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Im looking to buy my 3rd set of headlights and HIDs. I want the right stuff this time

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by LeadFootCaliKid, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Feb 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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    LeadFootCaliKid

    LeadFootCaliKid [OP] It's a work in progress.

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    I've been waiting for my most recent set of headlights to go bad before spending some quality money on some new ones. Well, that day has come, and now I need to learn what I should have bought the first time.

    Can someone please tell me what to look for?
    And if anyone has some retro-fit's for sale I am very interested.

    Right now, I've got some cheap eBay BLHM'd "Eagle Eyes" with DDM's 55w 4300k HID's. After about a year and a half, and a few fender-benders, I broke 1 tab on each headlight, 1 of the headlights is full of mouisture and that bulb went out, and the other bulb looks more pink than it should. Plus the output pattern is to scattered and irregular to ignore anymore.



    For anyone looking for new headlights of their own:
    I should have listened to everyone and NOT bought eBay headlights for the exact reasons you all said; the output on them is horrible, the lenses are starting to flake away, and even after sealing them up before putting them on the truck one of them is completely filled with moisture. Not to mention the tabs didn't even fit right so I had to cut/drill when first installing them. Save yourself some time and money and DO NOT buy these.
     
  2. Feb 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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    RepLA

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    I got 8k 35w Xenon Hids on both my head lights and fogs. Looks sick. I got them both for $80
     
  3. Feb 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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  4. Feb 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM
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    LeadFootCaliKid

    LeadFootCaliKid [OP] It's a work in progress.

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    That doesn't help me at all.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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    shweller

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  6. Feb 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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    Couple forum members you may want to get a hold of.
    AsianAnts, he buys OE headlights, retrofits FX-R HID projectors in them, and sells them. Not sure what he has right now, but PM him, and find out.
    Slimcubby. He sells HID kits of various types, usually has a group buy in the Group Buy forum as well. Quality kits, just purchased one from him, and I'm very happy with the quality.
     
  7. Feb 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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    memario1214

    memario1214 Vivid Illumination Vendor

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    Yeah, I gots boost
    Ill have my mini D2S retro up for sale fairly soon if you are interested... PM me if you are. Aside from that, I will never again buy bulbs/ballasts anything less than OEM quality. No more slim or DDM for me I can tell you that much. Have had my fair share of problems.
     
  8. Feb 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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    scocar

    scocar Scouting the perimeter for weakness

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    Noooooooooooo! Bigger numbers are always better! It's a natural law! ;)
     
  9. Feb 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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    Iceman1183

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    I've got a pair of 4300k Phillips D2S bulbs sitting in my spare bedroom just waiting to be picked up. Used only for 1 month, never had any problems with them. Same ones as here:
    http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_id=148

    Retail for $95 from TRS, they're OEM quality, I'd part with them for 65 more than likely.

    Hopefully I'll get less lazy and make a FS thread at some point in the B/S/T section...
     
  10. Mar 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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    Muscles

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    I'm stupid when it comes to HID's can you just pop those bulbs in your stock taco headlights and youll be good to go?
     
  11. Mar 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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    Pugga

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    No, HID bulbs require a ballast to run them. You can't just take an HID bulb and hook it up to factory wiring.
     
  12. Mar 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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    Don't go making too much sense in your post. Who wants usable light when you can get bro light! The mall crawlers just laugh at you and your white light anyway. :bowdown:
     
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