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Old 02-28-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Blue Footwell Illumination Kit in a 2011 WRX? Anyone do this? How does it look? Pics?
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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^^^ That's my car in the thread. I still like it a lot. If you're in to that sort of thing, it's a good kit for the money.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
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really easy to install at home don't get it dealer installed.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:47 PM   #5
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go look at a honda, but just imagine it was fast, voala.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:19 PM   #6
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I have the red kit and enjoy it quite a bit as well. If you like blue better, go for it. The only real debate is whether or not to replace the stock red cubby light with a blue one
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:50 PM   #7
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I got the blue kit and got a blue cubby light from someone on here. The older WRX's came with the blue light and the STIs got the red cubby light, so lots switched. If not they are quite cheap to get.


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Old 03-01-2011, 04:44 PM   #8
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I got it done a very ghetto way. Will post pics eventually, but it involved a set of white LED strips bought online for pennies, a 3 Ohm resistor as the said LEDs would fry @ 14V, and wires hooked up in parallel to the dome light. The former required some gymnastics to avoid prying the entire roof up, but I managed to slip the wire in between the dome light and the front left corner where the A pillar arrives (had to unscrew the sun visor to reach). The LED strips were glued under the console, and I put scotch tape on them to further diffuse the light. Works nicely, and it dims out along with the dome light
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:01 AM   #9
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The concept is simple.

Mount your LEDs in a desired sport and tap into the power from your dome light and connect to a ground.
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I got it done a very ghetto way. Will post pics eventually, but it involved a set of white LED strips bought online for pennies, a 3 Ohm resistor as the said LEDs would fry @ 14V, and wires hooked up in parallel to the dome light. The former required some gymnastics to avoid prying the entire roof up, but I managed to slip the wire in between the dome light and the front left corner where the A pillar arrives (had to unscrew the sun visor to reach). The LED strips were glued under the console, and I put scotch tape on them to further diffuse the light. Works nicely, and it dims out along with the dome light
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The concept is simple.

Mount your LEDs in a desired sport and tap into the power from your dome light and connect to a ground.

You can always use the parking light wire too. At least then the light would come on like Subaru's kit does. When the lights are on.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #11
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i'm sorry but none of you find that a little.....i hate to say it.......ricey?
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #12
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i'm sorry but none of you find that a little.....i hate to say it.......ricey?
It's definitely not for everyone.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:36 PM   #13
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i'm sorry but none of you find that a little.....i hate to say it.......ricey?
Not really, it's actually a fairly subtle effect, similar to the center tray light. It adds a bit of accent at night, but isn't in-your-face at all.

I added the red kit to my '11 and am quite pleased with the results, as I too was a bit worried it would be too much.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:37 PM   #14
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It's definitely not for everyone.
You can say that again.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:39 PM   #15
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i just feel like the next step is underbody kitp
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:40 PM   #16
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c'mon Mike... you know better
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:31 AM   #17
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Has anyone retrofitted this into an older GD chassis Impreza?
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:40 AM   #18
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The concept is simple.

Mount your LEDs in a desired sport and tap into the power from your dome light and connect to a ground.
You could also tap the power to the cubby LED. That is what Subaru's factory footwell kit does. If you get the Subaru kit, you can even just daisychain 2 kits, extend the wires, and run them to your rear footwells too. Note, however, that the cubby LED has dash power and will work (and dim)with your dash lights, not come on when you open a door.

As far as "rice" goes, many, many cars are now coming with footwell illumination as an OEM option. I have a friend who has it on his new F150...and his actually have 7 different color settings (okay, so that's borderline rice). It's not uncommon, and it's nice to be able to see into the footwell at night.

I went with the red kit from Subaru and swapped out the blue LED for red in the center console. It matches the overall dash lighting and looks nice. Mixing colors would have been too much for me. The Subaru kit is understated, not super bright, dimmable, and is functional without being too showy.
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You could also tap the power to the cubby LED. That is what Subaru's factory footwell kit does. If you get the Subaru kit, you can even just daisychain 2 kits, extend the wires, and run them to your rear footwells too. Note, however, that the cubby LED has dash power and will work (and dim)with your dash lights, not come on when you open a door.

As far as "rice" goes, many, many cars are now coming with footwell illumination as an OEM option. I have a friend who has it on his new F150...and his actually have 7 different color settings (okay, so that's borderline rice). It's not uncommon, and it's nice to be able to see into the footwell at night.

I went with the red kit from Subaru and swapped out the blue LED for red in the center console. It matches the overall dash lighting and looks nice. Mixing colors would have been too much for me. The Subaru kit is understated, not super bright, dimmable, and is functional without being too showy.
Good post.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:44 AM   #20
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my buddies forester has them. imo not my taste, but they aren't as bad as neons.
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Any pics of red Footwell Illumination Kit just for comparison purposes ?
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Has anyone retrofitted this into an older GD chassis Impreza?
The Subaru kit plugs into the wiring for the LED that the 08+ cars have in the dashboard cubby. You unplug the cubby LED, plug in the footwell kit, and then plug in the cubby LED to the new spot provided on the footwell kit. Reinstall the cubby light, run the wires and mount to the OEM locatiosn. Totally plug and play. You can build a kit cheaper than the one Subaru makes, but for the 15 minute install, it's well worth an extra $20-$25 IMO.

It shouldn't be that hard to adapt it to a different power source, but as you will have to rewire some of the kit anyway, you might as well source the LEDs and wiring seprately and save some money.
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Is the premium interior for the '11 tan leather with red stitching? Or is that just the photo?
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:55 AM   #24
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Is the premium interior for the '11 tan leather with red stitching? Or is that just the photo?
Just my horrible horrible white balance in the garage @ night.

It's black leather with red stitching
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:36 AM   #25
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here's red:


It's definitely ricey in the sense that it does nothing for performance and is only for appearance, but I found it to be a really nice and subtle effect. Note that the red is a lot brighter in the pic than in real life due to a fairly long exposure time.
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