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Old 02-22-2015, 07:10 AM
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First off, I have factory Projection headlamps. Is the bulb different in these or is it just the housing that's different? Just wanting to know if I'm going to end up spending an arm and a leg when it comes time to replace.

Second, I have considered changing the headlights to HID but after some reading it looks to be somewhat expensive to switch to true HID. I don't want or need the "cool blue" look, so i'm not going with cheapo blue tinted bulbs. I actually want brighter headlights. I read somewhere about HIR bulbs that are a cheaper alternative. Not as bright, but still brighter than factory. This ties wit the first question, is this an option for me with my projection headlights?

If this has been covered somewhere already and I missed it, sorry. I did a search and HID is covered in depth, but couldn't find much on the questions I had above.
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Your projectors already have 9012 HIR bulbs.
Upgrade the highs to 9011 hir
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Ok good deal, thanks for the info!!. Wonder why the highs didn't come factory with HIR's?
What about the driving lights, what's the number to upgrade them to HIR's (assuming they're not HIR's already)
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there might be some sort of brightness limit when both the lows and highs are on. not sure.

the 9011 should fit the socket no problem but i forget if i had to modify the tab on the plug on the bulb.
i have swaped out the bulbs so many times...

for the fogs i also put 9011 in them aswell.
they work really well, i had to adjust the angle of the fogs, they point out level with the ground now. they have a nice flat wide beam thats good for lightsing up the curb on the sides of the main head light.
the 9011 in the fog don't quite fit perfectly, you could put 9012 in the fog but you definitely wold have to modify the plug on the bulb.
take a file and file down the plastic nub on the inside of the plug. when you look at the bulb and the ploug on the truck you will know what i mean.

my current setup is, stock 9012 in the projectors. and 9011 in the high and fogs.
its nice becasue its a bit brighter then stock on the highs and fogs and the bulbs are all perfectly color matched.

i messed around with HID bulbs and never got them to work just right. the trucks electrical is finiky to say the least with HID bulbs, and also becasue they are projectors the bulb fitment has to be just right otherwise the focus of the projector is off. also you have to modigy the light housing to fit the HID balists and maybe add a secondary power line. pain in the a**

the 9011 and 9012 combo works the best becasue there is no real modification to the truck, it doesn't throw error codes and it fits. and its cheap, the 9011 bulb is ~$20 from homedepo,
you don't get the cool ultra white light though
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Awesome, thanks for the info snowcrossmxz! Just what I was looking for. Just one more thing, how much of a pain is it to get to the bulbs?
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The fogs are dead simple, just look up under the bumper.

The headlights, pop the hood, 2 bolts on the inside/center of the light near the grill. The top one is easy, the second one you can see by looking straight down the side of the light, easy way to to use a 2 foot extension, or the hard way is to take the grill off.
Then in the wheel well there is a door, in the door is a tab that you slide up or down to release the out side of the light.

Google around and you will find a YouTube video I think.

Once the headlight is out take the door off the back of the housing and there they are

1/2 hour job for both headlights once u figure it out.
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Sounds simple enough. Thanks again
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Since you already have the factory projectors its really easy to do HIDS. I recommend the 50watt kit with 5000k HID bulbs. Its the perfect color and brightness. As the post above said its really easy once you get the grille off. In the fender well there is a clip that you pop off and there is a plastic piece inside you push up to release the headlight. Buy a can bus bus kit. There are no wires to splice simply plug n play.
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I know there are a ton of different brands. Which 50 watt kit with 5000k HID bulbs do you recommend?
What is a bus bus kit?
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