Go Back   US MUSCLE US Muscle Forum Technical Discussion
User Name
Password


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 22-10-2016, 11:48 AM
Gambit's Avatar
Gambit Gambit is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hunter valley
Posts: 527
Name: Nathan
Headlights

Just wondering if anyone has used the jw speaker 8700 evolution 2 or truck lite 27270c led headlights?

After having led headlights in the navara I've gotta say I'm not real keen on the standard Camaro lights anymore.
Or if anyone else has any other options to look at. I'll be driving my car to work occasionally & we get a few roos about
Reply With Quote


Find this Ad annoying? Want it removed? Then register now!.. It's FREE! Click HERE.
  #2  
Old 22-10-2016, 12:51 PM
68ls1's Avatar
68ls1 68ls1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 1,371
Name: Roger
My current plan is to use the JW Speaker 8700 evolution 2 on the 70 Camaro. Should have them in next couple of weeks, I can give you some feedback then.
__________________
Roger

68 Camaro Convertible LS1 6 speed
72 C10 SWB Stepside old skool 350
70 Camaro RS LS3 6 speed
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 22-10-2016, 02:48 PM
Gambit's Avatar
Gambit Gambit is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hunter valley
Posts: 527
Name: Nathan
Sweet as! Did you get them local or o/s?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 25-10-2016, 03:43 AM
zappa's Avatar
zappa zappa is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: WA
Posts: 241
Name: Luke
I have a set of the Aussie approved TruckLights in my '69, an amazing headlight that still looks "similar" to the originals....but better! Don't go the import version, you will just end up with people flashing you consistently as the import version dip Right. A shot of mine installed below (unfortunately don't have any of them o ):




I know some love them, but i can't stand the JW Speaker 8700 evo2s in the older cars e.g.; esp late 60's models, they have great reviews but just don't look right IMO....just my opinion though, they may look alright in a '70 Camaro as they are a totally different shape....here they are in a Mustang

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 25-10-2016, 12:57 PM
D4RKSIDE's Avatar
D4RKSIDE D4RKSIDE is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Perth
Posts: 809
Name: Tom
Quote:
Originally Posted by zappa View Post
I have a set of the Aussie approved TruckLights in my '69, an amazing headlight that still looks "similar" to the originals....but better! Don't go the import version, you will just end up with people flashing you consistently as the import version dip Right. A shot of mine installed below (unfortunately don't have any of them o ):

I know some love them, but i can't stand the JW Speaker 8700 evo2s in the older cars e.g.; esp late 60's models, they have great reviews but just don't look right IMO....just my opinion though, they may look alright in a '70 Camaro as they are a totally different shape....here they are in a Mustang
Couldn't agree more Luke, yours look sweet. I just did a google, is the brand spelt Trucklite?
__________________

Still trying to deal with the dilemma of not being able to stare at my car while driving it.
Better to build to a budget than not at all.
Youtube Channel: Shift Happens
Instagram: Shift Happens
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 25-10-2016, 01:18 PM
Gambit's Avatar
Gambit Gambit is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hunter valley
Posts: 527
Name: Nathan
Tom, yep truck lite 27270c is the one I'm pretty sure.

Luke, I don't mind the jw speaker look. I'd get the black ones tho. Mines a 69 but have the rs front so they won't be seen a lot anyway. Either way I'd be ordering for rhd for the reason you mentioned.

Did you get yours locally? Any mods required to fit or a straight swap?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 25-10-2016, 11:50 PM
zappa's Avatar
zappa zappa is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: WA
Posts: 241
Name: Luke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gambit View Post
Tom, yep truck lite 27270c is the one I'm pretty sure.

Luke, I don't mind the jw speaker look. I'd get the black ones tho. Mines a 69 but have the rs front so they won't be seen a lot anyway. Either way I'd be ordering for rhd for the reason you mentioned.

Did you get yours locally? Any mods required to fit or a straight swap?
Yep sorry TruckLite is the correct spelling I believe the JWs were primarily designed for jeeps but as you said they would be fine on an RS front end as you would only ever see them when they are on, you would just need to check that the housing will fit in the Camaro buckets (the JW housing size varies depending on the light combo you choose) i did notice JW also have a ring mounting kit but i don't know if its needed, Roger may be able to confirm this?

As far as the Truckles go, the part number for the ADR Approved Trucklite LED Headlight is 27291C, the other one is the older US part number and when you put the headlights side by side they are actually a slightly different design, see below:

ADR Approved Trucklite LED Headlight 27291C


US Trucklite LED Headlight 27270C (these had minor shading issues)


New version of the US Trucklite LED Headlight ECE 27290C (same as oz version)


They include park/running lights (they look like two little eyes on the front) and the usual low/high beam and if ordering them online make sure you select the 12v version too :roll eyes:

Install is really easy, although I actually decided to make a full new front harness as I didn't want to use the H4 plugs and I also wanted to have the park lights come on with the bottom ones, other than that it was just plug and play. They also only draw around 1.3A for the main beam and 2A with full High beams which is bugger all.

The only other real difference is that the Trucklite is a reflector design (LED pointing back using the reflector to spread the light) whereas the JW is a projector type (LED facing forward with lens) apparently these perform better when the cars are higher off the ground (e.g; lifted jeeps). I highly recommend the Trucklites but have also heard good things about the JW's so imagine you would be ok with either option, just make sure you double check the install requirements.

I bought mine locally at AV Truck parts (WA) but if you go to the trucklite website they have a heap of dealers around the east coast as well and shop around as I saved $135ea just by ringing around neither option is cheap but they are worth the $$
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 26-10-2016, 03:47 PM
Gambit's Avatar
Gambit Gambit is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hunter valley
Posts: 527
Name: Nathan
Appreciate the info mate! I've been speaking with northridge 4x4 on both the jw & truck lite.

The jw were $525 shipped & truck lite $450. Obviously I didn't have the adr truck lite number you mentioned above so not sure how they'd compare. Prices were u.s so I might try a few places here & see what they can offer.

I did ask him if they thought the jw were worth the extra coin since they sold both & they said yes. Wether that's just because they make more from the jw or they're a better light I have no idea.

---------- Post added at 04:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:18 PM ----------

Gotta say I looked at the truck lite au site but can't find any dealers
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 26-10-2016, 05:14 PM
rodent's Avatar
rodent rodent is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunbury
Posts: 3,991
Name: Jim
^^^^^Do any of you guys actually drive your cars in the dark

Or is it more of a "wank factor" deal
__________________
An unbreakable toy, is useful for breaking other toys.

Last edited by rodent; 26-10-2016 at 05:16 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 26-10-2016, 05:40 PM
skyper's Avatar
skyper skyper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lismore NSW
Posts: 3,893
Name: Allan
Quote:
Originally Posted by zappa View Post
I have a set of the Aussie approved TruckLights in my '69, an amazing headlight that still looks "similar" to the originals....but better! Don't go the import version, you will just end up with people flashing you consistently as the import version dip Right. A shot of mine installed below (unfortunately don't have any of them o ):




I know some love them, but i can't stand the JW Speaker 8700 evo2s in the older cars e.g.; esp late 60's models, they have great reviews but just don't look right IMO....just my opinion though, they may look alright in a '70 Camaro as they are a totally different shape....here they are in a Mustang

that car is beautiful Luke is it regoed yet
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 26-10-2016, 05:55 PM
LS3 HQ's Avatar
LS3 HQ LS3 HQ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Perth
Posts: 559
Name: Luke
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodent View Post
^^^^^Do any of you guys actually drive your cars in the dark

Or is it more of a "wank factor" deal
Why is that Jim?
__________________
"we won't stop until somebody call the cops and even then we'll just pretend nothing ever happened"
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 26-10-2016, 06:07 PM
rodent's Avatar
rodent rodent is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunbury
Posts: 3,991
Name: Jim
Quote:
Originally Posted by LS3 HQ View Post
Why is that Jim?
Just curious, more than anything

If you only drive around in the daylight hours, spending that sort of coin for a pair of lights that will never be put to use seems a waste of cash that could be better put to use somewhere else.

IMO
__________________
An unbreakable toy, is useful for breaking other toys.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 26-10-2016, 06:40 PM
Gambit's Avatar
Gambit Gambit is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hunter valley
Posts: 527
Name: Nathan
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodent View Post
Just curious, more than anything

If you only drive around in the daylight hours, spending that sort of coin for a pair of lights that will never be put to use seems a waste of cash that could be better put to use somewhere else.

IMO
Just curious why I'd be looking for a set of reasonably expensive headlights to only drive around in daylight? Before my car came off the road for what's been done I was using it as a daily driver for a while.

Fair chance that'll happen again when it's back on the road. I'm not one to leave it sitting in the shed. I have fun driving mine which is why it's gone the way it has.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 26-10-2016, 06:56 PM
rodent's Avatar
rodent rodent is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunbury
Posts: 3,991
Name: Jim
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gambit View Post
Just curious why I'd be looking for a set of reasonably expensive headlights to only drive around in daylight? Before my car came off the road for what's been done I was using it as a daily driver for a while.

Fair chance that'll happen again when it's back on the road. I'm not one to leave it sitting in the shed. I have fun driving mine which is why it's gone the way it has.
It was a question bro, not a sledge
__________________
An unbreakable toy, is useful for breaking other toys.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 26-10-2016, 07:58 PM
Gambit's Avatar
Gambit Gambit is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hunter valley
Posts: 527
Name: Nathan
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodent View Post
It was a question bro, not a sledge
Lol all good mate. I did agree with your 2nd post about putting the $$ to better use if not needed. Technically I probably don't need them but on some of the rural roads I'd rather have better lights than not have them
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +10. The time now is 11:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Ad Management plugin by RedTyger