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How To: Change bulbs in '93-'97 headlamps

Old 11-01-2010, 07:38 PM
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Re: How To: Change bulbs in '93-'97 headlamps

This is the best instructions I've seen yet!! good job dood
Only one question will this work with 9005/9006 hid bulbs
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:00 PM
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Re: How To: Change bulbs in '93-'97 headlamps

I'm not sure. When these burn out, I'll be switching to the silverstar bulbs.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:34 PM
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Make sure you post pics id like too see what they look like brightness wise. Where'd did you get your sylvania/wagner lenses
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:36 PM
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Hopefully it will be awhile before I need to change them again! I'm not sure how often they go dead, but hopefully at least a year or two from now.

I always got my headlamps from Autozone. O'Reilys never had any in stock and I didn't want to order them. The regular Wagner/Sylvannia headlamp isn't bad at all. Better than the OEM Guide ones in my opinion, which were kind of yellow and very heavy glass.

In other words, don't just buy some new Wagners/Sylvannias and rip them apart. Go ahead and just use them and when they go dead try this project. They aren't bad, they just aren't great. The bulbs I ended up using were barely different from an unmodified Wagner headlamp. Maybe a bit worse actually. Hard to tell.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:19 PM
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Re: How To: Change bulbs in '93-'97 headlamps

Brangeta, I see Sylvania bulbs at $32 and Wagner's at $22 on Amazon. You refer to Sylvania/Wagner bulbs. By this, do you mean either/or? I'm still using Guide bulbs in both of my cars, but based on your notes, I might replace the ones in the '95 (which I drive at night more). What say you?
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:17 PM
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The Sylvania and Wagner bulb casings (what I call head lamps) seem exactly the same excluding the brand name molded onto the front of the lens. I don't know if there is a difference between the bulbs inside the head lamps or not, just that the head lamps are 99% identical.

I always bought mine at Autozone because they didn't require ordering. I don't believe I paid that much for my last one. I thought they were about $18 each, but could be remembering wrong.

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Old 11-29-2010, 12:45 AM
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one question..if i decide to use HID lights, my brother was saying he read something that said you have to change the wireharness or theres a chance the car may catch fire..(he was reading it due to him owning a 1992 firebird formula). I was just wondering if this is true even for the early 4th gens or if the wireharness doesn't need to be replaced
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:25 PM
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If you run HID's in the stock housing the light pattern will be horrible. They will be really bright but will also scatter light as well, probably not quite as bad as the 98+ since the lights sit behind/under the hood.

The wire harness shouldn't need to be replaced. If you run HID's most places sell a relay harness that will eliminate any chance of the wiring being under too much strain.

IMO- the only correct way to run HID's is thru a projector with a proper cut-off to eliminate light scatter/dazzling.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:53 PM
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Better to just stick with silverstars probably.

If you want even more light, I suppose you could hack up the fog lights and do the same trick.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:01 PM
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THANK YOU!!! The damn Sylvania's cost $35 each around here!! Much appreciated info.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:17 PM
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I ran Silverstars in my Jeep- while they provide improved lighting, the cost and short life was tough to deal with- I was getting about 6-8 months out of a set before having to replace.

It ran me almost $100 to get a full set of Silverstars..hurts a little on the wallet at times.

My HID's that I put in the Camaro with the projectors cost me under $150. The lighting is considerably better than the Silverstars and the life is considerably longer as well.

Just sucks nobody makes a decent replacement for our headlights...
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:18 PM
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Silverstars are decent for the money, crisp white light that will light up signs and reflective material from like 2 miles down the road lol. Are they worth the money? IMO, no.

I'll be using this write up to install my 5000k or 6000k (havent decided yet..) HID's.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:54 PM
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The low coolant light came on the car, therefore I had to fill the car with coolant for my sister. She took my car to work and I used her car. Drove it at night and man... it's like being blind compared to my GXP. My replacement bulb choice for this project definitely was NOT good. I will be going with Silverstars when they burn out and maybe she'll actually be able to see at night. Going 50 mph and I was outrunning my light if that makes sense. I might raise the angle of the lights for her in the mean time... they're level right now and man... you just can't see very far ahead of the car at night.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:06 PM
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Just as an FYI, I saw Sylvania Silver Stars at Wal-Mart today for $29 (twin pack). The SS ultras are still $42, though.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:31 PM
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Used this to install HID's yesterday. Worked great! Thanks.
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