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Retrofit headlights help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Alpal25, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. Mar 22, 2020 at 11:14 AM
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    Looking to do some retrofits myself in the coming weeks but i'm lost as to what i actually need to buy, anyone have a list or a link to a thread where supplies are listed? thanks in advanced here's a pic of my 98 that just rolled over 307k and just got new 2020 rims.
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  2. Mar 22, 2020 at 11:23 AM
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    You'd need LED halos for the glow. Mine is just the gatling gun shrouds with no glow.
     
  5. Mar 22, 2020 at 11:38 AM
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    I see those Nilight 2.5” mini projectors linked as often as TRS, so it seems like people must be happy with them. Has anybody tried to determine if there are any substantial difference between them and the TRS projectors which are more expensive? For instance I wonder if the lenses are of similar quality etc.

    Last November I tried to get some questions answered by TRS about diff bulb sizes by phone (on hold for hours, gave up) and by email (they didn’t read my question carefully enough to catch what I was asking and took around 10 days to reply) so I was thinking to try these Nilight projectors next, just to compare.
     
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  7. Mar 23, 2020 at 5:21 PM
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    Any pics of it at night?
     
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    No but I can get some. What do you want pics of? The beat pattern, Front of the truck with headlights on, or just halos?
     
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    If you want a simple plug-n-play solution I used these led "bulbs"....1) install was as simple as OEM headlight bulb replacement...2) It was like $40....3) its easily 2x's brighter than my OEM setup.

    Amazon Link
     
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    @jdmstuff maybe one of these pics is what you are looking for. If you have any other question I’m more than happy to help all I can. Mine are wired so the halo is on at all times when the truck is on except when the parking lights or headlights are on. Bulbs are 35w 5000k.

    full front day:
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    night beam shot on hwy:
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    on a backroad:
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    projector on at night close:
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    10 yards away:
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    Night halo close:
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    does the niilight mini projector lens allow for you to do the halo? Also are you able to run just normal halogen bulbs with the halo as well?
     
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    If the mini projector uses an H1 or H3 style bulb, then you should be able to run halogen bulbs, but then you lose out on some of the benefits of running projectors.

    I recently completed my retrofits, I used the D2S projectors from TRS, and Diode Dynamics halos. I also installed some new corner lights with a dual filament bulb to get the blinker up there, as well as have the halos blink with the corners, and act like DRLs as well.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Halo-Light...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/F3mXvGi6qpxxyCue7

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/SrncQaGGe2121bg3A
     
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    Thanks for the pics! Do you still aim them with the stock adjusters, or do you have to aim them before you seal up the lenses?
     
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    They pretty much line up in the housings by themselves, and you use the stock adjusters to get them aimed after install.

    I do need to fine tune them now that I have them installed by loosening the nuts and rotating them slightly. In hindsight I should have set them in place and lit them up before sealing the lenses back on.
     
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    The mini H1 7.0 are a great option from the retro fit company.
    This is the kit I bought.

    The retro fit bulbs 5500k are rated around 700 lums.

    They are pretty good.

    They have a 15 percent sale going on now code wrench15.

    I’m going to try the xenondepot xtr philips xv2 bulbs and see how they perform.

    They are rated at 1050 lums.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuaHQpbDW8

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    HID still outshines LED bulbs, no comparison. Just not enough spread. The hotspot means nothing to me if its only bright in a small area.
     
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    The hot spot is designed for longer projection in the center of the road.

    If you want everything everywhere to be super bright then go with an off road light.

    You can buy LEDS cheap all day long and most have a scattered foot print
    into on coming drives eyes.
     
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    I bought a set of 110mm (i think?) halos and they are superglued onto the shrouds of the projectors and I did all the wiring myself. I would recommend looking at the dimensions of the shrouds and picking a halo size to fit where you want. I wanted mine to sit towards the back of the shroud but ordered the wrong size and was too lazy to get different ones so they sit kinda wonky but you can't tell if you don't look for it.
     
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    Dude, believe it or not but that lame old man grandpa color of champagne is actually growing on me. Maybe I'm getting old.
    Nice Tacoma dude:cool:
    And retrofit projectors is the hands down best way to increase headlight output the most
     
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    HID projector does that already, the light is spread but still has a decent hotspot vs an LED where it has as bright hotspot but not enough light to the side.
     
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