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Old 01-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #51
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Did this mod this past weekend to replace my ricey 6000k HID kit. Go ahead and flame me but boy did I learn my lesson. The output from the H9s is incredible! Can't get over how easy it is to see at night.

I also did the HIRs in the highs and attempted to install HoŽn endurance bulbs in the fogs. I say attempted since one bulb broke and left glass shards in my fog housing, FML.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:40 AM   #52
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My HiRs only about 10 months until both blew out. No finger oils or anything.

I do have the GTWorx suspension and chassis stiffeners. Generic H9's are holding up though.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:45 AM   #53
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Did this mod this past weekend to replace my ricey 6000k HID kit. Go ahead and flame me but boy did I learn my lesson. The output from the H9s is incredible! Can't get over how easy it is to see at night.

I also did the HIRs in the highs and attempted to install HoŽn endurance bulbs in the fogs. I say attempted since one bulb broke and left glass shards in my fog housing, FML.
Actually I refuse to flame you, because you have:
1. made a change for the better
2. learned something in the process.

*internet slap on the back*

well done.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:12 PM   #54
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So what is the reason the H9 is so much brighter than the stock bulbs? I don't get it. Are they higher wattage or something?

BTW, Philips H9 bulbs are on Amazon right now for $7.41 a piece! I'm buying 4!
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:12 AM   #55
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Did this mod this past weekend to replace my ricey 6000k HID kit. Go ahead and flame me but boy did I learn my lesson. The output from the H9s is incredible! Can't get over how easy it is to see at night.

I also did the HIRs in the highs and attempted to install HoŽn endurance bulbs in the fogs. I say attempted since one bulb broke and left glass shards in my fog housing, FML.
Funny. I tried a Philips 4300k HID kit and also did not like it. The light looked spotty and not evenly disputed which made hard to see the road surface imperfections or navigate around them. On top of that the light looked blue-sh which made it get absorbed by the dark road surface. On lighter/older pavement it was better but still had hot spots and dark spots. The end result was I couldn't see very well at night. I learned from personal experience that extra ~1000 lumens is nothing without proper focus. I ended up driving with one HID and one H9 bulb for a couple of days and in almost all occasions the H9 bulb performed better at illuminating the road. HID looked brighter when looking straight at it but it also produced a very noticeable amount of glare. I am back on H9s and am much happier with them. If I ever go the HID route again it would have to be a proper retrofit.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:42 AM   #56
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Has anyone had any problems with their h9 bulbs? I'm thinking about doing this to my '11 wrx but before I do anything, I want to know that it is safe to do. Thanks in advance!!
Oh and which brands are good? I have been seeing lots of suggestions for sylvania and Philips.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:14 AM   #57
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So what is the reason the H9 is so much brighter than the stock bulbs? I don't get it. Are they higher wattage or something?

BTW, Philips H9 bulbs are on Amazon right now for $7.41 a piece! I'm buying 4!
H9 are a 65W and the H11 are 55w. I thing the H11 are 1400 and the H9 are 2100 for output.

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Has anyone had any problems with their h9 bulbs? I'm thinking about doing this to my '11 wrx but before I do anything, I want to know that it is safe to do. Thanks in advance!!
Oh and which brands are good? I have been seeing lots of suggestions for sylvania and Philips.
I am still running the bulbs that are shown in this DIY. I have had no issues with almost 2 years of running them. I have done long night drives with them on for over 5-6 hours strait. I just got the ones for a local autoparts place.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #58
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No issues with the Osram's I got through candlepower. going strong!
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:27 AM   #59
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did anyone find out having their low beams on while turning on the high beams after the mod?

(the factory set up should be no low beam while the high beam is on)
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:37 AM   #60
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did anyone find out having their low beams on while turning on the high beams after the mod?

(the factory set up should be no low beam while the high beam is on)
I don't see how having a different bulb would change the way the circuit works.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:45 AM   #61
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Does anyone know if halogen and HIR bulbs use the same optics? I know the optics and the focal point on HIDs is different but what about HIRs???

Also, how different is the HIR bulb base compared to H9/H11?
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:31 AM   #62
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Does anyone know if halogen and HIR bulbs use the same optics? I know the optics and the focal point on HIDs is different but what about HIRs???
Not sure I understand what you're asking.

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Also, how different is the HIR bulb base compared to H9/H11?
Very.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:04 PM   #63
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Not sure I understand what you're asking.

Very.
Do HIRs work well in halogen projectors?
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:24 PM   #64
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Yes, very well. These are not HID bulbs.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #65
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Also, how different is the HIR bulb base compared to H9/H11?
are you thinking about putting HIR on your low beams...?

i just googled HIR H11, they seem to be rare.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #66
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did anyone find out having their low beams on while turning on the high beams after the mod?

(the factory set up should be no low beam while the high beam is on)
no one has both their high and low beams on while turning on high beam?
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:25 PM   #67
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are you thinking about putting HIR on your low beams...?

i just googled HIR H11, they seem to be rare.
Yes

I also googled that and only found some Korean bulbs. But I am wondering if it's possible to modify the base of the HIR1/2 bulb to fit into H11. Dremel makes these mods possible but I wonder if the connectors would match right up.

I couldn't find any guides or anyone who has tried it so I just may have to order a set and see if its possible.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:28 AM   #68
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Just wondering what his a HIR bulb?
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:28 AM   #69
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Search for HIR or read the thread to learn about the HIR bulb. It is a technology that is near HID light emittance without HID ballasts and such.

The High beam lights are also you DLR. is that what you are referring to?

Both my H9 and HIR's only lasted 20k. Not sure if the rumble strips I have to drive over every day have anything to do with that.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:03 PM   #70
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Search for HIR or read the thread to learn about the HIR bulb. It is a technology that is near HID light emittance without HID ballasts and such.

The High beam lights are also you DLR. is that what you are referring to?

Both my H9 and HIR's only lasted 20k. Not sure if the rumble strips I have to drive over every day have anything to do with that.
Thanks. Good to do some new reading.

Where did you get the HIR from?
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:08 PM   #71
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The place is in this thread, but I think candlepower in MD has them as well. I am ordering a new set of HiR and upgraded H9's.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #72
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I did the 9011 high beam conversion (i have factory xenon) in my 2011 WRX today, what a HUGE difference. Don't waste your time, do this mod!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:21 PM   #73
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Where did you get the HIR from?
I believe this is a good source: http://store.candlepower.com/houpbuthno.html
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:24 PM   #74
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If you have a carquest near you they are Phillips dealers and should have them stocked.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:30 PM   #75
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The High beam lights are also you DLR. is that what you are referring to?

Both my H9 and HIR's only lasted 20k. Not sure if the rumble strips I have to drive over every day have anything to do with that.
I wonder how much longer your HIRs would have lasted if you disabled DRLs.
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