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Best Budget HIDs

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by 20154Runner, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Aug 17, 2018 at 9:23 AM
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    Hey everyone, we just purchased a new to us 2015 4Runner and love it! One of our main upgrades to come is the headlights. We definitely want HIDs in the lows and LED in the Highs. That being said, is there a good budget friendly HID option that people are happy with? I have installed Morimotos before and love them, but they tend to get pretty expensive. I am not even sure if HIDs and budget friendly go together, and if not, please let me know.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Aug 17, 2018 at 9:57 AM
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    They do not go together at all, you want to spend good money on them or you may end up with knock off junk made in china. I suggest like you said already Morimotos or Xeon Depot. They are pricey but are top quality.
     
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    This.

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    I run them and love them. I have the 5500k to march my Auer 2in1 led/drl fogs and run led hi beams. Also bought license vanity lights and reverse lights. Makes a massive diffrence.
     
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    Another for Xenon Depot. 30,000 miles and two years, still going strong.

    Bought mine during a sale and if I remember right got them for sub $130.
     
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    Yup, keep your eyes open for the group buys and these can be had for a song...
     
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    I'm going to go against the grain here..

    I have VIPMotoZ 55w HIDs. They are an off brand. I've run them for 20k miles over 2 years and haven't had a bulb burn out. They are cost effective and I have quite literally done a side by side comparison to Morimoto 55w HIDs in a friend's 4runner and you can't tell a difference in light output.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0763Y6QTJ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I can tell you the same about interior LEDs.. A lot of people spend $100 or more on a "kit." I have always just inventoried the bulbs used in the vehicle and will buy the pieces as needed. I've never had an interior or exterior LED die on me over multiple vehicles and a few hundred thousand miles.

    EDIT: I just realized I lied to you. I DID have one of the rear license plate bulbs die on my Tundra, but when I pulled it to replace the compartment was full of dirt and had taken in some water. I replaced with the same brand bulb and had no issues after that. I think any bulb would have died after being soaked in water though.
     
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  9. Aug 18, 2018 at 2:05 PM
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    Thank you guys! I will check all of them out!
     
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    Any chance you can share a photo?
     
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    Of..?

    I didn't take pictures when we compared headlights, we just happened to be together and I was curious how mine measured up. What do you want a picture of?
     
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    The color of the lights and light output
     
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    I don't have pictures of output, but if I'm driving at night and remember I'll get some for you. You can get these in multiple color temperatures - 6000k seems pretty consistent across brands and from HID to LED, in my experience.

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    Those look great! Did you stay with HID for your high beam too?
     
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    You can't run HID high beams unless you were to disable the DRL (DRL is low wattage high beam bulb)

    For the high beam I'm running DDM LEDs in 6000k. They dim to run as DRL and in my experience, put out a lot of light as high beams too.
     
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    I went with XenonDepot Volt which is their cheaper kit. Has the same output. Kit has been amazing and insanely bright. It can be had right now for 94 dollars with their promo code. I ended getting mine for 70 during Memorial Day sale.
     
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    Here are some output pics.. I dont drive the 4runner through the week so I'm not always out at night in it. This was this morning, figured I'd drive it to work today.

    It wasn't pitch black but gives you an idea of intensity, color, and cutoff.

    20180823_061747.jpg
     
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    Tint, HID lows and LED fogs...so far
    My HID's from Xenon Depot are being delivered tomorrow along with the LED fog bulbs. I went with 5000k on both. I've never had a vehicle with HID's before so I'll be interested to "see" the difference. In total, for lows and LED fogs with free shipping, it came to about $200. Anything is better than stock..just depends on how much you want to spend. :spending:
     
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    Have you guys had any issues in regards to blinding the car in front of you by switching to HId’s? I remember having to change the whole light to a projector light on my 2012 Tacoma due to this issue.
     
  21. Aug 25, 2018 at 9:00 PM
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    I had to aim them down just a touch. I’ve been flashed 4 times so far, 3 of those times I was cresting a hill so nothing I could do there.
     
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    How'd you come out with your upgrades?
     
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    I’ve ran DDM Tuning HID’s in a single headlight Motorcycle. I originally bought them with their 35 watt ballast and eventually upgraded to the 55 watt ballast that were awesome with the 5000k bulbs. Which ballast are you using and what temperature bulb are you using? Pros and cons???
     
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    Tint, HID lows and LED fogs...so far

    I should have started a completely new thread with my lights, I piggybacked on Jester243's thread from his build. (Was still figuring out the site and how things functioned..lol)

    Here's a link to that thread and if you scroll down, you'll see my post and pics. I ended up ordering another set of headlight caps, I ended up getting a little condensation in one as I think my bit wobbled a little when drilling them out for the HID's. Other than that, I love them! I can see so much better :muscleflexing:

    https://www.4runners.com/threads/xenondepot-h11-hid-kit-xtreme-hid-install.6540/#post-59394
     
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    Bit ironic, i JUST ordered the 9005 HB3's. Will be here Friday or sunday :)
     
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    Nice! They're pretty good - definitely enough light output, there are probably some out there that are better, but for $50 these were a steal.
     
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    I went with a HIDs i found for $78. So far so good.
     
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    And,.. arrived... I work all damn weekend,... soo, ill put these in, on site over the next 3 days :) .

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    Under 50 bones, hellz ya. Time will tell, how durable/long term they are/do. But, i know 3 people now, that run these, and have been thrilled with em, years later. Super stoked to get em in. :)
     
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    Sooooooo,.. i fucked up, .. and bought the wrong model. Chalked it up as a "derp", and reordered. This time, i did go with DDM tuning. I got the dust caps drilled at work, using a hole saw. Went to install the bulbs, and knew real quick, i got the wrong set. Damn it.
    Snagged the DDM tuning ones, and then, had em in with in 10 mins. If that. I just used some sheet metal grabber screws to mount the ballasts to spots on the fender. I will say, under the plastic above the fenders, is a dope location, tons of room there for shit, but.. meh..... i just went for it. They are rock solid, and there was OEM looms to zip tie all and any excess wire to.

    Watched the Wanderlost vid, and the issue they brought up with the smaller gauge wire, i have zero concern about. IMHO, they over killed the shit outta that, (most vids i watched kinda did, no reason at all to remove the battery, i have HUGE paws, and got around everything easy) like they wanted em on a switch, for their own reasons, which i get, and, then they also added the scary amperage pull in, for some reason. Hell, even if they pull some amperage, at turn on, its gonna be sooooo quick, meh.... i, myself, feel completely fine with what is going on here. Ill put a amp clamp and meter (for voltage drop, and amperage pull) at MIN/MAX on em for funzies, just to see and know ( my dash voltage meter, dropped a 10th, SOME times, going ON/OFF, over and over and over)
    No bashing at the least here. I like some of the vids they do, and their style. Most of the time.

    Anyway. In, rocking and rolling. Time will tell, how long they last. But, most dig em, and dig thier record. I also stuck the OEM bulbs in a bag, and stuck em in my "ahhh shit bag" and put that in the back storage things, with my other "ahhhh shit" stuff.


    Pass side
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    Drive side
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    That straight HID line tho,......:)
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    And, with my aftermarket fogs. Pretty neatO...

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    Anyway,.. the shit was cheap, and easy as hell, quick as shit.
    Also,... looks like i need to go shoot some clay pigeons .... hmmmm, guess ill do that tomorrow. ;) Cheers all.
     
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    What else you got in the ahh shit location
     

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