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2006-12 OEM JDM HID ( Factory Xenon) Headlights from Japan

I think this subject deserves it's own thread plus I get pm's all the time asking for links, so below I have pasted the text from my posts from another thread:

Ok, below are the links for the headlights and ballast's, The headlights for the 2006-08 are Ichikoh 42-38, the ones for 09-12 are Ichikoh 42-47 this applies to North & South American rav4's (European Rav4's up to 2009 models). They are from the same seller I used, also make sure you use the buying service website to do a proper translation for you, they will also make the purchase for you as well as arrange for the shipping. You can also search the following keywords on buyee.jp : rav4 ヘッドライト (headlight), rav4 42-38, rav4 42-47, aca31 ヘッドライト (headlight), aca36 ヘッドライト

Here are the 2 different types:

2006-08 (Ichikoh 42-38 )


2009-12 (Ichikoh 42-47)


As for the ballast's you will need to buy a square looking one that has a little slit in one corner, some of the ballasts even include the gaskets and screws, trust me you should buy the ballast's from Japan because there are a lot of chinese fakes online (ebay, amazon).



I also wanted to mention that when I received my headlights I looked inside at the cutoff plate and it was written RHD HID plus I saw that it was -------\________ which is RHD cutoff, then I saw that there are only 4 screws that were holding the reflector bowl, once I removed the reflector bowl I flipped the cutoff plate 180 and it fit perfect and to my surprise it was actually written LHD HID, so I guess Toyota was in doing that.

All other parts required can be found here and here
Parts required:

Headlights x2 ****Make sure the headlights come with the round headlamp covers for the back!!!!!! If they are shown in the photo then they will almost certainly be included, if not go here and you can buy some.
Ballast's x2 Part #: 85967-06020 (New ones cost around $175 each)
Gasket x2 Part #: 90075-68007
Screw x8 Part #: 90075-02056
Socket, Clearance Lamp x2 Part #: 81138-52570
Clearance socket connector x2 Part #: 90080-98298
Socket, Front Turn Signal Lamp x2 Part #: 81515-42050
Turn Socket Connector x2 Part #: 90980-11019
Terminal Repair Wire x8 Part #: 82998-12440
Triangular Female Connector x2 Big thanks to avs for part #: 90980-11016
OEM Toshiba HID bulbs x2 or Philips D4S (42402)
Buyee.jp
Buying/shipping service (Register here to buy from Yahoo Japan)

Optional: Headlamp Cover Part number 81135-52480 (you will need this if only if you receive a headlight with a missing bulb cover for the HID bulb opening) Thanks to Zuppy for confirming correct part number and fitment.

Optional: If you want to make use of the headlamp leveling motors then you will need the following items:
Leveling Switch Part #: 84152-52080
Switch Connector Part #: 90980-11950
Leveling Switch Wires x4 Part #: 82998-12690
Headlamp Leveling Motor Connector x2 Part #: 90080-98028
BIG Thanks to Trusa for the part numbers, much appreciated!

Use kennyc's guide to make your wiring for the turn signal and clearance lights. Thanks to kennyc for the wiring guide.

Optional: If you don't want to mess up your factory pigtail (the one mentioned in kennyc's wiring guide) for the city & clearance lights, then you can buy a connector and the terminal wires and then you won't need to mess with your USDM factory headlights. Below are the links and part numbers:
City/Clearance Harness Connector x2 Part #: 90980-10941
Terminal Repair Wire x8 Part #: 82998-12430


I paid 7000jpy ($70) for both ballast's and 8400jpy ($84) for each headlight.
Here are photos (from camera phone) of my output and cutoff:





How to adjust HID cutoff: http://www.theretrofitsource.com/diy-installation-guides/aiming-guide.html

http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/130317-**how-properly-aim-projector-headlights**.html

Optional: Leveling Motors "How to guide" This is very useful and IMO a necessary option if you tow frequently or you have a Third row equipped 4.3. Thank you SirTampers
 

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Here is one of the questions I received:
"how does the ballast connect to the car? i know the circular head connects to bulb base. there is 2 more wires, i assume connect to the headlight plug?"

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Usually the headlights from japan include these and you can buy some http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-OEM-Lexus-Denso-Koito-ES350-GS350-IS350-Xenon-HID-Ballast-WIRE-PLUG-HARNESS-/230778048500?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35bb718ff4&vxp=mtr , the original one that comes with the headlight has two connectors, one end looks like the one in the link and the other end plugs into the inside of the headlight which leads to plug on the outside where you would connect your modified http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-NEW-9006-HB4-Female-Wire-Connector-Wiring-Harness-Pigtail-plug-socket-adapter-/380433687152?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item58939d6270&vxp=mtr , modified because on the one end you would need to add female quick disconnects in order to plug them into the headlight which would feed power to the ballast.

Question: Why do I need additional sockets?
Answer: Check out the following thread http://www.rav4world.com/forums/97-4-3-exterior/85782-euro-projector-retrofit.html

Question: How do I register on Yahoo Japan in order to shop?
Answer: No need to register on Yahoo Japan, just register on www.buyee.jp and they will complete the purchase for you as well as shipping to your home address.
 
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Successfully purchased 2 headlights and ballast.

I bought D2R/D2S Ballast instead of D4R/D4S because D2S Bulbs offer my preferred kelvin rating of 5000k. (and many others)

This headlamp just like many north american Lexus/Toyota with factory hid that ONLY accepts D4R/S bulbs.

The D2S bulb will require little trimming of it's notch to fit into the headlamp.

And just a note: the ballasts are not interchangeable between D2 and D4 bulbs. I.E. a D4 ballast cannot power up a D2 bulb and vice versa due to different voltages at start up.

There are no noticeable differences in terms of light output between the 2 bulbs, and again the main reason I opted for D2 was solely for colour variety. D4 bulbs only come in 4300k and I believe it is the OEM bulb in most if not all in HID factory equipped japanese vehicles.
 

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Another thing I should mention, D4R/D2R bulbs are for reflector based headlights that's why the "R" stands for reflector, also the D4R/D2R bulbs have a little black strip in the bulb lens which is meant to shield the added glare so it can be used in reflector based headlights. These type of bulbs should not be used on projector based headlights. So if anyone wants to do this project make sure you buy D4S/D2S bulbs. Auto makers now only use D4 type bulbs because they are mercury free. D2 bulbs contain mercury. Oem Toyota/Lexus bulbs are made by Harrison Toshiba and they can be purchased here .

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Any link on who to use for the proxy?
Why would you need to use a proxy to look for auto parts? I'm pretty sure it's not against the law/prohibited in any country to visit auto parts websites.

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Why would you need to use a proxy to look for auto parts? I'm pretty sure it's not against the law/prohibited in any country to visit auto parts websites.

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Used the wrong term since in Styleforum.net, "proxy" is considered the middleman or the mail forwarder, so I think I should restructure my statement.

Who did you use to have your headlights shipped to you from Japan?
 

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Used the wrong term since in Styleforum.net, "proxy" is considered the middleman or the mail forwarder, so I think I should restructure my statement.

Who did you use to have your headlights shipped to you from Japan?
Ok. The link is in the first post, but I'll post it for you here: www.buyee.jp
They are reliable and pricing is fair imo.
 

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2 Quick questions for you if you don't mind, how much you paid shipping? And Also what was the total weight of the headlights when shipped to you? (Was it all shipped in 1 box or 2 different?) Thanks again
Shipping cost using EMS was 9600 jpy per headlight international (buyee to me) plus 630 jpy per headlight domestic shipping (seller to buyee) in Japan. I did not choose to consolidate because they charge extra to do that into one box but you can do that if you want. Weight of each box was 5,600 grams. BTW EMS shipping takes 3 days from buyee to my home, it never takes longer than that in my experience.
 

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hello,

How did u buy headlight from yahoo jp? it requires me to register because my current id is for north america, but when registering, it asks for local Japanese post code. did u register a new yahoo japan id in order to buy??

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hello,

How did u buy headlight from yahoo jp? it requires me to register because my current id is for north america, but when registering, it asks for local Japanese post code. did u register a new yahoo japan id in order to buy??

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Please read the first post and use the provided links. No need to register on Yahoo Japan.

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Very nice, I see the color flickering effect you were asking me about ;-) How's the cutoff, I assume it's like mine?
 

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Very nice, I see the color flickering effect you were asking me about ;-) How's the cutoff, I assume it's like mine?
I love that flickering effect haha! The cutout is SUPER clean, would of really enjoyed it if was a TAD bit wider but overall it looks great!

Thanks for all the help Veliksam and everyone else!
 

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I love that flickering effect haha! The cutout is SUPER clean, would of really enjoyed it if was a TAD bit wider but overall it looks great!

Thanks for all the help Veliksam and everyone else!
That's great! Make sure you add the 3m Scotchgard ppf to the headlights, you'll want to protect your investment. Now you'll see many Rav4 owners on the street asking you "how did you get the HID projectors" and also that there was no option for HID headlights. Enjoy :)
 
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