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Old 05-01-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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I was gonna buy a cheapy HID kit for my 04 WRX but realized that wouldn't be the best option. So what are my options? I'm thinking about buying the H1 55w Osram Nightbreakers... are these decent? Do I need a new harness for these?
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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Lightwerkz H1 ddm 5000K kit... shhhhh...
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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That is not the right way to go. You should do a retrofit instead. I tried it and there is too much glare. plus many people probably going to tell you that it is wrong. I just don't want it to shine everywhere especially to on coming traffic. adjusti.ng it down won't help much. plus I didn't want to get pulled over
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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Hey!
I was gonna buy a cheapy HID kit for my 04 WRX but realized that wouldn't be the best option. So what are my options? I'm thinking about buying the H1 55w Osram Nightbreakers... are these decent? Do I need a new harness for these?
a decent pair of aux lights would be great
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:55 AM   #5
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Lightwerkz H1 ddm 5000K kit... shhhhh...
Not that I'm against supporting NASIOC vendors, but I can't seem to find a reason to justify the heftier price tag. Lightwerkz HID kit seems like a regular HID conversion kit placed in a fancy metal case with an overpriced tag. I remember the time when Lightwerkz used Apexcone as their HID supplier, his price is about 2 times as much as other Apexcone providers (they don't get the metal case). However, when things do go bad, he will be there to answer your call.

That said, another option for increase night time visibility is +80 bulbs and a good wiring harness. Remember, for best results, replace light bulbs every year as they do dim as time progresses (especially for those with the DRL on).
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Old 05-02-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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Putting an HID kit into any halogen headlight is just the wrong thing to do no matter what...ESPECIALLY in the 04-05 headlights. The reflectors have a bad enough time focusing the stock halogen light correctly, let alone 3 times the amount of light from a cheap kit.

Retrofit is definitely the way to go.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:28 PM   #7
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Or if you can find some headlights from an STi. That's what I have done.
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upgrade your high beam bulbs with an HIR 9011.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:16 AM   #9
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So I've purchased the following:

Low bulbs and fogs: Osram Nightbreakers
High bulbs: HIR 9011

I think it'll be a good upgrade over stock.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:34 PM   #10
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good deal. thank you for going about an upgrade the right way!

you can also upgrade your wiring by building a relay harness.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:25 AM   #11
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So I've purchased the following:

Low bulbs and fogs: Osram Nightbreakers
High bulbs: HIR 9011

I think it'll be a good upgrade over stock.
You'll really dig those HIR highbeams...
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:31 AM   #12
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good deal. thank you for going about an upgrade the right way!

you can also upgrade your wiring by building a relay harness.
What is the benefit of that? Can anyone point me in the right direction to read up on this?
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:00 AM   #13
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search for "bugeye wiring bliss"

since subaru uses ground switched circuits for headlights, there is a significant drop in power that makes it to the headlights.

building a relay harness that is direct from the battery will get higher voltages to the headlights. some have seen a 1.2v drop through the stock wiring.

another added benefit is that you can use larger gauge wire, which makes it nice when you want to upgrade the wattage of your headlights.
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:09 PM   #14
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Thanks! Sorry for being a noob but is this recommended for the bulbs I got?
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it doesnt matter what kind of bulbs.
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