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Old 10-09-2004, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default If you own a 04+ you really need to try the 9011 HIR bulbs

This is relatively new technology that gets considerable more light out of the same watt bulb.

The oem hihg beam 9005 (65 watts) produces 1700 lumens of light, the "new" 9011 HIR bulb (same watage) produces 2350 lumens- almost 40% more light!

The catch- they are expensive (the cheapest I've found is for the Chevy Avalanche ~ $25/bulb). The other catch is the base has to be modified slightly to fit- very easy, did mine w/ a flat file in ~ 10 minutes both sides.
Instructions here:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...&highlight=hir

differences in base isn't much:



40% is a difference you can clearly notice at night- well worth the $50 and ten minutes


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Old 10-09-2004, 01:56 PM   #2
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Did you get the bulbs from a dealership or online vendor?

Interesting mod, had seen it previously on scoobymods but I thought the bulbs would be too expensive since the post said they come from a Viper. Viper = expensive.
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Old 10-09-2004, 08:58 PM   #3
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i'd like to but i never use high-beams
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Old 10-09-2004, 09:32 PM   #4
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I am using these bulbs and they are excellent. However
I simply removed the round plastic bulb retaining ring on the headlight (3 screws), inserted the bulb and replaced the retaining ring. The bulbs helped recapture the kind of lighting I was use to with my STI in my RS. I am not entirely sure if a current STI owner would see a difference.
For me any improvement in night lighting is worth the cost.
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Old 10-09-2004, 10:36 PM   #5
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are there HIR bulbs available for the 02-03 crew?

(9007 i believe..)
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Old 10-10-2004, 04:22 AM   #6
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If the 9007's are the dual filament type then I doubt it.
Here is a link to Daniel Stern lighting as would be the person to ask. He's good about answering emails and is a well known vendor.

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/
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Old 10-10-2004, 05:50 AM   #7
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This looks very interesting. I'd love to see actual pictures of the light difference. I'd be much obliged if anyone could post some pics. Where did you guys buy these bulbs? I don't really want to go down to the local Dodge or Chevy dealer; I prefer to make my purchases over the internet. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2004, 06:21 AM   #8
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I bought mine from Daniel stern lighting as shown in the link I posted. I just emailed him giving him all the details about my car including the current stock bulb type. I rarely give bulb recommendations because it is so subjective but these bulbs are excellent.
However two things. The STI with it's HID low beams and Stock high beams is pretty powerful and I doubt an STI owner would see a difference (they may but I don't know). Secondly I cant make any statement about longevity because I have had them for only 3 months.
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Old 10-10-2004, 08:53 AM   #9
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Old 10-10-2004, 07:10 PM   #10
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lemme get this straight, these bulbs are only for high-beams. When is driving with high-beams on legal???? just curious. thanks!
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Old 10-10-2004, 08:58 PM   #11
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When is driving with high-beams on legal????
Where I live live i can drive for 25 miles and see only one or two cars driving by in the other lane.
Yes they are only for high beams in a subaru.
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:21 AM   #12
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Interesting never lookd at how the "rings" were captured- that might make it easier yet- simply swapping rings.

A 40% increase in lighting (lumens) is pretty significant. It's more light than many of the 100 wat bulbs are putting out (w/o melting your lamps).

Funny- I run almost exclusively high beams at night, ofcourse about the only oncoming traffic is on four hooves

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