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Old 13 May 2005, 03:38 pm
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I live out in the middle of nowhere (Methow Valley, in Washington state) and our deer population is nuts I have hit 4 in 5 years in my work truck so I was wondering if any body has upgraded to brighter high beams and what have they found as a good brand and good price and is it worth increasing the wattage (I know they say for Offroad use only) but I drive on a highway at 5 A.M. and sometimes don't see anybody but the deer and always turn off the highbeams when I see someone elses lights.
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Old 13 May 2005, 06:14 pm
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There are lots of higher wattage high beam headlights available. If you go past 55-60 watts, get a complete kit that replaces the wiring and socket as well as the bulb. Melting your wiring harness leaves much to be desired. Some folks here have gone to higher wattage bulbs with no problems but others have had damage so I wouldn't risk it.

Many years ago I had Lucas Flamethrowers in place of my high beam headlights. That pencil beam would really reach out and light up the road at a distance. You might try adding a pair of long distance driving lights (as opposed to fog lights) to supplement your current headlights. None of the high wattage lights are legal so you might as well go for the brightest, furthest thrown lights you can get (without making your PT look like a Rally Car).
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Old 13 May 2005, 07:29 pm
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I don't have this problem (So. Cal), but I've heard of air whistles you can put on the outside that can be heard by deer but not people. Lights would help, but scaring the critters away seems better.
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Old 13 May 2005, 07:34 pm
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actually the brighter the light the deer
will tend to freeze from what I've been
told...hence the saying like a deer in
headlights....I know I have a very heavy
deer crossing near me thru some woods on
a stretch and I"ve always had my low beams
on when traveling that stretch.....

The "whistles" are great...our insurance
company actually gave us some free for
each vehicle....I just picked up some
for some friends at a kmart...chrome of
course!....[8D]
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Old 13 May 2005, 07:53 pm
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[8)]I have added aftermarket driving lights to both my 2001 PT and my 2005 ragtop. I wired them into the high beam wire so that the only time you can turn them on is if you have your highs on and when you dim them the driving lights automatically go off. These are illeagal in California but I have always felt that if I am not blinding the nice office he probably won't give me a ticket. Its worked so far.
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Old 13 May 2005, 10:17 pm
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Deer whistles really do work, I've seen it personally. Wouldn't drive without them now.

Mine are tucked under the bumper in the opening next to the fog lights. Hardly noticable at all. Mine are slightly angled outward, heard it worked better that way, covers more area.

There are 2 different types, one just passive, using the air speed, anything over about 30mph. The other is electronic, and work any time the car is running.
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