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Old 03-18-2010, 09:05 PM   #51
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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.
WRX halogen projectors already have a cutoff shield.

The reason his cutoff is so clear, sharp, and colorful is because of the clear lenses, the reflector bowl which is actually designed for HIDs, and the proper spacing mods. It has to do with the light being properly focused as it passes over the cutoff plate. I am 99% sure the lens on the halogen and HID projectors are the same exact thing. The cutoff shield is more than likely the same too. If it isn't the same, putting the cutoff shield from the HID version in a halogen version will, best case, do nothing or worst case, make your cutoff worse.

If you want a sharper cutoff with your halogen projectors, get some TSX-R lenses, bend your squirrel finder down, and play around with the spacing until it looks right. Most importantly if you have an HID kit installed remove it and put halogens back in. The halogen reflector bowl cannot focus the light properly from an HID light source. You will never get results like that with an HID kit in halogen optics. With halogen bulbs you won't get as much color but it will be sharp.

If you want HIDs you need HID projectors.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:41 PM   #52
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Thanks, I didn't get back in time to respond lol.

And FYI, the STI and WRX have the same cutoff plate. The only difference, is that the STI is marked to show which is RHD and which is LHD.

Oh and to confirm what Fourtothefloor said, the lens is also the same. In fact, the entire front half of the projector is the same. The only differences, are in the bowl.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:24 PM   #53
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So just to confirm..Hawkeye STi projectors will work as well as the 08-10 STi projectors?
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:40 PM   #54
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working on my brothers car, yes the wrx projector bowl is crap! we tried so many ways to work around it but nothing. only way is to get the STi projector setup. we bought some STi projectors and still waiting for the guy to ship. can't wait. we were hoping to get away with not doing much other than modifying stock setup.

i was able to get away with buying nothing else on my legacy. only thing done was blocking the squirrel finder. its definately not perfect, but cheap and definately useble. could have been better if i used clear lenses + washers. eventually i will get clear lenses and rx330 non-afs projector setup which bolts in with no modding.

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Old 03-22-2010, 09:03 AM   #55
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So just to confirm..Hawkeye STi projectors will work as well as the 08-10 STi projectors?
Yes, they work. Subaru has not changed the STI projector since they started using them in 06. The projectors I used were from an 07.
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:19 PM   #56
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hey CarbonXe, with the sti projectors, did the projector seem more recessed behind the shroud with the headlight together? i'm just finishing it up, and it seems more recessed than stock.
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:25 PM   #57
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I did notice that, but only when I was in the middle of putting the headlight back together. Once all the clips were in place and I put the 5 screws back in, it seemed like it was normal.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:01 PM   #58
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yep all fixed. looks good, i'll post pics too when it stops raining out.

question though, are the steps in the cutoff supposed to overlap each other and move around depending on the distance from the object etc etc?
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They'll eventually overlap once it's a certain distance. You'll want this on the ground near the lane markings/yellow lines.





I don't know if mine are supposed to do this, but my D/S projector stays ____/---- no matter how far I am. My P/S projector is ____/---- to a certain point, then gradually changes to ______|------. It's BARELY noticable, but when my cutoff is bouncing around on the ground, it almost looks like the P/S projector is rotating slightly, as the step up becomes more verticle. Dunno lol.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:10 PM   #60
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ok cool. looks just like that.

i just never noticed on my legacy since there is not much color at the cutoffs so i can't distinguish the steps in the cutoff at distance. on the wrx, the steps in the cutoff keep aligning and unaligning depending on the distance. i gotta stop focusing on them and watch the road LOL.

thanks for your help. this was worth it.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:15 PM   #61
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Glad to be of assistance. I actually had a run in with a Mustang last night. The dumbass always drives around with just his fogs on (the middle lights on the grille) and he has some crappy 8000k hid kit. As I was passing him on the highway, all you saw was the shadow of his car moving, showing where my light was overlapping his and how bad his light output was. Once I got off the highway, he was two cars ahead of me (I got in the wrong lane) and I saw his friend hanging out the window trying to get my attention, I just ignored him, as he's too thick headed to undestand that his lights < halogens.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:21 AM   #62
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Mustangs have such bright driving lights that they think their headlights are on at night, but you can always tell because their rear lights are off... Dumbasses....
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:34 PM   #63
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Thanks for directing me to your thread. Just wondering - for those of us less confident / competant about baking, etc.. Do you think it would be insanely expensive to simply buy the whole HID unit directly from subaru? And just take out the stock and put in the new? Or is that even possible?
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It is fairly expensive from Subaru to buy the whole HID headlights. You can find them used for much cheaper. What year is your car? Fill out the rest of your profile. They are a direct bolt in, you just need to wire up or buy a relay harness to power them.

Where in WV are you from? I have tons of HID parts laying around, and have done several retrofits before. I'd be willing to sell you some parts if you need them, and give you a hand if you are close enough.
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Awesome! I'm in Morgantown!

Plan on getting a 2011 wrx as soon as they're available, but don't really want the limited edition (only way to get the HIDs stock).

Thanks a ton for being willing to sell some parts / help out. I'll shoot you a pm.
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I'd love to do this to my 2010, but I can't find 07+ STi projectors or cheap assemblies anywhere...
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Thanks for directing me to your thread. Just wondering - for those of us less confident / competant about baking, etc.. Do you think it would be insanely expensive to simply buy the whole HID unit directly from subaru? And just take out the stock and put in the new? Or is that even possible?
Sorry for the delayed response, but buying the STI headlights from Subaru costs about $700-800 each.
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I'd love to do this to my 2010, but I can't find 07+ STi projectors or cheap assemblies anywhere...
TSX projectors for $200, HID kit for <$100, do the install yourself

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TSX projectors for $200, HID kit for <$100, do the install yourself
TSX projector bowl is not a plug and play in the headlight housing, unless I'm mistaken. The whole point of the projectors is to do the exact retrofit shown here without having to drill holes etc.
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TSX projectors can be done, but it requires some custom work. STI projectors are a direct swap.
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TSX projectors can be done, but it requires some custom work. STI projectors are a direct swap.
Which is why I'd rather wait for STI projectors...
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Which is why I jumped on the STI projectors that I found for sale here

FYI, 06-07 STI projectors are the exact same as the new STI projectors. The projectors I'm using are from an 07. That might help broaden the search.
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Aren't the tsx projectors better?
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Aren't the tsx projectors better?
I suggest you start reading from the first post.
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the only thing i don't like so far about the STi projectors is that the sides are not sharp. its very blurry on the sides of the road. that maybe good or bad, but i'd rather have mine sharp all around.

i just did this mod on my brothers 09wrx and the results while good and better than stock left me wanting, just because of the sides. even the sides of my halogen based projectors on my legacy were sharper. on the wrx, the cutoff in the center where the steps are is definitely sharper though, even distracting.
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