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Question regarding New Headlights

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by killerken, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Mar 18, 2017 at 3:03 PM
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    killerken [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    So stupid me was replace my passenger side Head light bulb this morning and the little piece of plastic that holds the metal retaining clip that holds the light bulb in broke.

    So now I have a delemma that I need to solve, so I figured I would reach out to all of you for your suggestions.

    Option 1: OEM Replacement stock Headlight Housing.

    Option 2: Install Spyder Auto Pro-YD-TT05-HL-C Chrome Halo Led Projection Headlights with Replacable LEDs

    I also have a few questions:

    1) if I go with option 2 do these Headlight housings provide better lighting or do they just look better then the factory?
    2) which projection lights really look best on a silver TRD Tacoma, the silver or the black.
    3) are these light housings the best product on the market?
     
  2. Mar 18, 2017 at 3:11 PM
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    Go with OEM unit and save yourself trouble down the road.
     
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  3. Mar 18, 2017 at 4:10 PM
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    Hi Blockhead,
    What trouble are you speaking about
     
  4. Mar 18, 2017 at 4:48 PM
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    go to candlepowerforums and the automotive section and read why aftermarket non-oem lights
    are not ideal nor safe by any stretch. then do what you want
     
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  5. Mar 18, 2017 at 6:49 PM
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    Dont you think that people who spend a good chunk of their free time talking about lights would have some pretty biased opinions on the subject? And what is so "unsafe" about a non-oem light anyway, I have them on my truck and when it gets dark out I turn them on to see in front of me. It's really not any more complicated than that.
     
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    they do not talk about opinions on that forum, they talk about the law and facts about testing. no opinions.
     
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    Dimestore 55
    You are completely right I checked out that forum and they are all abut the Rules. I have been one of those F the rules guys all my life so there opinions are no longer valid.

    So which aftermarket lights did you go with?
     
  9. Mar 19, 2017 at 5:05 AM
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    Don't be that asshole blinding other drivers because you're "too cool to follow the law" and want to be "unique".
     
  10. Mar 19, 2017 at 6:04 AM
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    I broke this same clip on my passenger side. I used the rubber boot to push it down around the bulb as best as I could. It seems to keep it in place well (also put a spot of superglue on the contact tabs). I don't see any bouncing around when driving. Have you tried to secure it in there, or is buying a new headlight your only option?
     
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    Well said, couldn't agree more.

    On top of that, it's a good way to get a beating in some places...
     
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    2010tacoma2tr,
    I current took the metal clip and bent it to hold the bulb in along with the rubber boot.

    As of right now this is working but I don't like things on the truck that could fail while driving especially the light.

    That you very much though for the great recommendation.
     
  13. Mar 19, 2017 at 6:43 AM
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    Naveronski,
    1) I am not looking to blind people and if lights are adjusted properly then you won't blind anyone.

    2) New cars have projection lights and they are legal every day. Just because a company makes them aftermarket doesn't make them illegal.

    3) the purpose of my original post was to get opinions to see what aftermarket head lamp assemblies people recommend. I am sure that every aftermarket headlight on the market is not illegal.

    4) Also just because it came from the factory doesn't make it perfect. There are a ton of items made on most cars that are far less than perfect. This is the reason aftermarket parts are made as people are looking for ways to improve there vehicles.
     
  14. Mar 19, 2017 at 6:45 AM
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    Killerken,
    I was in a similar situation. I chose to go aftermarket because I like the look and the projectors with 6k HIDs and they are very bright in comparison to stock H4s. Secondly, they were a less expensive option. Thirdly, I chose a black housing with a clear lens as a good contrast to white (which has similar viewing properties to silver). Hope this helps and good luck. IMG_9614.jpg
     
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    I hear ya, and I'm the same way. I don't drive much at night, so it may not be as much of an issue for me. I had some aftermarket headlights for a week maybe, before returning them. the light pattern was awful, and they didn't have adjustment screws. Any local junk yards close?
    http://www.car-part.com/

    once you do find a solution, you can use your broken ones for an hid project, if so inclined :)
     
  16. Mar 19, 2017 at 11:35 AM
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    What brand are your headlights and where did you buy them? They look nice too.
     
  17. Mar 19, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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    I got these ones http://www.protuninglab.com/4lhp-tac06jm-ks.html

    The quality is very good and they have a pretty decent cutoff. The high beams have a pretty strange pattern (kind of a big circle) but it's still plenty of light. These won't make you one of the "assholes" that blind everybody.
    20161018_183418.jpg
     
  18. Mar 19, 2017 at 3:39 PM
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    I just bought TYC OEM replica headlights and fogs for my truck and got all 4 lamps with bulbs shipped to me from rock auto for $165
     
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  19. Mar 19, 2017 at 6:14 PM
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    DJ, Dimestore, and RedTacoma,
    Thank you for the info.

    DJ, what brand are those Head light housings

    Dime Store, I will check these out.

    Great to see there are still some people will to help fellow Tacoma Owners.
     
  20. Mar 19, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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    Dimestore,
    Question regarding these lights,
    Did you get the led day time running light option?
     

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