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Better headlight bulb than stock?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mikeI, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Aug 18, 2019 at 1:44 PM
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    mikeI

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    Is an H11 bulb and upgrade from stock on my ‘06 Taco?
    Not looking to replace projector.

    Also what are you guys using to get yr headlight lenses clear again?
    Appreciate yr help, thanks
     
  2. Aug 18, 2019 at 2:08 PM
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    TnShooter

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    Silvania SilverStar Ultra is a pretty good replacement.

    I used the 3m headlight restore kit.
    The key is to take your time and really get it smooth.
    Tape off everything around the light. Good quality masking tape is what I used. Always make sure you are Wet sanding. Don't let the sanding disk become dry. I used the lower speed setting on a Dewalt cordless drill. Keep moving and never stay in one spot while sanding.

    Before you apply the cover sealant make sure the headlight is DRY.
    I waited a couple hours and applied it in the evening when it was not really hot outside. Let mine sit over night before I drove. That way I didn't get any dust in the cover sealant.
     
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  3. Aug 18, 2019 at 2:44 PM
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    I also have the sylvania silver star ultra for headlights and fog lights.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2019 at 2:52 PM
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    REDdawn6

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    Silver Stars have always burnt out fast for me. There is alot of decent lighting choices, I usually match fog and HL color. Read Amazon reviews one some and see what you think
     
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    maineah

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    Interesting mine are H4's in my 11 I'm using 65/90 watt H4's
     
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    Whiter brighter bulbs burn out faster (4 me).
     
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    Silver Stars in all my vehicles and they last forever for me.

    Aftermarket headlight housings can be pretty good, even el cheapo ebay/Amazon units, as long as you carefully seal the two halves with clear silicon and let it dry before installing.
     
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    I’d stick with an h4, it led, hud, or h11 for the reasons listed in the thread linked above.

    For me, wanting the best performance with an oem wire harness, but still budget friendly, I chose the philips Xtreme +130

    Philips X-treme Vision +130%... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJWUPC6?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
     
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    As he said ^^^, read this thread. 144 pages of everything you need to know about headlight upgrades. Plus, you will help future searchers by consolidating threads: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/
     
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    Which I believe are not DOT approved in the US. Which is why they are not sold here.
     
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    For 06 Tacoma, the stock headlight bulbs should be H4, not H11. Did you change the after-market headlight assembly?
     
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    This too is explained in the thread.
     
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    As the thread on the Ultimate Headlight Upgrade states, that's probably the best bulb one can get and not upgrade the truck's wiring. I have the UHU in my Tacoma, but those bulbs in my 2006 Scion xB daily driver and they're very good.
     
  20. Aug 19, 2019 at 2:51 PM
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    mikeI

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    Thanks guys for all the valuable information, much reading to do to make a decision I guess, don’t want to be hasty deciding what to do,
    And no I have not changed any wiring.

    Thanks again
     

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