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Old 08-29-2012, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default OEM HID headlights into base 2012 wrx?

Can I just buy the OEM headlights directly from the dealer and swap them in my base wrx (which has oem halogen headlights)? Is this a direct plug and play, or do I need to modify anything to make them fit, or mess with the stock wiring?

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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Yes and no is the answer as if you buy all the stuff, it can be swapped relatively easy depending on your skills which is the X factor. You better check the price of the swap before you get wrapped around the axle though as it will be damn expensive. Why swap to HID when you can get bulbs for your car that will OUTPERFORM the HID lighting for less than $50 from www.danielsternlighting.com is the real question though.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:17 AM   #3
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The answer is Yes. I just did it. 2011 HID's into a base 2012 wrx, perfect bolt-in, plug and play. As long as you get the ballasts and everything you need, it will work great.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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Yes and no is the answer as if you buy all the stuff, it can be swapped relatively easy depending on your skills which is the X factor. You better check the price of the swap before you get wrapped around the axle though as it will be damn expensive. Why swap to HID when you can get bulbs for your car that will OUTPERFORM the HID lighting for less than $50 from www.danielsternlighting.com is the real question though.
I'm sorry, but halogen bulbs will never outperform a true hid setup. I already have the h9 swap in my car.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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^ agreed and I did contact Daniel Sterling. Although a big improvement from stock (and cheap, just bulbs), one day I will still be retrofitting.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:01 PM   #6
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Keep in mind you won't have the power adjustment for beam height so aim accordingly.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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The answer is Yes. I just did it. 2011 HID's into a base 2012 wrx, perfect bolt-in, plug and play. As long as you get the ballasts and everything you need, it will work great.
How much did this cost you? Do you have the power beam height adjustability?
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #8
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i have 2012 sti headlights in my 11 base wrx. everything is plug and play except the leveling motors.

look in my previous post history if you want to see how to add the leveling

here are the details


its a pretty intense process but its doable. i tracked everything as i did it, this post has all the details to make it work.

this has all the wiring details http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...in-11-base-WRX

you will need the leveling switch (i got mine off ebay, and 08+ sti and wrx premium came with the switch) http://www.ebay.com/itm/220984809824...824%26_rdc%3D1

2 triangle shaped plugs that can be purchased from toyota suppliers http://www.toyotapartszone.com/oem/90980-11016.html

6 wires to go into the 2 plugs from the same toyota supplier http://www.toyotapartszone.com/oem/t...998-12440.html

then you basically tap your power and ground to the switch from the dimmer switch next to it behind the dash.

you pas 2 wires through the firewall to the headlights (the one that tells them when to move)

and you tap power and ground in the engine bay for the levelers (i tapped into my hella horns for this)

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:15 PM   #9
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I'm sorry, but halogen bulbs will never outperform a true hid setup. I already have the h9 swap in my car.
+1.

Average halogen headlight: 1800 lumens
Average HID headlight at 4300K: 3200 lumens
Difference: 78% more light on the road

Good luck finding a halogen bulb that can do that.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:49 AM   #10
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Ok, $1500 for 2 headlights. No thanks.

Now I'm looking at a retro. Buy from TRS or lightwerkz? Let's say I already have a standard PNP 35w H11 HID kit...do I need to buy the full miromoto retro kit, or do I just need the projectors and brackets? In other words, what bulbs size fits in the miromoto projectors?
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:26 AM   #11
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I did the TRS retrofit. Not for the light hearted as it involves baking your headlights but a doable weekend project.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:57 AM   #12
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How much did this cost you? Do you have the power beam height adjustability?
The 2 HID's used, but in great condition, set me back $600. But then I sold my non-HID headlights for ~$400 So in the end it wasn't too much. Yeah the auto levelling is missing, but it's doable, and they aren't off very much so it could not even be worth doing it. Mine are pretty level
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #13
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My main question is where does the factory plug come out of the wiring harness to plug into the leveling motor on the back of the headlight? I can't believe the wiring harness isn't already wired to do this since the limited version of a 2011 WRX has HIDs. I have the premium version which is one model down from the limited.

Does anyone know where the leveling motor plug connects to the rest of the factory wiring harness under the hood?
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:51 PM   #14
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Looks like you've already posted in the right forum:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2442367

They're going to have better answers for you over there.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:36 PM   #15
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The thread I posted in was just a question on the ability to plug and play. I know now that I can do that. My question here is strictly about where the leveling plug on the back of the HID lights joins the factory wiring harness. More specific is the wiring harness under the hood of a 2011 WRX premium different than that of a 2011 WRX limited because of the HIDs?
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:11 PM   #16
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The thread I posted in was just a question on the ability to plug and play. I know now that I can do that. My question here is strictly about where the leveling plug on the back of the HID lights joins the factory wiring harness. More specific is the wiring harness under the hood of a 2011 WRX premium different than that of a 2011 WRX limited because of the HIDs?
Right... and which forum do you think will have better information on that?

Newbies & FAQ's ?
or
Electrical...

Just a thought.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:03 AM   #17
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Retrofit s2000 projectors (the best projector in that size, hands down) for less than the cost of new OEM HID lamps.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:10 PM   #18
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nevermind
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:38 PM   #19
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I have two used STI HID complete assemblies for less than $500 and will be able to get more than half that for my stock halogens. I just would like to get the leveling working.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #20
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Thanks to all of you especially mattesonb, who helped answer my questions with my install. Lights are installed with the factory leveling system and work flawlessly.

Happy new year!
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