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Old 09-10-2014, 10:18 AM   #451
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Does anyone know if the added 10w over stock (55w vs H9's 65w) will cause issues over time with the LIN Battery Sensor in the new 15' model year subarus? It's the reason why I ripped out my HIDs today.
Not exactly what you're asking, but...

I've been running the H9's on my 2013 XV Crosstrek for about two weeks now. No issues at all. I'm even impressed how good they work in OEM reflector bowls! I did aim them down just a touch (even though I ran them at factory set height for two nights without any issues to oncoming traffic.) Just being mindful to others on the road.

These in combination with the TRS Morimoto XB LED fog lamps are fantastic!
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:08 PM   #452
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Is there anything wrong with wiring a socket that takes h9 bulb rather than having to trim the bulb every time one goes out. It can probably be done in the same time it takes to trim the bulb and then you only do it once. This will be my fourth time changing bulbs since I started doing this mod and it's kind of getting old


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Old 10-17-2014, 09:43 PM   #453
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It takes me 10 seconds to trim the bulb with a pair of snips.
Buy spare bulbs and prep them, then keep them in the glove box. Beats hacking the wiring.
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:31 PM   #454
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Ok. What are these snips you speak of? I've always used my Dremel but the bit isn't exactly perfect so it takes a while. If it only took 10 seconds that would change everything


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Old 10-17-2014, 11:17 PM   #455
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Small flush-cutters, like this or similar-
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3932532
Reach right into the socket, snip the tab flush with the socket body, done.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:54 AM   #456
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Scooby, if you know what you're doing, go for it. Just get a nice, quality set of H9 sockets.

The good thing is, if you're in a pinch or just want to go back to the dimmer, longer lasting H11s, they will fit just fine.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:06 PM   #457
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I'm using these harnesses without issue. I had to modify one end to facilitate H9 connectivity, but it's a one time modification.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CYB90UO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Seems like they're no longer available, but there are plenty of other vendors that carry these.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:19 PM   #458
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I'm using these harnesses without issue. I had to modify one end to facilitate H9 connectivity, but it's a one time modification.

2 X H8/H9/H11 Extension Adapter Wiring Harness Sockets Wire for Headlight - Extension Cords - Amazon.com


Seems like they're no longer available, but there are plenty of other vendors that carry these.

You should leave a review on Amazon so that other people can see that you can do it.

A couple people left reviews saying you cannot use this with H9 bulbs and you can, as you can see. I left comments letting other people know you can though.
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:42 PM   #459
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Not exactly what you're asking, but...

I've been running the H9's on my 2013 XV Crosstrek for about two weeks now. No issues at all. I'm even impressed how good they work in OEM reflector bowls! I did aim them down just a touch (even though I ran them at factory set height for two nights without any issues to oncoming traffic.) Just being mindful to others on the road.

These in combination with the TRS Morimoto XB LED fog lamps are fantastic!
After installing these bulbs, I took a quick drive around my neighborhood. I did noticed that the lights shown a tad high on the side of parked vehicles. The "steps" you see in the lights when up close on a garage door, fence or wall, is obscured a little now. I have the 3100k H9 bulbs in my wrx. Just bought them today at Autozone, they were low on H11 and I just happened to look at the H9 right next to it.
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:48 PM   #460
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Small flush-cutters, like this or similar-
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3932532
Reach right into the socket, snip the tab flush with the socket body, done.
Thanks for posting the link to these cutters! They look like they'd make short work of that damn plastic tab. I've been using an exacto knife with a flat tipped blade to cut the tab out, but it's a PITA and takes longer than I'd like.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:39 AM   #461
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Just did this mod today. I purchased the generic Philips H9 Halogen Bulbs from Amazon.

I didn't have any tools small enough to get rid of that plastic tab so I ended up using a nail file and went at it with good old elbow grease.

The install was a piece of cake for the most part. With the plastic tab removed, the H9 snapped right into place when I connected it to the headlight harness. However, the H9 would not "lock" into place when I installed it back into the headlight housing. That quarter turn to lock it into place just wouldn't give me that solid 'snap' telling me that it locked. Did anybody else have this issue? Looking at the bulbs it looks like the mounting structure is a bit different between the H9 and H11. I don't want my bulb to wiggle while I'm driving...

P.S. I installed one headlight first and just standing back and looking at my headlights I noticed it was brighter than the stock H11. Not a night and day difference, but worth it for the price. I have yet to try these on the road at night. Will come back with an initial review tomorrow night if someone answers my question above^
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:46 AM   #462
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Just did this mod today. I purchased the generic Philips H9 Halogen Bulbs from Amazon.

I didn't have any tools small enough to get rid of that plastic tab so I ended up using a nail file and went at it with good old elbow grease.

The install was a piece of cake for the most part. With the plastic tab removed, the H9 snapped right into place when I connected it to the headlight harness. However, the H9 would not "lock" into place when I installed it back into the headlight housing. That quarter turn to lock it into place just wouldn't give me that solid 'snap' telling me that it locked. Did anybody else have this issue? Looking at the bulbs it looks like the mounting structure is a bit different between the H9 and H11. I don't want my bulb to wiggle while I'm driving...

P.S. I installed one headlight first and just standing back and looking at my headlights I noticed it was brighter than the stock H11. Not a night and day difference, but worth it for the price. I have yet to try these on the road at night. Will come back with an initial review tomorrow night if someone answers my question above^
If you look straight down at the bulb you will see the circular metal flange or lip with some cut-outs. I think one of those might need to be clipped down a few mm or so sometimes. Compare it to your H11.

-edit-

Some pics...

First pic is obvious mod you need to do..


I just took these pics-

H11, older H9, newer H9.. See the differences?


On the newer one you may have to trim that tab on the the top to seat the bulb all the way in.


Another pic with tabs more clearly depicted.



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Old 10-20-2014, 07:49 AM   #463
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Good looking, BWX! I wonder when they changed it...
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:08 AM   #464
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Thanks, and I am not sure when they changed it. On that older H9, I bought that about 3 years ago maybe.. something like that- at Autozone. The newer one I bought same place maybe 9 months ago, maybe longer.

-EDIT- added another pic above that wasn't as washed out with light..

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-N...ustom%2529.JPG
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:52 PM   #465
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You should leave a review on Amazon so that other people can see that you can do it.

A couple people left reviews saying you cannot use this with H9 bulbs and you can, as you can see. I left comments letting other people know you can though.
Good call, I'll do just that. They're an easy modify to work with H9.. giving you the ability to swap in new bulbs (say, in the middle of nowhere in pitch dark) with ease.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:51 PM   #466
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I noticed that as well last night when I installed them. I just shaved it enough with my dremel. It still has a snug feel and locked in with the 1/4 turn.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:19 AM   #467
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If you look straight down at the bulb you will see the circular metal flange or lip with some cut-outs. I think one of those might need to be clipped down a few mm or so sometimes. Compare it to your H11.

-edit-

Some pics...
Thanks BWX! That definitely cleared things up. I figured I'd have to modify the metal mount to get the bulb to snap into place. I don't have a dremel but I'll find some way to shave those tabs down this weekend...

Initial review of the H9: I drove back home from work tonight and the difference is totally worth the price! The H9 burns brighter and whiter than the H11. The width of the light trail also seems a bit wider than the H11. The height of the light did not seem to be higher than the H11 as opposed to what some people said. I was driving behind a Fiat 500 the entire time and my headlights were aimed right as his taillights (did not seem to be aiming into his rearview). I was also driving on a single lane highway with opposing traffic with no center divide; did not get flashed once by opposing traffic. Overall, I think this simple upgrade is a must for every owner!
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:29 AM   #468
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I just got home from work at this time of post, i355 is three lanes and I was lighting up all three pretty well. Of course when the highway lights aren't lighting my road way. It isn't that much whiter in brightness per se but the width of the light pattern - AWESOME compared to H11.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:50 PM   #469
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This is one of my favorite mods so far. My fat fingers had a hard time getting out that extra tab, but the light output is amazing.

I did this with a set of the PIAA 55w bulbs.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:25 PM   #470
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I have a low beam socket that looks messed up. No power going to the socket either. I'm hoping its unrelated to this mod. Working on a fix


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Old 10-29-2014, 09:35 PM   #471
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I have a low beam socket that looks messed up. No power going to the socket either. I'm hoping its unrelated to this mod. Working on a fix


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That's concerning. Is anything melted?
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:22 PM   #472
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No, looks cracked. Not sure how it happened as I am pretty careful about the way I do things. Didn't notice it happen but last time I went to change the bulb noticed the problem.

And my power issue has been solved. The wire was corroded. Replaced the socket and wiring and everything is working fine now


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Old 11-17-2014, 12:40 AM   #473
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are these the bulbs that everyone is buying?
http://www.amazon.com/PHILIPS-12361-Bulb-Standard-Headlight/dp/B00P32H0G2/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1416195579&sr=1-2&keywords=philips+h9+bulb
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:52 AM   #474
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Yep that's what I bought.

If you haven't, a good time to read up on realigning horizontal & vertical to make sure the headlights aren't blinding someone. I've been flashed few times and realized my vertical was a tad bit higher than it should be.
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Cool. I actually went through all 19 pages. Haha
i did see the aiming link too. Thanks!
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