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Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: Martin ()
Date: March 18, 2012 12:25AM

I got this idea from someone at the last Corvair Convention in Denver who had set up his Vair to do it, unfortunatley I did not get his name.....

I want to use high beam bulbs where the low beams are supposed to go so when I use the 'low beams' I am getting high beam light, and when I use the high beams I get 4 high beams at the same time. I have already fabricated the steel cup that the low beams used to sit in to accomodate the knobs on the back of a high beam bulb (believe it or not the knobs are spaced a little differently between the two).

Does anyone know how I need to rewire the PLUG that is supposed to be used for the low beam bulb to accomodate a high beam bulb????

Thanks
Martin

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: March 18, 2012 12:57AM

Sounds quite annoying for oncoming drivers! Why not just replace your bulbs with halogens? Properly aimed they provide great light without blinding others!

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: March 18, 2012 01:01AM

I second Vairkings statement.

Hi-beam light spread is different than low beam, not just brighter.

Running a hi-beam as a low, dangerous to on-coming traffic --- Just a bad idea Martin.

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 18, 2012 01:16AM

I believe it is illegal to have 4 headlights on low beam in most, if not all, states..





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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: Martin ()
Date: March 18, 2012 01:41AM

Thanks for the replys - not the response I was looking for, but after trying several searches I found that I was still using an older style bulb - I will try the halogens, it appears that they are an improvement after reading the comments.

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Martin

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 18, 2012 01:46AM

Think about these..Bill Darcy and I went this way.

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: Martin ()
Date: March 18, 2012 02:10AM

Matt - Just plug 'em in and I'm good to go??

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 18, 2012 02:16AM

Basically yes! Thought you said your searched?? Bill Darcy's topic headlight brought a lot of posts last week!!

These have a little blue "city light"..which would require a 5/8" hole be drilled in the bucket... or cut it off the bulb.. and they drop in / plug in and require no relays





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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: Martin ()
Date: March 18, 2012 02:30AM

You da man!!

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: March 18, 2012 02:40AM

Martin,

Low beams are very different than high beams, not just in wattage. This is why the steel cup was made to fit the correct bulb. If the cups were interchangeable, all sorts of crazy light patterns would be blinding other drivers. Low beams are made to actually lower the beam of light (focal point) so oncomming drivers (ME!) are not as blinded as happens when the high beams are focused on oncomming drivers.

Low beams also, on many cars, have a right focus, for us here in America, since we drive on the right. This allows the ditch to be seen while low beams are on.

While having high beams sounds good to you, as an oncomming driver of age, I can tell you it is a blinding experience, and I will not recover my sight for a few seconds. How many seconds does it take for me to drive off the road while trying to avoid you since I can't see anything? Young people just don't get it! hot smiley

Frank DuVal

Hey, Mike Hicks, this is another reason I like cars to have to go through safety inspection once a year, to catch stupid stuff people do to their cars that harms other drivers.

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 18, 2012 11:23AM

The halogens I used were simple bolt it. no drilling, cutting, or anything. And cost about $5 each on amazon. I added the relay just in case since I was rewiring.

But not only are high beams blinding, you do not want to drive in fog with high beams. The reflection is terrible. And high beams are terrible at showing you the pot holes you are about to drive into.

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: WhenIm64 ()
Date: March 18, 2012 04:53PM

In my household there are two Corvairs and three "modern" vehicles, a 2003, a 2004, and a 2011.

The 1963 Rampside with four Wal-Mart halogens has the best lighting of all five.

The 1964 Greenbrier with four Wal-Mart halogens is a close second.

The 2003 and the 2004 vehicles, with their factory-stock headlights, are a tie for third place.

The 2011 vehicle, with its factory-stock headlights, is a distant fifth!

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: lowandslow ()
Date: March 18, 2012 05:18PM

Matt,

Do the conversion headlights you recommend require modification of the buckets on an early model?

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Re: Replacing Low Beams with High Beams
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 18, 2012 06:09PM

Pat, Bill Darcy is the guy with the early...

since the T-3's fit both.. I'd say the "citylight" is the only mod..





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