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Renowned: The Morimoto Elite Systems have earned their reputation amongst many as the aftermarket's best set of HID's. We urge you to check out the specs below, read the Reviews and then ask yourself whether your ability to see well while driving at night is worth saving a couple bucks?

Optioned Out: With a variety of available options, the Morimoto Elite HID system can be configured perfectly just for you. This helpful video goes over each of the options shown above.

HID Ballasts: Designed in California by Morimoto’s engineer, Yoshi Ishida, the Morimoto XB 2.0 HID Ballasts are just as good looking on the outside as they are well-engineered on the inside. They are available in both 35w and 50w versions, use proprietary software by the pros at Hylux paired with packaging perfection from the masters at Morimoto. This is today’s most modern iteration of a model that has sold more than half a million units since inception, and we don’t think it can really get any better!

9012 HID Bulbs: Homegrown by Morimoto to out-perform any alternatives on the market when installed in projector-based headlight…and it shows. We admit the latest generation XB HID bulbs are pretty impressive when compared to other bulbs, and even older Morimoto bulbs. At the heart of the XB bulbs is their perfectly-aligned 100% Philips quartz glass capsule that houses high quality halide salts from German-supplier Messer. In our annual lux comparison test, they produced nearly the same luminosity (intensity) as the industry benchmark Osram CBI bulbs at 5500K. No, you're not seeing things here, but yes you will be seeing everything at night.

High-Low Function: Many newer applications use a 9012 "Bi-Halogen" projector with a single-filament 9012 bulb and a projector that contains a high-low cutoff shield. In replacing the halogen bulb with an HID bulb, the 9012 dual beam function is retained! Blast on with confidence!

Wire Harness: As one of the most important parts in any HID lighting upgrade; don't skimp out when it comes to your wiring. It doesn't matter how good your ballasts are. How good your bulbs are. If your harness is a piece of crap, when it gives out your headlights are gonzo. Morimoto’s harnesses are the best on the market and easily worth their premium price compared to cheaper alternatives. No matter which one is right for your application, the harness features triple-sealed central relay packs, 14ga stranded copper wiring, over-molded fittings, and plug-n-play functionality. This will ensure everything properly (and permanently) works with your vehicle’s original in-cabin controls.

Optional Canbus Harnesses: Instead of a traditional relayed harness that draws power from the battery, Morimoto’s Standalone Canbus harnesses use two individual sub-harnesses to keep a load on the factory wiring. Recommended for vehicles that recognize when a bulb is out, these contain a series of capacitors and resistors to trick the car into thinking nothing has changed and help you avoid annoying "bulb out" warnings. We generally recommend them for use on most modern European applications instead of normal harnesses since they do a great job at providing stable power to the ballasts and canceling any warnings.

Backed Up: Let's not forget the 5-year warranty on the entire kit*. The Elite system is designed to run for 2500 hours, so that's what it's guaranteed for. Don't buy into empty promises from other places offering BS "lifetime" warranties. Nothing lasts forever, and if you think "the other guy" will be there to pick up the phone or even stay in business long enough to assist you when there's a problem; guess again! [*XB55 9012 HID kits have a 3 year warranty]

User-Approved: By satisfied enthusiasts with all kinds of cars and trucks. With a quick and easy search we pulled up install examples (1,2,3,4,5,6) that span several generations of the Elite HID systems! If you haven’t made a decision just yet, keep reading!

Trusted: For more than a decade, we've worked hard to earn our killer reputation. Car guys world-wide know that TRS carries the internet's best selection of high performance automotive and powersport lighting products at the best prices, and we've got the best, most knowledgeable team of real enthusiasts to help back it up. If we sell it, then you bet we've put it to the test on our own cars, trucks, and bikes. Need a recommendation on parts for your project? Got a tech question? Wholesale inquiry? Contact Us

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

Morimoto Elite

Shawn Sibley Reviewed: 01.14.2019

First time dealing with HIDs. Very easy install and they look awesome.

4 out of 5 stars

Chrysler 200S

Alex Zmejkoski Reviewed: 11.18.2018

The output of the bulbs were great and worked as promised. The fitment was good with only a few minor adjustments to make them enter the projector. The installation was long and somewhat complex, but nothing too out-of-this world.

The issue I have with this product is the inferior quality of the ballast. After a year of usage, about 20K miles, the bulb went out. I replaced the HID bulb, yet there was no output, concluding something was wrong with the ballast. After 2 months, the other ballast blew out. A shame, the output and color of the bulbs were great. I will be switching to a LED product from another lighting source for longer longevity and support product quality.

5 out of 5 stars


Nick Nam Reviewed: 06.30.2018

Wow. This system is the highest quality HID system I have ever used. I have always been used to the cheap HID systems and always had problems. With the Morimoto Elite, the lights turn on quickly and are very bright. I was amazed by the 35w power. Once you use quality HIDs, you will never go back to the cheap ones!

4 out of 5 stars

2015 Chevy Impala

John Allen Reviewed: 04.09.2018

Installation is easily described through instructions. However, suggestions for placement of HD relay and ballasts would be beneficial as there is little room in some vehicles. Gave it 4 stars as instructions were only online and did not come with 3M MOUNTING tabs, zip ties or test light like many competitors provide. Overall a good kit.

3 out of 5 stars

Not for 2016-2018 Toyota Rav4

Billy Yates Reviewed: 02.11.2018

Bought this kit because TRS recommends it for my car, but the 9012 bulbs cause huge amounts of ground wire shadow. I cant really return the kit since I would only get 80% of my money back even tho the product was wrongly recommended. Aside from the wrong bulb type the rest of the kit is top notch. I have purchased many HID kits from TRS and even tho this purchase turned out to be a mistake I will keep giving them my business. On a side note I had a spare set of cheap 9006 Ebay bulbs laying around and they seem to work with little to no ground wire shadow. Might just be the projectors in my car and how the 9012 rotates in, but just my 2 cents!

3 out of 5 stars

2017 toyota rav4 hybrid

Kerem Kucukali Reviewed: 01.14.2018

Hi I ordered the item online while talking to costumer service and they recommend this hid kits but it causes ground wire shadow issue on 2016-2017 toyota rav4 because ground wire point up. I guess that's not really their fault though, and at that point, kit was used. I had to return item but didn't get full refund so got 80% refund. buy led profile peak for 2016-2017 toyota rav4.

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Product

Mario Lucio Reviewed: 11.05.2017

I bought this kit for my wife 2014 Dodge Durango. While the install took me a little longer than I had planned due to the space constraints of the engine bay, I was able to get this kit installed and tested. I must say that going from stock to HID lighting is the way to go. The road is lit up so much better and my wife can see better at night when she is driving.

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent performance and cutoff on 2013 Volt

Matt Johnson Reviewed: 04.11.2017

Performance a huge improvement over factory halogen bulbs. Beam characteristics and cutoff appear to remain the same, only brighter. Beam matches many factory HIDs, other than width. Performs better than F-150 factory hid. Has less width than Acura TL and TSX HID.

Capacitor link will cause flickering on a Volt. CANBUS itself isn't needed, but the parts in the CANBUS harness seem to do enough to prevent flickering without needing a relay. HD relay 9012 kit without cap-link should perform the best all around, but the CANBUS adapter does seem to work without needing to run relay wires.

Only thing I don't like is that the 4500K/most neutral color also has a blue tinted bulb. Perfectly clear glass is preferred.

I strongly recommend the Morimoto kit for Volts!

Similarly-priced competition has a whiter-than-halogen bulb, but halogen-levels of performance. I compared directly. I can't suggest the other kits available at the same price - TRS has the best.

5 out of 5 stars

Great 9012 kit

Andrew Reviewed: 08.09.2016

I bought this to replace the HIR2 bulbs that come stock in a 2007 Nissan Maxima. What a difference it makes over the junk OEM halogen bulbs. I got this kit for my moms car and she was super impressed with the quality of the kit and light output! We went with the 4300k bulbs and 35w ballasts.

5 out of 5 stars

2016 Scion TC

John Reviewed: 03.15.2016

I was a little hesitant when first reading reviews and wondering if $150 was "too much" to spend on HID's but am I'm glad i did! Great upgrade over OEM bulbs that were 55w halogens, the light output from the 35w 5.5k is amazing. Crisp and clean white! Lights up the shoulder also, and the cutoff is nice and clean still with little light scatter for not being a "true" projector. It also fires up every time i start it up, no worries for me at all. Overall i have to say it was worth every penny and i love it! Would buy from again in the future!

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