Are Aftermarket Headlights Worth It?

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Driving the Miata at night has always been hazardous, because the headlights seem to actually be dim candles. On this episode, we’ll update the headlights and headlight wiring circuit to pull some big watts and actually light up the night road so we can keep driving!
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Cody Faust
Cody Faust 2 օր առաջ
does anyone have the link to all of the parts he installed in the video?
braedon bosslet
braedon bosslet 4 օր առաջ
I drive my car with out an engine bc I’m built different🔥
Packerman Bruhmomento
Packerman Bruhmomento 4 օր առաջ
The only tool I needed to replace my headlights with led bulbs was an 8mm socket and some yank-force, the bulbs themselves had a power converter and a fan on the driver and diode I didn’t know the bulbs were encased on older cars that’s pretty cool
Eli Williamson
Eli Williamson 8 օր առաջ
Bro 🥴im told him... 😒 im like ...🤨 NOT LEAVIN 😡
esnevip
esnevip 9 օր առաջ
Screwdriver in the car for a week? No son, always.
Joseph Middleton
Joseph Middleton 11 օր առաջ
I bought one of those Hella branded harnesses like the one at 5:17 on Amazon, but was informed by auto lighting guru Daniel Stern that any Hella branded harness is a fraudulent product because Hella doesn't make headlight harnesses. Sure enough the listing has been removed from Amazon. I returned it and got a refund.
Richard
Richard 12 օր առաջ
its hard to believe there are no projectors available for these cars. I guess this is your only option, for decent headlights
Hulkachu
Hulkachu 13 օր առաջ
If everyone else is using their headlights, then why do I need to use mine? Save money and don't use them.
Trevor Bruce
Trevor Bruce 14 օր առաջ
In a quick two second blip you just explained why I've been burning through bulbs like a motherfucker for like the last 3 years, getting my grimy cave man fingers all over them....
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson 16 օր առաջ
The Morimoto harness only requires one ground and one positive power cable
Mehran Niknafs
Mehran Niknafs 22 օր առաջ
Why did he install a set of leds?
James Blazes
James Blazes 25 օր առաջ
HID's should be banned indefinitely. They're unnecessary and unless you live in an rural town with less than 15 streetlights they should be against the law. I can't stand it, I've been close to run off the road because some prick thought it looked cool.
Jason Ochoa
Jason Ochoa Ամիս առաջ
I know a harbor freight employee when I see one
daniel
daniel Ամիս առաջ
"And we made it, because I can see." lol 13:31
skizzlemane1
skizzlemane1 Ամիս առաջ
4:50 FYI not to be an asshole or anything but.. A “headlight housing” is also known as a headlamp 👍🏼 it’s time to turn off my bedroom light housing and go to bed 😏 also it would behoove you to have swapped your headlights with a lamp that had a projector in it 🤷🏻‍♂️ just sayin... I’m guessing these were free tho... anyway don’t mind me I always add my 2 cents where it’s not wanted 🙄😐
S B
S B Ամիս առաջ
once your going fast enough you begin to "outrun" the headlights, basically going so fast by the time you notice something in the headlights, its 100 feet behind you, better headlights help, so upgrading them really helps
Mr3121996
Mr3121996 Ամիս առաջ
Which mountain range is that, I live in LA, I want to see it?
Zentrixx boii
Zentrixx boii Ամիս առաջ
Honestly you remind me of bill nye of cars
Sequentialed
Sequentialed Ամիս առաջ
Now you do turn off the battery Zach
Cobolt Blue
Cobolt Blue Ամիս առաջ
Looks like Topanga canyon, totally almost took my 95 off the side once that road is awesome.
83BeachBum
83BeachBum Ամիս առաջ
Anyone have a link to all the parts he used for this conversion kit?
DirtyCove 7ho7
DirtyCove 7ho7 Ամիս առաջ
What road?? Lol
안주형
안주형 Ամիս առաջ
4:23 i was expecting him to calculate how much horsepower the headlights make. little disappointed :/
cody madison
cody madison Ամիս առաջ
where did you get hat fire extinguisher bracket for the back of the miata?
Elijah Richmond
Elijah Richmond Ամիս առաջ
Ambulance with #Vermont plates! Did I miss a video on that vehicle?
Wade S.
Wade S. Ամիս առաջ
the passenger side should actually be a little higher than the driver side
Jeremy Otaku28
Jeremy Otaku28 Ամիս առաջ
I might as well not watch the fucking video due to all these unskippable ads.
Chris Floyd
Chris Floyd Ամիս առաջ
Okay, but shouldn't the road services try to make that road safer?
Nick Feezel
Nick Feezel Ամիս առաջ
If I can measure headlights using horsepower, does that mean that I can add horsepower to my car with stronger headlights?
Crismodin
Crismodin Ամիս առաջ
On older vehicles, 100% worth it.
Rob J
Rob J Ամիս առաջ
A few years ago I converted the sealed beams on a 1980 Malibu to this set up and it was a great improvement. But, I also have a C-6 Corvette that uses the modern headlight system and I cannot find an aftermarket high beam LED bulb that has more lumens than what I have now. There are plenty of companies claiming to improve brightness over the stock H9/H11, but they do not.
John Harn
John Harn Ամիս առաջ
If you need to see twice as far you need 4 times the light, assuming it is spread in a similar cone. Welcome to 3d boys.
Havnar
Havnar Ամիս առաջ
I got the jeep-like headlights with RGB halo's instead. Only issue is, I don't have my Miata yet.
Crimson Snow
Crimson Snow Ամիս առաջ
Where is that road? Name and location? Would like to drive there too
Justin Romero
Justin Romero Ամիս առաջ
I agree please share
Nth HazelSpark
Nth HazelSpark Ամիս առաջ
Not all cars had to have the entire headligt chaged actually, my 1986 Volvo 740 is a outlier in this. Only the bulbs have to be changed, nothing else.
Nicholas Meave
Nicholas Meave Ամիս առաջ
What road is that?
SkaterKid406
SkaterKid406 Ամիս առաջ
After you turbo it you should do the interior, make it black to match. the tan looks mega wack.
Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan Ամիս առաջ
HIDs would have gone 21 miata lengths though.
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Ամիս առաջ
And look ridiculous on an old car like that
Logan Dykstra
Logan Dykstra 2 ամիս առաջ
Needs some LED’s
Diego Olivares Gudiño
Diego Olivares Gudiño 2 ամիս առաջ
LED bulbs are another great way to go, and they don´t consume that much energy.
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Ամիս առաջ
Putting LED bulbs in halogen reflectors doesn't make your headlights better. The halogen housings aren't aiming the LED in any way. Light is just going to refract everywhere and blind other drivers.
Cam Mulcahy
Cam Mulcahy 2 ամիս առաջ
What a wasted opportunity to get rid of shitty halogens. I hate halogens.
PARADOXX AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTIONS
PARADOXX AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTIONS 2 ամիս առաջ
178 Bakersfield to lake issabela?
Mark zieg
Mark zieg 2 ամիս առաջ
You know the modern bulbs are rated in pairs usually, and the old ones per bulb. So its really more like 70w and 80w.
Mark zieg
Mark zieg 2 ամիս առաջ
Zach JERB can you make a video on stuff like this for your GX470? Cmon man, I've got an identical one, and I'm money pitting it
Dvldg0231
Dvldg0231 2 ամիս առաջ
So, more watts to the lights means... less powa to the wheels. Your going in the wrong direction! Try a headlight delete = Mo Powa Babeh!
T G
T G 2 ամիս առաջ
yes. yes they are.
Gjdjd Gzhdj
Gjdjd Gzhdj 2 ամիս առաջ
For you yes, for other drivers no :D
insaneomcleano
insaneomcleano 2 ամիս առաջ
Is a 40 inch lightbar mounted on top of the windscreen worth it?
manolo mala
manolo mala 2 ամիս առաջ
Why didn't u go with LEDs?
Dick Cheese
Dick Cheese 2 ամիս առաջ
Why is there an ambulance in your driveway?
Joshua Nicolai
Joshua Nicolai 2 ամիս առաջ
"night has finally fallen" sounds like a bond villain catch line
louis mccravey
louis mccravey 2 ամիս առաջ
Where’s that canyon road at ?!! I would love to find some roads like that to drive in SoCal!!
aAron YT
aAron YT 2 ամիս առաջ
Lights are definitely the thing that means you get what you pay for
Nino Krizanec
Nino Krizanec 2 ամիս առաջ
I would choose a better grounding point than that.
Roger Jogers
Roger Jogers 2 ամիս առաջ
Keep up the great videos
rentamedic
rentamedic 2 ամիս առաջ
Trinity
Champion Cycle
Champion Cycle 2 ամիս առաջ
Is that TUNA!?
Alf Watt
Alf Watt 2 ամիս առաջ
Bonus points: the electrical unit of power is named after James Watt who invented Horsepower in order to sell his fancy new steam engines. Mining operators (who had an abundance of water and coal to run the engines) were using horses to drive pumps to remove water from their mines. They knew how much it cost to keep 100 horses working 24/7, so to sell the Steam Engine James had to convert the amount of work the engine could do (at a much reduced cost, even including the Engineer to fix it) into units that customers could relate to costs: Horsepower sells engines.
CodeNameNateDog
CodeNameNateDog 2 ամիս առաջ
I’m from Vermont and there’s a VT rescue vehicle in Zach’s driveway in LA?!?!
Filip Filipovic
Filip Filipovic 2 ամիս առաջ
On the new headlight is clearly written 55w and he is installing 80w bulb in hot climate, excellent advice. There is a huge difference in light power and color between H4 and H7 bulbs, so better to find H7 headlights, put some bulbs like Osram Nightbreaker or Philips Racing Vision... No need to install additional cables, only downside is that they last shorter than regular, but since his 80w will heat like crazy they will last the same.
TheKenji2221
TheKenji2221 2 ամիս առաջ
Looking good. Plus just for the fact you can now replace only the bulb instead of the whole light is a huge upgrade
Jack Olden
Jack Olden 2 ամիս առաջ
He low-key looks like paul Walker
Dinja3
Dinja3 2 ամիս առաջ
what happened to your door seal? do installing aftermarket headlights really cause that to happen? p.s. i know it wasn't the headlights.
Zia Malik
Zia Malik 2 ամիս առաջ
The camera that is filming the night scenes has a bunch of dead pixels
100rats
100rats 2 ամիս առաջ
What road is that??? looks sick
JJustCool
JJustCool 2 ամիս առաջ
Should have Retrofitted those headlight bud. Missed opportunity
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Ամիս առաջ
HIDs would look stupid on that old car
Armoury Man
Armoury Man 2 ամիս առաջ
but how many horsepower is your house making?
Daniel
Daniel 2 ամիս առաջ
what about the speed limit at the road?
Stealth Enforcer
Stealth Enforcer 2 ամիս առաջ
nice headlights can make any car look way better
Whos Austin
Whos Austin 2 ամիս առաջ
Weird just did this with my 04 wrangler lol
Avro Arrow
Avro Arrow 2 ամիս առաջ
80W low beam headlights = EXTREMELY DANGEROUS because they'll blind the hell out of every oncoming vehicle. The legal limit for headlamps is currently 55W at 12V.
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Ամիս առաջ
They won't blind anyone if you aim them correctly like he did in the video. The beam they emit will be under the oncoming driver's eyes.
Francisco Caruso
Francisco Caruso 2 ամիս առաջ
Have u guys done the joke about us using anything (like a miata) but meters to lenght something?
Ramiro Medina
Ramiro Medina 2 ամիս առաջ
Dude I just would've gone with the headlight assembly conversion and go with some high and low led bulbs and I'm done 😐
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Ամիս առաջ
Never put LEDs in halogen housings. They aren't designed for that and will just blind other drivers.
The_Don27
The_Don27 2 ամիս առաջ
Sooooo was it worth it ? Lol
Jerrmz
Jerrmz 2 ամիս առաջ
Replace the stock round miata headlights with HELLA horns
Eric Bärtsch
Eric Bärtsch 2 ամիս առաջ
Tf is that weather seal doin on the driver’s side door??
Kuro Shiroi
Kuro Shiroi 2 ամիս առաջ
this is why yt is better than tv
David MacGreggor
David MacGreggor 2 ամիս առաջ
Love the show since day one lol im actually at the same part with my 91 NA cant decide what head lights to do but if no one else needs them ill take them no gift card needed lol
Eric Marcus
Eric Marcus 2 ամիս առաջ
The way I adjust my headlights is on a flat ground parking lot. Pull up to the back of a car and back up till there is about a car length or a bit more and adjust the top of the beam to the top of the bumper of the car in front of me. This way I know I'm not blinding anyone (LED headlight are bright AF and 8000 lumens will melt eyeballs in the rearview or on coming traffic). If you don't have a friend or family member you could go up to your local mechanic shop and ask if you can use the parking lot at night to adjust your lights and pull up to car leaving a car length or so to make the adjustments. I've had my lights for over a year now and not one person has flashed their brights at me.
Lance Kaz
Lance Kaz 2 ամիս առաջ
I’m a retired mechanical engineer. Part of my career was spent designing motor vehicle lighting. The reason that you don’t touch the bulb on halogen lights is this: 1) Halogen bulbs are made from a thick, very strong glass (borosilicate) that is under pressure. 2) Your fingers leave behind oils that, when heated, penetrate the glass and weaken the glass (a weakening called “devitrification”). Since the bulb is under pressure, weakening the glass causes it to fail. I applaud Donut Media for swapping out halogen sealed beams for halogen replaceable bulbs instead of swapping in HID or LED. The way the human vision system perceives light is very complex. I can’t begin to go into it here, but human perception of brightness isn’t linear, which means that doubling watts does not translate into seeing twice as far. And the human perception of color is complex as well, for many technical reasons relating to both the physics of light and the biology of vision. AND I definitely want to applaud aligning the headlamps. I see so many poorly aligned headlights that I don’t think most people bother to do it. I’m all for putting more light down on the road, but watch out for low beam lights that throw too much light into the yes of oncoming traffic. Not blinding oncoming drivers is the reason you have low beams.
Dan MacK
Dan MacK 2 ամիս առաջ
Oh no why is there an ambulance in your driveway
Aaron Schwarz
Aaron Schwarz 2 ամիս առաջ
Wow, unlike about 99% of other dipfucks that install brighter headlights, you actually take the time to calibrate the beam angle to not nail people in oncoming cars with glare / a nobel prize must be in order at once ~~ also HID kit would have made 3600 lumens per side & $40 Beamtech LED on Amazon that also must be aligned in the housing are 4000 lumens each // & put the LED''s where the halogen bulbs filament would have been emitting photons so the spectral emissions of the headlight conforms with road legal considerate beam angles etc // FYI
Aaron Schwarz
Aaron Schwarz 2 ամիս առաջ
Your rate car power in KW thousands of watts, so 89,000 watts becomes 89 KW .. in europe thats how they rate engines in KW & then N*M for torque Newton Meters // like FT-LBS
Walter Esese
Walter Esese 2 ամիս առաջ
I was a bit skeptical when you mentioned using the halogen reflectors instead of actual projectors but you did take the time to aim them properly and I appreciate that.
FUZ3-NOOB-324485
FUZ3-NOOB-324485 2 ամիս առաջ
lol new headlights were worse because they were angled too low and caused less video sight
Angel123_h
Angel123_h 2 ամիս առաջ
Zach, how do you know so much about cars? I love cars and love working on them but I really don't have the skill or knowledge and every time I watch your videos and donuts videos I always learn so much, and I've just have been wondering how you know so much.
brickson98moto
brickson98moto 2 ամիս առաջ
Screw a hat, I’m still waiting on my boost creeps hoodie I ordered back in like September lol
Hentai Body pillow
Hentai Body pillow 2 ամիս առաջ
Where do you find roads like that in the beginning?
Michael Clark
Michael Clark 2 ամիս առաջ
I'm surprised that the Miata has sealed beams, I thought that went out of fashion in the 70s? Are they h4 in other markets? My 86 Mazda 929 in Australia had twin pop-up rectangular headlights and they were not sealed beams, H4 globes.
Alex Baca
Alex Baca 2 ամիս առաջ
I JUST missed the week mark :(
J M.
J M. 2 ամիս առաջ
Yo you guys should make a grullon on another series of money pits or other series
Juanpi XI
Juanpi XI 2 ամիս առաջ
Up to speed on seat/cupra
h3lix86
h3lix86 2 ամիս առաջ
i hate new headlights, they are just TOO DAMN BRIGHT i can't see shit anymore when anyone is driving a newer car towards me in the opposite lane, they completely blind me...
randallracer
randallracer 2 ամիս առաջ
watch somebody actually need new bulbs for their miata tho.
mixmix poo
mixmix poo 2 ամիս առաջ
if you guys finish the miata, can you make is the same price car more worth it then the modified miata lol😁 btw love you guys
Simon Outdoors
Simon Outdoors 2 ամիս առաջ
What do i gotta do to get u to 86 the turbo plan and put ITB'S on there? Pleeeeeeease?
Jonathan mora
Jonathan mora 2 ամիս առաջ
What canyon road is that ???
??????
?????? 2 ամիս առաջ
It looks like Tuna Canyon Road.
A Trimble
A Trimble 2 ամիս առաջ
Liked and subscribed. Y’all just crack me up with the enhanced visuals. There’s just nothing like a manual Miata without ABS as shown or power steering. Feels so illegal lol!
Trump
Trump 2 ամիս առաջ
Short answer yes, enormously better. Got 35w HIDs lows and 45w LED highs on both my Evo and Impreza. The difference is huge, I can sea really well, oncoming traffic hates me though.
Evangelos Patsourakis
Evangelos Patsourakis 2 ամիս առաջ
Lots of people like your show, and you set an example for many. If you find yourself driving fast, (even in the Miata) without being able to use the high beam, the brightness focused in front of the car, will not allow you to see further up the road. Not to mention the stripes of light escaping over the cross line of the light beam, as seen on the wall. Best to way to improve the lighting would be by fitting projectors, with any kind of high wattage or output bulbs, as they are designed to spread the light, (lower the density just in front of you) and make a clear a cut so you do not disturb incoming traffic. Please set the right example, lots of love from Europe, Greece!
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