9008/H13: Morimoto Elite


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Truly Elite: Elite Systems are composed of the best HID ballasts, bulbs, and wiring Morimoto has to offer, all perfectly matched to produce unequivocal high performance results. If you’re considering upgrading your stock halogen system, this 9008/H13 HID headlight kit will put any thought of switching to LEDs to rest. Check out the Reviews from real customers who have experienced the powerful performance of a Morimoto high intensity discharge lighting system, and keep reading for more reasons to believe.

It's Your Opinion: 35W or 50W ballasts, 4300K or 6000K bulbs — you decide. Watch this helpful video that explains all of the options available with Morimoto's Elite H13/9008 HID replacement kits.

Ballast Biased: We’ve put the Morimoto XB ballasts available with their 9008/H13 HID conversion kit up to the test against the competition. With nearly instantaneous warm-up times, compact size paired with killer looks, and the latest software that eliminates misfire, failures, and electromagnetic radio interference, few other aftermarket options even come close. Did we mention the sharp industrial-edge design we couldn’t take our eyes off? Inside an out, for headlight nerds like us, the XB ballasts are a thing of beauty.

9008/H13 HID BULBS: We’re talking bi-xenon brilliance that shines a light on how cheap most other bulbs you get in an HID kit really are. The Morimoto XB HID bulbs that come with the H13 high/low HID kit are manufactured using premium quality materials such as U.S. sourced halide salts and real quartz glass that make the difference. We tried them out in some of our own vehicles and were impressed with the accurate color temperatures, increase in lumens, and surprisingly precise, uniform distribution of light – uncommon for dual beam HID bulbs.

Quality Wire Harnesses: We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to preach the truth: A wire harness is a critical ingredient in the recipe for a successful HID system upgrade. The Morimoto Elite System H13/9008 HID kit with dual beam capabilities comes with a MotoControl Bi-xenon Harness that’s on the same level as the other premium components. We really like how the smart relay is triple-sealed for protection, while the 14-gauge stranded copper wiring is wrapped in a special black mesh sleeving that looks and lasts like OEM.

Canbus Wire Harnesses: Morimoto offers an optional Standalone Canbus wire harness with the 9008/H13 HID headlight kit that provides a quick and easy solution when working on cars that display a “bulb out” warning when modified. Using innovative technology, the harness actually tricks the Canbus system into thinking it’s still running on the original halogen bulbs. A remedy to annoying warning signals that’s so easy to work with your kids can do it? Not many H13 applications out there that need these, but for those that do, sign us up!

Fully Protected: If we sell it, we believe in it. In fact, more than a few of us have used H13/9008 HID conversion kits to retrofit some of our work trucks. Morimoto says these components will run for at least 2,500 hours, and we back that up all the way. The full 5-year warranty* on the entire kit from a company with a reputation you can trust isn’t too good to be true. It’s what you deserve. [*XB55 kits have a 3-year warranty]

Proven: Want a closer look at a successful install of the 9008/H13 hi/low kit? We searched the Web and found these great examples (1,2,3,4,5,6)from satisfied auto enthusiasts who have worked with Morimoto Elite Systems in the past.

Partners: Designing, producing, and selling automotive lighting products isn’t just a job — for us, it’s a way of life. For over a decade, we’ve taken pride in being the industry leader in high performance lighting solutions for do-it-yourselfers everywhere. Whether you need a product recommendation, are having trouble with a technical issue, or require assistance placing an order, we’re here to help. Just get in touch to speak to a knowledgeable member of our team. Contact Us today.

Product Specs

  • Tech Specs


  • BALLAST OUTPUT: 85V AC 35W or 50W

  • BALLAST MAX. V: 25kV (at start-up)


  • 35w RATED LIFESPAN: 2,500 hours

  • 50w RATED LIFESPAN: 2,000 hours

  • 3000K BULBS: Golden Yellow ~2800lm (each)

  • 4500K BULBS: Warm White ~3500lm (each)

  • 5500K BULBS: Pure White ~3400lm (each)

  • 6500K BULBS : Cool White ~3200lm (each)

  • 50W BALLASTS: (+20% intensity) (-20% lifespan)(-1000K color)

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Product Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Stock Non HID 2013 F-150 4dr Screw

Barb & Chuck McNeil Reviewed: 11.26.2016

Build our own projectors and added in the H13/9008 Elite kit. (MotoControl Bi-Xenon , ballasts, igintors, 6500k HID bulbs, labelled wire harass). Plug and play and place good grounding points and done. Amazing lights over stock. Will never go back to stock. The Morimoto HID is the way to go. Thanks - TRS. One small problem on the Morimoto Control module after 15 months, two pins become corroded and shut the module down. So ordered another, plugged in with dielectric grease on the pins and hung vertical and we are good to go. The Retrofit Source had my replacement part from Georgia to Southern Ontario Canada (International Shipping / Customs) in 8 days, very happy.

5 out of 5 stars

Quick Fit

Krishnakumar Reviewed: 03.13.2016

Had to say this is 100% plug and play, not modification or cutting harness, great quality harness compared to other kits I have used, Just had problem initially then found the rust in the input connector is the culprit, WD40 did the job.

Also to mention customer service is at peak, all questions answered promptly.

5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding Quality

Tyler Reviewed: 02.11.2016

From the first moment you open the box you can tell this is a quality kit. I just put the 50w system in my f150 and the light output is incredible! My favorite part about this whole kit has to be how they label every cord for you do you know exactly where it goes. Thank y'all for great customer service and high quality products.

4 out of 5 stars

H13 Bi-Zenon 2013 Yukon

Brandon Reviewed: 01.04.2016

I purchased this kit for my 2013 GMC Yukon. I had considerable trouble having to re-pin the connector where it links up to the factory harness. The bright and low beam wires were backwards. I was given directions on how to re-pin the connector. I was not told I would have to do this when I purchased the kit. It was no where as easy as I would told it would be. There were no video directions or instructions of how to do it I ended up mutilating the pins and the harness connector. I had to get replacement parts from The Retrofit Source. Aside from that the kit was pretty good. I wish the lead wires and the positive cable were a little bit longer so they could be concealed easier. Lights are really bright with 5000K bulbs. Light is very white and lights up the road great.

5 out of 5 stars

H13 4300k system

matt Reviewed: 05.04.2015

This system is quality. If you're looking for the oem factory bright white color of 4300k , this is it...no doubt it's as advertised, "BRIGHT WHITE" like a stadium fixture. The bulbs, wiring, even the ballast and hardware are the best I've seen. Got it in my 2005 F250 superduty. Adds classy look, superior functionality and confidence on the road! Get it! Great customer service as well, Retrofit Source is the real deal.

5 out of 5 stars

Better than expected

Thomas Reviewed: 08.24.2014

MY wife haves depth perception issues while driving at night. So I upgraded the headlight in her Chevy Cruze to this kit. With the additional light output from the HID lights helps her see distant object at night without a struggle. I will upgrade every Vehicle from now on with a kit from the Retrofit Source without question from now on. Thanks for such a great product

5 out of 5 stars


Joseph Reviewed: 08.18.2014

***I bought a brand new 2014 Chevy Cruze which had 9008 factory bulbs. I read everyone's review on this setup and the overall satisfaction was great, so I took the chance and bought a set of 9008 3five 5000k and Love Them!!! After I adjusted the headlight beam downward so it wasn't pointed in peoples faces, it is the color I have been looking for. It's pure white color with a tint of a crystal-glassy-light blue intermixed with the white. A friend of mine has 6k and that setup is too blue for my taste. 5k is just right. Now I just need to buy H8 bulb setup with 5000k and I will have a matching set. I would guess the only downside of having HID bulbs in a not-projector headlight assym is that there are two defined headlight beams on the road. I previously owned a car that had oem hid so the car/headlight were programmed to not have defined beams and the light was spread out throughout the road.

***The difficult factory was small-to slight-medium. The factory bulbs were practically in your face with nothing in the way. No taking a battery out, no removing the bumper, nothing. However just the time it took to organize all of the cords, trying to find a location to place the ballasts, finding a good place to "ground" the kit onto the car.

***Overall, very satisfied with the 3five 5000K!

5 out of 5 stars

Ronald Brandt Reviewed: 06.07.2013

A little background is in order here.

Previous to purchasing this H13 bi-xenon kit here I had previously purchased a cheap kit somewhere else locally. It seems that I can only find cheap kit locally.

The kit that I bought locally was not bi-xenon & had a halogen high beam light. The bulb itself was ok but could have better designed as to it's location in the reflector housing of my 2010 Dodge grand caravan. The beam had a band of yellow light above the cut off of the low beam. This made it so I had to aim the lower than I really wanted to to prevent dazzling other drivers. The high beam lights on this kit were halogen & were totally worthless as when you turn on the high beams the HID bulb shut off & the halogen light shined up into the trees & not at all on the road.

The original ballasts that came with that kit were of the D.C. output type & as a result the output was low & off color temperature. The off color temperature was not a fault of the bulbs but of the ballast. When I hooked a better ballast up to them they were the proper color temperature for their rating.

There was no wiring harness that came with these & though they worked ok with the original ballasts. I had trouble with their more powerful "55watt" ballast not igniting the bulbs consistently so I made my own relayed wiring harness which did work but the problems with their "55watt" ballasts remained as the ballasts were faulty in that they still would not ignite the bulbs if the ballast was warm & it did not matter if the heat source was internal or external, anything over luke warm caused an issue.

Enter the TRS H13 elite kit with Morimoto bulbs, ballasts & motocontrol harness.

The kit arrived on the scheduled time. The sales person that I talked with on the phone was friendly & even though I disagree on some things we talked about they were not critical points.

The Morimoto 3five ballasts are in a word absolutely excellent. They were reliable & would ignite the bulbs under any condition that I tested them in. Their power & color temperature which is in part a function of the ballast providing the correct type & amount of power was spot on. Correct type output being A.C. output instead of D.C. output that some cheap ballasts produce including the ones that originally came with the cheap kit that I purchased locally.

The Morimoto H13 bi-xenon bulbs are also very good. The beam pattern was much closer to the stock halogen bulbs that came with the car. There was still a slight yellow ban above the cut off of the low beam but much narrower than on the cheap HID kit's bulbs. While this was not absolutely perfect, it was more than acceptable as now I could aim them slightly higher without dazzling other drivers. This yellow band does not come from the bulb but from the back side of the hood that is inside the reflector. Correct positioning of the capsule or filament in the case of a halogen bulb hides this yellow band.

High beam on this bulb is excellent with good distance lighting up about 1/4 mile brightly without being over bright in the near field. There is adequate light beyond 1/4 mile out to about 1/2 mile. This is in large part due to the reflector housing not really being setup for great throw but for good width of beam even on high beam. Color temperature of the bulb output looked to be spot on with no hint of blue or yellow from the bulb itself.

The motocontrol harness is superb. connections are of high quality & there is an abrasion resistant cover over the wiring to protect the wiring. Even though I have a Chrysler product my car did not require the chrysler specific harness as this car does not have the canbus system that detects bulbs that are out. I did need to add a capacitor though to prevent the solinoids on the H13 bulbs from buzzing on high beam only.

5 out of 5 stars

michael pawlonek Reviewed: 04.23.2013

After doing lots of research on TRS's site, I decided to purchase the 9008/H13 HID system. I had a few tech questions when I ordered. The staff explained every question thoroughly, and even offered alternate solutions. Install went as planned, and was very strait forward. You can download directions for instal from TRS's site, but there's really no need. The only part I would change would be making the harness about a foot longer, but it works fine as is. The change was incredible. I chose 55 watt ballasts with 5000k bulbs. It's a pure white light that's super bright. I installed in a 2012 Ford Raptor, and wanted to keep the stock headlights. I'm very impressed with the HID system, and with TRS's customer service and tech.

5 out of 5 stars

Brandon Levine Reviewed: 04.08.2013

i bought these for my girlfriends 2011 chevy cruze, install was very easy and didnt take long at all. I ordered 5k. I didnt have to do ANY modification to the relay harness for highbeam function which was great. Everything is labled with great quality parts and supplied with everything you need for install. Highly reccomend!

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