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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  • 안주형
    안주형11 orë më parë

    4:23 i was expecting him to calculate how much horsepower the headlights make. little disappointed :/

  • cody madison
    cody madisonDitë më parë

    where did you get hat fire extinguisher bracket for the back of the miata?

  • Elijah Richmond
    Elijah Richmond2 ditë më parë

    Ambulance with #Vermont plates! Did I miss a video on that vehicle?

  • Wade S.
    Wade S.3 ditë më parë

    the passenger side should actually be a little higher than the driver side

  • Jeremy Otaku28
    Jeremy Otaku284 ditë më parë

    I might as well not watch the fucking video due to all these unskippable ads.

  • Chris Floyd
    Chris Floyd5 ditë më parë

    Okay, but shouldn't the road services try to make that road safer?

  • Nick Feezel
    Nick Feezel5 ditë më parë

    If I can measure headlights using horsepower, does that mean that I can add horsepower to my car with stronger headlights?

  • Crismodin
    Crismodin5 ditë më parë

    On older vehicles, 100% worth it.

  • Rob J
    Rob J6 ditë më parë

    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 Harn6 ditë më parë

    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
    Havnar6 ditë më parë

    I got the jeep-like headlights with RGB halo's instead. Only issue is, I don't have my Miata yet.

  • Crimson Snow
    Crimson Snow7 ditë më parë

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

  • Justin Romero

    Justin Romero

    6 ditë më parë

    I agree please share

  • Solaire Of Astora
    Solaire Of Astora7 ditë më parë

    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 Meave9 ditë më parë

    What road is that?

  • SkaterKid406
    SkaterKid4069 ditë më parë

    After you turbo it you should do the interior, make it black to match. the tan looks mega wack.

  • Tim Sullivan
    Tim Sullivan10 ditë më parë

    HIDs would have gone 21 miata lengths though.

  • Logan Dykstra
    Logan Dykstra10 ditë më parë

    Needs some LED’s

  • Diego Olivares Gudiño
    Diego Olivares Gudiño10 ditë më parë

    LED bulbs are another great way to go, and they don´t consume that much energy.

  • Cam Mulcahy
    Cam Mulcahy10 ditë më parë

    What a wasted opportunity to get rid of shitty halogens. I hate halogens.


    178 Bakersfield to lake issabela?

  • Mark zieg
    Mark zieg11 ditë më parë

    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 zieg11 ditë më parë

    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
    Dvldg023111 ditë më parë

    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
    T G11 ditë më parë

    yes. yes they are.

  • Gjdjd Gzhdj
    Gjdjd Gzhdj13 ditë më parë

    For you yes, for other drivers no :D

  • insaneomcleano
    insaneomcleano13 ditë më parë

    Is a 40 inch lightbar mounted on top of the windscreen worth it?

  • manolo mala
    manolo mala13 ditë më parë

    Why didn't u go with LEDs?

  • SacredSea
    SacredSea13 ditë më parë

    Why is there an ambulance in your driveway?

  • Joshua Nicolai
    Joshua Nicolai13 ditë më parë

    "night has finally fallen" sounds like a bond villain catch line

  • louis mccravey
    louis mccravey13 ditë më parë

    Where’s that canyon road at ?!! I would love to find some roads like that to drive in SoCal!!

  • aAron YT
    aAron YT14 ditë më parë

    Lights are definitely the thing that means you get what you pay for

  • Nino Krizanec
    Nino Krizanec14 ditë më parë

    I would choose a better grounding point than that.

  • Roger Jogers
    Roger Jogers14 ditë më parë

    Keep up the great videos

  • rentamedic
    rentamedic15 ditë më parë


  • Champion Cycle
    Champion Cycle15 ditë më parë

    Is that TUNA!?

  • Alf Watt
    Alf Watt15 ditë më parë

    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
    CodeNameNateDog16 ditë më parë

    I’m from Vermont and there’s a VT rescue vehicle in Zach’s driveway in LA?!?!

  • Filip Filipovic
    Filip Filipovic16 ditë më parë

    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
    TheKenji222116 ditë më parë

    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 Olden17 ditë më parë

    He low-key looks like paul Walker

  • Dinja3
    Dinja317 ditë më parë

    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 Malik17 ditë më parë

    The camera that is filming the night scenes has a bunch of dead pixels

  • 100rats
    100rats17 ditë më parë

    What road is that??? looks sick

  • JJustCool
    JJustCool18 ditë më parë

    Should have Retrofitted those headlight bud. Missed opportunity

  • Armoury Man
    Armoury Man18 ditë më parë

    but how many horsepower is your house making?

  • Daniel
    Daniel18 ditë më parë

    what about the speed limit at the road?

  • Stealth Enforcer
    Stealth Enforcer18 ditë më parë

    nice headlights can make any car look way better

  • Whos Austin
    Whos Austin18 ditë më parë

    Weird just did this with my 04 wrangler lol

  • Avro Arrow
    Avro Arrow18 ditë më parë

    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 Caruso19 ditë më parë

    Have u guys done the joke about us using anything (like a miata) but meters to lenght something?

  • Ramiro Medina
    Ramiro Medina19 ditë më parë

    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
    The_Don2720 ditë më parë

    Sooooo was it worth it ? Lol

  • Jerrmz
    Jerrmz21 ditë më parë

    Replace the stock round miata headlights with HELLA horns

  • Eric Bärtsch
    Eric Bärtsch21 ditë më parë

    Tf is that weather seal doin on the driver’s side door??

  • Kuro Shiroi
    Kuro Shiroi22 ditë më parë

    this is why yt is better than tv

  • David MacGreggor
    David MacGreggor23 ditë më parë

    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 Marcus23 ditë më parë

    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 Kaz23 ditë më parë

    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 MacK23 ditë më parë

    Oh no why is there an ambulance in your driveway

  • Aaron Schwarz
    Aaron Schwarz23 ditë më parë

    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 Schwarz23 ditë më parë

    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 Esese23 ditë më parë

    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
    FUZ3-NOOB-32448523 ditë më parë

    lol new headlights were worse because they were angled too low and caused less video sight

  • Mobile Terminaluser
    Mobile Terminaluser24 ditë më parë

    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
    Angel123_h24 ditë më parë

    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 Terminaluser24 ditë më parë

    "10 miata lengths, Sparktastic, Spectacular" Donut Media stickers

  • brickson98moto
    brickson98moto24 ditë më parë

    Screw a hat, I’m still waiting on my boost creeps hoodie I ordered back in like September lol

  • Hentai Body pillow
    Hentai Body pillow24 ditë më parë

    Where do you find roads like that in the beginning?

  • Michael Clark
    Michael Clark24 ditë më parë

    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 Baca24 ditë më parë

    I JUST missed the week mark :(

  • J M.
    J M.24 ditë më parë

    Yo you guys should make a grullon on another series of money pits or other series

  • Rotary BMX
    Rotary BMX25 ditë më parë

    Up to speed on seat/cupra

  • h3lix86
    h3lix8625 ditë më parë

    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
    E L25 ditë më parë

    I died when the pew pews came out of the led headlight

  • randallracer
    randallracer25 ditë më parë

    watch somebody actually need new bulbs for their miata tho.

  • mixmix poo
    mixmix poo25 ditë më parë

    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 Outdoors25 ditë më parë

    What do i gotta do to get u to 86 the turbo plan and put ITB'S on there? Pleeeeeeease?

  • Jonathan mora
    Jonathan mora26 ditë më parë

    What canyon road is that ???

  • ??????


    22 ditë më parë

    It looks like Tuna Canyon Road.

  • A Trimble
    A Trimble26 ditë më parë

    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
    Trump26 ditë më parë

    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 Patsourakis26 ditë më parë

    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
    crxdelsolsir26 ditë më parë

    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 Z27 ditë më parë

    Just buy the $80 led headlight kit off Amazon

  • Extra Darlas
    Extra Darlas27 ditë më parë

    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 Mezera27 ditë më parë

    I feel like this video should just be. They look dope, abosokutely. End video

  • xvp40
    xvp4027 ditë më parë

    Loving them 70's porn tunes.

  • Fer Gz MotorDanko
    Fer Gz MotorDanko27 ditë më parë

    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 Jaime27 ditë më parë

    I think your psychics might of been a little off, but close enough lol

  • Martin Smith
    Martin Smith28 ditë më parë

    This show is 11/10

  • Daniel Doherty
    Daniel Doherty28 ditë më parë

    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 Radwan28 ditë më parë

    link to those headlights?

  • Dan Atkinson
    Dan Atkinson28 ditë më parë

    What was the improvement rated in lumens?

  • ittotaq
    ittotaq28 ditë më parë

    if you're changing bumpers to something cooler can i buy the bumper?

  • Davin Yap
    Davin Yap28 ditë më parë

    Will the higher bulb wattage be too hot that it will melt the lamp housing ?

  • sc Builds
    sc Builds28 ditë më parë


  • Noah Calagui
    Noah Calagui28 ditë më parë

    Would it be the same for a 1969 Pontiac GTO

  • Astro Teen
    Astro Teen28 ditë më parë

    No one gonna mention the tony hawk sound effect? Bet

  • AJ Calderon
    AJ Calderon28 ditë më parë

    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 Ninger28 ditë më parë

    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 Perry28 ditë më parë

    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?"

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