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Xenondepot H11 HID KIT | XTREME HID install

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by jester243, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Jul 8, 2018 at 11:23 AM
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    jester243

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    After seeing the pics from other members of their HID's and being thoroughly unimpressed with the low beams in the 4runner I decided to make a change. I upgraded the original halogens to a set of Phillips Silverstar Ultras but it just wasn't enough. The IIHS actually agrees with us and rates the 4runner headlights as poor:
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    After peppering @Dark Knight with some questions I decided to go with HID, the kit retails for $154.99 http://www.xenondepot.com/H11-HID-Kit-Xtreme-HID-p/xt-h11.htm i also went for the Phillips 4300k bulbs (adds $45 but it looks fantastic) but they often run sales around holidays so keep an eye out for that. They arrived in a few days and came packed fairly well, the kit includes the relay harness if you would prefer to power from the battery instead of the harness but I chose not to use it at this time. I used just the lights and ballasts


    I am showing mostly the passenger side as there is simply a lot more room as the battery makes the drivers side a little tighter. Start with removing the dust cap on the back of the light


    to expose the halogen and connector



    turn the and it will pull straight out





    lift the tab on the top of the connector and pull the light away from the harness, now the fun begins, it's time to drill the dust cap, i used a step bit



    feed the light through the hole in the dust cap



    the grommet should fit in the hole pretty snug





    install the HID bulb in the housing were you removed the halogen





    connect the light to the harness



    put the dust cap back on and tighten



    plug the 3 wires into their matching connectors on the ballast



    at this time it turned on the lights just to make sure everything worked and i didn't somehow smoke something, all is well...whew.



    now to give the ballast a home, I used the supplied 3m double sided adhesive tab and attached to the ballast and then to the inside of the fendor with the wires pointed to the nose





    Xenondepot supplied a whopping 4 zip ties, not enough, not nearly enough. I have my wires temporarily zip tied up until I can get some more and maybe some split loom to make it look a little more factory



    it is solid and nothing moves around but it looks like it was amature hour so i need to get that cleaned up this week.

    The drivers side was the same just too tight for me to get photos of, however this is where i put the ballast behind the battery against the fender with the wires faced up



    So after waiting all day it was finally dark and I could go check them out, and they did not dissapoint

    this was the Silverstar Ultra halogens



    and this was after the HID's went in



    pictures dont do them justice, the camera does not really convey how bright these things are or how far they throw. They kept a nice cutoff (i am facing uphill so that's why the cutoff is so high here



    after a couple of hours driving with them and getting over the inital holy crap feel of the lights I did notice a little bounce or jiggle on the passenger light over sharp bumps in the road, not super noticeable so we will see what happens. Overall i am really happy with them, install was easy about 1 hour if your not stopping for photos and the output, cutoff and light quality are perfect. The only issue i had is i drilled the drivers side dust cap just a touch over sized, so I broke out some silicone and sealed it for now, i will eventually just a new dust cap, they are cheap so no worries for now.
     
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  2. Jul 9, 2018 at 3:45 AM
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    Nice job! They are awesome lights at a reasonable price.

    For future installers, a good alternative to a step bit is a 1” spade bit. Drill only until the spade scribes the surface and then flip the cap and finish from the other side. You get a perfect 1” hole without any trimming or risk of oversizing.
     
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  3. Jul 9, 2018 at 8:12 AM
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    I wish I would have just done that, so pissed that I over drilled the one side, at least I will know better when I do my dads 4runner here in a bit.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2018 at 12:26 PM
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    I love my Lo and Hi beams form them, no complaints, on the dust caps, i did not over drill; however, i did still use silicone just to prevent moisture and dust from getting in just a secondary precaution
     
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  5. Jul 10, 2018 at 8:19 AM
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    Jester,

    May I ask why you went with the 4300K color in lieu of the popular 6500K?
     
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  6. Jul 10, 2018 at 8:47 AM
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    I didn't want a blue light and the 4300k look more factory
     
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  7. Jul 10, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    here's an example of the 2 I found:

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    I had LED's in my Tacoma that were in the 6000k range and they looked cool but the light wasn't that great, and in the rain they were not good at actually illuminating the road at all
     
  8. Jul 10, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Excellent side by side comparison photo. I too will go with the 4300k.
     
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  9. Jul 10, 2018 at 1:29 PM
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    They have an in between that are pure white like led, i think it is 5500k, thats what i went with and love them.
     
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    Solid choice! I have the same kit except with the 5500k to match my Morimoto XB fogs.
     
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  11. Jul 10, 2018 at 2:24 PM
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    yeah after doing the low beams my factory fogs are looking sad, I might have to change them out soonish
     
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    Definitely. I wish Morimoto made them in a 4300k. I originally wanted the same setup you got but I knew they wouldn't match.
     
  13. Jul 11, 2018 at 2:51 AM
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    @jester243

    Did you use the blue ring that came with the HID or did you swap out the stock orange one. I removed the blue rubber ring and put the stock orange one on and I don’t have any jiggle or movement now.
     
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  14. Jul 11, 2018 at 8:09 AM
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    the orange one, I'm gonna take the bulb out and check the gasket and put it back in, should only take 5 minutes.
     
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    I consider my '09 4Runner lights to be excellent, especially when compared to my son's '16 TRD Pro. But it's always good to have more light so I ordered the 4300K Phillips H11 HID kit last week from XenonDepot and installed them Saturday. Installation was extremely quick as 4th gen 4Runners don't have dust caps to drill through. I did not use the harnesses. I installed the passenger side HID and then turned the lights on to compare the HID light output next to the Sylvania Ultra H11 still in the driver's side headlight. It was a phenomenal difference on my garage wall. My heart sank as I first turned my lights on because the HID light color was too blue for my taste, but it warmed up in just a few seconds to an EXTREMELY white light. I couldn't be happier with the color of light from the 4300K Phillips bulbs.

    I finished the installation and went out to test drive them in the dark. The dramatically increased light output was amazing but it also showed me that the much more distinct light cut-off was way too high after my 3" lift, which also leveled up the front end. I had no idea it was so far off until I installed the HID's and I'm surprised no one has flashed me in the 6 months since the lift. Sometime this week I will find a level place to park in the dark facing a wall so I can adjust my headlights. I understand the light cut-off needs to be 3" down from the center of my projector lens at 25' from the wall.

    I'm finding that with the increased light output of the HID's I no longer have a need to use my driving lights. I would like to convert them back into fog lights with high output yellow bulbs. Can anyone suggest such a yellow LED or halogen fog light bulb they are using that they are pleased with? My '09 uses 9006 fog light/driving bulbs.

    I'm very impressed with the HID kit from XenonDepot however I agree with everyone that the directions suck. Thank you Jester243 for your write-up and photos to make this installation fast and easy.
     
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