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Old 12-31-2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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OK, so I'm starting to collect stuff for Job 1 when I get my "new" XJ... upgrading the headlights. Most of my driving is done at night and every car I've owned for years has had GOOD headlights. I'm going to get Cibiť E-codes and relays from Daniel Stern but he doesn't include the wiring or the Techflex with his kits. I don't have any wire at all at the moment so I'm going to have to order some. What colors are used for the headlight wiring on an XJ? What color is typically used for grounds? Or if someone has a link to a wiring diagram for the vehicle, that'd be even better as I'll undoubtedly want to do more stuff (stereo, more lights, rear fog, etc.)

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I just upgraded my headlight harness and it made difference just with the factory lights.I'm planning to upgrade the headlamps with E code housings and higher wattage lamps..Here is a link to the harness you can make on your own...http://www.go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoHeadlightLoom.htm
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Beautiful! so if I'm seeing correctly in the photo, the stock wiring is red/white/black just like my old Studebaker then? Just trying to match the stock colors, because, well, if I'm ordering wire I might as well just order what is gonna look right.

I wonder why nobody is making premade harnesses for doing this? I've seen the yellow ones that have been floating around for years but I was not much impressed, they looked like they were 18AWG or thereabouts. Still probably better than using stock wiring, but really... I bought a premade harness years ago that was custom made for a Porsche 944, but sadly, the gentleman that made those has passed away...
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http://www.eautoworks.com/Putco-H4--...s-PRD7540.aspx

this is a plug and play option here
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http://www.eautoworks.com/Putco-H4--...s-PRD7540.aspx

this is a plug and play option here

This is a great set up. I put one on my 65 Chevy pick up. It made a big difference on my headlight even before I put some halogen headlights. Well worth the money.
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That Putco one is exactly the "yellow harness" that I was thinking about - what gauge are those wires? They don't really *look* that reassuringly beefy... but if you can reassure me that they're at least 14 AWG that is an option. I was thinking of running 55/100W bulbs so that my brights would actually be bright, I never use 'em unless there's nobody around anyway, and when I *do* use 'em, I need 'em...

(yes, I know that they're illegal. So are E-code reflectors, and in my mind that's not because they're bad, but because NHTSA... um... doesn't always make intelligent decisions.)
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It has been a few years since I put them in my truck so I don't what to say what gauge wire is because I really don't recall. All I know is on my 65 p/u you couldn't see more then 100ft before i put the harness in and after i could see so much better. I do live in the middle of nowhere and there are no street lights for miles and I rarely had to put my high beams on.
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