Better globes, yes and proper adjustment, but a light bar can not be used ''on road'' with low beam.Better globes? Adjustment? Lightbar?
Too bad the globe change is so fiddly. From memory I'll need to remove air box on drive side and battery, battery tray, and relays on the passenger side.Agree, the oem Ranger headlights are pathetic - at least high beam is easily fixed with a decent bar or spotties.
I'll be interested to hear what you decide John U might also try the globe upgrades at some point.
2014 build with 145000km...
I just want to ask, do your headlights still have perfectly clear acrylic surfaces ?
When you park in the sun all day, driving highway speeds a lot (sandblasting the coatings finely over time), or do a lot of night driving (generating heat onto the lens), this all affects the factory UV coating over time.
One of my biz components here is headlight restoration, getting the surface back to a sound level, clear again, and new UV coating applied.
When they age and go a bit yellow / cloudy, that's the old factory UV coating coming to the end of its life, and if not restored properly, can lead to the acrylic starting to craze . . . once that happens it's new headlight time.
If the lens is even slightly cloudy, it blocks around 10% of light, when they get more opaque perhaps 50%, and the light is diffused, not concentrated where it's supposed to be.
The factory coatings usually last from 6 - 10 years depending on the factors above, PX (1 ?) are well into that range, so thought I'd check.
Agreed. Sounds like a good first step.I had a 2013 PX1. It had a bingle and got one new headlight A couple of years back. It wasn’t until then that I saw just how degraded the other one was. Doesn’t matter how much light you create if it can’t get past a crazed headlight cover. I concur with Les’ post above and would recommend starting with getting the surrounds repolished.
Agreed. Sounds like a good first step.
@Les PK Ranger who is the company that does the headlight restorations? Do they deal with polishing the mirror also?
Forgot to mention, car is always parked outside.
I had a 2013 PX1. It had a bingle and got one new headlight A couple of years back. It wasn’t until then that I saw just how degraded the other one was. Doesn’t matter how much light you create if it can’t get past a crazed headlight cover. I concur with Les’ post above and would recommend starting with getting the surrounds repolished.
I polished the headlights on my old 2014 BT50 using this kit from Autobarn:
Invision Headlight Restoration Kit (Heavy Damage) - HRK01 | Invision | Shop our Full Ranges by Brand | Autobarn | Autobarn Category | AutobarnHeadlight restoration, not just for old vehicles. (Heavy Damage) As vehicles age, the plastic headlight lenses deteriorate as a result of abrasion and UV exposure. The headlights become a dirty yellow colour with an opaque surface. This surface damage can dramatically reduce the light output and...www.autobarn.com.au
Took an afternoon but it wasn't hard, just follow the directions, be patient and fussy.
I stuffed up though by finishing the job and it looked great, then a couple hours later I went to the shops and got an unexpected sprinkle of rain - the new coating hadn't dried properly and it got a few spots on it.
A bloke at work has that vehicle now, a few years later, lights still look good (apart from the rain spots). Been parked outside at work, and carport at home faces west so headlights are in the afternoon sun.
I also put the higher output globes in them (Autobarn person said they were still legal). This all together made a huge difference - I did this after a night drive in the Riverina that was dangerous the low beam was so bad.