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I have the 2017 LT and I’m Looking to upgrade my headlights. I’ve seen aftermarket ones that spyder makes and ones with DRL halos in them as well. As my car does not have drl halos, will these be compatible with my car? I’ve noticed some have different mounting screws for the headlights like the HID (Premier sub model) version of my headlight. Is there some sort of mounting bracket I can buy? Wiring won’t be an issue, I just want to make sure I don’t buy some aftermarket headlights and have no way to mount them or use them. I’m also looking for the best headlight with a high quality projector cause light output is very important to me. I am using HIDs right now and plan to use them with my next headlight as my front windshield is tinted. Any help or insight to the situation is greatly appreciated 🙂
 

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I have the 2017 LT and I’m Looking to upgrade my headlights. I’ve seen aftermarket ones that spyder makes and ones with DRL halos in them as well. As my car does not have drl halos, will these be compatible with my car? I’ve noticed some have different mounting screws for the headlights like the HID (Premier sub model) version of my headlight. Is there some sort of mounting bracket I can buy? Wiring won’t be an issue, I just want to make sure I don’t buy some aftermarket headlights and have no way to mount them or use them. I’m also looking for the best headlight with a high quality projector cause light output is very important to me. I am using HIDs right now and plan to use them with my next headlight as my front windshield is tinted. Any help or insight to the situation is greatly appreciated
Have you ever thought about keeping your OEM headlights & using 360° 9012 LEDs? I have a 2014 Chevy Impala & I could never get those flat-sided LEDs to work right because of the way they lock in to position...

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Don't get the ones that have LEDs all over the place. If you are not able to clock the bulb properly then get some that can be clocked. The new Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0 bulbs are clockable. I have the 2 stroke 2.0 9012 bulbs and although they are not clockable they were clocked just fine as is.

I have some diode dynamics SL1 LED 9012 bulbs in my 2015 Sierra pickup and they are clockable. I had to clock those.
 

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I have the DTmoto LED DRL switchbacks on my 15 LT and as cook as they look, they are engineered horribly. One is that they do not work with the DRLs at all. So you have to manually keep them on to have the DRLs be on with the led strip. Stupid. Also, good luck changing or upgrading the bulbs in these since the entire assembly must be take completely out of the front bumper. Ridiculous design. Light output from the lens is marginal but not excellent. There's just no good easy way to upgrade
the Impala crappy stock lighting.
 

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There is an easy way to get better lighting perfomance. Get decent LED bulbs. I did that with the Morimoto 2 Stroke 2.0s and it was an easy upgrade. Sure they are on all the time so I don't have the headlights on low power for DRLs but instead they stay on full bright all the time. Big deal.

I don't think I've seen any decent looking aftermarket replacement headlights for this gen of Impalas. If you spend money on junk you get junk.
 

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I won some Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0 bulbs from The Retrofit Source and decided to put them in my truck. I needed the PWM anti flicker harness and they sent some GTR Ultra 2.0 modules to me for free also which was very generous of them.

I decided to put them in my 2015 GMC Sierra truck to replace the Diode Dynamics SL1 bulbs and although the SL1 bulbs were good I think the Morimoto ones are a little better. Everything including the anti flicker module fit under the caps and the output is a little better on the road. They are supposed to warm the lenses also like halogens do to melt ice and snow but I have no idea if that's true. We do not get a lot of snow around here so not a big deal to me. They are also very easy to clock, just push in and turn.I had wanted to try them out but didn't want to pay the price. Now that I have seen and used them I think they are really good although dropping the price to $150 would be a better price.
 

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I won some Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0 bulbs from The Retrofit Source and decided to put them in my truck. I needed the PWM anti flicker harness and they sent some GTR Ultra 2.0 modules to me for free also which was very generous of them.

I decided to put them in my 2015 GMC Sierra truck to replace the Diode Dynamics SL1 bulbs and although the SL1 bulbs were good I think the Morimoto ones are a little better. Everything including the anti flicker module fit under the caps and the output is a little better on the road. They are supposed to warm the lenses also like halogens do to melt ice and snow but I have no idea if that's true. We do not get a lot of snow around here so not a big deal to me. They are also very easy to clock, just push in and turn.I had wanted to try them out but didn't want to pay the price. Now that I have seen and used them I think they are really good although dropping the price to $150 would be a better price.
Hey @impaler can you upload a few pictures of behind your headlight housing of the Morimoto 3.0's with the anti-flicker harness installed? I just got Morimoto 3.0's as a replacement for my Morimoto 2.0's but these new ones need the anti-flicker harness to work properly. I'm dreading having to cut through my dust caps and would love to see what your setup looks like. Thanks!
 

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I have the 2 stroke 3.0s in my truck not the Impala.
It was a tight squeeze but everything fit behind the cap in my truck.

I still have the 2 stroke 2.0 in the Impala. When I installed them back in Dec 2018 in the Impala I was thinking the anti flicker harness would get as hot as the resistors do for taillights and such so I didn't think it would be a good idea to put them behind the cap. I ended up cutting a hole in the Impala caps to run the wires through and have the Morimoto anti flicker harness outside the cap. The hole is large and looks awful. Some time I need to get new caps and try and tuck everything behind there.

It is weird how some cars need the anti flicker harness and some don't. Our Impala definitely needs the anti flicker harness with the 2 stroke 2.0s. One headlight would sometimes go out when they are used as DRLs. I wouldn't have even noticed it because they worked fine at night but a few days after I put them in, I was at Advance Auto and parked up by the wall and could see only one headlight was on acting as DRLs.
Now that I think about it, maybe the people saying they don't need an anti flicker harness have Impalas that don't use the headlights as DRLs.
 

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I have the 2 stroke 3.0s in my truck not the Impala.
It was a tight squeeze but everything fit behind the cap in my truck.

I still have the 2 stroke 2.0 in the Impala. When I installed them back in Dec 2018 in the Impala I was thinking the anti flicker harness would get as hot as the resistors do for taillights and such so I didn't think it would be a good idea to put them behind the cap. I ended up cutting a hole in the Impala caps to run the wires through and have the Morimoto anti flicker harness outside the cap. The hole is large and looks awful. Some time I need to get new caps and try and tuck everything behind there.

It is weird how some cars need the anti flicker harness and some don't. Our Impala definitely needs the anti flicker harness with the 2 stroke 2.0s. One headlight would sometimes go out when they are used as DRLs. I wouldn't have even noticed it because they worked fine at night but a few days after I put them in, I was at Advance Auto and parked up by the wall and could see only one headlight was on acting as DRLs.
Now that I think about it, maybe the people saying they don't need an anti flicker harness have Impalas that don't use the headlights as DRLs.
Passenger side is a tight fit for an extended cap, I’m worried it may not fit. If it can even fit, I’d be worried about having the anti-flicker harness against the rubber/plastic cap and melting it. I have no idea what to do here besides drilling a hole in the cap like you did for the 2.0’s.

If possible, can you upload a couple of pictures of the harness behind the caps? I want to get an idea of what to expect if I go that route.

Thanks a lot for the response.
 

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I called Morimoto, Headlight Revolution and The Retrofit Source and asked all 3 of them if it is ok to have the anti flicker harness under the cap or not and they said it would be fine under the cap. They said it gets warm but not hot enough to cause damage.
So far my truck has been fine (no explosions or fire)
 

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I called Morimoto, Headlight Revolution and The Retrofit Source and asked all 3 of them if it is ok to have the anti flicker harness under the cap or not and they said it would be fine under the cap. They said it gets warm but not hot enough to cause damage.
So far my truck has been fine (no explosions or fire)
Interesting that it doesn’t get hot enough to do any damage. I’d hate to try it and find out the hard way but I may give it a shot.
 

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Interesting that it doesn’t get hot enough to do any damage. I’d hate to try it and find out the hard way but I may give it a shot.
My drivers have been rocking inside the pod with my bulbs for the last year and a half. Still going strong
 

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The drivers have been inside my Impala caps for almost 3 years no with no issue. The question was with the anti flicker device being in there. Doesn't seem to hurt anything and according to the manufacturers it shouldn't.
 

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The drivers have been inside my Impala caps for almost 3 years no with no issue. The question was with the anti flicker device being in there. Doesn't seem to hurt anything and according to the manufacturers it shouldn't.
Yea, i would assume that all of the components being made by the same manufacturer that it shouldnt be a problem.
 

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I have mixed manufacturer, Morimoto 2 stroke 3.0 bulbs with GTR anti flicker harnesses and no problem.
 

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I have mixed manufacturer, Morimoto 2 stroke 3.0 bulbs with GTR anti flicker harnesses and no problem.
GTR is solid. Been running their ultra 2s for awhile.
 

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Yea Morimoto is solid as well. Been running their headlight bulbs and anti flicker harness in our Impala for 3 years now this December.

When I won the Morimoto 2 stroke 3.0 bulbs I put them in my truck but then found out I needed an anti flicker harness. I emailed retrofit source (who I won the 2 stroke 3.0s from) and they recommended I use the GTR a/f harness. I asked them why not the Morimoto one and they said they just like the GTR better. They ended up sending me the GTR harness free of charge.
Either way though both companies seem like a good choice
 

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So I was able to send back my morimoto 3.0 replacements and swap them for the GTR Ultra’s and I have no problems with them whatsoever so far. Only been a couple of days but they don’t flicker or turn off. Something must have changed with the new Morimotos but they don’t play nice with our cars anymore without that anti flicker harness.
 
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