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Old 12-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Headlamp replacement

I'm new to discussion in forums, so forgive me if I don't do everything correctly. We're wanting to replace the lens or upgrade our headlamps on our '03 Itasca Suncruiser, but unable to find a good source. Any recommendations?
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Get a Mcguire's headlight polishing kit for the lens first. They really work. Used it on our daughter's and my brother's cars with excellent results. I replaced my high beams and low beams with Sylvania Silver Star bulbs. Big improvement. About $70 total. Finally load your rig like you normally would and focus your headlights. That really helps. Good luck.
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My suggestions:

- Aim your headlights
- Add relays (Read up here) If you have a Ford chassis you are losing about 2 volts from the battery/alternator to the headlights.

I think your headlights are copies of a '99 - '03 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not 100% sure on the Jeep, and not sure if they are copies (made by someone like TYC) or real Jeep headlights. My Adventurer headlights are junk TYC copies. The steps above made mine work 100% (yes, double) better.
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Any polishing compound will work to take off the haze. I've even used plain toothpaste on a damp rag and rubbed with a finger. Low voltage is a matter of chasing down loose connections, corroded crimps and wire that's too light for the current flow and distance it has to travel. Also, look very closely at your bulbs. When the filaments get old, they start to vaporize and deposit a black haze to the inside of the bulb envelope. Nothing to do there but replace the bulb.
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Low voltage is a matter of chasing down loose connections, corroded crimps and wire that's too light for the current flow and distance it has to travel.
Ford headlight wiring has like 14 connections from power to the lights. The actual power flow goes through the headlight switch and a few relays for the DRL system. If you have a Ford, you need relays ans some fat wire.
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My suggestions:
- Aim your headlights
- Add relays (Read up here) If you have a Ford chassis you are losing about 2 volts from the battery/alternator to the headlights.
I think your headlights are copies of a '99 - '03 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not 100% sure on the Jeep, and not sure if they are copies (made by someone like TYC) or real Jeep headlights. My Adventurer headlights are junk TYC copies. The steps above made mine work 100% (yes, double) better.
I had a 01 Grand Cherokee years ago and the OEM light were fogged so bad I got a new set of the TYC units off ebay for about $70 shipped.
Made a world of difference. Silverstar bulbs are good for the money.
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