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Old 04-08-2011, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Blackout Headlights 04-05 WRX/STI Tutorial

This is a Tutorial I decided to make for people that wanna black out their headlight bezels. I figure that so many people have helped me on forums I should give back.
This is just in case it wasn't covered already.
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Paint I Recommend (High Temp and Flexible)


Areas in pink are 10mm bolts/Blue area, Green Area are clips

Remove Grill, use a long #2 Flat head to get the lower clips and regular flat head to get upper clips

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:37 PM   #2
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Pull grill fwd and it pops right out

These 2 10mm bolts need to be removed

Don't forget this 10mm bolt



Remove these clips for ease of removal
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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Disconnect all light connectors behind the housing


Pull on the headlight from the opposing grill side. It will pop out very easy then pull lightly till it comes out.

It's out



Go ahead and remove the bulbs and rubber seal around the high beam housing.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:38 PM   #4
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Carefully push on the HID backpack with a 1/4 turn counter clockwise twist then pull it gently. The backpack will pop of the bulb then pinch the metal retaining clips carefully remove the HID bulb DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS ON ANY OF THE BULBS



Now that the bulbs are out and seal is out remove perimeter screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Preheat your oven to about 200 F to 220 F

Find a cookie sheet, place the headlight assembly on the pan. Place in the oven preferably on the middle rack.

Your going to want to put them in there for 12:00 minutes

Remember to use gloves peeps I know I shouldn't have to say that but I'm going too.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:39 PM   #5
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Now carefully take out the headlight from the oven. Set it down if its to hot for your gloves, let it sit for a minute. You dont want it to cool off, thats the point why their in the oven. Go ahead and pull apart the assembly. Don't worry if you get alittle black goo on anything. It comes off easy. Start pulling from the top of the headlight first then with the flat head gently pry on the clip area and pull it will seperate easily just don't pry to hard.

Carefully pull the orange reflector out, use needle ose pliers if your having trouble. The key here is to not crack the bezel. It is very easy todo. You can mask the clear plastic peice if you don't feel 100% comfortible. I chose to delete the orange.

You can also choose to take this little orange guy out. That way when you put it together you get rid of all orange.

See!!!! Its gone with the use of a small flathead and light prying.

Now here is the part where you want to take your time. Chrome plastic hates paint. So do light coats wait 10 min a coat. Light sanding is optional, not required though. I like the semi gloss the best. It drys fast and even not prone to running and not to flashy.

I chose to paint my orange relflector to eliminate the side holes that are really visible.


You can start to see the difference.

Go ahead and place the bezel in the lens and screw the one holding screw back in.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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Now put the other housing back on the cookie sheet place in the oven for 10:00 minutes so you can sandwich it back together


After sandwiching it all back together put in all perimeter screws the HB seal etc.

Put the bulbs back in

This is the finished product. No orange/blacked out bezel

Have fun Gents... I will post pics tonight of them installed
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:57 PM   #7
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Any pics on the car?
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:10 PM   #8
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nice job man
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:21 PM   #9
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Just what I needed!

Now to find a thread of how to install HID Projectors w/ shrouds
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:42 PM   #10
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Heres some pics after install. Enjoy


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Old 05-07-2011, 08:42 PM   #11
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This is wonderful. Great job on the writeup my friend.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:14 PM   #12
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Any reason you didn't use additional sealer when you put it back together?
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:47 AM   #13
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Wow I cant believe no one has covered this before. I gotta try it.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:59 PM   #14
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Just blacked mine out today exactly how this thread describes. Thanks looks sooo much better, no more horrible orange.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:48 PM   #15
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Most of the time you do not need more sealer because there is plenty on there already. You just have to press together till back to original then let cool, then fineto
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:01 AM   #16
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im looking forward to finally doing this mod. Also gonna throw in the angel eyes. But one thing i wont do is paint the inside of the light where the angel eyes will go. I will keep that reflective still...similar to this:

(http://www.iwsti.com/forums/how-inst...5-wrx-sti.html)
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:32 PM   #17
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Looks great! Good call painting the orange rather than just throwing it out!
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:33 AM   #18
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just a heads up, if u dont feel comfortable putting your headlights in an oven, a heat gun also works great! start at one side of the headlight, and heat a general area. use a flat head to scoop some of the goop out (silicone), and gradually make your way around the whole headlight.. then have another person slowly and gently pull each side apart, but make sure you have the heat gun ready to zap (melt away) each strand of gooey silicone.

I prefer to reseal the headlight with more silicone to avoid the chance of any leakage.

Here's mine (yeah i know these arent 04/05 headlights, but its a similar process):

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Old 03-04-2012, 03:53 PM   #19
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vary nice, just did mine. ezpz
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:37 PM   #20
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Great instructions! The headlights look much better.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:09 PM   #21
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Thanks for the great write up! Just finished my headlights today.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:29 AM   #22
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Is this the same process for WRX head lights? 2004.

Also, anyone selling a set already cleared and blacked like this?

Scratch that, I just did my headlights myself! Was REALLY easy! Very happy
Posting pictures soon!!

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:52 AM   #23
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I went with blue to be more unique with my car, and I love it.


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Old 07-01-2012, 02:57 PM   #24
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Is it possible to do this same process with the tail lights as well?
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:34 PM   #25
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Great instructions! Thorough and helpful. I did mine this morning without any problem and it adds a great accent.
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