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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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H11: Morimoto Elite HID System - Which are the correct bulbs for a 2013 M3 Hatch?

I've decided to purchase the H11: Morimoto Elite HID System from The Retrofit Source for my 2013 M3 Hatch. I have one dilemma: Which bulbs do I need?

I've communicated with their support and received the following:

The Morimoto 3Five H11 HID bulbs are designed according to the industry standard for H11 bulb orientation. Recently, many manufacturers started using the same H11 projectors which are inverted from the industry standard of H11 orientation. The reason why is unknown, but the resulting side effect is a shadow from the ground wire on the standard H11 HID bulb. The upgraded XB35 bulbs are a solid choice for those facing this problem though since when locked in, their ground wire will still remain at 6-o-clock. Unfortunately we don't have a resource that includes which type bulb you'll need here.

These bulbs are available in an H11 Elite kit for an additional $20 and are listed as an option on that kit page.


Does anyone know which bulb I will need to install these? I'd hate to purchase the kit only to find out I got the wrong bulbs.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Update: I spoke to TRS and they said if I sent them pictures of the housings they could tell me which bulb I need. I'll post the results once I hear back from them.

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Well, I needed the special bulbs for $20 extra in case anybody needed to know for future reference.
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Thanks for contributing. Mind posting the pics of your housings here so members of the forum can compare?


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I've tried to post attachments in the forum many times but keep receiving the following error:

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I sent an email to the administrator and will post pictures as soon as the system will let me.

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Thanks for the info, I've bookmarked this page and the TRS pages so I can do this as a future mod.
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The H11 XB35 and the normal H11 have the same base so they both will fit into any H11 housing. The difference between the XB35 is that the element inside the glass filament is downward firing. Some headlights require this as most of the reflective material are down on the bottom to allow for more reflection and light output. Personally, I only notice a slight increase in lumens with the XB35 compared to the original H11s. The XB35s are however better manufactured so they say and will last much longer. For $20 more, you might as well go ahead with it since you're already buying Morimoto!! Don't cheap out!
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