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Alpharex USA headlights

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by TheBeast, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Dec 1, 2019 at 9:25 PM
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    Been lurking as a guest forever. Just installed AlphaRex headlights over the long weekend and I have to say I am very pleased. I replaced the lowbeams that shipped with the headlights with Headlight Revolution H7 V.4 LED's for $169.00. The LED's were plug and play...no drilling and hacking like the HID pics above. I wrapped the end of the LED modules in a few small pieces of packing foam they came in and dropped them inside the housing. Did the shake test to make sure they weren't banging around inside and all was good. They stayed put where I'd dropped them in. If you use these LED's make sure you remove the ring and install it in the housing first. Makes things waaaay easier. I also had to trim the low beam round covers to get them to seat with the HR V.4s. I considered the Morimoto's but didn't like the look as much and the cost even less!!! They appear to use standard reflectors and I have to say, with the V.4's the AlphaRex Low Beams are badass.

    It took me several hours to adjust the headlights and I did notice once when you get to the end of the adjustment the screw will continue to turn with nothing happening. I used a small wrench and note: the height adjustment by the battery takes alot of patience!!! I finally put painters tape on my garage wall to delineate the starting point of the beam and found the end points of each adjustment. I got the height as high as it would go but still wasn't satisfied (with it on the wall at least), so I unscrewed the lower outside bolt, pulled the housing forward at the bottom and re-tightened the bolt. This helped enough to get them to what I would later consider the perfect height while driving. I then adjusted the right elevated portion of the left beam even with the right low beam. There were a few artifacts with the LED's on the garage wall and I wasn't far enough back, but in the real world these artifacts wound up on the ground in front of the truck and not even visible from the driver's seat. Finally I drove to a dark street and with the round covers removed, used a gloved hand to rotate the LED's inside the housing (they weren't hot enough to burn me but uncomfortable with bare fingers). My hand was really crammed in there but it was doable. Start with the power wire at 6 oclock and adjust left and right from there. I drove away extremely satisfied with the awesome brightness and coverage on the road.

    Side note: I thought the beam on the wall looked really odd and I just chalked it up to the LED's. The next night I drove my 2012 Audi A6 to the gym and as I was pulling into the parking garage, I saw the HID projector headlight pattern on the wall. It had the same low spot to the left and then the next higher horizontal line faded into the right light at the same level. I'd never noticed how weird this pattern was in 7 years of driving the car. It was almost identical to my fully adjusted LED lights in the AlphaRex Pro's. Last night I drove the Tundra to BestBuy and the beam height was just perfect. There was a perfect horizontal line that was hitting the side and rear of cars just right at the bottom of their windows. They are even brighter and a better color than the factory Audi HID's. Time will tell if I have any condensation issues. The housing covers seal extremely well so not sure how moisture would enter.
     
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    Awesome. Keep us updated on the possible condensation. Any pics?
     
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  3. Dec 2, 2019 at 8:51 AM
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    I'll try to get some later today. I wired up the DRL module and it was really easy. Still trying to decide if I want to defeat the turn signal DRL's. I'm sure there is a post somewhere on how to do that.
     
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  4. Dec 2, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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    LED's were plug and play...no drilling and hacking like the HID pics above. Hids are plug n play, don't know why you would drill and hack? You definitely might have to apply some sort of sealant if you run into moisture issues. LEDs are still behind Hids as far as output, but it's personal preference ya know.
     
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  5. Dec 2, 2019 at 12:19 PM
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    they have an upcoming all LED model, the NOVA. waiting to see how it performs vs the Morimotos.
     
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  6. Dec 2, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    Referring to the pics in this thread and AlphaRex's instructions for installing HID's. https://alpharexusa.com/how-to-install-hid-with-pro-series-headlights/

    And regarding personal preference, these v.4 LED's are every bit as good and even brighter than my HID's in my 2012 A6.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2019 at 12:28 PM
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  8. Dec 2, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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    You guys know the adjusters are meant to be done from above with a Phillips head screw driver. There is an opening on top and a gear on the back of the adjusters. Use a long Philips screwdriver and put it in from the top. It will turn the gear teeth.
     
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  10. Dec 2, 2019 at 7:59 PM
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    This kills me! I did not know that!! This knowledge would have shaved about an hour off the aiming process. Thanks for the info!!!
     
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  11. Dec 2, 2019 at 8:45 PM
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    I was thinking about getting these headlights after my spyder after about 1 yr started peel on the tops of the headlight housing but to my understanding these Alpharex have similar issue so I am looking at re clearing mine for now and see what happens
     
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  12. Dec 4, 2019 at 8:40 PM
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    yes similar to Morimotos. All those new LED headlights, if it goes bad you have to replace the whole housing..the Sequoias are the same...sucks..that's where the warranty kicks in imo. iirc Morimotos has 5 years on the LED headlights. Not sure on alpharex.
     
  14. Dec 5, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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    I got to thinking about this the other day

    I think I’ll get some Hikari bulbs and call it good
     
  15. Dec 5, 2019 at 7:19 AM
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    maybe this already was discussed but how's the clear coat longevity on these? my recons are 2 years old and the clear coat is already peeling off. :annoyed:

    i still have my stock units and am now considering the retrofit route just because of the factory clear coat.
     
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    I have tried several “aftermarket” headlight types

    6 months to 2 years they ALL peeled

    That was with waxing and cleaning about once a month as well

    I don’t expect the Alpharex units to be any different

    If you read the warranty FAQ’s it basically sounds like they will decide IF the units covered or not. Wear and tear/elemental damage which they COULD say is the reason the clear peels wouldn’t be covered.

    Also,I wonder IF you get a replacement of the warranty is intact on those too
     
  17. Dec 5, 2019 at 7:32 AM
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    yea, that's what i figured. i don't have the energy these days to argue with someone over that. just glad i kept my stock units. i'll probably bubble wrap and send them off to someone after the first of the year.
     
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    @TheBeast , I am trying to reach the Tech @ Alpharex to get some info on them as well as maybe an extended warranty option. There's a video of a guy who did a installation of the Nova series on his 2nd Gen Tundra, and it's pretty much plug n play. The only thing you would wire is the drl led tube. Easy peasy with a fuse tap into ignition. I also watched a comparison video of these LEDs vs factory leds and halogen. Why halogens were even involved were questionable. Note: this comparison was with a f150(halogen) Raptor ( factory leds) , and Raptor with Alpharex leds. The Alpharex leds were amazingly bright, to the point I would jump ship from my hids. I would like to know how hids would compare to these. As soon as I get some answers I'll post here. Alpharex provides a 2 year warranty with their headlights. Thanks for posting about them
     
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    sweet. do you have the link to the video @rons23
     
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    I would have been all over these if I had my 08 still
     
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    Don't worry I'm gonna pick up your slack :D
     
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    Ok guy's, spoke with Edwin over @ Alpharex. As of right now their warranty is 2 years. He said their working on a better warranty or extended warranty. He said that they will work with all their customers. If the led bulb or projector goes bad , he said they will work with you on replacement. They are working on tailights too, unfortunately ford and ram are the first 2 makes, I told him BS! What about the Tundra. He agreed and said that will happen eventually. These headlights are pretty sick and very easy to install with no opening up or modifications needed. A fuse tap to the ignition and your done. They have 2 adjustment screws for up/down and left/ right. They are a bit pricey , but when you look @ the Morimoto, Sequoia, or doing a custom retrofit , your gonna be around 1,200 or so. Santa could come early this year:D
     
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