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Old 12-21-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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HOW TO: upgrade your lighting

ok so on a tip from mcrowley, and finally being fed up with not being able to see anything at night (it was so bad that when it rained i couldnt even tell if more than my fogs were on) i finally got around to this.

the main point here is that your swapping the stock low beam which is a 9006 bulb for a 9005 bulb (which is used for high beams).

9005 (left) vs 9006 (right)


not a great picture, but you might be able to see that in the 9006 there is an alignment tab for the plug.


here you can see that the 9005 has two tabs inside instead of 1. so after about 5 minutes with a dremel, youou can have them ground down. Once this is done the plug will glide right in, and the bulb fits in the stock mounting point always (that should be obvious since its just a stock high beam bulb anyway.


so heres a heads on shot (drivers side has the 9005, passenger side is a 9006 at this point)


individual shots

drivers side


passenger side


you can really see the difference here


yes, the new bulb looks as yellow as the stock halogen, and that is because due to the driving conditions i see, and my eyes having issues with lighting at night, i went with Narva all weather bulbs, they match my fogs too.

Rallylights.com gets a thumbsup from me, got these here in 2 days, and the prices were great also.

hope this helps some of you out. i will try and get some night shots tonight.



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Wow, that is a difference!
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:34 AM   #3
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Another thing you can do is locate the round resistor on both front wheel wells. Disconect is and jump the two wires togather. The resistor is in there to lower the out put of your low beams when the high beams are on. It won't help with your low beams but it does help on high.
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any more detail on that?

my dads being a dork too, claims putting these bulbs in the low beam spot will cause issues with the relay. i do not agree, and i dont believe mike has had any issues whatsoever with this.



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I'll see if Ican get a picture of the resister. The one on the driver side is easy to see, it look like a round white ceramic doughnut with two wires plugged into it.
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Mm. I like doughnuts.

Also, sweet write-up. Wish I could do this for my 9-3
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Mm. I like doughnuts.

Also, sweet write-up. Wish I could do this for my 9-3
ill have a review on a 9-3 upgrade on xmas day, got my dad some piaa i think xenon +30's (from rallylights too)



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ill have a review on a 9-3 upgrade on xmas day, got my dad some piaa i think xenon +30's (from rallylights too)
I had those. Great lights, illuminated stuff really well.

Lasted 4 months. :-/ Not worth it for the monies.
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i actually think this is a nice pic too lol




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I had those. Great lights, illuminated stuff really well.

Lasted 4 months. :-/ Not worth it for the monies.
damn that sux...they were like 30 for a set so oh well..plus anything will be better than whats in there.



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damn that sux...they were like 30 for a set so oh well..plus anything will be better than whats in there.
For serious? Maybe those weren't the PIAA's I had then. I got those as a gift... they were like $65 for the pair

Lemme know how those work out
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Quite a difference. Looks great!
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my dads being a dork too, claims putting these bulbs in the low beam spot will cause issues with the relay. i do not agree, and i dont believe mike has had any issues whatsoever with this.
You won't have any problems.

I've had the same thing in both headlights of my 9k since I've owned it (2.5 years)...till I switched to e-codes.

My 95 CSE I also used the same thing...3 years, no issues. Wattage shouldn't be a problem since its only 65w vs 55w. $10 well spent.
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Stuck.


Marty, if you could come up with a picture of that resistor, that would be 100% awesome.
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Where can you buy these? Also do people flash you as to say turn off your f'in high beams?
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Where can you buy these? Also do people flash you as to say turn off your f'in high beams?
they are still aimed the same as the low beams were. any light beam shaping would come from the lens anyway rather than the bulb.
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Where can you buy these? Also do people flash you as to say turn off your f'in high beams?
Just go to the auto parts store (or anyplace you'd get bulbs) and get 2x 9005. Same exact thing thats in the hi-beam sockets on your car.
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they are still aimed the same as the low beams were. any light beam shaping would come from the lens anyway rather than the bulb.
The reflector also plays a significant part. I have had no lens (just packing tape) on my e-code passenger headlight for a few weeks, and the pattern is still much better than the original DOT approved lights.
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they are still aimed the same as the low beams were. any light beam shaping would come from the lens anyway rather than the bulb.
actually if you look at the 9006 bulb it has the odd cap on it. im not sure it plays a role in beam, but i think it may.

i just drove in the dark with this, and its 100x better than before, allowed me to see that my beams are actually way off aiming wise, so it will only get better once i fix that.

this is definetly well worth it.



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Here is a picture of the resistor. There is only one mounted on the drivers fender well.

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