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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:56 PM
Pima Roadster Pima Roadster is offline
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HIR 9011/9012 comments?

Want to upgrade the bulbs & have read extensively that the Osram 9011 & 9012 offer a good upgrade without much fuss. Not interested in HID etc. Anyone out there who have been utilising these bulbs for a year or longer? Any problems to report? TIA!
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:17 PM
AB1945 AB1945 is offline
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Here's an interesting thread on lights and bulbs that may help with your decision. Good luck.

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Old 11-28-2013, 05:29 AM
dougmcintyre dougmcintyre is offline
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I've been running 9011 and 9012 bulbs for the last three years - no problems. Still very pleased with the results. Here's an old post of mine:

Originally Posted by dougmcintyre View Post
As stated in post 7, HIRs are your best choice. 9011 for the highs, 9012 for the lows. You could do just the lows, but you will love the highs. The low Z3 headlights have full-cap type bulb shields, making the 9011 safe to use. As the shields reflectivity is exactly the same as the headlights, the shields can be difficult to see. But looking at dusk, using just the edge of the light from a flashlight, thru one of outside lense facets, you can see the shield's metal support arm, the low beam bulb, and the full cap shield.

As to legality, depends on your state. North Carolina law says "Headlights shall not be approved if ... Lights project a dazzling or glaring light when on low beam." HIRs or their applications are neither expressly approved or disapproved.

As compared to the stock HID lights in my 2009 VW GTI, the HIRs are not quite in the league of HIDs, but more light downrange and the shoulders of the road are nicely lite. Calling it 80% of the way.

Definitely worth the expense. Amazon is a good source.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:04 PM
Pima Roadster Pima Roadster is offline
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A great link with a lot of useful information. Daniel Stern Lighting helped with an upgrade bulb pkg. for my 9-5 Aero a few years ago, providing brighter stop & turn bulbs & the improvement was considerable. Did not know he was associated with Candlepower Inc. Thank you!
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:32 PM
jrmartin03 jrmartin03 is offline
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I've really enjoyed them on my M Coupe. I thought they made a significant difference over stock.


2002 Steel Gray over Imola Red M Coupe
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:43 AM
daven daven is offline
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I've been running HIR bulbs on three cars for many years without issue. Combined with an aiming session, they provide enough light in the coupe to illuminate the entire paved road side to side and far enough ahead that its not difficult to stay within their reach. One of the best mod's for the buck in my humble opinion.
Blue Ridge Mntns, NC
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:20 AM
simple_simon simple_simon is offline
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They work great. I run them with a Fet Catz Zeta ballasts and they work even better since they get more voltage now. 1.5+ years and no burnt out bulbs either.
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