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Joined the club! Headlight question!

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by fiftyxp, May 11, 2020.

  1. May 11, 2020 at 1:45 PM
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    fiftyxp

    fiftyxp [OP] New Member

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    17 trd OR 28k miles 35k otd really clean
    was def driven by a woman, the inside door handle has the "trophy wife" ring scratches.

    Finally got this really enjoy it, damn is the taco a slug in comparison.


    Regardless, low beams suck, what is good bulb replacement? halogen or led I dont really care just need to update this asap.
     
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  2. May 11, 2020 at 3:06 PM
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    Snickel Fritz

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    Congratulations in the new ride, and welcome!

    I myself have used Phillips XV100 halogen H11s, and now have Hella H9 halogens, which required a bit of plastic and metal trimming on the bulb base in order to fit our wire harness and headlight housing.

    The Phillips XV H11s lasted a little over a year for me, with a lot of night driving. They were decently bright, good color (warm white) and had a good pattern, being halogen. I still couldn't tell if they were on unless there were no streetlights in front of me... I needed more.

    I have had Hella H9 halogens for a few months now, and they've been a good improvement over the Phillips, but a huge improvement over stock imho.
    It does run an extra 10w (55w OEM vs 65w Hella) but I haven't noticed any extra heat or experienced any issues. They're still going strong, and now I can see my headlights ahead of me in town without blinding anyone or wasting money on LEDs that cast horrible patterns at low output.
    I suggest using some little wire snips to adapt the bulbs, I used old nail clippers because I was being lazy and I took longer than going to the store would have.
     
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  3. May 11, 2020 at 3:32 PM
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    Mtbpsych

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  4. May 11, 2020 at 5:33 PM
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    HID's for the lowbeams. I got mine from xenondepot
     
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    Welcome to the forum!

    The H9 conversion is generally agreed to be the best solution for the headlights, as you're staying with a halogen bulb.
     
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  7. May 11, 2020 at 7:54 PM
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    Welcome! HID in LB and LED with DRL driver in HB. OEM LED fogs.
     
  8. May 12, 2020 at 5:43 AM
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  10. May 12, 2020 at 6:26 AM
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    jgcaps Lovin the Colorado Life.!

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    Congrats.! and welcome from Colorado... I'm in the same boat...can't stand the terrible low beams
     
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  11. May 12, 2020 at 6:27 AM
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    if you can imagine the tacomas were worse
     
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    I switched to the low-beam H9's on our 2020 4R, I couldn't tell any difference compared to the OEM bulbs, at least while sitting in the driveway. I haven't driven it at night yet, is the difference more apparent on the highway vs shining against the garage door?
     
  13. May 15, 2020 at 2:39 PM
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    I definitely noticed the difference the first time I drove at night. It's probably more noticeable when it's actually illuminating the road unlike the stock bulbs.
     
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  14. May 15, 2020 at 3:15 PM
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    Pre 18 Tundras worse, love the LEDs on my 20 Tundra. My 17 was no better than my 98 Tahoe.
     
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  15. May 15, 2020 at 3:16 PM
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    Snickel Fritz

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    Which H9s did you buy? I read that the Osram and Hella bulbs were the best, provided they were made in Germany and South Korea, respectively. I ended up with these, which were made in SK.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B078SGSMDS?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title&th=1
     
  16. May 15, 2020 at 7:13 PM
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    I got the Sylvania ones, maybe that's the problem...
     
  17. May 15, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    ForRun

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    I've got Sylvanias and they are fine.
     
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  18. May 15, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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    Snickel Fritz

    Snickel Fritz Grew Up Around Lead Paint

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    Osram Sylvania is usually one of the good ones. The bulb should not have any kind of filter or cap painted on the tip, however. There are apparently some from the same big brands which are made in China, and have filtering tint or glare caps. As long as it's a 65w H9 with a clear bulb, it should be outputting a fair amount of lumens over the stock 55w H11.
     

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