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Old 05-05-2008, 03:47 PM   #1
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Like many Subaru owners out there, I have an aftermarket HID kit for my '03 WRX. The engine bay was never designed to leave room for HID kits so I have had to cram all the wiring and ballasts behind the headlights in the small amount of space available. I was wondering if anyone out there has done any clean installs with good wire maintenance and tight, clean, OEM-style fitment? If so, post some pictures of your setup and suggestions on how to do it.
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:04 PM   #2
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i've seen a lot with the ballast mounted under the light on top of the fog recesses of the front bumper, in FRONT of the front radiator support near the bumper... also on the side along the fender sheet metal cowls.
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:08 PM   #3
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i've seen a lot with the ballast mounted under the light on top of the fog recesses of the front bumper, in FRONT of the front radiator support near the bumper... also on the side along the fender sheet metal cowls.
Any pictures of these setups?
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:43 PM   #4
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take out your headlights and place the ballast on bumper support frame rail beam, directly under the headlight. i used velcro. i have mine done that way but no pics.
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:27 PM   #5
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i have mine right underneath the oem headlight connections. if u notice, there is a threaded hole right there on the drivers side.

the old HID kit i had (in the noob days) came with some random machine screws, and with my luck, were the same size as that threaded hole.

long story short, i bolted the drivers side ballast right there, and double stick taped the passenger side ballast on the opposite side

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Old 05-06-2008, 01:13 PM   #6
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take out your headlights and place the ballast on bumper support frame rail beam, directly under the headlight. i used velcro. i have mine done that way but no pics.
The ballasts will actually fit under the headlights? I never thought there was enough room.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:27 PM   #7
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The ballasts will actually fit under the headlights? I never thought there was enough room.
yep. theres a fair amount of space there..

i think 04 sti's have the ballast mounted on the bottom of the headlight assembly.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:38 PM   #8
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I have mine double sided stuck underneath the battery right behind the factory fog lights on both sides...then ran the wire through the holes on the side. It works fantastic.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:01 AM   #9
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on my car, one is stuck to the washer fluid reservoir and one is stuck to the passenger-side fender well near the ABS module (unit wit the small metal tubes coming out of the top of it). the residual wires on the bulb end fit inside the plastic cover on my head lights and i zip-tied the ballast wires to something near the mounting location.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:36 AM   #10
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i think 04 sti's have the ballast mounted on the bottom of the headlight assembly.
Yes, the 04-05 peanut headlights (WRX and STI) have a space on the bottom designed for the ballasts to bolt into nice and snugly. You will have to do some cutting on the bottom of the WRX lights, however, to get them to take the ballasts, but other than that it's the same.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:28 PM   #11
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I am drilling 2 holes where the factory connectors are and mounting the ballasts underneath the sheet metal (underneath the headlights and behind them). They should be away from any water sources or weatherproofed as well as possible - in my case both...

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Old 05-08-2008, 05:59 PM   #12
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I would love it if someone could take some pictures of their setup, just so I can get a better idea of what to do on my own car.
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is your kit H1 or 9007?(do you have jdms or usdms?)

i'm in mission viejo and i'll help you out if we can do some phototaking to compare the beams after you get it wired.

honestly you really aren't going to do so well getting pictures because everything has to be off the car to get to most good places and no one reaches for the camera because it's hard to get a good picture of it. i saw one a while ago but i can't find it. i honestly think you should just go out to your car with tools and a measuring tape and see where it will fit once you've taken the lights out, if you have the lights out you can see where they're talking about in that big square area behind the foglights and bumper.
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I'll need to swap out the ballast in a few days (hopefully) which will make me take off my driver side headlight... I'll try to snap a picture, but my ballasts are rather slim so I'm not so sure how much it'll help
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I hate it when people are to cheap to get the hid projectors and blast everyone with the glare on there low beam hid setup. Why not spend the money and get a better setup.
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^^
thats why i stop answering those type of questions.
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I hate it when people are to cheap to get the hid projectors and blast everyone with the glare on there low beam hid setup. Why not spend the money and get a better setup.
1) oooh i get what you're trying to say now. i agree, don't mismatch optics. rebased hid bulbs are never a viable option and if cusson is doing this, i'll be right there with you on flaming him for it... since whenever i'm in irvine i'll have to wear my sunglasses in case he comes around the bend

2) spending money on the better setup isn't always the answer, staying stock is infinitely better than spending money on improper optics.

i don't know who you're addressing with this post or if you're just generally letting out frustration at people who buy hids for halogen optics...

i've seen a 03 with usdm halogen 9007 lights and an HID kit in person on more than one occasion, but i haven't been able to take a picture of it because i've been too busy shielding my eyes.

in regards to spore... please just read this, no matter how much it sounds like the responses on here you've read... this guy actually is a professional with scientific diagnostic equipment and science backing him up:

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...nversions.html
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I'm not say don't get hid. I'm saying have some decency to have the cut off directed correctly. With usdm non-hid housing is simply enough glare to like bi-hid set on high beam. There simply shouldn't be that much candle power. As it's like driving with high beams on. Mostly because they would buy the complete conversion.

Yes Hid is bright but controllable with proper components.
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the problem with putting it like that is that people who don't know anything will say "well the cutoff looks fine to me" when in reality it's causing unsafe amounts of glare.

it's much better to say don't get hid without proper optics like a complete retrofit with a d2s projector.
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who u talking to handsdown?
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here is some pics on a 05wrx with HID retrofit, cutoff looks good , its properly aimed, but there is some Hotspotting which i dont like
http://s212.photobucket.com/albums/c...after%20level/
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Really? I don't see a "cutoff"...just tons of glare
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the problem with putting it like that is that people who don't know anything will say "well the cutoff looks fine to me" when in reality it's causing unsafe amounts of glare.
remember when i said this?
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here is some pics on a 05wrx with HID retrofit, cutoff looks good , its properly aimed, but there is some Hotspotting which i dont like
http://s212.photobucket.com/albums/c...after%20level/
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Really? I don't see a "cutoff"...just tons of glare
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exactly what i was talking about in my last post. people don't know how to judge beam pattern unless they've been trained and can use proper equipment.

the DOT has tested setups like this and they are not safe.
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Got around to takin that picture...

The ballast I'm using (black one)


Screws attached


Drilled holes, you can see the screw ends stickin through with washers and nuts, the right one is hidden slightly by the loom


Right under that sheet


Driver side had lots of room under there to mount to that sheet, the passenger side has some wiring under which makes it more congested but as you can see my ballasts are small...
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