Converting your headlight bulbs from 9006 to 9005

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Converting your headlight bulbs from 9006 to 9005

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Converting your headlight bulbs from 9006 to 9005.

Why using a 9005 bulb: 9005 bulbs are 65W and are not capped at the end, 9006 bulbs are 55W and have a cap at the end. Light increase is from the increase in lumens from the 9005 bulb. A 9005 bulb has 70% more lumens than the 9006 (1700 lumens vs. 1000 lumens). HID has 3200 lumens. Also 4 bulbs of the same type make the car look better when all four are on. However you have to slightly modify the 9005 bulb to fit the 9006 socket. And no, contrary to some opinions they will not burn faster or annoy too much the drivers in the front.


• File or chisel tools.
• Sharp knife, blade, soldering iron or Dremel like tool
• 2 x 9005 bulbs.
• Protective glasses (you don't want to lose an eye) and gloves

1. Remove 3mm of plastic from the left of the center until you have 5-6mm of plastic left.


2. Remove the two guides inside the socket (I used a knife and a soldering iron). Install 2 or 3 O-rings from the old bulb in the new bulb to ensure a tight fit. (I didn’t and it worked fine for me).



3. Install the bulbs in your car and have your light adjusted if not already.

Notes: Make sure the bulbs are clean before installing them, oil form the hands or other can damage them.
-Keep in mind that every time you change the bulb you will have to modify it. Buying another pair of 9005 sockets will not solve the problem since what goes to the headlight is the bulb.
-The increase in wattage will not burn out the fuses of the low beam (both circuit fuses, low and high beam, are rated at 10 A), unless you use one of those high wattage bulbs (which can burn everything including wires).
-Be careful when driving with high beams on, now you can annoy drivers in front of you more…
Last edited by el_jelly on Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:46 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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