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Bam527 02-25-2013 09:19 PM

Headlight upgrade
 
I have a black X runner and I'm new to the forum. I was wondering what everyone thought about headlight upgrades and which ones are the best.

GuyWithCamera 02-25-2013 09:32 PM

Are you talking about light output or the headlight housings?

Bam527 02-25-2013 10:05 PM

Well actually both

GuyWithCamera 02-26-2013 12:24 AM

I personally like the 09-11 Headlights. They have a titanium/gunmetal/smoked chrome look to them which is why I upgraded mine.

For best output is to do a retrofit on them. Although expensive for proven quality

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/index.php?cPath=24

stock finish
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/att...ghts-after.jpg

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/att...-headlight.jpg

BHLM W/Retro
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/j...x/IMG_1934.jpg

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/atta...1&d=1297630918

You'll get a cleaner cut off compared to any other method.
http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...liveEjILqV.jpg

Ebay/aftermarket headlights are cheaply made and the projectors in them are not made for HID bulbs despite some having projectors... These are the exception, However I haven't heard anything about them other then typical they leak... So adding a extra bead of sealant to them will be advised.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/05-11-TACOMA...8379e6&vxp=mtr

Also instead of the retrofit source being about $300, There is this place but again... I have no idea how good the quality of them are but it's up to you to gamble the price difference. It may be as good as TRFS and you saved about $200 or just wasted $130.

http://www.modifystreet.com/Lighting...nts-Combo-Set/

You can just install a DDM plug and play kit for about $70, But you will need to spend extra time adjusting them to where they wont be as blinding to on coming cars. I have this done at the moment running 5000K hi/low's and after adjusting the output wasn't as much of an improvement as I had hoped. But it's tolerable.

Bam527 02-26-2013 07:33 PM

Thanks! How hard is it to do the retrofit and are there any videos? I would really like mine to look like those on the red x runner you posted.

GuyWithCamera 02-26-2013 07:39 PM

I think the hardest part is taking them apart.

http://www.xr-underground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70

The rest is fairly straight forward.

Bam527 02-27-2013 11:34 AM

Thanks. I appreciate it.

CCCSOCOP 03-18-2013 08:47 PM

Sky's the limit when it comes to upgrades. It all depends on what you're trying to accomplish and your budget. I opted for Spyder Brand Halo Lights with CCFL's. Spent around $450 but well worth it. They look great and where pretty easy to install. I need to get my pictures posted but my photo album got deleted. Will try to get them up soon.

GuyWithCamera 03-18-2013 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by CCCSOCOP (Post 6610405)
Sky's the limit when it comes to upgrades. It all depends on what you're trying to accomplish and your budget. I opted for Spyder Brand Halo Lights with CCFL's. Spent around $450 but well worth it. They look great and where pretty easy to install. I need to get my pictures posted but my photo album got deleted. Will try to get them up soon.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...en-tacoma.html

Crappy output.

CCCSOCOP 03-19-2013 08:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GuyWithCamera (Post 6610476)

Not crappy for me. They work better than the old OEM and look way better. To each his own

BluePearlShark99 03-19-2013 08:36 AM

GuyWithCamera

sick signature! :cool:

GuyWithCamera 03-19-2013 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CCCSOCOP (Post 6612155)
Not crappy for me. They work better than the old OEM and look way better. To each his own

Your OEM's must have been really foggy

Quote:

Originally Posted by BluePearlShark99 (Post 6612221)
GuyWithCamera

sick signature! :cool:

Thanks... GranTurismo 5 :cool:

AsianAnts 03-19-2013 02:40 PM

Retrofit ;-)

CCCSOCOP 03-19-2013 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GuyWithCamera (Post 6613834)
Your OEM's must have been really foggy



Thanks... GranTurismo 5 :cool:

The OEM's were a little foggyat the top, but I wanted a newer and nicer look.


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