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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. Dec 12, 2021 at 2:50 PM
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    anthonynoriega

    anthonynoriega I just wanna disappear and find nothing.

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    Link to a video or pics?
     
  2. Dec 12, 2021 at 2:56 PM
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    daveeasa Slowest crimp in the West

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  3. Dec 12, 2021 at 3:14 PM
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    I've used a pair of small, sharp side cutters when I've needed to trim bulb tabs, either metal or plastic. The extra tab on inside of the H9 plug base is easy to get at with an exacto blade. Otherwise, as Daveeasa says, modify the wiring harness male plug by removing the green internal plastic tab thats meant to prevent an H9 from fitting.

    Edit- just wanted to add that the plastic tabs for bulb alignment tend to be kind of brittle and break off faster than you'd expect. Don't go for the whole width you need to remove all in one bite
     
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  4. Dec 12, 2021 at 7:21 PM
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    anthonynoriega

    anthonynoriega I just wanna disappear and find nothing.

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    So can I safely assume that just by removing the green plastic piece in the female housing unit, I could use the H9 bulbs as they are...
    OR... am I not understanding that I need to order a modified connector piece also to make that work?
     
  5. Dec 12, 2021 at 7:25 PM
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    daveeasa

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    Remove the green, it all works fine.
    Buy an H9 connector and swap green for yellow plastic, works and looks fine.
    Buy and swap connectors and the yellow H9 will for sure snap tightly into place. On my 2016 the OEM connectors seemed to have shrunk a very tiny bit to where the yellow plastic center didn’t fit quite as snug as it did on the new plastic connector.

    All options are one and done and eliminate any need to modify the bulb base for 3rd gen Tacoma.
     
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  6. Dec 13, 2021 at 12:05 PM
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    Taco_Coma That's a lovely accent you have. New Jersey?

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    does the green plastic insert serve a purpose? I just took mine off to put the new bulbs in. The connector will only connect the right way once the bulbs are in the headlight.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2021 at 12:15 PM
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    Why don't you do the Hikari LED upgrade program they offer? Seems like you would be eligible for potentially a free set or at least a heavily discounted new set.
    I have the eyes of megatron and like it, if/once they fail I will do the upgrade program for a new set.
     
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  8. Dec 13, 2021 at 12:18 PM
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    1. Polarity does not matter for a halogen filament, and note that low beam and high beam are opposite on the Tacoma wiring anyway.
    2. I don't suspect the green plastic insert serves a functional purpose beyond identifying low vs high beam connectors and prohibiting direct use of h9's in the low beams. But I haven't done testing with and without it over a 25 year duty cycle so I can't say what impact not using it might have.
     
  9. Dec 13, 2021 at 12:20 PM
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    I imagine the green plastic insert allows them to make one connector fit different bulbs. Cheaper than making several connectors.
     
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    ryanvar42 That is your opinion. It is wrong.

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    What upgrade program?
     
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  12. Dec 14, 2021 at 10:10 AM
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    ryanvar42 That is your opinion. It is wrong.

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    So, if you've had them for a year you might get a free upgrade or cheap upgrade. Hopefully, they are just as good without huge design changes that makes them worse
     
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    I’ve been using the H9’s for the past 6 months or so, mostly summer/fall and they have been great. As it has been darker earlier and stays darker during most of my commute, I find that they don’t give me enough light in true darkness. I put my Hikari Ultras and LED fogs back in yesterday afternoon and the light is glorious. I think the H9’s are better than the stock H11’s, my night vision is just going to shit tbh. YMMV
     
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  14. Dec 15, 2021 at 6:51 AM
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    ryanvar42 That is your opinion. It is wrong.

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    I will also say I do have the diode dynamics sport fogs on all the time so they prob help
     
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    Haha I have the Diode Dynamic SS3 Pro's and the output is just nuts, I have them aimed correctly but I feel like it's so overpowering I keep them off unless I go on rural roads or offroad.
     
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    Taco_Coma That's a lovely accent you have. New Jersey?

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    why? if properly put in they're awesome on the road. No glare
     
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    Just personal preference. I agree, they are awesome on the road. I just like to have more light for the environment I'm in, when I need it, rather than all the time.
    If you like them on all the time, props to you.
     
  18. Dec 16, 2021 at 9:13 AM
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    Remember, the Pro (fog) model has a taller / less well-defined beam pattern than the Sport. (I had the Pros before moving up to the Max.) The taller beam pattern makes them pretty tough on oncoming drivers - even when properly aimed. With the Sport, the tighter / better defined beam pattern - coupled with a bit lower output - makes them easier on oncoming drivers when properly aimed.
     
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  19. Dec 16, 2021 at 9:27 AM
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    even the sports are still bright as heck and i would never use them as daytime running lights. only when they're actually needed.
     
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    Not a Tacoma, but based on this thread I replaced the 9006 bulbs with Volsa 9012 HIR2 +120 in the lady's Rav4. I can confirm that the eBay link crash provided several pages back got these bulbs:
    9012 Text.jpg
    Comparing to the 9006. Smaller filament is obvious, slight rainbow coating on the 9012 is less apparent in photo:
    Bulb Comparison.jpg

    And here are the output shots with fixed exposure.
    9006:
    9006.jpg
    9012 HIR2 +120:
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    The difference is outstanding. I used to insist on taking the truck anytime I knew there was going to be night driving, not anymore. Thanks for the recommendations based on real science.
     

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