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HEADLIGHT MOD!!!!!

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Thanks for the pics!!!!but from what i am seeing in not much...
Can you tell me in terms of the hb4 and h3, example (left side) extreame left of the H3 this wire goes to.????.....wire on the OEM harness,next H3 wire goes to.???....wire on the OEM harness ,then HB4 left wire goes to.???..wire on OEM harness then next HB4 wire (one closes to the grille goes to .???....wire on OEM harness ETC

That would be very helpful.

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Its only a suggestion, but if you are having this much difficulty in doing the wiring - Take it to an auto electrician and get them to do it for you......

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i purchased a complete (not oem toyota) harness to convet to this type of headlight. it included the wiring from the battery, the relays and bracket, the plugs that go into the bulbs, and everything! all i did was to lay-out the harness from the headlights to the battery & figure out where to mount the bracket/relays. then i tested the h4 (3 pin) socket for hi/lo/ground wire & connected the lo beam wire to the relay with the yellow wires & the hi beam wire to the one with the blue wires & connected all the black wires from the bulb plugs and relays to ground. taped the whole thing up and hid the wires... connected the battery end of the harness to the battery and tested it!! it worked first time!!

for the park lights, i just tested which wire has voltage and spliced into it and passed the wire down to where the indicator is. i used the ground from the indicator for both filaments and just got a twin brake/tail light socket that would fit with the minimum of cutting..

i would advise you to go to an auto electrician if you'r not confident. i've seen what can happen if somthing shorts out in the wiring... an impressive flash & a fire that can get out of hand very quickly!!!! if you do buy a harness, do make sure it has fuses or fusable links for BOTH the hi and lo beams...
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headlight mod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I will keep you posted!!!!!!!!

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Need to convert '96 to '98 - '00

Has anyone done this for the '96 year? Is there any documentation, pictures, etc out there?
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Re: Need to convert '96 to '98 - '00

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Has anyone done this for the '96 year? Is there any documentation, pictures, etc out there?
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Jon,

the 96 and 97 model have the same headlights...
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Good. What about the parking/turn indicator lights and electrical harness? Same as '97?
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HEADLIGHT MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

JON

Sorry no wants seems to share this infomation!!!!!!!!

They are being very scetchy...

But when i complete mine in a few weeks time i will be sure to send you some instructions.

Good luck

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96 & 97 have the same harnesses.

pre 97 and post 98 are different.

If you have a 96 and want newer headlights, install them, take the new harness, and hook it up accordingly. The high beam wire should go to the high beam bulb, the low beam should go to the low beam wire.

I didn't even do this mod and I know how to do it. If you're not a DIY type of person, it might take a while to get the wiring.
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yap, info is sketchy!! i did this mod some time ago and discussed it in detail with some people to get ideas on how to resolve problems on which harness to use and about the park lights. went out and got the parts i needed and made sure they were all going to fit BEFORE i handed over any moolah..

if you were standing next to me & looking inside the engine bay of my car, you would pick it up in a few mins. but unfortunately we'r trying to do this by written word, so it's not so easy!!

best is to go have an auto electrician do the job, or at least talk to one, in person, and get all the right stuff before you start.. i'm an electronics engineer and i could go into semiconductor theory and quantum mechanics to great depths, but i was still consulting an auto electrician on how to convert the headlights & what to do with the park lights....
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