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Old 06-24-2003, 01:24 AM   #1
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Default Clear headlight covers from Australia (install/pics)

My headlight covers arrived today. They fit the STi HIDs and should also fit the regular MY04 WRX.

The Subaru of Australia part number is SA1062.





Price: AUD $57 + GST + shipping. (that's about USD $35 or something+postage)

The install was quick and painless. The clips are a better fit to the headlight rim than the previous model (these hook under the black plastic frame). The cover itself hooks under the headlight lower edge and then is screwed to the black clip with a tiny screw. A small piece of clear film protects the light from abrasion from the clip.

The previous version of these covers were able to withstand 2 simultaneous bird strikes at 120.

Don't email me and ask me where to get them.
I'll say "Australia".....

You need to try Australian Subaru dealers to see if they will mail to the US. Start at http://www.subaru.com.au

Or find friends there, or try some of the Subie parts suppliers based in Australia, or....

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Old 06-24-2003, 02:02 AM   #2
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thx dawg!

i ll make sure i get those when my STi arrives
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Old 06-24-2003, 02:42 AM   #3
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so why the F arent these light covers available here?
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Old 06-24-2003, 08:27 AM   #4
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ok. so who is starting the GB?

I will if need be.
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Old 06-24-2003, 08:57 AM   #5
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Ya know how you have to tape your lights up at some track events, to prevent them breaking? Could you use these instead?

BTW, they look nice, Glenn.
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Old 06-24-2003, 10:29 AM   #6
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so why the F arent these light covers available here?
They are made in Australia for Subaru Australia. Like the STi floor mats which have a Canadian part number, Subaru doesn't share "local" parts like this between countries.

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Old 06-24-2003, 12:33 PM   #7
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ok. so who is starting the GB?

I will if need be.

Sounds like you just stepped forward what. I would be interested in a GB, just let me know when you get the info together and the cost

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Old 06-24-2003, 12:39 PM   #8
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Sounds like you just stepped forward what. I would be interested in a GB, just let me know when you get the info together and the cost

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Sounds good, anyone interested please speak. I'll see what the rates are on getting 10 or 20 shipped together to 1 US destination, then I can reship out or meet in person if local.
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Old 06-24-2003, 01:20 PM   #9
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Another quick piece of advice ---- given the chances of something hitting them, and also getting scratched from road grit, I always buy 2 pairs at once so I have a spare set on hand.

They're cheap enough that this is a pretty good option. The shipping is usually the expensive bit.

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Old 06-24-2003, 02:46 PM   #10
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what are the chances they will be available in the u.s.? it just seems odd they'd be sold in australia and only australia.
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Old 06-24-2003, 03:59 PM   #11
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Don't email me and ask me where to get them.
Hey Glenn;
Where can I get them ?

Just messing with you.

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Old 06-24-2003, 04:10 PM   #12
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Ok I am in for the group buy. Let me know when you get things together.
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Old 06-24-2003, 04:22 PM   #13
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hey i am in for the group buy too

contact me at coolray_ca@yahoo.com

i am from toronto btw
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Old 06-24-2003, 04:55 PM   #14
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I'm down for the GB also. . . I'm local NOVA too . . .
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Old 06-24-2003, 05:34 PM   #15
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1 - no group buys will be hosted/carried out here unless it's by an approved and registered vendor

2 - subaru of Au has ALWAYS has these hard headlight covers for all models available.. we never saw them here stateside unless imported...

just an FYI on both accounts.
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Old 06-24-2003, 05:48 PM   #16
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any potential issues with hid lights (like melting)?
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Old 06-24-2003, 05:55 PM   #17
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HID lights run cooler than halogen. So your question could be "any potential issues with halogen lights on a WRX?"

The answer is no, I had no issues with the halogen lights on my MY02 with clear covers.

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Old 06-24-2003, 08:50 PM   #18
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Glenn
They look great mate. I just don't like cleaning behind them.

I have another option which I've found very successful. I 3m my lights with the thicker film, works great. You don't see it. In fact I 3m'd my whole cars front, mirrors, scoop, bottom half of doors and rear panels including rear bumper and bottom of door runners. As I have a friend it the business it was cheap but to anyone else over $1k. No rock chips on this STI.
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Good enough for the US military in desert storm.

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Old 06-24-2003, 09:16 PM   #19
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Hey Glenn,

How nice of a "seal" does it make on top of the original plastic? When I wash my car or during rainy situations, if any moisture leaks between the two plastics, I assume an annoying fog (condensation) will form.
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Old 06-24-2003, 10:14 PM   #20
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They don't form a seal. In fact that's why I like them -- I don't want anything stuck to the lights like film which would need cleaning off.

The beauty of these is if they get cracked you just replace them, very quickly.

They seldom get moisture behind them (even in rainy Seattle) though with cooler HIDs it may not burn off so quickly.

Cleaning is easy --- I always remove them as the first part of my wash and clean both sides and they drip dry while I wash the rest of the car. Doesn't really add much time and you do need to clean the headlights themselves.

Probably just two schools of thought, these vs film but I've been using them since 1998 on all of my Imprezas.

Also (as Wombat North will testify) they're pretty much a standard accessory fitted to most cars in Australia (as well as mudflaps).

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Old 06-24-2003, 11:36 PM   #21
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Will some authorized dealer/vendor do a GB since there are enough people interested?
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Old 06-25-2003, 10:15 AM   #22
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i'd be interested in a gb as well.
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Old 06-25-2003, 10:29 AM   #23
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These sound like a much better alternative to the Stongard / Xpel method for protecting your lights.

My story: I put the WRX Stongard kit on my OEM lights (yes, I meticulously followed the included instructions to the letter). Inside a month I got micro cracks / crazing all over the headlight lenses (under the Stongard film). I contacted Stongard & they told me it was a warranty issue & I needed to take it up with either 3M (maker of the material) or Subaru. Their VP for marketing told me he wanted me to take in the lights to Subaru along with his email. Needless to say, the local Subaru guys had a good chuckle as they say "no way not Subaru's fault." B.L.: Stongard wouldn't stand behind their product. Over on the Honda S2K forums a lot of guys reported the same problems. The only thing I can think of is that the OEM lights get too hot & the Stongard doesn't allow any of the heat to escape. The best part of this is that now I had a perfectly good excuse to get the EDM lights. I can PM folks pics of my old OEM lights if you want to see what crazing looks like.
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Old 06-25-2003, 03:34 PM   #24
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So my question now becomes what wonderful vendor on these forums would like to step up to the plate on this potential GB??

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Hey Glenn. Let me know if you want me out of this thread.

We import the fog covers for the 02-03 car. I've contacted the manufacturer on the headlight covers. They are looking into the pricing information for me right now. I've already committed to 40 sets. I'll let you guys know as soon as I hear back from them.

Cheers,
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