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Old 03-12-2010, 05:16 PM   #26
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Just picked up a set of Sylvania 1157 turn signal bulbs to further rid of the orange in the headlights.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:05 PM   #27
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i have a question, i am looking to do a caddy retrofit on my 08+ impreza. and i was wondering (in your opinion) if i should buy an extra pair of OEM WRX/2.5i headlight to work on the retrofit and leave the OEM one i have now alone.

while you were doing this, would you have any tips/tricks for the rest of us who are looking to do a retrofit. Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:49 PM   #28
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I'd recommend forgetting the Caddy pojectors and just getting a set of sti projectors. That way, you won't have to do any modification to get it done. I have no clue how caddy projectors mount, so you might have to cut and drill inside the headlight for them. Contact Matt at the retrofit source, he helped me with my entire project.

Oh and I forgot to update this last night, everything is done and wiling. I need to adjust the cutoff a bit, but it's awesome. It's raining so I can't get good output pics,but those will come eventually.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:06 AM   #29
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damn that looks great... let me know when ur providing this service!
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:04 AM   #30
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Did a quick cutoff picture. I still need to adjust them, but this is just to compare halogen projectors to HID projectors.

OEM WRX Projectors, 4300k HID Kit


OEM STI Projectors, TSX Clear lens, OEM 4300k Philips bulbs
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:47 AM   #31
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that looks amazing! great job!
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:59 AM   #32
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.yes!
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:58 AM   #33
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after playing around with the stock wrx housing, i think we've decided to just get an sti projector housing. we tested the housing by painting parts of the reflector housing. eventually (after 30+ tests) we found spots on the housing that eliminated glare/flareup's/etc. but the one major flareup that we removed also greatly decreased light output.

conclusions? wrx housings suck balls and the chrome paint inside can take a good beating with brake cleaner without flaking which was a surprise LOL.

so we finally decided to get the STi projector/housings. we already have HID kit and TSX-R lenses. we now need to get D2S bulbs and D2S adapters.

questions. what do you mean when you said the STi projectors are "almost a direct fit". and in a few of the pics, it shows that you have some kind of aluminum tape wrapped around the lense holder/housing. also in that last pic above, whats with the flaring downward to the right? towards the right side of the road, don't you want it to be level with the "step" in the cutoff so you can see stuff on the right side of the road?
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:35 AM   #34
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It doesn't drop off on the right, that green thing is in the foreground, so it makes it look like it's dropping off. It stays relatively flat.

Read the write up, I've already answered all of your other questions.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:19 AM   #35
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i just read it, but still can't figure out why you taped the holder/housing with aluminum tape.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:41 AM   #36
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Some people use it to prevent light from bleeding out of the projectors. Some people recommended it, but I have no proof that it actually helps with anything. With the projectors out of the car, before I covered up the gaps, there were some noticeable glare spots.



All of the glare above the cutoff is from the gaps in the projector, between the bowl and lens. Once I covered them up, they went away. Granted, they wouldn't actually be there with the projector in the car, because the shroud would cover it all, but light would still be bleeding out behind the headlight.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:43 PM   #37
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I'm going to be starting up my retrofit project tonight. I'll be posting pics of the process as I do the actual retrofit and attempt to make a DIY. From what I've gathered, STI projectors are almost a direct fit into the new 08-10 WRX housings.
I'll be running:
07 STI projectors
Gen 3 Matsu****a (sp?) Ballasts
Philips 85122+ 4300K Bulbs
TSX-R Clear lenses

I will have before/after pictures of the cutoff, color, light output, etc. I only have the projectors in my possession right now, as the ballasts/bulbs/lenses are currently being shipped. Most likely, I'll be doing the actual retrofit Friday night/Saturday.


If anyone has any information regarding retrofitting HID projectors into the new housings, please feel free to add in.





Yes it says RHD. No they're not for RHD cars. You can flip the cutoff plate over and make them LHD (says LHD on the other side).

Where did you get these projectors? Online? How much?
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:00 PM   #38
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I got the projectors from someone on here, $135 shipped.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:09 PM   #39
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I got the projectors from someone on here, $135 shipped.
Any idea on where to get them, or if anybody else sells them or the 08 STI full headlights?

Here's what I'll be working with if I can't find those...



Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:41 PM   #40
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They were just a set that someone had, I got lucky I guess.

E-mail Matt @ TheRetrofitSource and see if he has a set.

If you have to work with those, you're going to have a difficult time mounting them.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:56 PM   #41
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Alright, some output, cutoff and flicker shots.

This is the color of the flicker. I had to adjust the picture to get it closer to the real color, as the camera wouldn't pick up the purple.


And this is the difference between the cutoff flicker and the way the lights look the other 99% of the time. This is how HIDs should be, they shouldn't ALWAYS be blue or purple.


Some useless output shots. You can clearly see how colorful/sharp the cutoff is from well over 80 feet away. I parked on a slight bump so the cutoff would show on the building. My lights are still not properly adjusted (as you'll see in the 3rd pic), as they're pointed way too low still.


And with my rice-tastic yellow fogs lol


And the cutoff going down a wall. This is where you can see how low they're pointed. See the black void on the road, where it hits the _| shape of the light? That's the cutoff, and it's not supposed to be down there lol.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:40 PM   #42
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very nice... ill be looking to do this in the near future...
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:49 PM   #43
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Good! More people need to start doing this instead of trying to use HIDs in halogen headlights.
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yup... How difficult and time consuming was all this for you?
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:59 AM   #45
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Great info! How are you going to do the final adjustments?

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Old 03-18-2010, 03:38 AM   #46
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nicely done. Those lights are Super Bright. Congrats on the successful installation.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:55 AM   #47
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This looks great, my DDM kit, and TSX clear projector are on their way. May the retrofitting gods smile on me! Any tips, besides the ones in your posts? Would you have any idea what I would have to retrofit to fit the TSX lights? Thanks!
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They were just a set that someone had, I got lucky I guess.

E-mail Matt @ TheRetrofitSource and see if he has a set.

If you have to work with those, you're going to have a difficult time mounting them.
Thanks for the tip. Actually, all I'm looking for is the cutoff. I read somewhere in your posts that the plate that says RHD can be flipped. That got me to thinking that I could just modify the factory projector to only add the middle plate that creates the cutoff. I know some modifying is involved, but I've done this before so I have no problem with that.

I guess I'll post some pics when I get the time to do this.

Thanks for the info, and great write-up.

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Great info! How are you going to do the final adjustments?

-Kevin
Use the stock headlight adjustment screws. They're all still attached and they still do the same thing.

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yup... How difficult and time consuming was all this for you?
Very simple, but it took the majority of the day to complete (including breaks and time to bake the lights).

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being easy, 10 being impossible...I'd say about a 3 or 4. No special tools are needed (although, a separator tool makes things easier). As long as you're somewhat inclined in how to go about the process, it's a very simple job. It just takes patience.

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Thanks for the tip. Actually, all I'm looking for is the cutoff. I read somewhere in your posts that the plate that says RHD can be flipped. That got me to thinking that I could just modify the factory projector to only add the middle plate that creates the cutoff. I know some modifying is involved, but I've done this before so I have no problem with that.

I guess I'll post some pics when I get the time to do this.

Thanks for the info, and great write-up.

Take care.
The WRX projectors are NOT HID projectors. The cutoff plate you're seeing is from the STI projectors, which are made for HIDs.

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The WRX projectors are NOT HID projectors. The cutoff plate you're seeing is from the STI projectors, which are made for HIDs.
I know that. The projectors I showed in the pic I posted earlier do the same cutoff as what you show in the pics. The cutoff is generated by the middle plate between the bulb position and the projector lens. That's what I want to try, to put that plate in the factory wrx lens to get that cutoff.
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