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IPF Headlight + pebbles = FAIL

well, one of my fancy new IPF headlights are broken.. chipped by probably a rock on the highway and there is a hole in it.......

sucks. I PM'd dave (from Northridge4x4) and he said hes willing to give me a good deal on a replacement..

Seems pretty dumb to make them from glass but I did know that when I ordered mine... Im switching back to stock and probably throwing them in the can.. Im not investing more money into these things if they are going to break on me all the time.





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That does suck.

In a perfect world, Glass is the best as it wont haze or discolor like plastics do over time. But, We don't live in a perfect world.
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first the issue with the plugs and now this...

IPF Headlights are now officially of my "mod" list.
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I feel your pain. I've had a set of Hella lights do that....I would look into those "grille" like things that go over your headlights...they are only a few bucks, barley noticeable, and will protect them from stones.
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that sucks.

i still be lovin mine!

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i had a tree fall on the road right in front of me in one of our recent snow storms, i slid in an attempt to stop and, well... drove right into the tree, the right front taking the hit.

i tore off the right fender flare, bent my antenna and twisted up the wiper arm... i also smacked my IPF light. the mount bent and the light "re-adjusted" itself up without a scratch on the glass.

could it have been crappy glass? i really like my lights (they were my "parting gift" from JKF) even though i didnt pay for them and would get a second set if i were adding more lights to the front of my rig

long story short... sorry to hear that happened


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My cebies are holding up very well as opposed to the 5 plus huge rock chips I have in the windshield. I would like to offer a suggestion since the stock headlights are pretty much a safety hazard why not keep the good housing and search eBay for a 7" h4 housing perferably euro spec and the ones the old rx7's are really good housings on the cheap. If I had it to do all over again that would be my route, the housings are all the same fit for the tabs and screws to secure the differences are the lenses so if you find any euro mnfgr then they will be on par with the cebies, ipf's ect. May be some slight differences but when you can get 7" h4 housings for 10- 30 bucks for very similar spec lights the choice is clear no pun intended.

I have been the higher wattage and hid route and the only way to help the lighting on the jk is to change the housings, I went through the same thing with the dodge 1 ton. US lighting specs for vehicles obviously suck!
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Have you tried talking to IPF, chances are they might replace it.

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My cebies are holding up very well as opposed to the 5 plus huge rock chips I have in the windshield. I would like to offer a suggestion since the stock headlights are pretty much a safety hazard why not keep the good housing and search eBay for a 7" h4 housing perferably euro spec and the ones the old rx7's are really good housings on the cheap. If I had it to do all over again that would be my route, the housings are all the same fit for the tabs and screws to secure the differences are the lenses so if you find any euro mnfgr then they will be on par with the cebies, ipf's ect. May be some slight differences but when you can get 7" h4 housings for 10- 30 bucks for very similar spec lights the choice is clear no pun intended.

I have been the higher wattage and hid route and the only way to help the lighting on the jk is to change the housings, I went through the same thing with the dodge 1 ton. US lighting specs for vehicles obviously suck!
So you're saying that I could junkyard source a headlight for an older RX7, (gen 1?) and use newer H4 lights with an adaptor harness like the one that comes with the IPF's, and be good to go?

Sounds like a cheap mod...

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Alot cheaper than the Daniel stern route I went or any of the others. You can even order h13 to h4 adapters that wY you don't have to cut the stock wiring if you stay with stock wattage bulbs or close to it. I made my own harness and it's all color coded with heat shrink tubing and everything is plug and play no cut stock wiring, I hate doing that crap.
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Hmm...

Rob is helping me look into this, but I think he might have found a way to cheaply upgrade headlights, we'll see.

http://www.headlightsupercenter.com/...roducts_id=182

Plus a Gen 1 RX7 headlight assembly or a Porchse 944 headlight assembly (which you can get a SET for around $50 with bulbs) and you'd be the cats meow.

$85 versus $170? Literally half price.

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Hmm...

Rob is helping me look into this, but I think he might have found a way to cheaply upgrade headlights, we'll see.

http://www.headlightsupercenter.com/...roducts_id=182

Plus a Gen 1 RX7 headlight assembly or a Porchse 944 headlight assembly (which you can get a SET for around $50 with bulbs) and you'd be the cats meow.

$85 versus $170? Literally half price.
If this pans out to be true and it is a much improvement, do a write-up w/ pics.

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Definitely will.

Looking it up online, the Gen1 RX7 (78-85) used the same round, 7" headlights that the Porchse 944 uses. You can get a Sylvania headlight assembly with a silverstar bulb for $25 from you local AutoZone, Advance Auto, etc. 2 x $25 = $50.

Getting the H4 to H13 harness might be the hardest as the only place that I can find that sells it by itself is the place listed above. But, they're not expensive either, at $35 for the pair of them. All told, that's litterally half price.

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Didnt the description say it was for just one adapter, making it $75 for the pair? either way its still cheaper.

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Good call. Reading > me.

Like you said, its still cheaper by around $60. I shot the guy that runs that site an email and am waiting on a response..

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There is a site I found that sells pig tails for every light socket, They were about $3.50 each, for $15 bucks or so total for the 4 pieces you'll need. You just have to order 2 male h13 and 2 female H4 and then splice the two pieces together for each light.

http://autolumination.com/connectors.htm

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I used a male h13 to plug into the factory harness for the wires to trigger the relays on the harness I built so that I didn't have to cut any factory wiring.
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Do you know the pin out though? That would be easy to do, a little solder and shrink wrap and you'd be good to go..

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Do you know the pin out though? That would be easy to do, a little solder and shrink wrap and you'd be good to go..
Yeah, I have it written down at home, I'll post it up for you later if no one has done before then.
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I got the H13 male adapter at autozone for around 5 bucks, i'll stop by this evening and confirm price and part number. And they had the needed H4 as well. yeah this will be much cheaper route to go for everyones future endeavors.

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I think I'm going to go the cheap route first, see if it works, and then I'll search for better E-code housings. I can run down to my local Advance auto right now and pick up 2 $25 Silverstar 944/G1 RX7 housings with bulbs.

Also found these, it's a thought.

http://www.rennbay.com/ecode-hella-h...ulb-p-115.html

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Talked to a friend of mine, he has these same lights in his Miata.

http://www.rallylights.com/detail.aspx?ID=350

Said to call them and ask for the miata.net discount and it's 10% off. He recommended going with 80/100 setup, but I think I'll stick with stock for now. If I need more later, i'll get it.

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