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    This summer when we were driving to Dyno Day I was cruising down the 401 and my son in law saw a wisp of smoke from my steering column. The lights had been on for over an hour and I became another victim of a rather poor design that did not withstand 42 years of neglect.I turned off the light switch and just carried on with no further problems.
    I had purchased the relay kit over 2 years ago but did not install due to a bit of laziness and the fact that it would not be the plug and play install due to a hack job on the head light wiring that some P.O. did.First picture is a picture of the type of connector use on the right headlight. I found out later that Laverne sells these but it was to late I had bought this kit already.
    This is a link to the process I used to refurbish the headlight switch. http://www.kamikazeracing.org/dl/ZTe...mbo_switch.pdf
    The wires in the harness were just starting to melt together. I had to repair some wires in the harness. I am thankful my son in law Jan has sharp eyesight or it could have been worse.
    Spent some time with a test light and a meter but the relays are installed installed and works great.
    Thanks to Laverne who gave me some proper OEM style connectors.
    A few more pictures of the final install.
    Another classic case of should of done this 2 years ago.
    I have the Bosch H4 Headlights and they sure are bright now.
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    Last edited by Casey_z; 12-20-2014, 10:04 PM.

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    Cleaned up the harness a bit.
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    • #3
      Nice work Casey the wiring looks very clean and tidy. I really need to get to work on some improvements like this but it is just too cold in the garage. Here's wishing for an early spring.

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      • #4
        I use a 24000 btu kerosene heater.

        Takes about 20 minutes to warm up a smaller garage space.

        A little warmth and hours of pleasure

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Casey_z View Post
          I use a 24000 btu kerosene heater.

          Takes about 20 minutes to warm up a smaller garage space.

          A little warmth and hours of pleasure
          I do the same thing with a propane heater just hooks up to any BBQ size propane tank, 125000 BTU haha, works amazing. last for about 2 hours then need to slip in on again. only takes about 15-20 min to heat the place up as well.
          TAK IR EEEZZZZZ VG30DETT

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 300zxTT View Post
            I do the same thing with a propane heater just hooks up to any BBQ size propane tank, 125000 BTU haha, works amazing. last for about 2 hours then need to slip in on again. only takes about 15-20 min to heat the place up as well.
            Do you have to leave the garage door open slightly to vent the fumes from propane and kerosene heaters or is it safe to run them in an enclosed area?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by colinc View Post
              Do you have to leave the garage door open slightly to vent the fumes from propane and kerosene heaters or is it safe to run them in an enclosed area?
              Also wondering this, the recent weather truly has stopped play!

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              • #8
                I run mine for 15 min then shut it off but i wouldn’t keep it running for that reason. 15 min is enough to get the garage warm for about 2 hours before the cement pad sucks out all the heat. It does produce a lot of fumes and eats a lot of the oxygen. Eventually i will make a port hole to pull fresh air from outside so it doesn’t use up as much.

                but yes you need to use them with caution.

                this has let me work through the cold every time, i love it

                this is mine, about 200 bucks

                http://images.bizrate.com/resize?w=2...uid=4132041893
                TAK IR EEEZZZZZ VG30DETT

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                • #9
                  Love the headlight relay upgrade, it so simple to install and just works so well! No more massively overheating light switch on the steering column

                  The H4 housings work very well too. My car came with Hella H4 housings when I bought it, and the PO had 100/55 bulbs in there - boy was that high beam ever epic! Unfortunately one of them crapped out on me when on the road, and I had to switch them to legal 60/55 bulbs - sylvania silverstars I believe. They do seem to give a nicer running light than the old bulbs though, whiter looking, but the high beam is useless by comparison!

                  Good catch!
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                  Ryan Thomson
                  HLS30-15981 - F54 flat tops, fully ported E88, 10.5:1 compression, DLPE 360 cam, Triple Mikuni 44's, Electromotive XDi Ignition, 6-1 header into 3" mandrel bent exhaust, 4.11 R180 LSD, 83zx 5 speed, and so on... She's getting there!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by colinc View Post
                    Do you have to leave the garage door open slightly to vent the fumes from propane and kerosene heaters or is it safe to run them in an enclosed area?
                    The kerosene heater is no issue.

                    It can be used indoors.

                    Propane space heaters blast the heat in quick while kerosene heaters are slow and steady.

                    Casey
                    Last edited by Casey_z; 01-09-2015, 08:07 AM.

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