HIR 9011 and 9012 bulbs are exactly identical in all dimensions to 9005 and 9006 bulbs, except for two areas, the second of which is unimportant for most cars. The first area is the "center" tab on the mounting flange. When trimming, you should always look at the bulb from the back, with the plug socket facing down. This prevents trimming in reverse, where you look at your old bulb from the front and then trim your new one from the back. There are 3 mounting lugs on the circular base flange, the ones that fit into the slots in the housing and then rotate home. The ones at 4:00 and 8:00 are large; they are the same on all bulbs and don't get trimmed. It's the center or top ones, at 12:00, that you trim.




On a 9006 low beam, the top tab occupies a space roughly from 12:00 to 1:00. On an HIR 9012 low beam, the tab is both double wide and double deep. You need to make it shorter (trim it to a smaller radius) and also remove the section from 11:00 to 12:00.


On a 9005 high beam, the top tab occupies a space roughly from 11:00 to 12:00. On an HIR 9011 high beam, the tab is the same depth as the 9005 but runs from 11:00 to 1:00. All that's needed to trim it is to remove the portion from 12:00 to 1:00.


The bulbs will come marked with white paint. You want to REMOVE THE WHITE PART. This will give you an exact duplicate of a 9005 or 9006 OEM stock bulb.


The tabs on the HIR bulbs can be regarded as universal, or blank, or androgynous. They have an excess of top tab, and it is centered on 12:00, so they could be trimmed to fit in either a high or a low housing, depending on whether you take off the right or the left side of the tab. Remove the left for a low beam, right for a high beam. Again, you're looking at the back of the bulbs with the plug down.



Untrimmed HIR 9012 low beam





Trimmed HIR 9012 low beam






Untrimmed HIR 9011 high beam





Trimmed HIR 9011 high beam



The plastic on the bulbs is a little bit brittle if you try to cut too much of it at once,and it doesnít cut cleanly like PVC would. A very good tool to trim with is ordinary toenail trimmers, the ones that are a large version of fingernail trimmers. BUT, donít try to remove very much plastic at a time; just take small 1 millimeter bites. A Dremel tool is great if you have one. A cutoff disc at medium speed does well, although youíll get some melting onto the disc. A hand file does well also, though it takes a little longer. Side cutters or end nippers donít work well on this plastic.


The trimming doesnít call for extreme precision. All you need to do is remove enough material so that the top tab will fit in its slot on the housing. If you deliberately ground it off altogether, the bulb would still fit OK and function with just the two base tabs. Itís a quick and easy job for anyone with basic eye-hand coordination, and the chance of error is close to zero.


No modification to the housing is ever required, only the bulb. Also, no modification to the electrical plug section is required for stock replacement trim.


There are a couple of other trimming issues that you may need to be alert for.  Lots of Jeeps and Chrysler cars used straight-based bulbs OEM. You can virtually always use the angle-base bulbs to replace them, sometimes with a little judicious trimming. There are no decent upgrade straight base bulbs that I am aware of. If thereís any doubt on your vehicle, you might want to get a cheap 9005 angle-base bulb and give it a try. Most Jeeps are not a problem, but Dodge Chargers are known to be very difficult.

Also, there's an issue affecting some vehicles where the hole in the housing has a taper or ridge in it, for no clear reason. This can make it difficult to push and turn the bulb into position. The fix is to bevel the nose of the barrel a little; see pic for my quick and dirty approach. You simply file down the area above the o-ring a little bit, on an angle. Neither of these things present much of a hurdle, and the trimming is still quick and easy (and worth the result).


Beveled Barrel on an HIR bulb


The info above is the single-step procedure for stock replacement trimming, and is online here:


Itís also physically possible to trim HIR9011 high-beam bulbs to fit into 9006/HB4 housings.This is only recommended if you live in rural areas or have projector headlight housings with known good quality light pattern control and upper cutoff. Itís critical to keep your lights aligned properly and make yourself aware of your own glare.


To do the hi-lo conversion, there are three steps-

1) Trim the top tab to fit in a low housing socket (remove the side opposite to the white section, approximately). If the bulbs are not marked, refer to your current 9006 low bulbs and trim the new ones to match.

2) Cut the double guide rails out of the plug section of the bulb. Dremel, utility knife, soldering tip all work well.

3) Double up the o-ring, putting your old o-rings on the barrel of the 9011 bulb behind the existing ones. This centers the bulb and keeps it watertight.

You can use the foam shipping tube as a holder for trimming.