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Old 10-14-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default high beam bulb replacement

I need to replace my high beam bulbs on my 08 STI. I tried the Nokya 2500K 9005 bulbs went bad extremely fast (less than a month). I have the stockers plugged in for the time being.

I'm looking for suggestions and options for replacements. Anyone in Texas have good experiences running aftermarket bulbs? Also, Houstonians I'd like to see some of your replacement bulbs at a meet so I can compare.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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The Silverstar zXe work great for me if you're running halogen.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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HIR 9011, without a doubt. Look for Philips ones as the toshiba ones are long discontinued and not available anymore. Make sure you buy from a reputable seller, not the cheapest on ebay, otherwise chances are youll get scammed and get regular 9005.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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exactly what frederick said. HIR is the best halogen option out there (sadly only available for 9005 and 9006 bulbs). There are other good halogen bulb options (check danielsternlighting/com) that I've had good results with (nightbreakers or maybe it was nighthawks). If it's got a coating, do not want.

Anything "silverstar" (that isn't imported from europe) is NOT going to last long or give you better light output. I've had a couple sets of silverstars and was only impressed with how quickly they fail.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #5
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now with a HID retrofit


+1 for HIR. Best lighting mod for the buck ever.
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