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Old 06-13-2002, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default '02 clear sidemarkers

Just put on the clear sidemarkers after a 2 week wait from WRX Tuner.com (40something $)

When i got them in the box i was a bit disappointed; Taiwanese made blend of e-bay level quality. The seal looks sorta messy... and the edges were a bit rough ... and... well overall it doesn't look good on closeup.

I was contemplating whether to install them or not, and thought that since they're fairly easy to remove ... what the heck eh.

A couple small problems to make it a not-so-nice install

1. The wiring for the bulb ends in 2 cut ends - no harness. Well i stuck the wire tips in the plug and held it on with electrical tape.

2. The sidemarker is cut such that it will not fit a subaru bulb holder & harness in it.

3. After clipping it into the bodywork it doesn't fit very well. I mean it fits, but it is sort of loose and shakey to the touch, unlike the OEM piece.

So those are my grouses. Of course, on my silver car they look a lot better than the orange ones (IMHO)

Now I am thinking that i am going to buy the STi CF inserts though, in the hope that they fit a bit better as well.

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Old 06-28-2002, 12:16 AM   #2
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i too got them, and i agree with everything you said. unfortuantely, a was one of the few that got screwed and ended up with an amber bulb instead of a clear bulb , they look good on my white car, but being loose really sucks. i don't think i could recommend them.
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Old 06-28-2002, 02:55 AM   #3
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Well that's great, its been 5 weeks and I'm still waiting for mine from WRXtuner. I guess I can kiss that $40 goodbye.
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Old 07-01-2002, 08:57 PM   #4
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Agreed with the first two posts above. The fit is sloppy to say the best. If I didn't make a small crack in one of my stockers trying to get it out, I would probably put them back in.
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Old 07-02-2002, 05:37 PM   #5
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yep, I dumped them the day after I got them, and opted for these instead




In all fairness to WRXTuner, although the product was not the greatest, the vendor communicated well, shipped quickly, and offered a refund - 20% restocking - shipping. I wouldn't have any problems ordering from them again, just nothing "replica" or "generic".
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Old 07-02-2002, 06:40 PM   #6
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I got the 1st shipment from WRX Tuner and the lights are cool. Fit isn't as tight as stock but not loose either.

Very much worth the money.

And I did no splicing, took the stock bulb/ housing and replaced the blue bulb/housing.

Worked perfect
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Old 07-05-2002, 03:28 PM   #7
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The stock sidemarkers (orange) have a clear bulb in them. You can switch out that bulb with the orange one in your clear sidemarker. I did and it works great.

I agree with the quality of these clear sidemarkers...What pieces of Shiat.

Also, I don't know about you guys, but I was concerned about the wheather proofing these new sidemarkers have...Basically none. The wiring is exposed, which means if it rains, they might get wet. I don't know if this is bad or not, but I figured I'd be careful, so I liberally applied black electrical tape to ensure things don't get wet.
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Old 07-05-2002, 03:28 PM   #8
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Random thoughts: I took the top spring clip from my stock orange ones, and put it on the WRXtuner clear corners. It was a PITA to get the clip out, but the fit is much tighter like stock. Not loose at all anymore. I agree with the rest of the quality problems though. I took a file to the rough edges, and that helped some. And I'm happy with the amber bulb in there actually. Okay for $40 if you're willing to spend a bit of time on them.
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Old 07-05-2002, 07:09 PM   #9
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If you like the look of the carbon fiber side markers, a cheap alternative is to get the spray on smoking stuff. Not sure what it's called, but you should get the idea. You can put on as much or as little as you want to get it as dark or light as you want. I did my side markers and am happy with how it turned out.

Go to this link for some pics
http://students.washington.edu/mdh7381/impreza/my_car/
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Old 07-07-2002, 02:31 PM   #10
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I took the top spring clip from my stock orange ones, and put it on the WRXtuner clear corners
I tried this, but couldnt see any way of getting the clips out without destroying them in the process. How did you manage to do it?
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Old 07-09-2002, 11:47 AM   #11
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I used a very small flat head screwdriver with a thin edge to get under the clip and pry down the plastic a bit, while simultaneously pulling out and up on the clip with a pliers. After some cussing, sweating, and fear of breaking the whole thing, it came out. Rinse and repeat.
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Old 07-12-2002, 02:25 AM   #12
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I ordered mine from revolution motorsport for $28. I didnt want to deal with cutting the wires and splicing in the new harness so i just cut a new slot in the clear corner so the stock bulb harness would fit and it worked great!!
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Old 07-12-2002, 05:09 AM   #13
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HEY! please don't say **** about taiwanese
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Old 08-10-2002, 04:44 AM   #14
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Default MELTED!

Well, mine have now melted! LOL

The amber bulbs (that came with it) have melted into the plastic housing inside the unit. It still looks fine from the outside, but they are no longer functional. I've only heard of maybe 3 other cases of this happening (along with Rev Motorsports versions), but it is something to keep an eye on with these.

Sometime you get what you pay for.

I'm not sure if I'll bother trying to send them back for a refund at this point, since I did change out the clips. Although that shouldn't have any effect on the bulbs overheating the plastic IMO.
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Old 08-16-2002, 04:03 PM   #15
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Default Clips = burned bulbs

On the contrary the poor fit of the clear corners is a feature. It allows for cooling of the bulb so it does not melt the cheap plastic. Seriously I did not like the look of these babies up close. From a distance they look ok but the poor fit sucks. They look great with blue bulbs on my blue wagon though.
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Old 08-16-2002, 10:36 PM   #16
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Default $64,000 Question

Does anyone make a clear side marker that doesn't suck? I'd like to get rid of these godawful stock orange things but I'd like to buy something that actually works.
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Old 08-18-2002, 09:00 PM   #17
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ya, this is sorta scaring me now...I thought clear side markers was like the easiest, cheapest and most hassle-free mod you could do....now Im not sure..

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Old 08-20-2002, 05:47 PM   #18
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Post Primitive clear sidemarkers

www.get-primitive.com has clear sidemarkers with good lense quality and fit for $38/pair. They use a metal clip to hold in tightly.

They do have the 3-prong bulb holder which does not allow the use of the factory bulb holder (like others on the market), but comes with its own holder and amber bulb to be wired in (or use scotch locks).

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Old 08-21-2002, 12:27 AM   #19
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www.get-primitive.com has clear sidemarkers with good lense quality and fit for $38/pair. They use a metal clip to hold in tightly.

They do have the 3-prong bulb holder which does not allow the use of the factory bulb holder (like others on the market), but comes with its own holder and amber bulb to be wired in (or use scotch locks).

http://www.get-primitive.com
hmm, is it just me or does that look like the exact same crap i bought from wrxtuner ?
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Old 08-21-2002, 12:36 AM   #20
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I bought a set of white/clear sidemarkers from McDade.
They are OEM Australian/JDM Subaru parts, so the fitment
is great. Good quality, which was expected. I can't really remember
how much I got them for.

If you want pics, go to www.cartogra.com, and search for
albums by "andrewe". There is one on clear sidemarkers and
headrests, I think.

They are more white than clear, but I think they look good
on my black wrx, and would probably go well with the other
colors (except maybe yellow).
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Old 08-21-2002, 05:06 PM   #21
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Have a Nice Day? No complaints

I don't think the parts you got from other suppliers are the same as the ones from Primitive...

I've had no complaints or returns of my sidemarkers. They fit well, have good lense quality, and have the metal spring clip like the factory units (not plastic).

It sure would be nicer if the bulb holder interchanged, but it has not been a big deal.

I sell mine for $38/pair. It is certainly a reasonable value.

For those who want to spend more money, or who want exact JDM replacement parts, there are plenty of places to get more expensive accessories.

Talk to those who have ordered from Primitive, you get a good value and excellent service. We generally do not carry the high end parts and the pricing reflects that.

Sorry if the parts you got from someone else were "crap", please don't lump me in with them.

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primitive paul,

i apologise for lumping you in with crap.

it's just that i bought crap for $40 which is pretty close to $38, and in the photo the lense, bulb, buld holder, color of wires and chopped off copper bits look identical to your pic.

once again, my apologies - never meant to lump you in with crap.
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Old 08-22-2002, 02:10 PM   #23
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Andywrx,

Do you know what is the part number for those from australia? and who or where is McDade? Thanks for your help.
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