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Old 01-03-2019, 01:38 AM #1
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LED headlight question

So I bought an amazon LED kit, the Cougar Motors that everyone seems to say is good, but for whatever reason the passenger side light just doesnít project. Thought is was the bulb so I switched sides but it works fine on the left. On the passenger side the way it sits in the housing itís almost as if the bulb is turned and seated facing the wrong way so it doesnít project light. Still looks like itís on but doesnít throw light at all like the drivers side. I spent 45 minutes trying to see if there was another way to install it and there isnít. Any clue how to fix this or just buy a new kit?
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I had the exact same issue with the exact same kit. I ended up returning the lights and getting a pair that has the ability to adjust the bulb and they light up evenly now! Not that much brighter than the stock halogens. Iíd get a pair from headlight revolution they make a pair designed and test for the 4Runner and they are bright as frig!


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I was trying to do this without spending the $150-200 for LED lights since they really just arenít as bright as the HID kits. I ran DDM kits for years and at like $50 they canít be beat. Thought Iíd try this route but I just donít want to spend that much on LEDís thatís arenít that much brighter than halogen just a different color. I will see what I can find locally so I can test fit.
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I was trying to do this without spending the $150-200 for LED lights since they really just arenít as bright as the HID kits. I ran DDM kits for years and at like $50 they canít be beat. Thought Iíd try this route but I just donít want to spend that much on LEDís thatís arenít that much brighter than halogen just a different color. I will see what I can find locally so I can test fit.


From a h9 halogen to h11 led user, i can say that some leds have now surpassed halogens in terms of lux and lumens. So far the highest rated leds are the supernova v4 and the morimoto 2stroke 2.0. The word on the street is the supernova v4 and katana are the same leds but minus the huge markup. Check out bulbfacts on the highest rated leds. Hids will still outperform leds but slim leds wont need dustcap modifying.
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The question is......do they fit the 4Runner? I mean they might fit but does the passenger side actually project light? The kit I bought doesnít so itís how the bulb actually fits the housing. And yeah modifying the dust cap Iíd also rather not do
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The question is......do they fit the 4Runner? I mean they might fit but does the passenger side actually project light? The kit I bought doesnít so itís how the bulb actually fits the housing. And yeah modifying the dust cap Iíd also rather not do
Yes, it does fit and they offer adjustable beam pattern. I run the Morimoto 2stroke 2.0 and the fitment is perfect and they are supposedly a little deeper than the Katana/Supernova v4. The output and color temp is better than stock or h9 halogen. If I could do it again I would go for the Katana kit cause the output is slightly higher but way cheaper.

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Ok well amazon has they for $95 for low and high beams. I hope these work since Iím running out of options
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Ok well amazon has they for $95 for low and high beams. I hope these work since I’m running out of options
LED in high beam will result in non-functional DRL or lots of flickering. Only Diode Dynamics has a special module that enables normal DRL function. The module only works on their specified LED kit.

I am only recommending the Katana LEDs for low beam.
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Ok Iíve already got the DRLís anyway. I just need the low beams to work. If you know these work I will order them
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From a h9 halogen to h11 led user, i can say that some leds have now surpassed halogens in terms of lux and lumens. So far the highest rated leds are the supernova v4 and the morimoto 2stroke 2.0. The word on the street is the supernova v4 and katana are the same leds but minus the huge markup. Check out bulbfacts on the highest rated leds. Hids will still outperform leds but slim leds wont need dustcap modifying.
Check Nineo from Amazon. Both 9005 (Hi-beams) and H11 (low beam) looks and works exactly the same as Supernova V.4 for the fraction of the cost. The color, beam pattern and output even drivers or wire protecting sleeves are identical.
I had H11 and 9005 bulbs side by side and the only difference other then price is the finish color. Supernova V.4 H11 is bright silver, where 9005 is also silver but has much darker finish. Both 9005 & H11 from Nineo are black.
Also, Supernova V.4 (Hi-beams) came with wrong locking ring with much narrower tabs where Nineo 9005 came with proper one matching OEM tabs (9005/HB3).

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I bought the Auxbeam T1 series for my low beams. I had their F16 series and I switched to their new T1 series sometime in June. The T1 model bulbs has an adjustable knob from behind so you can level it with your driver side bulb. It's also slightly brighter than their F16 series. It a very clear white and I'm very happy with them.

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Forgot to mention you may need PWM module to prevent Hi-beams from flickering unless you disable DRLs.
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Little update.......bought the katana kit....one light fits perfect. Lines up perfect. The other does not. Switched sides. One light works fine. The other does not fit regardless of what you do. Will not for in the housing without getting stuck or having to pound it in. Should not be this difficult to install lights. I’m sure other kits from them have worked fine but this did not. Second kit I’ve bought and have spent $100 total and wasted time and effort into this for headlights.

So definitely purchase this kit with caution. Like I said, one fit perfect and was aligned perfect out of the box. The other doesn’t even fit at all.
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Little update.......bought the katana kit....one light fits perfect. Lines up perfect. The other does not. Switched sides. One light works fine. The other does not fit regardless of what you do. Will not for in the housing without getting stuck or having to pound it in. Should not be this difficult to install lights. Iím sure other kits from them have worked fine but this did not. Second kit Iíve bought and have spent $100 total and wasted time and effort into this for headlights.

So definitely purchase this kit with caution. Like I said, one fit perfect and was aligned perfect out of the box. The other doesnít even fit at all.
I really think it is a flaw with the bulb housing. I think the tolerances are not the same, and therefore the bulbs do not seat correctly. I went back to Sylvania Ultra's and they are pretty good. Much better than the stock and fit perfectly.
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Little update.......bought the katana kit....one light fits perfect. Lines up perfect. The other does not. Switched sides. One light works fine. The other does not fit regardless of what you do. Will not for in the housing without getting stuck or having to pound it in. Should not be this difficult to install lights. Iím sure other kits from them have worked fine but this did not. Second kit Iíve bought and have spent $100 total and wasted time and effort into this for headlights.

So definitely purchase this kit with caution. Like I said, one fit perfect and was aligned perfect out of the box. The other doesnít even fit at all.


Remove the Katana O ring and use your OEM halogen bulb O ring, i find OEM halogen O rings to be of higher quality and thinner to make non-OEM bulbs like LEDs fit better.
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