Has someone tried to adapt modern high beam headlights on a Wildcat?

On the back, I can just replace the 1156 and 1157 bulbs with equivalent LED bulbs (e.g. Sylvania Zeno red), with a load resistor/equalizer. Simple.

The key issue are the headlights. There is no low beam. And the four headlights are big bulbs that must be replaced with proper reflectors and sockets for high/low beam headlights. I am thinking about re-wiring the two outside headlights as low beam and the two inside headlights as high beam.

Has someone tried to replace these lights with more modern bulbs/reflectors?
 

tom telesco

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Charles,

When you go with higher power headlights you must take into account/consideation the amount of amperage draw that will be required. Unless you go with LED type headlights then there will be no extra work.
Why don't your low beams work??? Could be the outer bulbs are bad or the dimmer switch is bad. Use your test light to probe for voltage in all the right places. A test light can be a valueble tool in situations like this & they are inexpensive to boot. Could also be the grounds of the bulbs themselves.
More amperage draw will require relays to transfer the power needed to operate them or else the lights will go on & off when the demand excedes the amount of load beyond the limits of the headlamp switch.
Just my toughts.

Tom T.
 
Charles,

When you go with higher power headlights you must take into account/consideation the amount of amperage draw that will be required. Unless you go with LED type headlights then there will be no extra work.
Why don't your low beams work??? Could be the outer bulbs are bad or the dimmer switch is bad. Use your test light to probe for voltage in all the right places. A test light can be a valueble tool in situations like this & they are inexpensive to boot. Could also be the grounds of the bulbs themselves.
More amperage draw will require relays to transfer the power needed to operate them or else the lights will go on & off when the demand excedes the amount of load beyond the limits of the headlamp switch.
Just my toughts.

Tom T.

👍🤣🤣 —I had missed the dual headlamp assembly. And my dimmer switch must be faulty; it responds in mysterious ways. I’ll look into it.

In due course, I’ll still have to entirely rewire the car. The previous owner(s) made a complete mess of the harnesses and fuse box. I’ll change the headlights at that time. The ones I have won’t last forever and the “high” beam isn’t that good. Since only the two outside headlights switch on low beam, I could put a LED bulb on the two inside headlights.

If some has already done it, I would be very interested in learning more about the way they did it.
 
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I choose to only upgrade high beams, and I haven't done it recently, it was no problem, just a replacement halogen unit. I am too period correct to consider LED, I think they only go well with 20" wheels :)
 
I choose to only upgrade high beams, and I haven't done it recently, it was no problem, just a replacement halogen unit. I am too period correct to consider LED, I think they only go well with 20" wheels :)

Great idea. You could connect the unused socket of the cornering lamp to a LED line and get the underside of your Wildcat turn blue (purple or orange, your choice) on the side you turning. 😁 Safety First! 🤣
 
Great idea. You could connect the unused socket of the cornering lamp to a LED line and get the underside of your Wildcat turn blue (purple or orange, your choice) on the side you turning. 😁 Safety First! 🤣
Just found what I was looking for:


They are also H4 LED Conversion Kit for the 5" 3/4 hi/low bulbs. Icing on the cake they incorporate led turn signal. So if you break the turn signal you can re-wire it to the headlight while you look for a replacement part (if any available at a decent price).
 
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