Are Aftermarket Headlights Worth It?

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Driving the Miata at night has always been hazardous, because the headlights seem to actually be dim candles. On this episode, we’ll update the headlights and headlight wiring circuit to pull some big watts and actually light up the night road so we can keep driving!
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cody madison
cody madison Vor 45 Minuten
where did you get hat fire extinguisher bracket for the back of the miata?
Elijah Richmond
Elijah Richmond Vor 20 Stunden
Ambulance with #Vermont plates! Did I miss a video on that vehicle?
Wade S.
Wade S. Vor Tag
the passenger side should actually be a little higher than the driver side
Jeremy Otaku28
Jeremy Otaku28 Vor 2 Tage
I might as well not watch the fucking video due to all these unskippable ads.
Chris Floyd
Chris Floyd Vor 3 Tage
Okay, but shouldn't the road services try to make that road safer?
Nick Feezel
Nick Feezel Vor 3 Tage
If I can measure headlights using horsepower, does that mean that I can add horsepower to my car with stronger headlights?
Crismodin Vor 3 Tage
On older vehicles, 100% worth it.
Rob J
Rob J Vor 4 Tage
A few years ago I converted the sealed beams on a 1980 Malibu to this set up and it was a great improvement. But, I also have a C-6 Corvette that uses the modern headlight system and I cannot find an aftermarket high beam LED bulb that has more lumens than what I have now. There are plenty of companies claiming to improve brightness over the stock H9/H11, but they do not.
John Harn
John Harn Vor 4 Tage
If you need to see twice as far you need 4 times the light, assuming it is spread in a similar cone. Welcome to 3d boys.
Havnar Vor 4 Tage
I got the jeep-like headlights with RGB halo's instead. Only issue is, I don't have my Miata yet.
Crimson Snow
Crimson Snow Vor 5 Tage
Where is that road? Name and location? Would like to drive there too
Justin Romero
Justin Romero Vor 4 Tage
I agree please share
Solaire Of Astora
Solaire Of Astora Vor 5 Tage
Not all cars had to have the entire headligt chaged actually, my 1986 Volvo 740 is a outlier in this. Only the bulbs have to be changed, nothing else.
Nicholas Meave
Nicholas Meave Vor 7 Tage
What road is that?
SkaterKid406 Vor 7 Tage
After you turbo it you should do the interior, make it black to match. the tan looks mega wack.
Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan Vor 8 Tage
HIDs would have gone 21 miata lengths though.
Logan Dykstra
Logan Dykstra Vor 8 Tage
Needs some LED’s
Diego Olivares Gudiño
Diego Olivares Gudiño Vor 8 Tage
LED bulbs are another great way to go, and they don´t consume that much energy.
Cam Mulcahy
Cam Mulcahy Vor 8 Tage
What a wasted opportunity to get rid of shitty halogens. I hate halogens.
178 Bakersfield to lake issabela?
Mark zieg
Mark zieg Vor 9 Tage
You know the modern bulbs are rated in pairs usually, and the old ones per bulb. So its really more like 70w and 80w.
Mark zieg
Mark zieg Vor 9 Tage
Zach JERB can you make a video on stuff like this for your GX470? Cmon man, I've got an identical one, and I'm money pitting it
Dvldg0231 Vor 9 Tage
So, more watts to the lights means... less powa to the wheels. Your going in the wrong direction! Try a headlight delete = Mo Powa Babeh!
T G Vor 9 Tage
yes. yes they are.
Gjdjd Gzhdj
Gjdjd Gzhdj Vor 11 Tage
For you yes, for other drivers no :D
insaneomcleano Vor 11 Tage
Is a 40 inch lightbar mounted on top of the windscreen worth it?
manolo mala
manolo mala Vor 11 Tage
Why didn't u go with LEDs?
ExFallen Vor 11 Tage
Why is there an ambulance in your driveway?
Joshua Nicolai
Joshua Nicolai Vor 11 Tage
"night has finally fallen" sounds like a bond villain catch line
louis mccravey
louis mccravey Vor 11 Tage
Where’s that canyon road at ?!! I would love to find some roads like that to drive in SoCal!!
aAron YT
aAron YT Vor 12 Tage
Lights are definitely the thing that means you get what you pay for
Nino Krizanec
Nino Krizanec Vor 12 Tage
I would choose a better grounding point than that.
Roger Jogers
Roger Jogers Vor 12 Tage
Keep up the great videos
rentamedic Vor 13 Tage
Champion Cycle
Champion Cycle Vor 13 Tage
Is that TUNA!?
Alf Watt
Alf Watt Vor 13 Tage
Bonus points: the electrical unit of power is named after James Watt who invented Horsepower in order to sell his fancy new steam engines. Mining operators (who had an abundance of water and coal to run the engines) were using horses to drive pumps to remove water from their mines. They knew how much it cost to keep 100 horses working 24/7, so to sell the Steam Engine James had to convert the amount of work the engine could do (at a much reduced cost, even including the Engineer to fix it) into units that customers could relate to costs: Horsepower sells engines.
CodeNameNateDog Vor 14 Tage
I’m from Vermont and there’s a VT rescue vehicle in Zach’s driveway in LA?!?!
Filip Filipovic
Filip Filipovic Vor 14 Tage
On the new headlight is clearly written 55w and he is installing 80w bulb in hot climate, excellent advice. There is a huge difference in light power and color between H4 and H7 bulbs, so better to find H7 headlights, put some bulbs like Osram Nightbreaker or Philips Racing Vision... No need to install additional cables, only downside is that they last shorter than regular, but since his 80w will heat like crazy they will last the same.
TheKenji2221 Vor 14 Tage
Looking good. Plus just for the fact you can now replace only the bulb instead of the whole light is a huge upgrade
Jack Olden
Jack Olden Vor 15 Tage
He low-key looks like paul Walker
Dinja3 Vor 15 Tage
what happened to your door seal? do installing aftermarket headlights really cause that to happen? p.s. i know it wasn't the headlights.
Zia Malik
Zia Malik Vor 15 Tage
The camera that is filming the night scenes has a bunch of dead pixels
100rats Vor 16 Tage
What road is that??? looks sick
JJustCool Vor 16 Tage
Should have Retrofitted those headlight bud. Missed opportunity
Armoury Man
Armoury Man Vor 16 Tage
but how many horsepower is your house making?
Daniel Vor 16 Tage
what about the speed limit at the road?
Stealth Enforcer
Stealth Enforcer Vor 16 Tage
nice headlights can make any car look way better
Whos Austin
Whos Austin Vor 16 Tage
Weird just did this with my 04 wrangler lol
Avro Arrow
Avro Arrow Vor 16 Tage
80W low beam headlights = EXTREMELY DANGEROUS because they'll blind the hell out of every oncoming vehicle. The legal limit for headlamps is currently 55W at 12V.
Francisco Caruso
Francisco Caruso Vor 17 Tage
Have u guys done the joke about us using anything (like a miata) but meters to lenght something?
Ramiro Medina
Ramiro Medina Vor 18 Tage
Dude I just would've gone with the headlight assembly conversion and go with some high and low led bulbs and I'm done 😐
The_Don27 Vor 18 Tage
Sooooo was it worth it ? Lol
Jerrmz Vor 19 Tage
Replace the stock round miata headlights with HELLA horns
Eric Bärtsch
Eric Bärtsch Vor 20 Tage
Tf is that weather seal doin on the driver’s side door??
Kuro Shiroi
Kuro Shiroi Vor 20 Tage
this is why yt is better than tv
David MacGreggor
David MacGreggor Vor 21 Tag
Love the show since day one lol im actually at the same part with my 91 NA cant decide what head lights to do but if no one else needs them ill take them no gift card needed lol
Eric Marcus
Eric Marcus Vor 21 Tag
The way I adjust my headlights is on a flat ground parking lot. Pull up to the back of a car and back up till there is about a car length or a bit more and adjust the top of the beam to the top of the bumper of the car in front of me. This way I know I'm not blinding anyone (LED headlight are bright AF and 8000 lumens will melt eyeballs in the rearview or on coming traffic). If you don't have a friend or family member you could go up to your local mechanic shop and ask if you can use the parking lot at night to adjust your lights and pull up to car leaving a car length or so to make the adjustments. I've had my lights for over a year now and not one person has flashed their brights at me.
Lance Kaz
Lance Kaz Vor 21 Tag
I’m a retired mechanical engineer. Part of my career was spent designing motor vehicle lighting. The reason that you don’t touch the bulb on halogen lights is this: 1) Halogen bulbs are made from a thick, very strong glass (borosilicate) that is under pressure. 2) Your fingers leave behind oils that, when heated, penetrate the glass and weaken the glass (a weakening called “devitrification”). Since the bulb is under pressure, weakening the glass causes it to fail. I applaud Donut Media for swapping out halogen sealed beams for halogen replaceable bulbs instead of swapping in HID or LED. The way the human vision system perceives light is very complex. I can’t begin to go into it here, but human perception of brightness isn’t linear, which means that doubling watts does not translate into seeing twice as far. And the human perception of color is complex as well, for many technical reasons relating to both the physics of light and the biology of vision. AND I definitely want to applaud aligning the headlamps. I see so many poorly aligned headlights that I don’t think most people bother to do it. I’m all for putting more light down on the road, but watch out for low beam lights that throw too much light into the yes of oncoming traffic. Not blinding oncoming drivers is the reason you have low beams.
Dan MacK
Dan MacK Vor 21 Tag
Oh no why is there an ambulance in your driveway
Aaron Schwarz
Aaron Schwarz Vor 21 Tag
Wow, unlike about 99% of other dipfucks that install brighter headlights, you actually take the time to calibrate the beam angle to not nail people in oncoming cars with glare / a nobel prize must be in order at once ~~ also HID kit would have made 3600 lumens per side & $40 Beamtech LED on Amazon that also must be aligned in the housing are 4000 lumens each // & put the LED''s where the halogen bulbs filament would have been emitting photons so the spectral emissions of the headlight conforms with road legal considerate beam angles etc // FYI
Aaron Schwarz
Aaron Schwarz Vor 21 Tag
Your rate car power in KW thousands of watts, so 89,000 watts becomes 89 KW .. in europe thats how they rate engines in KW & then N*M for torque Newton Meters // like FT-LBS
Walter Esese
Walter Esese Vor 21 Tag
I was a bit skeptical when you mentioned using the halogen reflectors instead of actual projectors but you did take the time to aim them properly and I appreciate that.
FUZ3-NOOB-324485 Vor 22 Tage
lol new headlights were worse because they were angled too low and caused less video sight
Mobile Terminaluser
Mobile Terminaluser Vor 22 Tage
When will Nolan's "not a subliminal", Zach's "Sparktastic & Sparktacular" & Jame's "Bwaaaaahhh" be on for sale? Garage/room & home decor? Donut Media automotive items & Auto sales?
Angel123_h Vor 22 Tage
Zach, how do you know so much about cars? I love cars and love working on them but I really don't have the skill or knowledge and every time I watch your videos and donuts videos I always learn so much, and I've just have been wondering how you know so much.
Mobile Terminaluser
Mobile Terminaluser Vor 22 Tage
"10 miata lengths, Sparktastic, Spectacular" Donut Media stickers
brickson98moto Vor 22 Tage
Screw a hat, I’m still waiting on my boost creeps hoodie I ordered back in like September lol
Hentai Body pillow
Hentai Body pillow Vor 22 Tage
Where do you find roads like that in the beginning?
Michael Clark
Michael Clark Vor 22 Tage
I'm surprised that the Miata has sealed beams, I thought that went out of fashion in the 70s? Are they h4 in other markets? My 86 Mazda 929 in Australia had twin pop-up rectangular headlights and they were not sealed beams, H4 globes.
Alex Baca
Alex Baca Vor 22 Tage
I JUST missed the week mark :(
J M.
J M. Vor 22 Tage
Yo you guys should make a grullon on another series of money pits or other series
Rotary BMX
Rotary BMX Vor 23 Tage
Up to speed on seat/cupra
h3lix86 Vor 23 Tage
i hate new headlights, they are just TOO DAMN BRIGHT i can't see shit anymore when anyone is driving a newer car towards me in the opposite lane, they completely blind me...
E L Vor 23 Tage
I died when the pew pews came out of the led headlight
randallracer Vor 23 Tage
watch somebody actually need new bulbs for their miata tho.
mixmix poo
mixmix poo Vor 23 Tage
if you guys finish the miata, can you make is the same price car more worth it then the modified miata lol😁 btw love you guys
Simon Outdoors
Simon Outdoors Vor 24 Tage
What do i gotta do to get u to 86 the turbo plan and put ITB'S on there? Pleeeeeeease?
Jonathan mora
Jonathan mora Vor 24 Tage
What canyon road is that ???
?????? Vor 20 Tage
It looks like Tuna Canyon Road.
A Trimble
A Trimble Vor 24 Tage
Liked and subscribed. Y’all just crack me up with the enhanced visuals. There’s just nothing like a manual Miata without ABS as shown or power steering. Feels so illegal lol!
Trump Vor 24 Tage
Short answer yes, enormously better. Got 35w HIDs lows and 45w LED highs on both my Evo and Impreza. The difference is huge, I can sea really well, oncoming traffic hates me though.
Evangelos Patsourakis
Evangelos Patsourakis Vor 24 Tage
Lots of people like your show, and you set an example for many. If you find yourself driving fast, (even in the Miata) without being able to use the high beam, the brightness focused in front of the car, will not allow you to see further up the road. Not to mention the stripes of light escaping over the cross line of the light beam, as seen on the wall. Best to way to improve the lighting would be by fitting projectors, with any kind of high wattage or output bulbs, as they are designed to spread the light, (lower the density just in front of you) and make a clear a cut so you do not disturb incoming traffic. Please set the right example, lots of love from Europe, Greece!
crxdelsolsir Vor 25 Tage
People with new cars seem to have better eye sights as when dusk falls they do not switch their headlights on. Jokes aside it is probable that they forget due to newer cars dash (instrument cluster) is always permanently illuminated, eliminating what would have been the reminder (unable to see the dash). Having said that, people do look out the front windscreen to the outside world and should realise they cannot see the road clearly and should switch their head lights on anyway. Or it it because they have better eyes sight or just not thinking when driving?
Spadezz Z
Spadezz Z Vor 25 Tage
Just buy the $80 led headlight kit off Amazon
Extra Darlas
Extra Darlas Vor 25 Tage
Fun fact you can take the headlights off a hmwv fmtv and pls the three main trucks of the army and they will fit a Miata
Joey Mezera
Joey Mezera Vor 25 Tage
I feel like this video should just be. They look dope, abosokutely. End video
xvp40 Vor 25 Tage
Loving them 70's porn tunes.
Fer Gz MotorDanko
Fer Gz MotorDanko Vor 25 Tage
nice, i would put phillps racing vision +150, or osram night breaker laser +150% instead of 80w, but if it works, it works.
Luis Jaime
Luis Jaime Vor 25 Tage
I think your psychics might of been a little off, but close enough lol
Martin Smith
Martin Smith Vor 26 Tage
This show is 11/10
Daniel Doherty
Daniel Doherty Vor 26 Tage
Careful @Donut. 35w is the highest legal halogen wattage for on road use in the United States for low beams. 80w would not be considered DOT approved.
Ghassan Radwan
Ghassan Radwan Vor 26 Tage
link to those headlights?
Dan Atkinson
Dan Atkinson Vor 26 Tage
What was the improvement rated in lumens?
ittotaq Vor 26 Tage
if you're changing bumpers to something cooler can i buy the bumper?
Davin Yap
Davin Yap Vor 26 Tage
Will the higher bulb wattage be too hot that it will melt the lamp housing ?
sc Builds
sc Builds Vor 26 Tage
Noah Calagui
Noah Calagui Vor 26 Tage
Would it be the same for a 1969 Pontiac GTO
Astro Teen
Astro Teen Vor 26 Tage
No one gonna mention the tony hawk sound effect? Bet
AJ Calderon
AJ Calderon Vor 26 Tage
My wife doesn't like this series because she's afraid that I'll spend my money on a miata, she should be rightfully scared 😄 🤣
Ginger Ninger
Ginger Ninger Vor 26 Tage
My motorbike from 1974 had a single Sealed beam headlight that was 55/60W. On low beam I couldn't see shit aside from directly in front of me for about 3 metres, on high beam (After I rewired the entire 74 loom and added some relays to it) I could some how see over 100m with it in a very precise spot but lost a lot of side vision. It really surprised me how well the high beam worked on it. I since replaced it with a semi-sealed with a 55/60W Halogen super bright which was a massive improvment on side light, but the high beam was a bit holey, then I upped it to a 55/100W and now I can see the headlight 20m up the road during the day. It's awesome. Then my clutch cable snapped...
Olive Perry
Olive Perry Vor 26 Tage
Does this Toyota #Tacoma have a bent or twisted frame? Ernesto writes: "I frequently see Tacomas and Tundras with bent or twisted frames, but everybody gets super excited when a ZR2, Raptor, and Gladiator get caught with them?"
Johnny Joyce
Johnny Joyce Vor 26 Tage wonder my aftermarket lights were so low. I couldn't see shit. Thanks donut for teaching me about headlight adjustment.
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