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3rd Gen HID vs LED vs Halogen H11 projector headlights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by crashnburn80, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Mar 13, 2021 at 6:42 AM
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    tclavell

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    That’s about the right length.

    I’m not sure how nice the H11 male side is. But the female connector is where I’m dissatisfied with that style. I’m trying to source female H9 connectors which match the OEM ones. So that there is no discernible difference quality-wise or bling-wise.

    That is a nice option, though, for anyone who wants one right now.
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2021 at 6:06 PM
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    So, I finally decided to go from my Hikaris to H9s. When I first got my Tacoma, I found myself missing the higher Kelvin of HIDs (which is what I had in the 2 vehicles prior to my Tacoma) but after struggling with the Hikaris this past winter, I was done. One bulb began failing intermittently at very cold temperatures and now continues to fail. I've reached out for a warranty claim but I have no desire to put them back in. I went with the Hella 2.0s and I'm very happy with the bulbs so far. Way nicer spread pattern and an actual uplight. I used a Dremel with a tungsten carbide cutter for a quick buzz of the plastic tab and they twisted into the headlight without so much as an issue.
     
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  4. Mar 15, 2021 at 11:40 AM
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    Lurked on this thread for like 6 months. Just went from Amazon Auxbeam H11 in my low beam and OEM halogen fogs to Hella 2.0 H9 in the low beam and Hella Yellow H11 in the fogs. The difference is incredible, Highly recommended for anyone looking for an inexpensive and quality setup, altogether was $50 flat on amazon.
     
  5. Mar 15, 2021 at 2:19 PM
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    Link of what you got both light and fog?
     
  6. Mar 15, 2021 at 3:39 PM
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  7. Mar 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM
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    MikeyMcFly This is heavy, Doc.

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    If you build a set of the same quality as that stereo harness you sent me, you'd sell all you could build. I know the H9 mod is popular in the WRX world as well. I don't think I have enough room in my wife's Grand Cherokee headlight bucket for one, or I'd be on the list to order one from you. Her lamps are impossible to get to, I actually dropped an H9 inside the assembly and wasn't about to pull the bumper in the middle of winter to get it out. One of these days I'll go back in there (grumbles)
     
  8. Mar 15, 2021 at 7:06 PM
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    I got some female H9’s yesterday and got all excited. Got the male side done. Went to do the females and realized neither of the sockets I have fit that one. Hah! Cruel irony.

    I’m still waiting on the OEM looking ones to show up from Hong Kong / mainland China. And still hunting for terminals for the Delphi ones.
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  9. Mar 15, 2021 at 7:09 PM
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    MikeyMcFly This is heavy, Doc.

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    Love it. You have a good side gig right there. If I didn't have the LED lamps, I'd be be sending you cash ASAP. I may still after I take a gander at the Jeep again.
     
  10. Mar 15, 2021 at 10:44 PM
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    :thumbsup: Mouser. Ordered a ton of stuff from there.
     
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    These don’t look half bad. They also don’t look at all OEM.

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    Whereb3yiu got that from
     
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    Says "made in china" on the label. I can't read the Hanzi stuff. Got 'em on fleabay but I saw similar on aliexpress, just took the easy way out purchase-wise as no ali account (yet).

    Going to whip up a test harness, anyone got a preference on length? I was thinking short and sweet myself...
     
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    Ok, so, I don’t think this is it either.

    Pro: female fits H9 snug as a bug. No wiggle, no play, strong and solid connection.

    Con: weatherproof rubber seal is not very tight tolerance. Loose and looks like it easily bunches up. Also the female terminals it came with were unsealed with seals placed on top. Overall, not superb.

    The search continues.

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  16. Mar 20, 2021 at 11:51 AM
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    Hi, how exactly did you modify this?
     
  17. Mar 20, 2021 at 11:54 AM
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    Used a small knife and whittled the internal plastic tab off. Takes only a minute. Wear gloves to handle the bulb or wipe it down with isopropyl alcohol afterwards to clean it from skin oils.
     
  18. Mar 20, 2021 at 11:56 AM
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    Thanks so much! I have these on order and am stoked to stick them in.
     
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    So these headlights have 3 different bulbs?
     
  20. Mar 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM
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    3rd Gen has two headlight bulbs, low beam and high beam.
     
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