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Old 09-07-2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hello as a few of you know I have just finshed a DIY mod for angel eyes on my 2006 Imprezza, these instruction are for the 2006 model headlamps if you have another year you may have to adjust things to make it work for you.

Imprezza. (You can also clear your headlights buy only going half way and then skip to the reinstall)

Hello and welcome to this DIY guide. I will guide you through possibly the hardest see: nerve racking DIY job you could ever attempt.

I regret to inform you that this will be frustrating and time consuming and the results are worth it iof you really like these angel eyes. At the half way point of this project you have a point of no return in this project so decide and if the result is not as you had hoped do not PM me and complain I warned you, if you screw up your $1200 headlights again do not PM me and complain, if you wind up taking 2 days to do this do not PM me and complain as I will not care and will not take responsibility for your own stupidity. So PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

ANYWAYS!

Time: 4-8 hours
Difficulty 8/10 (Recommended for experienced DIY’ERS
Parts list:
8 LED’s 3.6V 20ma
2Resistors 220ohm
Clear Silicon
1 acrylic mini-blind wand
4 small screws
1/16” drill bit
18 AWG wire
Solder
Shrink Wrap
Electrical Tape
Permatex Gasket Sealer (Use when putting lights back together to ensure good seal)
Dremel (Cut off disks only med-fine)
Soldering Iron
Flat Head screwdriver (long handle)
Philips screwdriver
10mm socket with extension
Patience, patience, patience
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:52 PM   #2
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Step One:
Tools required:
Flat head screw driver with long handle.
10mm socket with ratchet and extension.

Remove your grill… look at picture below see all the black clips remove as picture details:
Both set the larger black clips and the smaller ones also.


Remove these rear clips Picture Details:




Remove single clip on headlamp enclosure:

Remove 3 bolts and 2 nuts on lamp:

Remove lower clips on bumper:
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:52 PM   #3
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Step Two:
Tools:
Flat head screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver

Pull out the headlight, cannot make it anymore simple. Just pull and work on it, it will come out. TIP: it will be easier if you remove the bulb cover for you LOW BEAM i.e. Round cover on back of headlamp.

Yea! You have now removed your headlamps, time to become Betty Crocker!!

Pre-Heat oven too 200*F, get a cookie sheet and cover it with a towel, take all the bulbs out of your head lamp and remove the 5 screws in the back of head lamp.

Bake your headlamp for 15 – 20 min. make sure the lamp is not touching any metal inside the oven you have been warned.

Remove the lamp, don’t worry it isn’t too hot use oven mitts if you like I just grab it with my hands and start pulling it apart, use the flat head screw driver to pry it a bit and loosen it up. Soon it will come apart a bit and then continue to pull until it becomes two pieces.

End result should look like so:

Step 3 ish
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:53 PM   #4
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Now you have the black part and the clear part… now if you want to clear your headlamps is a good time to do so. There are 4 screws that hold the shroud to the clear lens, remove those screws and proceed to remove the DOT DEVIL in the corner.
in this picture it would be under that triangle to the right of the lenses. My has been gone for some time now…….

Okay so now we are going to leave the lamps alone for a bit and move along to the halos.

Step one:

Use your dremel to cut the Acrylic rod into two 20” ish pieces. Find a can that is similar in size to the diameter of the opening for your projectors I used a can of corn (one of the shorter fatter cans) this is not a science just find something that works. Make sure the pieces of acrylic you cut are long enough to wrap around this can that is the length you need.

Put the acrylic rods in your oven at 200*F until they are soft and easy to bend. Take the rod and wrap it around the can so that the ends cross over and make a nice circle hold it there for a few seconds until it hardens. This might be hot but not terrible. Use gloves if you’re a pansy.




Once cooled use your dremel to cut the excess ends off and then re heat and wrap once again around the can to make a full circle with ends that nearly touch. Note red dot in pic above


Now take your dremel and make small 1/2mm deep cuts along the backside of your rings as it with help to cast the light out and create that EDM look.




You now have rings…. Almost half way done.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:53 PM   #5
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Now for the LED’s

Get your 8 LED’s notice the long and short side, long = + (positive) short = - (negative) you will need to solder these together like so.



Once you have these 4 sets of LED’s soldered together you are ready to being the installation of your halos. Kinda… first we need to cut the halos to accept the LED do not drill but rather follow these diagrams.


Now we are ready to begin drilling and installing the Halos, now this really depends on your personal preference the orientation etc of your rings. If you notice in the picture below I have one half on the top and one on the bottom with the LED’s to the sides. I have 2 (1/16”) holes on either end of the ring half about a ¼” from the end of the ring half where I have a small screw holding them in place (Size of screw is unknown but I am talking small just use some really small screws and you will be fine) I also have two holes for the LEDS side by side so that one LED points up and the other would point down towards your ring halves.


WIREING: this is really a skill based process as I am not a skilled soldered I just figured it out; you will want to figure this out as what best works for you. I joined a 10” wire to the + of one pair of LED’s and one of the same length to the – of the same pair then using a 5” piece I joined the two sets of LED’s together and ran the wires out the back of the headlamp case like in the picture below. Repeat this process for the other side.

I then silicone this opening with clear silicon.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:54 PM   #6
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Now you can wire these to either your DRL’s, parking/city lights, a separate switch etc.

Install your resistor once the wires are through the light case; re-bake your headlamps to ensure a good seal and put all screws back in.

Some wiring diagrams to assist you in how the wires need to run.



Install lights as they came out.

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Old 09-07-2006, 10:07 PM   #7
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thanks you team integra for the wireing and ohm - volts - watts info and other info on this.....
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:14 PM   #8
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nice write up. Any pics with the headlights on?
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:18 PM   #9
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they are not really noticeable with lowbeams on unfortunately because the projector is lowbeam but eh! what can you do right at least i have these instead of DRL's for dusk and at the track etc..... ill take picks and post em
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:21 PM   #10
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Looks good! When I first saw the LEDs exposed like that, I thought, "no way this can look right when they're turned on..." But they do! Nice work!
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:22 PM   #11
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sick, im def subscribed and made this a favorite. i gotta do this. but im gonna do a diff switch for it. make it look mean at dusk. very bad ass man. now for me to have the balls to drill into a one day old 06 sti. lol
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:25 PM   #12
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Do you think you'd get more light into the rings if you drilled and embeded the led's into the end of the ring?
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:06 PM   #13
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That looks pretty good man! Great post
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:18 PM   #14
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you should look into using these instead, its the same stuff that they use in the bmw halos
http://www.coolgods.com/shop/Scripts...p?idProduct=92

its a ccfl ring used in computer case fans.
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:46 PM   #15
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considered it but they are uber bright at the ends, same problem with drilling the LED into the wand it would make for a really bright spot. I might try changing this up in a few months i will see how they hold up and how i like them i may try embedding the LED's next, oh well another project for another day on the plus side all i have to do is change out the wand peices to get a different look.... east now
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:25 AM   #16
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you should really look into those ccfls. the computer fans with the lights cost about 12 bucks each. the benefit is the light throughout the tube will be even. i still think you did a wonderful job though.
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:32 AM   #17
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cool DIY. i thought the leds were going to be an obvious point of light but for some reason they blend in well. nice job
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:11 AM   #18
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If you wanted to, you could drill the ends of the acrylic so that the LED's fit inside them.. that way they wouldn't be out in the open...
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:37 AM   #19
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quality job... looks nice.
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Old 09-08-2006, 02:27 PM   #20
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wow major props makes me wanna do it to my retrofit
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Old 09-08-2006, 03:47 PM   #21
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Wow! This is by far one of the sweetest DIYs I have ever seen, but also prob one of the hardest. Good call on being the man.
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:03 PM   #22
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I added LED halos to my non-HID '01 325i and you couldn't see if they were on in the daytime... the LEDs have to be BRIGHT... granted mine only had two LEDs, they are not even close to as bright as the old 5 series setup... and the CCFLs that most of the e46 guys use are totally visible in the day and really pop at night... I think those are down to just over $100 for a kit...

if anyone is interested I can call my buddy that has the CCFLs...
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:14 PM   #23
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wow that looks sweet I wish I had those headlight with my grill
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:43 AM   #24
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disconnect the other light in your headlight, its killing the look
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:48 AM   #25
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whats the shrink wrap for?
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