Thanks to our awesome Edge CTS dash we could see what was going on with our drivetrain. But what we couldn’t see was where we were going. Project E350 is old enough that it still uses 5″x7″ sealed beam square 6054 headlights, much like many other cars in the 80s and 90s. Fortunately for us, things have come quite a long way with lighting technology. We could have just bought some upgraded housings and then used H4 bulbs, but we could do better. Enter JW Speaker.
JW Speaker has been manufacturing LED (and other) lights for quite some time, and us motorsports enthusiasts are fortunate that the Jeep and other off-road vehicles at one point used the same 6054 headlight. JW Speaker makes this super awesome 8900 Evolution LED headlight that can replace our square units. That’s right — all you kids with S13s, hachis, FCs, Miatas, and other cars can join the cool club.
They even make a heated version for those in icy and snowy climates!
The 4th, red, wire is for vehicles outside of North America and is described as being for a “front position light”. I didn’t connect it because I figured the van would explode.
I think I’ve had the same headlights on the van since I bought it. They’re terrible. Even with the brights on I can barely see what’s going on. That’s not particularly fun when you’re towing 6000+lbs of race car and trailer.
Changing the lights out isn’t that complicated. Open the hood, remove the grey plastic bezel, and then remove the metal retaining ring that holds in the headlight. Unplug it. Installation is the reverse of removal.
If you haven’t taken the headlights out in a long time, or if your vehicle has spent any time in salty conditions (like in the North where it snows and they salt the roads) you may have a tough time getting the screws loose. Use a penetrant and patience. Or find your drill.
You can see that the beam pattern sucks, the lighting isn’t particularly bright, and the beam pattern sucks and the light isn’t bright.
Did I mention this sucks?