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Date Registered: 10-2006
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Guys,
If anyone is thinking of upgrading their headlamps to a higher (legal) wattage then they might consider doing this loom upgrade first.
Since the present headlamp current is totally switched solely by the combination switch on the steering wheel then I would not expect it could handle much higher than its present 5-6Amp load (60W) so anything higher could burn the switch contacts.


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Kev,

Are you saying that we don't have a relay for the headlights?

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That's correct Jalal.
I just checked the Exy (I have a Series 1) to make sure the service manual was correct and while there are two spots for "H/Lamp LH" and "H/Lamp RH" in the small relay box near the alternator, the spots are completely empty without even a base fitted as they are for the Daytime Running Lamps function we do not have fitted.

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 I too noticed that last night, the vacant 'relay' location on the drivers side. My loom has nice big 60Amp relays to cope with the highest wattage globes.

 Considering how much current the larger globes carry, the appears to be no protection on the vehicle side of the fuse. As mentioned by Kev, this could led to burnt out points in the switch or damage to the ECU if this is not protected.

 If you have any doubts, check out how thin the wires are to the globes and feel how warm they get when the high beam is on for a while. Now, considering that the wires in the combination switch are even thinner, I think they would be extremely prone to melting or burning out. Big repair bill.

 Solution: Fit an aftermarket loom. emoticon


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Guys,

Had I known that we didn't have any relays for the headlights, I wouldn't even have asked for this test to be carried-out.

It just never occurred to me to check this and I took it for granted that we have relays in a similar fashion to the front fog lights.

This wiring loom upgrade with relays is a MUST DO now indeed!!

Well Brett, you see? after all these discussions, we did discover a very important fact about the exy after all emoticon

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Jalal,

 Can I see a group buy about to commence ? emoticon

 Check with ARB for their M002 loom. This is the one I have. Each light has it's own relay and they are fused individually. Simply plug in to the back of the passenger side female light sock for the switch, and power directly off the battery. Simple.



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This wiring loom upgrade with relays is a MUST DO



after all that...........

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If you're running with the factory candles, you'll be fine emoticon

HERE is the ARB M002 Wiring loom Brett mentioned.

This statement pretty much sums-up our situation with the exy.

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The ARB Heavy-Duty Wiring Loom is recommended for all Defenders, regardless of headlight wattage used, as the Defenders lack a relay for the headlight wiring harness and frequently burn out factory headlight switches.



Just replace the word "Defender" with "X-Trail" emoticon

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I am confused Brett emoticon
We already have individual 15A fuses for each headlamp so we don't really need the fuse protection in the harness.
But why three relays in the harness for only two headlamps ?

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Kev - yeah you still need the extra fuse protection for the loom, as it takes power directly from the battery. Dual cables from the battery run through individual fuses, then through the relays and finally to the globes.

The current headlight fuses and no longer part of this power loop and are actually only controlling the 'switching' capacity of the globes.

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