM   #5
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Update:

I did in fact get a pair of fog-pattern lamps in a driving light box. I have 'em swapped now, and the difference is night and day. I'm a very happy camper.

Put it this way: My high-beams by themselves seem awfully dim now.

Wonder if I should put 100-watt bulbs in 'em?
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:07 PM   #6
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Wonder if I should put 100-watt bulbs in 'em?
I have 130w Narva Rally bulbs in mine. They're hawt....literally. and they work real well.

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