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Best bang for the buck headlight upgrade

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by NorcalBlue, Nov 24, 2022.

  1. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:05 AM
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    NorcalBlue

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    Hello All,

    I'd like to upgrade my headlights on my 2019. I have done a little research on the site, but there's just so much info - and I really don't have the time at the moment. Quite frankly I'm looking for the cheapest/easiest upgrade that will provide the most improvement and lowest amount of risk. Just don't have the budget for 1k upgrade at the moment. I'd say $300 is my limit. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving.
     
  2. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:07 AM
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    mysubiewasalemon

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    Just wait and save for new/used Oem led headlights. It’s by far the best headlight upgrade I’ve seen
     
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  3. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:08 AM
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    I have Hikari Ultras (Eye of Megatron) and no issues. They are one of the 2 drop in LED recommended in that long headlight testing thread. You can grab from Amazon for around $90 a pair
     
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  4. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:09 AM
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    Thank you. Do you know the cost (ballpark) to have that done?
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Buy a pair of Phillips H9 bulbs (same as high beam bulbs) and pop them in your low beams.
    <$20 and <5 minutes of modifications and you’ll out perform any possible “upgrade” besides oem led.
    This is the only upgrade for halogen housings recommended by the resident lighting expert @crashnburn80, author of the sticked lighting thread. All the info you need is updated regularly in the very first couple of posts
     
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    Honestly the lights at that price point are going to leak and be trash.

    if I had to do it over I’d find the whitest halogens you could to use temporarily and start saving for the oem leds
     
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    Diode dynamic ss3 fogs are an upgrade and they are on sale.
     
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    There is a thread that will help with a number of options available.
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...11-projector-headlights.589465/#post-19689308

    I have these H11 bulbs which are brighter than stock and are a direct fit.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B8Y259H?ie=UTF8

    You can also convert to H9 bulbs like are in the high beams with some simple modification. Also it is not a good idea to use LED bulbs in the stock housing as the reflector is designed for a filament light source. See the thread above.
     
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    Anchovy

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    For $300 you can't get much of an "upgrade" for headlights. Most units in that price range are very much a downgrade. You're best saving up and going for a name brand or retrofit
     
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    Thanks for all the replies so far - really appreciated. A really great forum.
     
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  12. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:35 AM
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    Leave it alone and happy thanksgiving.
     
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  13. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:56 AM
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    Yep.

    Every single thread about lights should be that post and the thread locked. It would save pages and pages of stupid bickering.
     
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  14. Nov 24, 2022 at 8:02 AM
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    Okee Dokee. Just the info I was looking for - Thanks
     
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    You can find the lights used from 700 and up with a damaged tab or you can get them new from the 1300 range . Plus 90 for the conversion harness
     
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    I would echo this advice. The non LED headlights are still a great set stock from the factory compared to other vehicles on the road

    Saving up for a set of the OEM LED’s is the way to go. Also, you are in luck as black friday deals will be popping up soon for different part venders. I got lucky and scored my set of new OEM LED headlights for 1100 American shipped. Being up in Canada, this was a rocking price at the time compared to the normal 2000

    Dont compromise if you can, save up, and get what you really want for your expensive/awesome truck

    My 2 cents, good luck
     
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    Any suggestions on where to find OEM LEDs at a good price?
     
  18. Nov 24, 2022 at 11:02 AM
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    They can be purchased on the Lewis Toyota website right now for $591.57 each with the 15% off sale right now. Free shipping on orders over $75 as well.

    Left: 81150-04300
    Right: 81110-04300
     
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