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Looking to upgrade my headlights. After reading many posts ..... I'm more confused than ever. Lots of links to products no longer available etc....

I'm never sure which ones fit and which ones do not. I bought a pair that fit my son's Cobalt(?) but they didn't fit my Volt. I have a '12.

Anyway, would one of these work? Which one? H7?, H11? I'm kinna sick of looking. around.

Any help is always appreciated. Thanks.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2x-...lgo_pvid=b131892f-8612-4d19-b149-736a63697e41
 

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Focus on just the most recent posts because this technology and the products available change quickly. I think 9012 is what is compatible with the '12 (from memory, check manual). Those look pretty good, but not sure about reliability of that brand, and also note the color temperature is on the high side (blueish).
 

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For the Generation 1 Volts the headlights are a "9012" bulb.
A "9006" will fit, it just takes a bit of finesse.

The newest lights mounted in OHM-RIDE are the Morimoto 2Stroke kit with the 9012 adapter as detailed in this thread.

They've been in since May 2017, and along with other things I've been working Graveyard shift so I've had a significant amount of pure rural night driving (40+ hours) in the last month alone.

The biggest trick for installing the Morimoto kit is that you will need a hole saw to drill out the dust caps so you can put the rubber extenders in. I detail it in the above mentioned thread. If you need detailed instruction as to how to drill it out without messing up your dust caps just let me know and I'll put something together.

(and this thread reminded me to do an update )
 

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The biggest trick for installing the Morimoto kit is that you will need a hole saw to drill out the dust caps so you can put the rubber extenders in. I detail it in the above mentioned thread. If you need detailed instruction as to how to drill it out without messing up your dust caps just let me know and I'll put something together.

(and this thread reminded me to do an update )
I didn't have the required drill bit/saw. I heated a penny red hot on my grill burner and placed it on the dust cap. Got a neat hole :)
 

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I didn't have the required drill bit/saw. I heated a penny red hot on my grill burner and placed it on the dust cap. Got a neat hole :)
Except for the fact that if you are going to do it right with the Morimoto...you need a 60mm hole.
 

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I tucked my heat spreader braids inside the lamp assembly, spread them out, put the dust caps back on. I checked the temperature a few times by touch they were fine after a good hour commute home. I know they suggest to drill hole in dust cap and have heat sink braids exposed. they are still working just great.
 

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Gene, I suspect it makes a difference where you live. Texas and California worse than upper midwest. You might be on borrowed time.
 

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I tucked my heat spreader braids inside the lamp assembly, spread them out, put the dust caps back on. I checked the temperature a few times by touch they were fine after a good hour commute home. I know they suggest to drill hole in dust cap and have heat sink braids exposed. they are still working just great.
My braids are tucked in and capped too. I think the caveat is that you have to spread the braid out as much as possible to avoid hot spots.
 

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Just to be clear here, the Morimoto 2Stroke doesn't have the braids, it has mag-lev bearing fans
 

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Can you hear the fans?
From outside, if no other under-hood items are pumping away, yes a bit. But the cooling fans and pumps of the Volt are louder than the Morimoto fans.

From inside the car... nope can't hear them at all.
 

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I ordered these 9012s for $69 - http://www.xenondepot.com/9012-Xtreme-LED-kit-p/xt-led-9012.htm

Great quality and puts a ton more light out on low beam. High beam is only slightly better, but the low beam spreads the light to the sides and fills in the details so much more than stock. So impressed by the quality that I ordered a set for my wife's Volt and my motorcycle (H4).

No affiliation with the above. Just a happy customer. Fast shipping too.
 

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I ordered these 9012s for $69 - http://www.xenondepot.com/9012-Xtreme-LED-kit-p/xt-led-9012.htm

Great quality and puts a ton more light out on low beam. High beam is only slightly better, but the low beam spreads the light to the sides and fills in the details so much more than stock. So impressed by the quality that I ordered a set for my wife's Volt and my motorcycle (H4).

No affiliation with the above. Just a happy customer. Fast shipping too.
Now I'm upset. I paid them $199 for 2500 lumen LEDs and now they have 4000 lumen kits for $69.

AAAARRRGH!!! Well, time to upgrade I guess.

Also put in coupon code X10 for another $7 off.
 

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I ordered these 9012s for $69 - http://www.xenondepot.com/9012-Xtreme-LED-kit-p/xt-led-9012.htm

Great quality and puts a ton more light out on low beam. High beam is only slightly better, but the low beam spreads the light to the sides and fills in the details so much more than stock. So impressed by the quality that I ordered a set for my wife's Volt and my motorcycle (H4).

No affiliation with the above. Just a happy customer. Fast shipping too.
Send the H4 back for sure. It will be terrible. If you want quality light upgrade the halogens or do a retrofit.
 

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Now I'm upset. I paid them $199 for 2500 lumen LEDs and now they have 4000 lumen kits for $69.

AAAARRRGH!!! Well, time to upgrade I guess.

Also put in coupon code X10 for another $7 off.
They aren’t actually 4000 lumen, just a heads up. The ones you have I very much doubt they are 2500 either. Offshore LED bulb swaps are incredibly inflated.
 

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They aren’t actually 4000 lumen, just a heads up. The ones you have I very much doubt they are 2500 either. Offshore LED bulb swaps are incredibly inflated.
That's okay. The last set were an improvement and if this set is another improvement I'm fine with the $69 I just spent.

What is it with you and LED headlamps anyway? You seem to have issues.
 
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