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Old 10-17-2013, 08:37 PM   #26
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Looking good!!! I'm super jealous!
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:08 PM   #27
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Hey man, I wish I knew more about that kind of stuff but that's why I had it sent out to have the pro's do it haha. According to the blog post with my headlight pics they said they used a tinted clear coat to maintain that chrome look. I wonder if you were to use like night shade spray cans or something similar if it would achieve the same effects.
Duplicolor Metalcast smoke will probably produce better results than vht night shade.
The can looks like this (rightmost)


It is not easy to keep the surface smooth after painting (at least for me). It looks like the shroud on the right edge of this picture:
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:27 PM   #28
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Looking forward to pics with them installed.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #29
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Personally I'm more interested in how they tint the reflector bowl yellow rather than the gunmetal...

I'd love to do something similar for my turn signal reflector bowl.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:41 AM   #30
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Personally I'm more interested in how they tint the reflector bowl yellow rather than the gunmetal...

I'd love to do something similar for my turn signal reflector bowl.
Here's a diy
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...int+headlights
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:03 PM   #31
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and a few hours later...

edit for updated pics

I had always planed to get some hella's so I thought there was no better time than the present. You can see the initial work and a good comparison between the two lights. I got the headlight overlays from bluebatmobile. I didn't know what to expect and I didn't think it looked bad but I was definitely going for the inner highbeam bowl tinted yellow.



Nice close up of the paint job when it was sunny out


these are the installed pics...they look darker than what they are, it got pretty overcast and definitely gave them a darker look. I'm hoping to get some better sunny day light pics to really show off the look.








overall pretty dope color.

Okay so here's a little review of the HID setup I got. So I got a morimoto elite HID bulb and ballast setup, with a TSX clear lens mod, and squirrel finder mod. I will say this. The output of light is definitely improved. Not as illuminant as say my buddy's evo which came with HID's but a pretty big improvement over the halogens that I had with a very very sharp cut off (I'll have to post pics of that when I get a chance). I'll leave it at that so far because I actually need to go and adjust the highlights a bit. They are definitely aimed a little low. Will throw up a better review once I get everything situated....on a side note, those hella supertones are pretty funny how loud they are. When I first tested it I definitely heard it linger throughout my neighborhood.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:13 PM   #32
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i love these! looks awesome man
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:49 PM   #33
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Gorgeous!
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:23 AM   #34
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Looks awesome!! What's the point of the yellow?
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:43 AM   #35
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and a few hours later...

edit for updated pics

I had always planed to get some hella's so I thought there was no better time than the present. You can see the initial work and a good comparison between the two lights. I got the headlight overlays from bluebatmobile. I didn't know what to expect and I didn't think it looked bad but I was definitely going for the inner highbeam bowl tinted yellow.



Nice close up of the paint job when it was sunny out


these are the installed pics...they look darker than what they are, it got pretty overcast and definitely gave them a darker look. I'm hoping to get some better sunny day light pics to really show off the look.








overall pretty dope color.

Okay so here's a little review of the HID setup I got. So I got a morimoto elite HID bulb and ballast setup, with a TSX clear lens mod, and squirrel finder mod. I will say this. The output of light is definitely improved. Not as illuminant as say my buddy's evo which came with HID's but a pretty big improvement over the halogens that I had with a very very sharp cut off (I'll have to post pics of that when I get a chance). I'll leave it at that so far because I actually need to go and adjust the highlights a bit. They are definitely aimed a little low. Will throw up a better review once I get everything situated....on a side note, those hella supertones are pretty funny how loud they are. When I first tested it I definitely heard it linger throughout my neighborhood.
So you just changed from a Fresnel lens to a clear lens on your wrx or did you do a complete HID projector retrofit.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:55 PM   #36
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Very, very nice. I wonder what they could do with the rear lights?
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:00 PM   #37
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That looks beautiful!! Nice work..might be doing the black out on mine..my cars blue and my exterior color is black and thats the only chrome left.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #38
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So you just changed from a Fresnel lens to a clear lens on your wrx or did you do a complete HID projector retrofit.
just the lens swap, the projectors are still meant for halogens

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Looks awesome!! What's the point of the yellow?
cause it looks cool??

well as promised here are some pics of the cut off and production of light that this setup produces. Being as objective as I could possibly be here's my review. It is definitely an improvement over stock, probably more so that the light output is much wider. Nice strong cut off but compared to my friends with actual factory HID's it definitely looks like HID bulbs in a halogen projector. I feel as though the light output definitely could have more 'substance' might be the best word to describe it. Honestly if I were to do it all over again I think I would have went with the full retrofit, but I didn't at first cause the overall cost of the project was climbing so I was scared off, but again if I were to do it all over again I think I would go full retro.

well without further adieu





EDIT:

I am actually delighted to say that I must renege my previous review. I admit that when I first posted my review this was after my drive home at around 7pm from work on very busy commuter heavy roads. I didn't feel as though they were huge improvements over stock in terms of visibility, but let me say this after driving home around 11pm from a friends place who lives in a cul-de-sac these things are a great improvement over stock. My buddy that has an evo x with factory HID's even hopped in my car and was very impressed with the light output and visibility. I even hopped in his car and really the biggest difference between the two wasn't the width, light output or overall visibility, but the biggest difference was the fact that I had a few dim spots compared to his headlights were pretty solid across the board. You can definitely see them in the pics above illuminating the road. I think I would still keep to my original thought above where if I were to do it all over again I would just pay a little more for hid headlights as opposed to halogens and doing the whole lens upgrade and such, but overall I must say I am much happier now than I initially was about the mod.

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #39
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How hard was it to install the clear lens? Pretty much take old out and put new lens in? I've taken my headlights apart so I'm good with that.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #40
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If you had them do all that work, why did you not have them install proper hid projector bowls? Other than that it looks really good. I like how in some pictures they look black and others the color really pops. Almost looks like a hyper black.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:52 AM   #41
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If you had them do all that work, why did you not have them install proper hid projector bowls? Other than that it looks really good. I like how in some pictures they look black and others the color really pops. Almost looks like a hyper black.
The cost of the project was climbing higher than I was willing to spend the money for. For all the paint work, parts, and labor ran me $610 and also I had to source the headlights which were another $350. I think looking back the best thing might have been to try and find sti headlights and send those out for painting and modding. I prob would have only paid an additional $50 for so.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:11 AM   #42
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FYI, proper STi projectors can be had for about $120 a set. They are a straight drop in for the wrx. Mine made a world of difference

Exhibit A:



STi projector with clear lens and curved shield
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:32 PM   #43
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FYI, proper STi projectors can be had for about $120 a set. They are a straight drop in for the wrx. Mine made a world of difference
where'd you get them? a buddy of mine has a newer wrx and was looking for a set but i think he was looking only on ebay. the $120 includes bulbs and ballasts and i assume the wrx is already wired for it?
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #44
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I bought the projectors off a member on here who was parting out an entire car. You have to keep an eye out for them.

There are usually singles on ebay, but you need to make sure that they are the HID projectors.

As far as the bulbs and ballasts, mine happened to come with the bulbs, but I'm using a set of matsu****a gen V ballasts which can be attached to the headlight in the stock mounting position. You can get a brand new set on TRS.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:21 AM   #45
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FYI, proper STi projectors can be had for about $120 a set. They are a straight drop in for the wrx. Mine made a world of difference

Exhibit A:



STi projector with clear lens and curved shield
yes the biggest difference between a halogen projector and an HID projector are no hot spots of lighting. I added an edit to my review above I think this shows the main difference between the two bowls



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Old 10-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #46
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yes the biggest difference between a halogen projector and an HID projector are no hot spots of lighting. I added an edit to my review above I think this shows the main difference between the two bowls
The bowls are definitely the main difference in the two. The hid bowl is much wider than the stock halogen bowl.

Yours looks pretty decent for using the modified halogen set up. Plus I love the color you chose for the paint!
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #47
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Nice..
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:22 AM   #48
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Love how those headlights look!
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:14 PM   #49
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Those look so much cooler than the stock ones! I want to do this with my '03 Legacy GT headlights.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:58 PM   #50
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Let us know if they fog up when the humidity is high outside.
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