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From what I have read the Toshiba HIR 1 is the best replacement bulb for the 9005 OEM, is that correct?
I also read here that the H9 is a good replacement for the H11, is that correct?
I realize both bulbs need to be slightly modified.
What would be a good choice in brands for the H9?
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You are correct on that you can modify the H9 bulb to fit the H11 socket. The light output is far better than the regular H9. All you have to do is file or cut the extra tab on the H9 bulb. I would also like to know about the Toshiba HIR 1 bulb though. Here's a link on the H11 to H9 conversion. Very helpful

H11 to H9 conversion. DIY with temps - NASIOC
 

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You are correct on that you can modify the H9 bulb to fit the H11 socket. The light output is far better than the regular H9. All you have to do is file or cut the extra tab on the H9 bulb. I would also like to know about the Toshiba HIR 1 bulb though. Here's a link on the H11 to H9 conversion. Very helpful

H11 to H9 conversion. DIY with temps - NASIOC

Hi Andy
The Toshiba HIR 1 info can be found here The Ultimate Bulb Lighting Thread: All You Ever Need to Know About Bulbs - NASIOC and the only thing I could add is the authentic HIR's have been made by Toshiba for the last few years until recently, and as of now only Philips makes them, however these new ones now being made are not as bright, and they have a slightly differnet technology. I think the end result on the new ones though is that they are the 2nd best DOT replacement for the 9005. The Toshiba can still be had at
Toshiba HIR1 (9011) & Philips HIR2 (3rdGen) (9012) and Daniel Stern's website.
Hope this helps and please check my info for accuracy.
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Hi
From what I have read the Toshiba HIR 1 is the best replacement bulb for the 9005 OEM, is that correct?
I also read here that the H9 is a good replacement for the H11, is that correct?
I realize both bulbs need to be slightly modified.
What would be a good choice in brands for the H9?
THX
I have H9's in place of my original low beam H11 bulbs in my 2010. You have to nip a tab off the inside of the connector on the bulb and trim the large tab about 2.5-3mm .. but its super easy and makes a huge difference. Search it on google and you'll find a few write ups on which tab to nip and most have pics. Also keep in mind doesn't need to be a subaru to be a good swap writeup ;) As for brand I used standard sylvania replacement bulbs you can buy at autozone.
 

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Hi.. I did not know that the larger tab needed to be cut as well, as none of the other posts mention that.
 

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Jege thanks for the info debating if i should do them now :)
It is was pretty easy to cut out the tab using a Dremel tool
I haven't installed them yet as I'm still waiting for the Toshiba HIR bulbs to arrive, so can't review yet.
Crappy tire had the GE H9 for 7 $ each
 

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Hi.. I did not know that the larger tab needed to be cut as well, as none of the other posts mention that.
if you dont cut the tab they still fit.. but you cant turn them all the way to click into the correct position (connector straight up and down) .. so really you dont HAVE to cut it.. but to get them to fit right you should trim that little bit off. I used a pair of good sidecutters.

Drove home from Richmond to VB last night.. the H9's are fantastic.. I'm curious to see how well the IR bulbs work as I was researching that a while back and never got them due to low availability.
 

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if you dont cut the tab they still fit.. but you cant turn them all the way to click into the correct position (connector straight up and down) .. so really you dont HAVE to cut it.. but to get them to fit right you should trim that little bit off. I used a pair of good sidecutters.

Drove home from Richmond to VB last night.. the H9's are fantastic.. I'm curious to see how well the IR bulbs work as I was researching that a while back and never got them due to low availability.

I'm glad that improves your night drivng.
I will take you word on that the larger of the two tabs needs to be trimmed as well, however on no other posts does it mention that. Perhaps you didn't get a clean flush cut on the one that needs to be removed.
I guess I will find out when my Toshiba HIR's arrive, as I will wait until then and install the H9's at the same time.
Did you comapre the H11 to the H9 in a visual inspection, to see the design?
 

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Good thread, I was actually just going to look into some better bulbs because the stock head lights are really weak at night.
 

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I'm glad that improves your night drivng.
I will take you word on that the larger of the two tabs needs to be trimmed as well, however on no other posts does it mention that. Perhaps you didn't get a clean flush cut on the one that needs to be removed.
I guess I will find out when my Toshiba HIR's arrive, as I will wait until then and install the H9's at the same time.
Did you comapre the H11 to the H9 in a visual inspection, to see the design?
yeah if you look at them side by side you'll see where the tab needs to be trimmed. I noticed it funny that no one mentioned the tab trimming in any of the Subaru threads.. however in the Acura and Toyota threads they mention it. Also, Daniel Stern mentions the trim in his article on the subject as well. They fit and lined up perfect after I nipped em.. so.. *shrug* dunno man.

Before the trim they went in and turned snugly but didn't line up at a perfect straight up/down like the H11 does. The filament has to be in the same location as the original bulb otherwise you shed light into the reflector differently and can cause glare n whatnot. Projectors aren't very sensitive to this so its kinda trivial but I'm a bit ocd about this stuff.

Good thread, I was actually just going to look into some better bulbs because the stock head lights are really weak at night.
you'll be pleasantly surprised with the H9 change. I was skeptical until I did it.. and now I see no reason to switch to HID lamps or retrofit. I mean, they're not HID good.. but now good enough that I dont see a reason to waste that money for lighting when I could be spending it on suspension or other mods.
 

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yeah if you look at them side by side you'll see where the tab needs to be trimmed. I noticed it funny that no one mentioned the tab trimming in any of the Subaru threads.. however in the Acura and Toyota threads they mention it. Also, Daniel Stern mentions the trim in his article on the subject as well. They fit and lined up perfect after I nipped em.. so.. *shrug* dunno man.

Before the trim they went in and turned snugly but didn't line up at a perfect straight up/down like the H11 does. The filament has to be in the same location as the original bulb otherwise you shed light into the reflector differently and can cause glare n whatnot. Projectors aren't very sensitive to this so its kinda trivial but I'm a bit ocd about this stuff.



you'll be pleasantly surprised with the H9 change. I was skeptical until I did it.. and now I see no reason to switch to HID lamps or retrofit. I mean, they're not HID good.. but now good enough that I dont see a reason to waste that money for lighting when I could be spending it on suspension or other mods.
I'm a believer!
I'm glad that the mod worked, and any complaints from oncoming traffic?
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you'll be pleasantly surprised with the H9 change. I was skeptical until I did it.. and now I see no reason to switch to HID lamps or retrofit. I mean, they're not HID good.. but now good enough that I dont see a reason to waste that money for lighting when I could be spending it on suspension or other mods.
Cool, I'm going to pick some up.
 

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I'm a believer!
I'm glad that the mod worked, and any complaints from oncoming traffic?
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None, pattern is exactly the same as with the factory H11 only a bit brighter.
 

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I got some H9's today. The lady at Advance Auto tried to sell me some Ultra H11's that cost 50 or 60 bucks saying they are going to be brighter. I just need to file the tab off and put them in tomorrow.
 

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H11= 55w 1300lumens

H9= 65w 2100lumens

I dont see how a blue filter on a already dim bulb is going to make them brighter.. unless of course they're like other filtered bulbs that are WAY over wattage and melt harness/headlights.

Should have asked her if they would cover your headlights if those fancy bulbs melted a hole in them. ;)
 
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