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Old 09-18-2014, 07:27 AM   #1
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Let's talk about driving lights.

I want to add driving lights to my Astro van, which has headlights with a crap pattern I've never been happy with. I don't need to peel the paint off of oncoming cars, just add a better beam for dark highways.
Which is best, and feel free to name names.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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Might as well check the equipment or garage threads and go with whatever works best for motos. Except I'd probably not order squat from Touratech to put on an Astro.

In my experience, though, most options from run of the mill auto parts places are not going to provide great performance. Of course, my experience is better than a decade ago so maybe the options are vastly improved.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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I would highly suggest some E-codes if they are available for the Astro. I would guess not, but I don't know if the Astro is available in Europe. Maybe sold by another name.

If they are regular headlights, you can get e-code housings.

If no E-codes are available for any amount of $, you might think about a light relay harness. A lot of older vehicles suffer from voltage drop at the headlights, with a harness, you take all of the stock junk out of the power equation, and just use it to trigger your better harness. You can get full voltage to the bulbs and may help a bit. You can also upgrade to higher wattage bulbs with a harness, but they will suffer from the DOT lenses. Oncoming traffic may not like you either.

With e-codes you can run high wattage bulbs and not annoy oncoming traffic. You will still want a relay harness, but with the e-codes and stock wattage bulbs the light will be scads better.

Typically a driving light would be a pencil beam, and would tie into your high beams. I think those would peel paint and melt eyeballs...

One other thing, the astro has plastic lenses on the headlights, they get all scratched up and kind of act like a diffuser. If they are all cloudy they can be cleaned/polished which will help a great deal.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:24 PM   #4
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Someone on the Astro forum suggested Hella 500 series lights:
http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-00575095.../dp/B001TWD5KU
I like them and the price seems right for a van with 211,000 miles.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:33 PM   #5
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Go to Cyclops Adventuresports and check out what he's got. I have a pair of his twin LED driving lights on my S-10, and they're fantastic. I originally had them on the bike, but they were too bright for general use.

He's got a wide selection of lights, great customer service, and he's an inmate here who gives an ADV discount. On the Vendor Forum.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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Go to Cyclops Adventuresports and check out what he's got. I have a pair of his twin LED driving lights on my S-10, and they're fantastic. I originally had them on the bike, but they were too bright for general use.

He's got a wide selection of lights, great customer service, and he's an inmate here who gives an ADV discount. On the Vendor Forum.
I'll check him out. In case I like them, where did you say you park your truck?
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:20 PM   #7
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I'll check him out. In case I like them, where did you say you park your truck?
I didn't.

EDIT: Just look for the glow on the night time horizon.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:21 PM   #8
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Someone on the Astro forum suggested Hella 500 series lights:
http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-00575095.../dp/B001TWD5KU
I like them and the price seems right for a van with 211,000 miles.
I've put these on a couple of different vehicles over the years...excellent lighting, and zero issues.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:40 PM   #9
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I'll third a set of Hella 500FF's (make sure you get the driving light pattern). I think they run about $80 bucks now. They will easily illuminate the road over half a mile away and you can see reflections from road signs from a mile away.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:37 PM   #10
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Someone on the Astro forum suggested Hella 500 series lights:
http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-00575095.../dp/B001TWD5KU
I like them and the price seems right for a van with 211,000 miles.
Can't go wrong with the old-school Hellas. You could tap the relay trigger into your high beams so they come on automatically with the brights.
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Someone on the Astro forum suggested Hella 500 series lights:
http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-00575095.../dp/B001TWD5KU
I like them and the price seems right for a van with 211,000 miles.

I have a couple of these on my Concours.
One is a driving light and one has a fog lens.

The driving light way,way,way overpowers the stock headlight.
It seems that I don't piss off oncoming drivers as I rarely get flashes by high beams.

The fog lens also overpowers the stock headlight and works very well in the foggy conditions that we experience in costal Maine.

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I want to add driving lights to my Astro van, which has headlights with a crap pattern I've never been happy with. I don't need to peel the paint off of oncoming cars, just add a better beam for dark highways.
Which is best, and feel free to name names.
If the headlights are in good shape, you might try a set of our LED headlight replacements. Over twice the output of your halogen at less than half the power

The Vstrom has automotive looking headlights (albeit closer together).
Halogen right, LED left side.
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Me: Do you have auxiliary driving lights:
NAPA parts guy: Yes.
Me: What kind are they?
NAPA parts guy: Little square ones.
Me: Thanks.
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Me: Do you have auxiliary driving lights:
NAPA parts guy: Yes.
Me: What kind are they?
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Keep the old tech charm of your Astro. Go with carbide.
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