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9012: Morimoto Elite


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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: Morimoto’s XB ballasts are a functional work of art. While the industrial-edge design by California native Artur Saakyan looks great from the outside, they’re packed with too much modern tech on the inside to cover it all in on place. Their DSP 3.0 circuit maximizes reliability, input and output efficiency. Their ability to warm the bulbs up to full operating intensity quickly is matched by few. Hardly are all aftermarket-HID ballasts the same, and the XB’s make that clear in most every category in our opinion.

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.

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 kits have 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 reputation. Car guys world-wide know that TRS carries the internet's best selection of high performance automotive 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. Need a recommendation on parts for your project? Got a tech question? Wholesale inquiry? Contact Us

Product Specs

  • Tech Specs

  • BALLAST INPUT: 9-32V DC

  • BALLAST OUTPUT: 85V AC 35W or 50W

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

  • SYSTEM OPERATING RANGE: -40C to +125C

  • 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

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!


5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Product

Cristian Reviewed: 09.17.2015

Buy this Xenon for my 2015 Hyundai Tucson and change compared to the OEM has been amazing , I've been very satisfied with the quality and quantity of light provided .


5 out of 5 stars

Works Great!

Andrew Reviewed: 07.25.2015

I purchased these HIDs for my 2015 Scion TC and I could not be happier! The car comes stock with HIR2 bulbs so i definitely needed to upgrade. The install was quite simple despite the limited room in the TC, took me about an hour and a half. Being a combined low/high there is very little light scatter when using low beams, making this upgrade a no-brainer! I purchased 35w ballasts with 5500k bulbs, but it is not quite as white as I intended. I recommend 6500k if you want a very white light.

All in all, this is a great kit. Highly recommended!


4 out of 5 stars

2011 Chevy Volt

Douglas Reviewed: 03.06.2015

I opted for the 9012 35w 5k system. Customer support was top notch, quick response. 5 stars to staff. 4 overal only because I ened up confused and bought the capacitor link which is not needed for the Canbus system. Slight flicker first couple startups, but so far no problems. Also would be nice if they offered Velco that they sell on the list with the carbon fiber brackets or offered it instead of the brackets. Installed in less than an hour without any real hassle. Bulb on one side was a little snug and worried about breaking, but both fit like a glove. No tabs to modify. Volt has little room to mount anything by the lights. I used industrial velco to mount so that I can place the wires and other parts tucked in near ballast. Although no real step-by step instructions, the nice harnesses are idiot proof. I did need to flip one to get polarity right as is typically 50/50 chance on GM cars wiring. Only other tip I can offer is that installation requires cutting the tabs and drilling a 1" hole in the dust covers. I used a Dremmel to cut tabs first. If you use snips, be careful as they are brittle. I cracked one trying this, luckily not to where I have to replace. Lights look nice and cant wait to see how they work in the fog as they provide much better light at night than the stock bulbs. Looking to install matching switchbacks for frount blinkers. Thank you TRS for your help!


5 out of 5 stars

A+++++++

Danny Reviewed: 12.12.2014

Very happy with the results. I purchased the 5000k and they look great on my 2015 gmc sierra install was super easy and fast knocked it out in 30mins. The 5000k look nice. Not too blue a nice smooth white.


5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Product

Mike Reviewed: 12.10.2014

Ordered this kit for my 2014 Ford Edge SEL with a capacitor link to work with the daytime running lights required by law in Canada. After some minor troubleshooting (capacitor link wires reversed in connector) the kit runs perfectly. This is my second HID kit from TRS and I could not be happier with their products and their customer service.

For the price I find these kits worth every penny. You can really tell the quality in the workmanship.


Great Kit

Jonathan Reviewed: 07.25.2014

I purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra back in January. I spent multiple hours researching the HID conversion kit to purchase.I finally mad up my mind and purchased this kit for TRS. I am very pleased with this purchase. I emailed them a few times and they were willing to help with any question that I had.

I installed the lights on a Saturday. It took a little longer than I thought it was going to but most of that was my own doing and issues. I want to hide the kit as much as possible and not just have wires hanging all over. I cant say I am very car/truck savvy but can get most things done. Overall the install was pretty simple and straight forward. I did drill a hole in the light cover so that the wires from the bulb itself could pass through. The rube gasket seals very well.

I used the can-bus for the error eliminate and flicker. I do believe some others have used the capacitor link. I am thinking it might have to do with the model of truck SLE vs SLT, just a thought though nothing to back that up.

The lights are bright and look great also. So much better than the stock lights on these trucks. If you are looking for a great kit and great customer serve go with TRS and this kit.


5 out of 5 stars

Great Kit

Jonathan Reviewed: 07.24.2014

I purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra back in January. I spent multiple hours researching the HID conversion kit to purchase.I finally mad up my mind and purchased this kit for TRS. I am very pleased with this purchase. I emailed them a few times and they were willing to help with any question that I had.

I installed the lights on a Saturday. It took a little longer than I thought it was going to but most of that was my own doing and issues. I want to hide the kit as much as possible and not just have wires hanging all over. I cant say I am very car/truck savvy but can get most things done. Overall the install was pretty simple and straight forward. I did drill a hole in the light cover so that the wires from the bulb itself could pass through. The rube gasket seals very well.

I used the can-bus for the error eliminate and flicker. I do believe some others have used the capacitor link. I am thinking it might have to do with the model of truck SLE vs SLT, just a thought though nothing to back that up.

The lights are bright and look great also. So much better than the stock lights on these trucks. If you are looking for a great kit and great customer serve go with TRS and this kit.


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