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Old 09-19-2012, 07:26 AM   #1001
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Wrong color for fog lights though.

I find the vinyl overlays i put on mine combined with my h9 low beams create enough contrast that my fog lights actually help, in fact i used them 2 mornings ago in some misty conditions and was actually pleased with how well they worked.
Agreed, the yellow overlay film with the brighter LED bulb would be a good combo. When I used to live primarily in the San Francisco bay area the fog was at times thicker than molasses. Fortunately there is only a couple of light foggy days out here a year on Long Island.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #1002
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if i had some yellow vinyl, i could probably differentiate my two lights better.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #1003
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Hey people, I've been backreading for a while in this thread but I couldn't find anything about lowering springs.

my plans are to lower my Impreza, either with Eibach or H&R (since there are the only ones available) and probably put 18x9 +45 Rota TE37s rip offs.

Did any of you guys lowered your 2012 Impreza? Did you come across any problems? Did you cut your bumpstops? Im sure the side of the wheels I plan to put will rub, I just want to know the extent on how low the springs available in the market can lower my car.

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Old 09-19-2012, 12:10 PM   #1004
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Did you use yellow vinyl overlays like I did?

http://www.lamin-x.com/One-Universal...ver-p/1-48.htm
I bought the headlight armor ones
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:13 PM   #1005
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^^OK. I'm not familiar with that brand. I've been happy with the Lamin-X product (first on my TDI, and now on the Impreza).
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:20 PM   #1006
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^^OK. I'm not familiar with that brand. I've been happy with the Lamin-X product (first on my TDI, and now on the Impreza).
They looked to be thicker so i figured i would try it. 20mil iirc
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:30 PM   #1007
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thicker isnt always better, i remember reading that if it is too thick, the film could retain heat and cause stress fractures.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:16 PM   #1008
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thicker isnt always better, i remember reading that if it is too thick, the film could retain heat and cause stress fractures.
I will keep an eye out for that, but i don't use my fog lights unless the weather conditions require it, so i will probably be ok.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #1009
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thicker isnt always better, i remember reading that if it is too thick, the film could retain heat and cause stress fractures.
Interesting. I wasn't familiar with the Headlight Armor brand, so I went to their web site. They have this note, in bold red (typos and bad grammar are not mine):

Please Note: New car manufacturers warn you about not replacing any of your bulbs with higher wattage versions, and so do we. Higher wattage bulbs may cause reflector / lens / housing failures even without these covers,. As using these covers, may decrease the lens ability to dissipate heat more applicable to fog lights than to headlights- we also recommend that you refrain from using higher wattage bulbs in conjunction with our high performance covers,. We also suggest turning you fog lights off while you vehicle is stationary stuck in stop and go traffic for example.

FWIW.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #1010
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Interesting. I wasn't familiar with the Headlight Armor brand, so I went to their web site. They have this note, in bold red (typos and bad grammar are not mine):

Please Note: New car manufacturers warn you about not replacing any of your bulbs with higher wattage versions, and so do we. Higher wattage bulbs may cause reflector / lens / housing failures even without these covers,. As using these covers, may decrease the lens ability to dissipate heat more applicable to fog lights than to headlights- we also recommend that you refrain from using higher wattage bulbs in conjunction with our high performance covers,. We also suggest turning you fog lights off while you vehicle is stationary stuck in stop and go traffic for example.

FWIW.
good point. now mine. the oem spec for the front fog light bulb is 12V-24W, this is a 7 WATT LED. so, it is a lower wattage rating, is produces more lumens and and should run cooler. so a lens cover should be safe. soooooo....... my high power led=good. HID= bad. is the fog high light.

FWIW.

reference: http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/660...BE-Ball_21.pdf pg. 12-14
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #1011
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Where did you buy the LED ?
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:10 PM   #1012
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i bought these. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-pcs-H16-52...fa03e7&vxp=mtr

i should have bought these, would match my HID head lights and probably be a little better for coverage. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-pcs-H16-52...2ce032&vxp=mtr

but, if i had oem lights, these would be best. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-Orange-A...547874&vxp=mtr
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:23 AM   #1013
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but, if i had oem lights, these would be best. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-Orange-A...547874&vxp=mtr
Would these bulbs go good with foglights with yellow lamin-x film?
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:12 AM   #1014
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Would these bulbs go good with foglights with yellow lamin-x film?
I think so. The yellow lamin-x would let the bulb's yellow light through just fine.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:05 AM   #1015
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Would these bulbs go good with foglights with yellow lamin-x film?
it's already orange, why not go with white if you already have the yellow film?
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #1016
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it's already orange, why not go with white if you already have the yellow film?

was just looking at your post with the pics. at the end you say you wouldn't do it again, why not?
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #1017
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eh, wasn't bright enough. im pretty sure it's probably because they are the same color as my HID so it's hard to tell a difference.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #1018
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eh, wasn't bright enough. im pretty sure it's probably because they are the same color as my HID so it's hard to tell a difference.
it looked like there was a noticeable improvement in what was illuminated off to the sides. do they seem warm or hot at all after running them for a while?

but either way they are a little expensive
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #1019
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eh, wasn't bright enough. im pretty sure it's probably because they are the same color as my HID so it's hard to tell a difference.
Whatever happened to being too bright to use all the time and making oncoming traffic mad?
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:00 PM   #1020
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lol it is bright, as in glare but it didnt cover the areas i wanted. the problem with these buld specifically is that they project forward. so there is less coverage on the ground in front of you and more farther out. i stood in front of my lights and i can see if the car in front of me were to be annoyed with them on and on coming traffic, but it just doesn't cover areas closest to the front of the car compared to the oem. only good thing is that the light is projected farther than oem. so ehh in the way a fog light is suppose to light the road in front of the car where the headlight misses.

there were other bulbs i posted in the link that would be better, they have led on the side of the main projector led.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:04 PM   #1021
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also, reason why i wouldn't do it again instead of buying the other lights is because the other bulbs are more expensive and personally i could not justify it. others can and will, but just not me.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:30 PM   #1022
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People complain about the fog lights not being effective. I will say that they are better than any other factory fog lights I have had in my cars. Even better than my STI which has metal housings and glass lens in conjunction with a halogen bulb!
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People complain about the fog lights not being effective. I will say that they are better than any other factory fog lights I have had in my cars. Even better than my STI which has metal housings and glass lens in conjunction with a halogen bulb!
I also agree they are pretty good. You just can't use them as driving lights because they are not. So if you don't use them all the time, the times you do makes their effect even better
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:59 AM   #1024
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i bought these. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-pcs-H16-52...fa03e7&vxp=mtr

i should have bought these, would match my HID head lights and probably be a little better for coverage. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-pcs-H16-52...2ce032&vxp=mtr

but, if i had oem lights, these would be best. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-Orange-A...547874&vxp=mtr
Those are expensive, why not just get some matchbox projectors and install them inside your fog light housing?

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...ducts_id=18725
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:49 AM   #1025
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Those are expensive, why not just get some matchbox projectors and install them inside your fog light housing?

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...ducts_id=18725
Those look long, how would you mount them?
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