H3C: 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: 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!
H3C 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 H3 H3C 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!
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- HID BALLASTS: 2x Morimoto XB35 AMP or XB55 AMP
- H3C HID BULBS: 2x Morimoto XB
- WIRE HARNESS: 1x Morimoto HD Relay or 2x Standalone Canbus
- WARRANTY: 5 Years (35w) or 3 Years (50w)
- OPTIONAL CAPACITOR LINK: 1x Morimoto Waterproof Cap Link
- SIZE: H3 or H3C Low Beams, High Beams, Fog Lights
- HEADLIGHT TYPE: Projector or Reflector
- CONFIRM SIZE: Philips Size Guide
- KIT OPTIONS: Video Explanation
- 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)