Are Aftermarket Headlights Worth It?

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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  • Where is that road? Name and location? Would like to drive there too

    Crimson SnowCrimson Snow12 tuntia sitten
    • I agree please share

      Justin RomeroJustin Romero2 tuntia sitten
  • 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.

    Solaire Of AstoraSolaire Of Astora20 tuntia sitten
  • What road is that?

    Nicholas MeaveNicholas Meave2 päivää sitten
  • After you turbo it you should do the interior, make it black to match. the tan looks mega wack.

    SkaterKid406SkaterKid4063 päivää sitten
  • HIDs would have gone 21 miata lengths though.

    Tim SullivanTim Sullivan3 päivää sitten
  • Needs some LED’s

    Logan DykstraLogan Dykstra3 päivää sitten
  • LED bulbs are another great way to go, and they don´t consume that much energy.

    Diego Olivares GudiñoDiego Olivares Gudiño3 päivää sitten
  • What a wasted opportunity to get rid of shitty halogens. I hate halogens.

    Cam MulcahyCam Mulcahy4 päivää sitten
  • 178 Bakersfield to lake issabela?

  • 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 ziegMark zieg4 päivää sitten
  • 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

    Mark ziegMark zieg4 päivää sitten
  • 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!

    Dvldg0231Dvldg02314 päivää sitten
  • yes. yes they are.

    T GT G5 päivää sitten
  • For you yes, for other drivers no :D

    Gjdjd GzhdjGjdjd Gzhdj6 päivää sitten
  • Is a 40 inch lightbar mounted on top of the windscreen worth it?

    insaneomcleanoinsaneomcleano6 päivää sitten
  • Why didn't u go with LEDs?

    manolo malamanolo mala6 päivää sitten
  • Why is there an ambulance in your driveway?

    ExFallenExFallen7 päivää sitten
  • "night has finally fallen" sounds like a bond villain catch line

    Joshua NicolaiJoshua Nicolai7 päivää sitten
  • Where’s that canyon road at ?!! I would love to find some roads like that to drive in SoCal!!

    louis mccraveylouis mccravey7 päivää sitten
  • Lights are definitely the thing that means you get what you pay for

    aAron YTaAron YT7 päivää sitten
  • I would choose a better grounding point than that.

    Nino KrizanecNino Krizanec8 päivää sitten
  • Keep up the great videos

    Roger JogersRoger Jogers8 päivää sitten
  • Trinity

    rentamedicrentamedic8 päivää sitten
  • Is that TUNA!?

    Champion CycleChampion Cycle8 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Alf WattAlf Watt8 päivää sitten
  • I’m from Vermont and there’s a VT rescue vehicle in Zach’s driveway in LA?!?!

    CodeNameNateDogCodeNameNateDog9 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Filip FilipovicFilip Filipovic9 päivää sitten
  • Looking good. Plus just for the fact you can now replace only the bulb instead of the whole light is a huge upgrade

    TheKenji2221TheKenji222110 päivää sitten
  • He low-key looks like paul Walker

    Jack OldenJack Olden10 päivää sitten
  • what happened to your door seal? do installing aftermarket headlights really cause that to happen? p.s. i know it wasn't the headlights.

    Dinja3Dinja311 päivää sitten
  • The camera that is filming the night scenes has a bunch of dead pixels

    Zia MalikZia Malik11 päivää sitten
  • What road is that??? looks sick

    100rats100rats11 päivää sitten
  • Should have Retrofitted those headlight bud. Missed opportunity

    JJustCoolJJustCool11 päivää sitten
  • but how many horsepower is your house making?

    Armoury ManArmoury Man11 päivää sitten
  • what about the speed limit at the road?

    DanielDaniel11 päivää sitten
  • nice headlights can make any car look way better

    Stealth EnforcerStealth Enforcer12 päivää sitten
  • Weird just did this with my 04 wrangler lol

    Whos AustinWhos Austin12 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Avro ArrowAvro Arrow12 päivää sitten
  • Have u guys done the joke about us using anything (like a miata) but meters to lenght something?

    Francisco CarusoFrancisco Caruso12 päivää sitten
  • Dude I just would've gone with the headlight assembly conversion and go with some high and low led bulbs and I'm done 😐

    Ramiro MedinaRamiro Medina13 päivää sitten
  • Sooooo was it worth it ? Lol

    The_Don27The_Don2714 päivää sitten
  • Replace the stock round miata headlights with HELLA horns

    JerrmzJerrmz15 päivää sitten
  • Tf is that weather seal doin on the driver’s side door??

    Eric BärtschEric Bärtsch15 päivää sitten
  • this is why yt is better than tv

    Kuro ShiroiKuro Shiroi15 päivää sitten
  • 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

    David MacGreggorDavid MacGreggor16 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Eric MarcusEric Marcus16 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Lance KazLance Kaz17 päivää sitten
  • Oh no why is there an ambulance in your driveway

    Dan MacKDan MacK17 päivää sitten
  • 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 SchwarzAaron Schwarz17 päivää sitten
  • 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

    Aaron SchwarzAaron Schwarz17 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Walter EseseWalter Esese17 päivää sitten
  • lol new headlights were worse because they were angled too low and caused less video sight

    FUZ3-NOOB-324485FUZ3-NOOB-32448517 päivää sitten
  • 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?

    Mobile TerminaluserMobile Terminaluser17 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Angel123_hAngel123_h17 päivää sitten
  • "10 miata lengths, Sparktastic, Spectacular" Donut Media stickers

    Mobile TerminaluserMobile Terminaluser17 päivää sitten
  • Screw a hat, I’m still waiting on my boost creeps hoodie I ordered back in like September lol

    brickson98motobrickson98moto17 päivää sitten
  • Where do you find roads like that in the beginning?

    Hentai Body pillowHentai Body pillow17 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Michael ClarkMichael Clark17 päivää sitten
  • I JUST missed the week mark :(

    Alex BacaAlex Baca18 päivää sitten
  • Yo you guys should make a grullon on another series of money pits or other series

    J M.J M.18 päivää sitten
  • Up to speed on seat/cupra

    Rotary BMXRotary BMX18 päivää sitten
  • 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...

    h3lix86h3lix8618 päivää sitten
  • I died when the pew pews came out of the led headlight

    E LE L18 päivää sitten
  • watch somebody actually need new bulbs for their miata tho.

    randallracerrandallracer19 päivää sitten
  • 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

    mixmix poomixmix poo19 päivää sitten
  • What do i gotta do to get u to 86 the turbo plan and put ITB'S on there? Pleeeeeeease?

    Simon OutdoorsSimon Outdoors19 päivää sitten
  • What canyon road is that ???

    Jonathan moraJonathan mora19 päivää sitten
    • It looks like Tuna Canyon Road.

      ????????????15 päivää sitten
  • 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!

    A TrimbleA Trimble20 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    TrumpTrump20 päivää sitten
  • 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!

    Evangelos PatsourakisEvangelos Patsourakis20 päivää sitten
  • 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?

    crxdelsolsircrxdelsolsir20 päivää sitten
  • Just buy the $80 led headlight kit off Amazon

    Spadezz ZSpadezz Z20 päivää sitten
  • 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

    Extra DarlasExtra Darlas20 päivää sitten
  • I feel like this video should just be. They look dope, abosokutely. End video

    Joey MezeraJoey Mezera20 päivää sitten
  • Loving them 70's porn tunes.

    xvp40xvp4020 päivää sitten
  • nice, i would put phillps racing vision +150, or osram night breaker laser +150% instead of 80w, but if it works, it works.

    Fer Gz MotorDankoFer Gz MotorDanko21 päivä sitten
  • I think your psychics might of been a little off, but close enough lol

    Luis JaimeLuis Jaime21 päivä sitten
  • This show is 11/10

    Martin SmithMartin Smith21 päivä sitten
  • 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.

    Daniel DohertyDaniel Doherty21 päivä sitten
  • link to those headlights?

    Ghassan RadwanGhassan Radwan21 päivä sitten
  • What was the improvement rated in lumens?

    Dan AtkinsonDan Atkinson21 päivä sitten
  • if you're changing bumpers to something cooler can i buy the bumper?

    ittotaqittotaq21 päivä sitten
  • Will the higher bulb wattage be too hot that it will melt the lamp housing ?

    Davin YapDavin Yap22 päivää sitten

    sc Buildssc Builds22 päivää sitten
  • Would it be the same for a 1969 Pontiac GTO

    Noah CalaguiNoah Calagui22 päivää sitten
  • No one gonna mention the tony hawk sound effect? Bet

    Astro TeenAstro Teen22 päivää sitten
  • 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 😄 🤣

    AJ CalderonAJ Calderon22 päivää sitten
  • 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...

    Ginger NingerGinger Ninger22 päivää sitten
  • 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?"

    Olive PerryOlive Perry22 päivää sitten
  • wonder my aftermarket lights were so low. I couldn't see shit. Thanks donut for teaching me about headlight adjustment.

    Johnny JoyceJohnny Joyce22 päivää sitten
  • Wish you guys tested out LED bulbs too......and why not just use the glass hella housings? You guys already used the hella wiring and bulbs 🤔

    BayAreaJDMPartHunterBayAreaJDMPartHunter22 päivää sitten
  • TUNA!

    estone2estone222 päivää sitten
  • Honestly I came here for Zach. Then I came again. And now I'm learning a thing or two

    C BC B22 päivää sitten
  • Let there be light

    mild soupmild soup22 päivää sitten
  • Me not even being able to see 1 car length in front of me on backroads

  • That sweet sound of a 7.3 Powerstroke @7:25

    Sir Lags A LotSir Lags A Lot22 päivää sitten
  • jobe doesnt know about the inverse square law you would need like 8 times the power to see twice as far at that range

    triptrip22 päivää sitten
  • May i say those lights are HELLA better? 😂😂

    azuloboazulobo22 päivää sitten
  • 5280ft per mile, 211200 in 40 miles. 3600 seconds in an hour, 211200/3600 makes 40mph app 58ft per second. Avg car headlights shine about 30-40ft in front of a car[low beams], and since 30-40ft is less than 58ft, basic common sense tells us that headlights are so other people can YOU going down the road, NOT so you can see. Back when cars never went over 40mph, ya headlights were for seeing the road. THERE NOT ANYMORE. STOP BLINDING EVERYONE AND DO SOME BASIC MATH.

    Chase DunnChase Dunn22 päivää sitten
  • Another filler till turbski

    Tiemo WoltersTiemo Wolters22 päivää sitten