Installing Hi-Wattage Headlights

I’ve upgraded the stock halogen headlight bulb of our EcoSport from 55/60W to 90/100W bulb. It resulted to more light output but generated a lot of heat. It also posed greater electrical load than the stock bulb, thus requiring a thicker wire harness. I used 4 relays (two for high beams, two for low beams), a few meters of thick stranded wire (harness) with protective sleeve, two ceramic bulb socket connectors, and two 10A fuses.

Notice the difference in the amount of light output in high and low beams with the high wattage halogen bulb (90/100 watts) and stock halogen bulb (55/60 watts).

Never install high wattage bulbs without the proper upgrades in wiring (harness) and fuse protection, doing so may cause the stock wiring to fail as they were never designed to accommodate load beyond the rated load of the stock bulb.

To watch a video on how I replaced the stock bulb with a high-wattage bulb, head directly to Installing High-Wattage Headlights. To learn how to use a relay, click here.

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Auxiliary High Beam Lights

I have installed a pair of 55W auxiliary lights that turn on only when the high beams are on. The lights switch on and off with the help of an electronic switch called a relay. The relay is connected in parallel to the line that powers the high beams, and thus, is energized only when the headlights are in high beam mode.

To watch a video on how to install a pair of auxiliary lights that only turn on with the high beams, head directly to Auxiliary High Beam Lights.

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Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

A tire pressure monitoring system is an accessory that enables real-time monitoring of the vehicle’s tire pressure and temperature via wireless sensor modules installed on the tires—external sensors simply attach to the end of the valve stem like valve cap while internal sensors require disassembly of the tire as the stock valve stem is replaced with reinforced valve stem with a sensor module attachment. The lithium batteries that power the sensors (both internal or external variants) are expected to last 3-5 years, depending on how often the car is used. The sensor data is then sent on to a receiver monitor which displays real-time information about the tire’s air pressure and temperature.

The TPMS kit I installed in our EcoSport has a receiver monitor that is powered via cigarette lighter socket (12V port) with 4 sensor transmitter modules that need to be installed inside the tires (internal type).

To watch a video on how I installed a tire pressure monitoring system in our EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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Installing a Cup Holder

I have installed a dedicated cup holder for the Car Ultrasonic Diffuser to free up the much needed space in the central console.

To watch a video showing how I installed the cup holder, head directly to Installing a Cup Holder.

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Replacing H4 with HS1 bulb

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EcoSport’s headlights are designed to accept bulbs with H4 specifications. H4 and HS1 bulbs are different bulb specifications but with almost identical dimensions—HS1 bulbs have wider center pin (A) compared to an H4 (B). Also, a standard HS1 bulb is rated at 35W/35W, while a standard H4 bulb is rated at 60W/55W (HS1 is less bright than an H4).

With just a minor modification, it is possible to swap the H4 with an HS1 bulb. While an H4 bulb fits on an HS1 mounting fixture without modification, fitting an HS1 on an H4 slot requires bending of its reference pin.

HS1 bulbs are intended for use in motorcycle headlights as they feature low wattage and relatively high light output. In this particular modification, I used an OSRAM 12V 35W-35W HS1 bulb. Due to lower wattage than the stock bulb (35W vs 55W), the light output appears to be a bit dim, but adequate enough for normal city driving conditions.

Important: This is just a test to see if HS1 and H4 bulbs can be swapped. I’ll be reverting back soon to an H4 OSRAM Night Breaker Laser .

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Car Ultrasonic Diffuser

Portable ultrasonic diffusers can be used to fill a car’s cabin with a fine water mist and oil fragrance of your choice. The amount of mist dispensed can be varied depending on your preference. The unit is powered via a 5V USB port and features glowing LED lights.

To watch a video featuring an ultrasonic diffuser for cars, head directly to Car Ultrasonic Diffuser.

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Yankee Charming Scents

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Yankee Candle’s Charming Scents

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Yankee Candle also offers air fresheners for cars called Charming Scents. It is essentially a scented material placed on a stylish locket that you hang on the car’s rear view mirror. The scented material must be replaced every 2-3 months, with lots of variants to choose from. Additional charms may also be purchased to further accessorize your car.

We’ve been charmed by Yankee Candle air fresheners for more than a year now.

Having tried out other brands with different scents and employing different dispensing methods, as a matter of personal preference, we believe that these scented charms are one of the best car air fresheners available in the local market.

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Rear View Dash Camera

With all the modifications I’ve done with our EcoSport, the cost of getting another dash camera became prohibitive. To help offset the costs, one of our generous readers sent me a new Transcend Drive Pro 110. Our donor realized that modification projects do cost a lot, and wanted to help out offset the expenses by sponsoring a project. Thank you very much!

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To see this dash camera in action, head directly to Rear View Dash Camera Road Test.

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Screw Driver Set and Tire Wedge

I have received a screw driver set and a tire wedge from one of our readers. I’ve been using these items for several months now and they have proved to be very useful. The donor fabricated 2 wooden wedges, and then sent one to me. The screw set was something he thought would be helpful for our DIY series. ECOSPORT DIY SERIES appreciates this kind gesture. Thank you!

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Receiving Transmissions from Space

I’ve used the two-way radio installed in our EcoSport to receive a transmission from the International Space Station (ISS), a satellite orbiting the Earth at a height of about 400 km. Tracking satellites is part of my hobby as an amateur radio enthusiast. Installing a powerful receiver in an EcoSport allows me to move around easily and find optimal places to conduct radio-related experiments.

Contact Camarines Norte (hi-res)

To watch the video on how I received transmissions from the ISS, head directly to Receiving Transmissions from Space.

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