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Wattage of headlights and foglights??
Kev Offline
Posting Freak
#1
I was wondering what the wattage rating was for the headlights and for the foglights. I'm looking at some xenon high intensity stuff and wanted to try some out, but I don't want to overload the wiring. Anyone got any info on this stuff?

Kev
Kev
1988 TC 5spd
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JLockhart Offline
Member
#2
Check turboford.org, there was a recent thread about this. I've surfed around, and I would run the Sylvania Silverstars which use stock wattage. If you go to higher wattage bulbs, you may overload the stock harness/connectors. You can order an upgrade harness with relays for $50 here: http://www.stylinconcepts.com/parts.cfm?...goryid=279
I'm going to save my pennies and drop $550 on this Phillips true HID system: http://www.brightheadlights-hid.com/Xeno...s-Kits.htm
It's a lot of money, but you can transfer the kit to any other car that uses 9004 bulbs. I'm really unhappy with the headlights on my TC. I'm running higher wattage hyperwhite bulbs (I don't recommed this but yes I have done it and so far no problems). They are brighter than stock, but still no comparison to my Dad's 86 quad light bird with regular halogens, or my 89 Dodge Ramcharger with Sylvania Cool Blues. BTW, the other day I checked and with the lights on I've got 12.5 volts at the battery and 10.5 volts at the headlight. Therefore an upgrade harness would help a bit - I could probably get 12 volts at the headlight feed, since power comes directly from the battery.
87 TC, T5, t3/t4, alky spray, 3" exhaust. 13.65 @ 102.75 on radials
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
Headlights: low 45W, high 65W, fogs 55W H3

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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methos Offline
Senior Member
#5
do you know of you can change the metal piece in the forg lights and up the bulb wattage to 100w?

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Jason Schaffer
88TC - 5speed, all options but leather and sunroof
Mods:
Esslinger Prepped head, AiResearch T-3, 3.73 gears, Schneider custom grind cam, chromed rims, dynomax on the duals, and last but not least... new interior
AIM - Shizniblit
Jason Schaffer
88TC - 5speed, all options but leather and sunroof
Mods: 3.73 Gears
Finally getting it back together.
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segfaultxr7 Offline
Posting Freak
#6
You can't upgrade the foglights to 100 watts unless you add a relay. If you don't, if you're lucky you'll blow fuses. If not, you'll burn up your foglight switch and/or wiring.
88 TC 5-speed
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BJL Offline
Moderator
#7
RELAYS RELAYS RELAYS RELAYS!
USE RELAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if you dont you will smoke the front wiring hrness and then wires inside the car and have a nice lil fire that may cuase a bigger fire. best to upgrade wiring and relays , use abput 14gauge wire for soem purposes , or larger,

on my stereo ive been having provblesm with my amp cutting out, happened becuase my speaker wires going to the sub are too small i was using 18gauge for 700 watt sub, now i have 12gauges oxygen free wire and it wont cut out naymore, cna crank it even louder,

BTW i use my FACTORY fog lights, i can see mroe with them then the standard driving lights,
aftermarket driving lights light up everything, the factory lnses give out a very wide "line" beam lighting upo the road not the soroundign area, i use 100watt bulbs in factory lenbses (mine have cracked form heat) but i can see way better then 150watt driving lights i had too.


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Brian J Larkin AKA Turbo
1988 Turbo Coupe 5spd
Twilight Blue
so much rebiult or replaced i lost track!
Repaint in Jan 02 by me and my close friends
Brian Larkin
88TC 330,000 miles
Slightly Modified
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methos Offline
Senior Member
#8
I was looking for something more along the lines of miniature Daylighter effect... I loved it when I had those on my crown vic's front bumper... could see for about 2 miles

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Jason Schaffer
88TC - 5speed, all options but leather and sunroof
Mods:
Esslinger Prepped head, AiResearch T-3, 3.73 gears, Schneider custom grind cam, chromed rims, dynomax on the duals, and last but not least... new interior
AIM - Shizniblit
Jason Schaffer
88TC - 5speed, all options but leather and sunroof
Mods: 3.73 Gears
Finally getting it back together.
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BJL Offline
Moderator
#9
they sell cheap "driving" lights that use the h3 bulb and are the same siZe as our fog lights (87-88) i had them fo whiel with the 15owatt bulbs, but i had relays tapped in to my wiring so i didint every risk of over heating the wire witht he extra current
Brian Larkin
88TC 330,000 miles
Slightly Modified
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