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Old 04-29-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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When I was looking for the car, I couldn't find a silver Limited 5 door anywhere so I ended up with a Premium without the HID's. I had retrofitted another car in the past with TSX projectors so I went ahead and planned on retrofitting this car as soon as I got it.

Luckily, The Retrofit Source makes a complete plug and play HID retrofit specifically for the WRX. The kit included.

  • Morimoto Bi-Xenon Mini Projectors
  • Morimoto 4300k Capsules
  • OEM Subaru Ballasts
  • Wiring Harness (including relays to turn on bi-xenon hi-beams)
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The car apart to remove the headlights



The projectors installed and on. I also decided to remove the orange reflector in the housing and install some silver bulbs that burn orange.







Blue flicker at the cutoff







Aligning the lamps



Bi-xenon hi-beams (regular hi-beams stay on as well)



Overall I am incredibly happy with the system especially given the ease of install once you get the headlights open given the included brackets. There was zero fabrication, just bolt up and go.

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:08 AM   #2
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I have the same setup w/phillips bulbs, I like it very much. Good price too (group buy).
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:40 AM   #3
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In the little research I have done others have changed their headlight housings to STI housings. You are saying that you got great results without doing this thought, right?
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:46 AM   #4
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Looks great! Once you go HID you can never go back. My retrofit came from TRS as well, great company
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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Thank you for not putting in a cheap HID kit!

Edit: at this point, halogen high beams become somewhat useless, no?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:56 AM   #6
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this is exactly what i want to do...

glad to hear you like it.
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
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Wow! Looks real good! Too bad I'll have to wait for my lease to be completed so I can install those.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:48 PM   #8
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Wow, that's awesome. I'm assuming this will work for the 2.5i as well since it has the same headlight. Totally doing this.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:52 PM   #9
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Wow! Looks real good! Too bad I'll have to wait for my lease to be completed so I can install those.
You can buy a used pair if headlamps and place those on when you return the car.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:00 PM   #10
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Rsutton-
Great work...!!!!
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:35 PM   #11
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What chrome covered bulbs did you go with?
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:14 AM   #12
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Thank you for not putting in a cheap HID kit!

Edit: at this point, halogen high beams become somewhat useless, no?
Pretty much. You tap into the high beams for the bi-xenon wiring...so you might as well leave them hooked up anyway.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:14 AM   #13
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What chrome covered bulbs did you go with?
I picked these up...

http://www.stealthauto.com/stealth-bulbs.aspx

If you do some searching around online...you can find a coupon code to bring the price down some.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:17 AM   #14
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In the little research I have done others have changed their headlight housings to STI housings. You are saying that you got great results without doing this thought, right?
The main reason people are switching to STI housings is to get the HID projector. I took apart the WRX headlight and replaced the stock halogen projector with a HID projector.

You can do it either way. Putting an eBay HID kit in your halogen projectors is what you want to stay away from. Putting those in halogen reflector housings is even worse...
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:03 AM   #15
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Nice work, I like how it all came out. Are those chrome bulbs as bright as the stock ambers?

I myself did the retro fit with an extra setof headlight housings (i'll have an extra set now). Just gotta wait till I get off work then put them in and get them aligned. Been looking forward to this all week.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:11 AM   #16
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Nice work, I like how it all came out. Are those chrome bulbs as bright as the stock ambers?
They seem to be.

A LED setup on that corner would be the ideal situation, but I didn't want to go to the trouble of installing relays to get them to work correctly. This was an easy solution that looks good enough.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:04 PM   #17
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I looked into the LED setup and felt the same way.

How did you tap into the high beam wires? Did you have to strip away some of the insulation or did the provided taps cut right in the wire?
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:07 PM   #18
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I looked into the LED setup and felt the same way.

How did you tap into the high beam wires? Did you have to strip away some of the insulation or did the provided taps cut right in the wire?
They provided the taps. Basic wiring stuff you can get from any hardware store though. --> http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/...ripping-451197
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:11 AM   #19
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They seem to be.

A LED setup on that corner would be the ideal situation, but I didn't want to go to the trouble of installing relays to get them to work correctly. This was an easy solution that looks good enough.
FYI, you don't have to install relays to put in LEDs. Some people opt to replace their stock blinker relay with an electronic blinker relay (takes 5 minutes), or do what I'm doing which is install two 3 ohm 50 watt resistors in line with the rear turn signals (one for each side). Takes all of 10 minutes to install the resistors as they use vampire clips. Superlumination.com has them. The resistors are more reliable than the electronic relay. But either route is a fast install. Way less complex than this HID install.

BTW, HID install looks awesome. Thanks for posting this thread. I'm totally going to do this once I get $330.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:39 PM   #20
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Op I have a question, Im guessing you could be my only help, TRS really hasnt helped me much. On the wiring, where does this part go connected to, there is only one on the main harness.




Also, Im having a hard time understanding where the projector wires connect for the hi beams;and on the same pic, What connects to what was connected to the halogen lowbeam?.




This is my first retrofit BTW
Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:57 AM   #21
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:53 AM   #22
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Krayzie, go on hidplanet.com and there instructions for the wiring.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:00 AM   #23
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Thanks I got it. I got the 6000k. Heres a quick pic, ill try and get more tomorrow.



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Old 07-06-2011, 03:19 AM   #24
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It looks like the rotational alignment is off on one of your projectors.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:24 AM   #25
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It looks like the rotational alignment is off on one of your projectors.
Yeah I know. Ill fix it one day.
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