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The ultimate headlight upgrade H4 (not LED or HID)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by crashnburn80, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Jan 21, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    I recommend Mequires Headlight Protectant for that purpose. Agreed the headlights should never haze if properly maintained. It is usually Girlfriend’s friends that come over that have non-maintained headlights in poor condition. I’ll give them a quick once over for moderate improvement. In this case the girl was also running Silverstars based on the auto parts store guy recommendation, swapped those out for some Osram Hypers for an outstanding improvemt.
     
  2. Jan 21, 2018 at 3:25 PM
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    20171221_163331.jpg Speaking of cleaning headlights...

    After driving with the upgraded harness and bulbs for a little while now, I can fully say they are perfect. No more desire for blinding HID lights.
     
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  3. Jan 21, 2018 at 3:45 PM
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    Wow those before lenses are painful to look at! Nice work, be sure to throw some headlight protectant on there to keep them looking good. After a good sanding like that they will oxidize quickly if you don't.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2018 at 3:47 PM
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    Thanks just bought some, I spend a lot of money because of you.
     
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    Agreed at least it makes the truck look better and perform better
     
  7. Jan 21, 2018 at 3:51 PM
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    Yep, I usually do two coats of wax and a sealant. Having detailing gear makes things go by pretty quick though.
     
  8. Jan 26, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    I've learned a bunch reading this thread - much appreciated, @crashnburn80. I just upgraded by 2003 Tacoma last night with the RallyLights harness and Osram 85/80s. Extremely pleased with the initial test drive after installing it.

    Question about the CAPA headlights you mentioned.
    My originals were badly faded / yellowed and I replaced them a couple of years ago with these cheap non-CAPA Depos:
    https://www.amazon.com/Depo-312-1150R-AS-Passenger-Replacement-Headlight/dp/B004I0MC7M

    What 1st gen CAPA headlight did you go with? Do you think there would be any noticeable difference from the cheap Depos?
     
  9. Jan 26, 2018 at 1:23 PM
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  10. Jan 26, 2018 at 1:32 PM
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    When I did mine on my 1st Gen I went with OEM.

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    But when we did a friends 1st Gen (mentioned in the thread) he went with CAPA Depos. The CAPA Depos cost 30% more. Is is hard to say what differences there would be as it would vary by brand. If your happy with the beam pattern and it has decent cut offs I’d leave them. CAPA is some level of assurance you are getting a half way decent product that meets the OEM specs, as many aftermarket lights out there don’t and have very poor beam patterns, which is not something you notice buying online or even opening the box when it arrives.
     
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    Finally did this upgrade had leds they were ok they had a cut off but didn't want to go full projector. I already had Sylvania silver Star ultras at home so put those in gonna order osram soon. Huge difference stock halogen passenger upgraded driver side fogloghts next.

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    Im a little confused at what we are looking at. Harness plus silverstar driver? All stock passenger? I think some of the difference in the photo may be due to the different surfaces. A harness should provide ~15% improvement. Silverstars actually produce less light than stock, though it is whiter.
     
  13. Jan 27, 2018 at 5:52 AM
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    Yes harness an silver Star driver side an stock passenger side. You may be right on the surface aspect. From driving it last night it's so much better.
     
  14. Jan 27, 2018 at 9:25 AM
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    Just wait till you have the better bulbs. :)
     
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    I finally got around to putting my osram 85/80s in today. Anxious to go for a drive tonight. Also pulled out my caliraised led pods and put the stock fogs back in. Ready for the next round of standalone harness and better bulbs.
     
  16. Jan 27, 2018 at 1:30 PM
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    Bad new guys.

    German production of performance halogen bulbs seems to have been permanently shut down. Not sure what is going on, but the 85/80w bulbs are discontinued, German 9011/9012 HIRs are discontinued for Volsa/Osram/Philips/Sylvania. I’m not sure but I could see the 100/90w Osrams suffering the same fate.
     
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    And I have not even bought the harness yet, and I guess now I won't bother. I have 4 bulbs still in the sealed box if somebody wants some extras
     
  20. Jan 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM
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    Well I wouldn’t dump your stuff yet. It’s hard to say what all is affected and there are other brands. I highly doubt stock wattage performance bulbs are going anywhere. The harness will still get you a noticeable bump in output regardless of which bulbs you are running. The 4 bulbs should get you roughly 1.5-2 years.
     

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