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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, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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    skierd

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    Yeah well that’s how dim the stock headlight bulbs are by comparison!
     
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  2. Mar 13, 2019 at 6:14 PM
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    Yep, as mentioned the squirrel spotters were always there. The Hellas are just that much brighter that it is now much more noticeable. If you are further back from a wall it is far more diluted. Take it out on a dark road without ambient urban light and let us know what you think!
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2019 at 6:33 PM
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    darkfader can i fit these tires without rubbing?

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    Wow, thanks guys. I’m already impressed. About to take a drive on a deserted road and check them out.
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:10 PM
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    Well, UPS notified me at 4pm that my lights delivered. I was sitting on the couch at that time and found it odd I didn't hear the UPS guy. Opened up door and no lights.. Went to mailbox and still no lights... This is the 2nd UPS lost package TODAY. They lost my protein in IL this morning. Their claim for that an hour ago said it was found/delivered?? No, no it wasn't. I am a few thousand miles away in Oregon. It didnt magically get here in a couple hours. Now the fun begins...
     
  5. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    Looking forward to hearing what you think!

    That is a PITA. You signed up for their pre-delivery window notifications? Uou must be if you got a delivery email.
     
  6. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:37 PM
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    darkfader can i fit these tires without rubbing?

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    And yes, I couldn’t be more pleased with the Hella’s and Vosla’s. Huge improvement. When the lows are on, it felt like the stock highs. Lol. For the money, this is definitely the route to go. I’m stoked!
     
  7. Mar 13, 2019 at 8:20 PM
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    I signed up for pretty much all they offered I thought. But all I knew was that the package would be delivered sometime today.

    I decided to go out and look one last time and guess what... the package is now here!! :yay:The address was slightly wrong so I assume that was the delay. Maybe they tried to drop it off at another door earlier today and realized after it wasn't the right place. Either way I have 4 H9's now. I'll install the high beams tomorrow evening!
     
  8. Mar 13, 2019 at 8:22 PM
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    Still feel the need to spend hundreds more on HIDs + LED fogs?

    Just the high beams? Not going to run them in the lows?
     
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  9. Mar 13, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    I think I am going to order the extension first before installing the low beams. That way I don't need to notch the bulb. But we will see ha
     
  10. Mar 13, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    darkfader can i fit these tires without rubbing?

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    Nope. I’m perfectly happy with this setup. I owe you a beer.
     
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  11. Mar 13, 2019 at 8:31 PM
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    Cutting the plastic tab out of the bulbs is free and only takes a few minutes. Either wear latex gloves, or buy some isopropyl alcohol from the drug store for less than $2 and wipe the bulbs down afterward so you don't get skin oils on the bulb. The extension harness is certainly nice going forward, but it is really for convenience. Why wait when you have the goods already there? :)
     
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  12. Mar 13, 2019 at 8:36 PM
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    I really need to start making a beer map.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2019 at 5:36 AM
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    Amazing thread. I had the 35w morimoto kit for a few months but had annoying bulb shake. Ripped them out and have been suffering to see the road with oem bulbs. At this point, im not so much in search of color (i.e. 4300-5000k) as performance, durability, and simplicity which leads me to running halogens over led, hid.

    I think I will go for the hella h9 bulbs as they last longer and are much cheaper to replace, however, after reading through all the threads, I still don't understand why there needs to be cutting involved if you have a H11-H9 wire connector. The cutting doesn't scare me, but it just doesnt make sense. I had experience with my HID kit with the h11-9006 connector and that was simple plug-and-play.... Thanks @crashnburn80 for your time and research!!!!


    Edit: also in search of a very yellow/amber fog. I dont think its worth getting the GEs just for the 3500k. I was thinking of even running lamin-x
     
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  14. Mar 14, 2019 at 5:41 AM
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    darkfader can i fit these tires without rubbing?

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    These connectors pictured have a small tab between the two terminals of the male end that need to be shaved out to fit into the H9 bulb. Then put the pig tail in between the factory harness and your new bulb. This keeps factory wiring original and prevents the need to trim replacement bulbs in the future. Trimming the pig tail is very easy. I used my pocket knife and it two about 90 seconds per pig tail.

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  15. Mar 14, 2019 at 5:44 AM
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    right, i guess I just could not understand the point of buying an h11-h9 adapters if you still had to trim the h9 end. I think I will go ahead and just buy the $7 adapters if it means my oem wiring remains untouched
     
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  16. Mar 14, 2019 at 5:45 AM
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    Also I saw this reflection as I pulled into work this morning. I am thoroughly impressed with the Hellas and Voslas. Such an awesome upgrade for very little cost.

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    I am very much against altering factory wiring so that was my reasoning. You’ll see when you have the pig tails in your hand the tab that needs to be trimmed. Super easy.
     
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  18. Mar 14, 2019 at 6:07 AM
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    Please don't drive around with fogs on in good weather
     
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  19. Mar 14, 2019 at 6:20 AM
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    At risk of sounding like an a**hole, why not?
     
  20. Mar 14, 2019 at 6:21 AM
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    Why not? I do :anonymous:
     

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