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Old 06-07-2014, 11:04 PM   #426
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Has anyone tried this mod with the 2015 WRX?
The stock lights on the 2015 WRX are considerably better than the stock lights were on my 2004 WRX. I would still love to have HIDs.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:42 PM   #427
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It will work on any car accepting H9s - and in this case it's ~500 more raw lumens of light. You can't beat physics

As a side note, one has to remember when considering bulb upgrades is that at the, end it is (pretty much) only lumens that count. Allt he hypergigawhite 100W=10W, often seen in advertising, POS bulbs is total bovine excrement. If you can't find the output in lumens, don't buy.

As for LEDs - they're still far from matching the output of fully blown halogen headlamp bulb filaments (asides from dedicated LED lamps which often use an array of LEDs). Not to mention that since many LEDs are used on one "bulb", the beam pattern becomes completely coo coo, if you do a direct replacement.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #428
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Oh thank goodness for Google I found this...just bought stock Philips H9 on Amazon, going to make this a WEEKEND PROJECT

No seriously, my dash cam would also love the much needed light output. Until I can afford a $500+ retrofit project this will do...
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:25 PM   #429
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Oh thank goodness for Google I found this...just bought stock Philips H9 on Amazon, going to make this a WEEKEND PROJECT

No seriously, my dash cam would also love the much needed light output. Until I can afford a $500+ retrofit project this will do...
Retrofit can be done for considerably less if you learn to shop around and can do the work yourself.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:39 PM   #430
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Ya I've done retro's in the past but finding the time to do it is another matter.

Do you or someone know other plug & play HID projector other than the Mini D2S that TRS has that won't require cutting? I know they're okay but was hoping to fit something else...
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:28 AM   #431
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Ya I've done retro's in the past but finding the time to do it is another matter.

Do you or someone know other plug & play HID projector other than the Mini D2S that TRS has that won't require cutting? I know they're okay but was hoping to fit something else...
Any projector from an 06-14 STi will work. Bolts right up.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:41 AM   #432
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Any projector from an 06-14 STi will work. Bolts right up.
Nice! Now if I can find them for cheaper
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:50 AM   #433
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n/m...I guess if I go with mini D2S and a kit from TRS.

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Old 08-11-2014, 12:59 AM   #434
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Here's the result! First night I realized that the metal tab on the H9 needed to be shaved off (which I didn't realize until today). Easy 30 second tweak and took the photos. I did meter the lighting to the stock H11, ISO800 0.3" f5.6 custom white balance to somewhat match the actual light output color and took the second shot with the H9. No post processing adjustments so it's fairly accurate.

Right away I noticed a difference in the driveway I was happy

Philips H11


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Old 08-11-2014, 10:30 AM   #435
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Nice pictures, did you leave the fogs on in the first pic or is there that much difference in the beam between the two bulbs? I am talking about all the foreground light in the first pic.


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Old 08-11-2014, 11:43 AM   #436
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Nice pictures, did you leave the fogs on in the first pic or is there that much difference in the beam between the two bulbs? I am talking about all the foreground light in the first pic.


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Good question actually; more than likely I left it on now that I think about it

Made a video last night as well on the better night time recording on the dash cam.

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Old 08-11-2014, 12:43 PM   #437
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Here's the result! First night I realized that the metal tab on the H9 needed to be shaved off (which I didn't realize until today). Easy 30 second tweak and took the photos. I did meter the lighting to the stock H11, ISO800 0.3" f5.6 custom white balance to somewhat match the actual light output color and took the second shot with the H9. No post processing adjustments so it's fairly accurate.

Right away I noticed a difference in the driveway I was happy

Philips H11
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Philips H9
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Great pic but too bad you left fog lights on in H11 pic pic and turned them off in the H9 pic. That's the only thing that messes up the pic.

If not for that it would be the best pic I have seen of the comparison between the tow different bulbs and it is exactly what I see in my experience. At a quick glance other people might argue that the H9 isn't that much better because the fog lights skew the results.

I've been running H9 only for years now. Great conversion. I even bought an adapter so the next time one burns out, I do not have to file anything down. I filed down the part in the adapter instead.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:47 PM   #438
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The fogs on are a bit confusing at first but if you ignore the foreground you can still clearly see the difference where the low beam actually is, quite a bit further than where the fogs are. You could probably trim the two pics to remove the foreground, only keep the upper part of each pic and it would be even clearer.


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Old 08-11-2014, 12:59 PM   #439
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I hope you dont mind I just quickly edited the pics to crop out the foreground area to show what I meant:





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Old 08-11-2014, 03:12 PM   #440
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Yeah you can definitely ignore the fogs in the one pic..
It just throws off the results a little. I think the difference would be even more dramatic w/o the fogs in the one pic..
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:34 PM   #441
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Actually H11 was taken the night before until I realized why the H9 didn't fit properly but did record the setting for the H9 shot.

I can try to do an overhead shot from middle of the car next time.

There's an old empty lot not far from me so I'll probably shoot there. That should give people better idea on the spread as well.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:02 PM   #442
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Quick question; how old were the H11's?
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:42 PM   #443
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Actually H11 was taken the night before until I realized why the H9 didn't fit properly but did record the setting for the H9 shot.

I can try to do an overhead shot from middle of the car next time.

There's an old empty lot not far from me so I'll probably shoot there. That should give people better idea on the spread as well.
That'll be cool.

That location you shot in already is really good though. You can compare a lot of the things off to the side like the pole, and grass, the concrete curb thing sticking up, even the tar stips on the road.

Would be hard to beat that. It is "real world" use too.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #444
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Quick question; how old were the H11's?
Good question; it was in there since I bought the car. Some say it's 500 and up to 700 lumens brighter with the H9. It's VERY noticeable though either way. Haven't been flashed by any oncoming cars. YET

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That'll be cool.

That location you shot in already is really good though. You can compare a lot of the things off to the side like the pole, and grass, the concrete curb thing sticking up, even the tar stips on the road.

Would be hard to beat that. It is "real world" use too.
That's very true; in fact I know few roads I can do this without a lot of obstruction but with street signs and intersection. Will check that area out next.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:48 PM   #445
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On a 2014 Wrx if I want to make the daytime running lights white light do I replace the 9005 high beam light for that?
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:22 PM   #446
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Does anyone know if the added 10w over stock (55w vs H9's 65w) will cause issues over time with the LIN Battery Sensor in the new 15' model year subarus? It's the reason why I ripped out my HIDs today.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:46 PM   #447
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No issues with mine and the H9 conversion is one of the first things I did when I got the car back in May.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:33 PM   #448
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No issues with mine and the H9 conversion is one of the first things I did when I got the car back in May.
awesome, glad to know. Which bulbs are you running? I see the Philips OE are on sale for $9 each on amazon prime.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:02 PM   #449
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They're either Philips or Hellas, I had them lying around as spares from the GTO.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:43 PM   #450
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OSRAM H9 bulbs are cheap and in-stock at Auto-Zone most of the time.
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