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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. Apr 29, 2021 at 8:34 AM
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    daveeasa

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    The part number alone might get me over the hump. Thanks for that. Research continues.
     
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  2. Apr 29, 2021 at 8:44 AM
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    No problem. You could contact a mobile wire repair and diagnostic company. We sublet some work out to them for certain things we don't want to mess with in the shop. They usually have a stock of connectors and whatnot. They may have another source.
     
  3. Apr 29, 2021 at 9:18 AM
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    The latest Philips LED with top-mount circuitry came in from the UK yesterday. The cross section is thicker than I hoped for, but still the thinnest out of the mainstream brands trying to build a compliant product.

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    The chatter has resumed and we are reaching out to new connections thanks to these recent posts.

    I assume raw parts need to be sub $20 for a pair to be reasonable. A $50 harness just seems ridiculous compared to someone just buying 100 H9’s and reselling them after modification.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:31 AM
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    So true. :thumbsup:P
     
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    My mistake for not including it, I'll add that note to the review. I have the high beam at 1.41A at 13.8v.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2021 at 3:31 PM
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    While we're looking up current draw for things, anyone want to help me fill in the numbers in the unified graph for the H11's and H9's?

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  9. Apr 29, 2021 at 7:26 PM
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    Ok, new idea, who wants to try it first? Pop out the green center plastic of the H11 connector with a small screwdriver. Store it in your spare parts bin. Snap in an H9. Gentle tug on the wires from the back to confirm they are not going to fall out. I believe they are secured with internal tabs and the center plastic doesn’t play a role in the waterproof seal.

    Easy, free, simple.

    Credit to puppypunter if it works.
     
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    I didn't even think about doing that, but the wires should stay. That green cap is for extra security. The bulb may not fit quite as tight though. Should be interesting.
     
  11. Apr 29, 2021 at 9:09 PM
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    I tested with my crappy knockoffs and the seal and fit is completely unaffected. The only purpose they seem to serve, beyond supplying a color, is to prevent the very thing we wish to do (run unmodified H9 off low beam connector). I'll try out the OEM connector fit tomorrow when it's not dark but I suspect the same as I believe the outer black housing is an exact match between the H9's and H11's and the little bridge doesn't get in the way.

    I think this plan is a go. It's easier than a bulb base mod, completely reversible, near zero time, and one-and-done.
     
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    Tungsram Megalight Ultra +130 H11's are showing "in stock" at Powerbulbs...
     
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    Powerbulbs seems to have cut back on their standard coupon code listed at the top of the site, used to be regular 20% off now it seems it is 10%-full price. If you sign up for their emails though they still regularly offer 23-25% off sales via email.
     
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    I used the one emailed to me several months ago.. PAY25... Worked for 25% off today
     
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    I did the the Lasfit LED bulbs. What a huge difference! Seriously turned the night into day! They are very bright and running strong now for about 3 months. Just bought a set for my wife’s 4runner last week
     
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    This is awesome, any ideas where to source the new center plastic?
     
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    Working on that for you.

    For now I’d just leave it out.
     
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    For us not so smart folk, can you show a photo of what you’re describing? It would be nice to run H9s with no harness or manipulation to the bulb itself

    Much appreciated! :hattip:
     
  19. Apr 30, 2021 at 4:53 PM
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    Not sure I have the right one here, I can never remember which is H9 and which is H11. But the process is the same. Just take a small screwdriver and pry up on the green (or yellow?) plastic piece. It won’t take much force to pop off.
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    Thank you, sir! :thumbsup:
     

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