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Headlights for '96 Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Rusty_but_Trusty, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. Jun 13, 2016 at 8:14 PM
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    Rusty_but_Trusty

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    My headlights are currently stock and they are terrible. I recently found a hole in one so I finally have the motivation to upgrade. I am having a hard time finding what people are saying is the best OEM replacements.

    Anybody have any good suggestions?
     
  2. Jun 13, 2016 at 10:15 PM
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    If you want a substantial upgrade over stock, replace your sealed beam lights with Hella H4 E-code conversion. Significantly more useful light will be put on the ground.

    Then look at doing the Ultimate headlight upgrade, here is the Gen 1 thread version:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/proper-headlight-upgrade.407879/

    With E-codes, your light output improvement will be greater than pictured.

    Edit: If the full upgrade is not in the budget the e-codes plus the 70w bulbs will make a huge difference alone.
     
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    Whats budget?

    Silverstar h6054 $20
    Retrofits. $600
     
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    I have heard about those. Would I have to redo the wiring harness? In that link for the ultimate upgrade, did that guy use the Hella H4's?




    Right now my budget is probably $200 max.
     
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    you dont have to redo the harness no (unless you want to upgrade to get less voltage drop). these are the bulbs he used. http://www.rallylights.com/h4-12v-osram-hyper-bulb-not-legal-for-highway-use.html
     
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    He had an 03, so they had updated composite headlights that were not sealed beam, no E-code conversion is available, so he did not use the Hella H4 conversion. I've done the E-code conversion on my 90 and 94 Toyota pickups, alone the housings are a significant improvement over stock as E-codes put significantly more light onto the ground vs DOT lamps. If you are not looking to do the harness I would recommend the Hella E-codes with the 70w bulbs, which also last longer. If you want maximum performance I would recommend the 85w bulbs with the standalone harness in conjunction with the E-codes, the improvement will be greater than the before and after pictures in the 1st gen headlight upgrade thread. You will not be disapointed. Either route will be a noticeable upgrade over stock.
     
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    I did this and I love my headlights now. They are super bright and the install only took 30 minutes. Also, you don't have to rewire.
     
  8. Jun 14, 2016 at 8:57 PM
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    Glad you liked them! :thumbsup:

    Edit: Did you swap to E-codes as well?
     
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    Not sure what the E-codes are. I only did the hella conversions and the osram 85w bulbs.
     
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    I think the size was 200mm, it has been a while though so double check. E-code is European standard, which focus more light onto the ground with sharper cut offs than the US. US standard is DOT. E-codes will have an E in a circle stamped on the lens, DOT will have DOT stamped on the lens.

    E-codes:
    https://www.amazon.com/Rectangular-...dp/B000FLWSX6?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
     
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    OHHHHHHH gotchya, Yes I did go with the E-codes.
     
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    Sounds like that is what I am going to try then.
     
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    Did you use the stock harness?
     
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    If you didn't you put a lot of stress on your light switch connector. The entire current from both 85W bulbs will run through one single contact that is already stressed by the stock wattage. In my opinion the harness upgrade is not that much to reduce voltage drop on wires but take away the high current from the stalk at the steering wheel.
     
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