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Old 12-12-2012, 12:40 PM   #13
slow3v
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Originally Posted by waypastfast View Post
Any chance you could post some pictures? I am very curious about this upgrade!
I would but taking the bulbs out requires taking the headlight out - and I'm not about to tear the car apart in 30F weather sorry bud.



Found that pic online. Thats what you have to do. I just trimmed both tabs.

The difference between going the H9 route vs going with Silverstars (Osram or Sylvania), and Philips is that those are just whiter and MAY offer 100 more lumens of light output. A regular old H11 bulb will put out ~1350-1400 lumens while a regular old H11 bulb will output 2000-2150 lumens, a HUGE difference.

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Originally Posted by Joeywhat View Post
To those running H9 bulbs, are you melting the reflector or housing?
I've been running mine since August and I've taken plenty of long 3+hr road trips at night, all in all I've put about 7500 mi on the car with these bulbs and haven't had an issue. They're slightly whiter in color, a LOT better with light output, and there are no error messages, wire issues or housing issues.

10w increase is pretty negligible from a wiring standpoint, whereas it is a lot more serious as far as heat output, but I've never had a problem. They overengineer the housings and what not by quite a bit these days.
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