I've heard of others installing the eyebrow lamps (used in Europe) but I never bothered.
My headlamp assemblies have the socket areas plastic molded in.
You'd probably have to obtain the UK or Euro model headlamp assemblies that have the
eyebrow lamp sockets, unless you do some cutting and grinding.
1- Drill a small hole (approx 1/8") as a starter in the socket where the lamps go. It looks like a tiny hex bolt, but its just molded plastic. You need to go in at a slight angle because of the bars. This is okay, because the lamp and base assy. is kinda long, and it puts it right where it needs to be in the reflector.
2- Now drill a 7/16" hole. Try not to get the shavings in the lamp, I don't know how to get them out without major disassembly.
3- Test fit one of the larger grommets on one of the lamp bases and use one that is snug (usually the 1/2" size).
4- Now remove the grommet from the lamp an put the grommet in the 7/16" hole and use the back of the drill bit to work it around in the hole and get it to seat. It should be mostly round when you're done.
5- Unhook the headlamps and untape the wiring assy. I hooked mine to the low beam wire (the lamp on the left). This means they're on all the time. The combined draw of 400ma won't affect the circuit. I used solder and heat shrink tape (both avail. at RadioShack) to make the tap in. Give yourself enough to run to each lamp, and a little slack due to the high vibration area. now tape up the assy as it originally was and tape up your leads, too.
6- Put some heat shrink on the leads and solder them to your mini-lamps. These particular lamps have mounting brackets so you can use pliers to remove and insert them to prevent damage to the lamp base itself.
7- Screw in your bulbs and turn on the ignition, both should lite, if not check the bulbs and the connections.
8- Finally slide the bulbs carefully through the grommet, it will fit snugly, but not too tight. When installed the assembly sits with the grommet at the bottom of the bulb and the top of the base. It will not fall out, or go in farther. No light leaks from the back and it looks factory from the front, and okay from the back.
Good luck and enjoy. I have picures but no web site. The only problem I can see now is that the bulbs only have a 30 hour life. It could be a frequent replace item.
frequent changes isn't good. what about setting them up as signal lights? i'm thinking not normally on but only flash when the signal light is activated? that would help visibility and prolong their life, no?
Hey guys, I have the turn sig in my headlamps. I like them, cleans up the cluter a lil bit.
Also a small reduc in wieght. I used some chevy rubber 194a sockets and just wired them in the stock wiring. Then used a unibit and cutlike 9/16 holes in the upper corners. The visablity of the lights are nice even with high beam on. For a bulb I used a 194a LED lamp. 4 little leds per lamp. They make lamps with more leds but this is all I could find at the local parts house. If you would like I could post some pic on saturday to show how they look.
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