Part 1 - The Breakdown
I got to thinking that I wanted to convert The WarHorse's headlights to dual filament for high/low beam (just because why not!?) but the bulb sockets themselves have a proprietary bracket that holds them into the housing. I figured it was more trouble than it was worth to try and modify new 1157 sockets to work but with some thought and planning I could see how I could modify my existing sockets/brackets to work. There is a much easier way than how I've done it in this tutorial to achieve the same end goal that I've done before and I will explain that in the ending part of this thread for any of you that want to do it also! I had to come up with a new method because the specific LED bulbs I want to use are not available in any other configuration than 1157 (When you see what exactly I've done in The Warhorse
thread you'll understand!).
Let's get started!!
Parts/materials required from start to finish are:
- 2 dual wire socket pigtails
- 2 1157 bulbs
- 1 ON/OFF/ON Single Pole Dual Throw (SPDT) switch (rocker and toggle both readily available)
- some wiring and connectors (you'll have to determine what gauge/length for your build).
Tools required: (well the tools I used!)
- Drill and a selection of smaller drill bits (from 1/16 - 9/64)
- Dremel with a small, worn down cutting wheel (due to little clearance).
- Small flat blade screwdriver
- Standard file
- Fine tipped marker
Actual working time approximately 30 minutes.