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Right, I almost wired the hot trigger to the parking lights so they would stay on in high beam and everything else but I guess I dont really need them on high beam, and I really didnt want to hack into the factory wiring.
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Yeah I don't like hacking wires either, but wire taps are alright cause you can always undo them. You can always add your own circuit to, using the battery as a power source, some guys have done that added an extra circuit board for accessories. With fogs though just easier to use a relay and existing wires. I believe in some states it's illegal anyways to run fogs with high beams, or always on, isn't it?
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Yea, its not legal to run both but if you dim down to passing car early enough and I doubt they would see them. My grille bars over my headlamps on my brushguard arent legal but I havent been stopped yet. knock on wood. I know a few people that were made to take them off. That is when I decided to put on fogs, those little bars do hurt light output. I think I am going to add silverstars or something yet.
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Yeah I figured there were state laws. Since it does get foggy around here though certain times, I thought it be a good idea to add fogs, for like heavy rain, fog, and snow. Are silverstars the same as the stock bulb in watts output? I know wiring can only handle so much before it overheats, unless you upgrade to heavier wiring which some guys have done.
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I had xenon bulbs in my old 88 Turbo coupe for a day they burned up my dimmer switch and wiring. I have a coworker that runs nothing but silverstars. He swears by them. I dont know about the watts being more but he says its just a whiter cleaner light.
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yeah i have my fogs on with my parking lights so they are on when the lights are on, and they i have over head lights that go on with my high beams, no one said anyhthing yet, i would love to run silver stares but they are so damn expensive
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I am not sure what the factory headlight bulbs are rated, or what gauge wiring is used, have to look it up. I know some guys though are switching to HID's, and upgrading the headlight harness. The factory headlights aren't very bright though I know.

A 88 turbocoupe I like those the 87-88 turbocoupe to me looked much better then the 83-86 model. They were easy to mod to.
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I been reading about the silverstar ultra bulbs and they seem pretty recommended, but then I saw these Philips X-treme, and they seem to have even a better recommendation. Everybody says they are brighter then the silverstars who uses them, that I have read so far.

They are the Philips X-Treme headlight bulb supposedly offer up to 80% more light compared to the silverstar ultras 50%.
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I picked up a set of Silverstars on the the way home from work today. They were 39$ They are not ultras it says 35% more light. I ll put them in when I get to work in the morning.

The 87-88 Turbo Coupes are among the best Fords ever built to me. I ran mine for 10 years I would take it anywhere best car I ever had. 34 mpg all day long on the highway handled great for a big car spanked v- tecs and kids with fart cans all day. I ran it to 193,000 it was still strong, AC was still ice cold, moonroof still worked and didnt leak. It would spank my 65. I put used doors, fenders, trunklid, and Lr quarterpanel on it. Then the frame at the fire wall rotted out from the inside. Then the Ranger came along. So I sold it for 500$ which is what I paid for it. I had maybe 1000$ in it and put 100000 trouble free miles on it. sorry for the rant.lol. Id like to find another one but I have to may toys now or an SVO.
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I hear ya I always liked the styling of the 87-88 turbocoupe honestly like it better the svo mustang. If you got the 5speed to you got 190hp and I believe 240 torque. With simple upgrades, exhaust, more boost, and such you could run in the 13's no problem, of course weight removal helps to.

Yeah the philips x-treme are a little more pricey seem to be about $50 a set,but they say they are the brightest you can get before upgrading your headlight harness and running higher watt bulbs or switching over to HID's.
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Yea, my 88 was a 5 speed, I never even put a clutch in it. I had a down pipe and dual 40 series flowmasters and a K&N that was it ohh and a Hurst shifter. I still have a motor, turbo, and 5 speed out of another car I really what to put in a Pinto someday. haha I dont think my car was that fast it was probably a 14.7 car in good air.I never took it to the track cause it was my dd and I know what would happen.

Well I have the Silverstars so I ll see how they work tomorrow night.
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Yeah stock the 87-88 Turbocoupe ran I believe in the 15's with a good driver, and sticky tires. A pinto would be alright maybe even a comet they are both pretty light. The IHI turbo on the 87-88 Turbocoupe was smaller then the previous T3. It seemed to run out of steem at around 18psi, where the T3 would run maybe 22-24psi. Of course a intercooler, or methanol injection would help to.

Yeah maybe you could do a comparison between the stock rated headlight bulb and the silverstars.
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Well, They are in their definetly whiter I dont like the back of the box. I guess they dont last very long. Drive at night tonight.
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Yeah I read that they don't last long unless you get like the silverstar ultras I believe.

What year is that turbo motor you have, 83-86, or 87-88 model?
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On the back its rates the Ultras the same as regular Silverstars in longevity 1 bar its a graph.
The 2.3 is an 87 I bought the car cheap and thought it would be a reliable as my 88, wrong. It ran good but it was useing a little bit of antifreeze. The car had some rust issues So I pulled the motor and trans and junked it. I keeped the hood and nose just in case I hit a deer or something with the 88 and still have them to. If I put it in a Pinto sometime I thought itd be cool the graph the twin scoops into the hood.
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Yeah the 87-88 turbocoupe had a cool hood, which alot of the 83-86 thunderbirds, and cougar guys sought after.

I thought sylvania had the longer lasting bulbs, maybe not. I bet that torino would run nice with a 428FE.
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I already have the motor done for the Torino I have the horse in front of the cart on it, Its a 390 I figure with the 4 speed and cam I have I will probably blow it up anyway then probably stroke it. My dad had a 76 390 F150 I built with a 428 crank a 410 Mercury used them some. It worked really good as a tow vehical. got excellent gas mileage. not. He sold it and bought a new Superduty with a v10 and 410 gears, the 76 would stomp it with 3.50 gear.
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Sounds nice, I never seen 1 in person but I would like to see a genuine 429boss motor, and a 427sohc, the 427sohc was said to be the rarest of all. I think the 428cobra jet was a nice motor though, and somewhat underrated by Ford.

I got to admit I like the new 5.0 coyote though with bolt ons it's already proven to be a beast in itself.
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I drove a couple 5.0s coyote f-150s not a Mustang yet. The truck runs well for a heavy body. I think better than a 3 valve 5.4 but I dont know about towing wise.
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Yeah the new mustang though I am still trying to learn to like the styling, I do like the motor. The new 5.0 in the mustang is rated at 412hp but with bolt ons guys are already making near 400rwhp.

You couldn't do that with the old 5.0 without alot of engine work, or a supercharger, nitrous, or turbo. Still I am a big fan of the old and new 5.0.
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Well, I took the Ranger for a ride after dark. I am maybe a little disappointed with the ss. Its definitely a whiter cleaner light but its no big change either. Maybe my brushguard grilles are the cause I m not sure. Its definitely hurting my headlamp output but I like the look. The fogs definitely are worth is Not sure on the Silverstars. I turned the lights on this morning with one oe and one ss and the oe looked yellow and a little dimmer. Lights one in the dark facing the truck it looks like it has more modern headlamps though. I d maybe try the ultras next time.
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Yeah the factory bulbs give off more a yellow light, where sylvania, philips are suppose to be white light. I still haven't got fogs in yet, still got to get a few others things done. I'm putting in a long console as well. I like it better then the short console.
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yeah 18 or 16 gauge ill work i think the factor is 18 gauge
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I want to run a 12-14 gauge wire from the relay to battery power, and relay to fogs, just to be on the safe side, don't want to heat things up. I had a older ford truck once, I guess had some faulty wiring, and 1 day 1 wire shorted out, then some smoke, luckily it didn't burn, but I ended up replacing a whole dash harness because of it, it melted a lot of wires together like goo.
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I think 14-16 gauge would be heavy enough, Ford thinks so anyway. But I dont blame you one bit, better safe than sorry. Mine is Ford wires from fogs to relay off my old Explorer harness and man it looks light 16g I think. I went back to c144 today and ran a wire to the power side of the relay for the indicator light. I thought I would be ok with it not hooked up but my analness took over and I couldnt take it.lol.
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