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LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:35 am
by CorticalStack
I had a headlight go out on my All Trac the other day, and I saw these 7x6 LED drop-in replacements on Amazon for $50 each-- very well reviewed. I thought I'd give them a try!

Final Review: (post)
CorticalStack wrote:After driving with them for a couple of days, I have decided that I'm not at all happy with them.

The focus is so broad-- at 20 feet, the beam pattern is fairly tight, but beyond that it spreads out so far and wide that you'd be blinding other drivers, and you wouldn't see as far as you can with regular halogens, either.

The glare outside of the main focus is bright enough to make every reflective surface in front of you light up like you're shining a light directly on it. This is fantastic for you, but absolutely miserable for everyone around you.

For the price, these are pretty good, honestly. If they had these in a better enclosure that focused the beams more effectively, these would be astoundingly good. I do not believe they are DOT legal as is, however-- and with the wide spread pattern, there's a very good chance you'll eventually be pulled over for running them. That's not a light ticket here in California.

I'm going to return these and go with the Truck-Lite 27450C headlamps instead.

I'll post a new thread with my review of those when I get them. :)




https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B013TMZUSM

The installation was straightforward in all ways except for the wiring.

The Amazon listing includes an image explaining that you need to switch the wiring around to convert a 4656 socket to H4.

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I screwed this up initially, but after trying every combination, I found I couldn't get the low beam to work. After breaking out the multimeter, I determined the cause -- ground was providing power on low beam for some reason! :? Whether this is normal for the ST185 or not I have no idea... but that certainly wasn't working for the LED headlights. So I ran a fresh ground off the negative battery terminal (the stock ground connection seemed like it was being flakey anyway) and spliced that in place of the one that came pre-packaged in the harness.

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To accomplish this, I used a flat-head screwdriver to pry up the plastic tab on the inside of the plug and pressed down on the metal lead with the tip of a needle nose pliers to get it started, then just pulled out the lead.

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Once everything was wired up, I'd plug in the LED headlight and test it before screwing it back in to make sure everything worked.

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Once I had everything working, I screwed it all back together. Looks pretty snazzy!

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I wasn't too happy with the spread pattern-- there's a lot of glare. I suspected that might be the case. I adjusted it way down and in to keep that glare from being obtrusive to other drivers; I think it'll be alright, but time will tell.

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The high beams sure are nice, though... :D
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Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:58 pm
by Locker
the light while driving looks great!

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:07 pm
by buffalohunter7321
Are these also available for the ST165 ?

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:52 pm
by underscore
Yikes that looks like a lot of glare, although I'm not surprised given the price.

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:27 pm
by CorticalStack
buffalohunter7321 wrote:Are these also available for the ST165 ?


The ST165 uses the same headlight as the ST185: H6054. The install should be almost exactly the same.

underscore wrote:Yikes that looks like a lot of glare, although I'm not surprised given the price.

That's something I was concerned about with their price-point. It's not as bad as I was afraid it would be, though; the beam is pretty well centered with just a little bleed around the outside.

A much higher quality drop-in replacement would likely be the TruckLite 27450C:
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The cutoff on them is very tight as shown in this customer photo:
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But at $180 each... I thought I'd give these cheap ones a shot, first. :)

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:42 am
by All-TracDreams
I just ordered myself a set of Cibie E-Codes for the All-trac, excited to get them installed. Right now I have some cheap bobo eBay-style reflectors or some similar junk and I can't stand them. Also, I hope you are a lady with manicured hands like that. Or a very pretty man. :wink: :P

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:19 pm
by klue
I'm using LED bulb replacments in some good quality housings ( i think hella) and they work pretty good but the pattern is not the greatest. I will look into the truck lite to see if that is something I can offer

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:00 pm
by CorticalStack
After driving with them for a couple of days, I have decided that I'm not at all happy with them.

The focus is so broad-- at 20 feet, the beam pattern is fairly tight, but beyond that it spreads out so far and wide that you'd be blinding other drivers, and you wouldn't see as far as you can with regular halogens, either.

The glare outside of the main focus is bright enough to make every reflective surface in front of you light up like you're shining a light directly on it. This is fantastic for you, but absolutely miserable for everyone around you.

For the price, these are amazing, honestly. If they had these in a better enclosure that focused the beams more effectively, these would be astoundingly good. I do not believe they are DOT legal as is, however-- and with the wide spread pattern, there's a very good chance you'll eventually be pulled over for running them. That's not a light ticket here in California.

I'm going to return these and go with the Truck-Lite 27450C headlamps instead.

I'll post a new thread with my review of those when I get them. :)

Re: LED Headlight Replacement Install + Review: GENSSI 7x6

PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:04 am
by FC Zach
I've been using the truck-lites for over a year now and I have no complaints. Compared to the standard halogens previously in the car they have made a huge difference.