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Old 06-06-2011, 01:08 PM   #26
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I'll bite.

My HID's were getting problematic after three years of use. Worked fine in dry weather. If it rained, sometimes one headlight didn't work, or both! Not great for Washington residents!

Decided it must be the OEM FX35 ballasts, since they don't seem to be waterproof. So I decided to go to retrofitsource and get some better ballasts. I picked the Morimoto 3Five ballasts. Figured I would redo the wiring harness at the same time just in case.

---Technical features include: True 35w output, 8-Amp Quickfire, hot-restrike capability, digital control board to automatically shut down in case of bulb/harness failure, and an integrated can-bus module to help combat error codes.

Physical features include: completely water-proof casing, potted internals, extra long output cord length, bulb-base seals, compact size, modern looks, laser etched graphics.
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The wiring harness has a connector that goes to the OEM power. I had the connector cut off a few months ago from the shop when they were troubleshooting the light problem (strangely enough it kind of fixed it for awhile, but then the problem popped up again).



So the wires were direct connect, so not great for trying to work on replacements. I went to Fry's and found a 3 wire molex type connector. I cut the connection and added these quick connects.



Here's a pic of the original FX35 wiring connector, and the new waterproof connectors from retrofitsource.



A pic of the old FX35 ballast and the new.



Passenger side had a nice convenient empty bolt hole that worked great for supporting the ballast. I have no idea what the hole was originally used for, but the bolts from the morimoto kit fit.



Drivers side didn't have a bolt hole in the location, so I used the bolt used for the ground to attach the ballast.



Another pic of the ballast location drivers side, just before I shoved the light assembly back in.





Happy to report, everything is back to normal. I've driven a few times in the rain, and no problems.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:30 AM   #27
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Bought my third subaru(third legacy too), yesterday

Planning to resurface the headlights, clear the turn signals, and check the timing belt this weekend.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:08 PM   #28
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Bought my third subaru(third legacy too), yesterday
Whats the details on the car ? Any pics?
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:11 PM   #29
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Whats the details on the car ? Any pics?
I have the details here http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2194532

I will take photos tonight and try to get them up tomorrow
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #30
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I need to do the engine / tranny mounts, any advice on where to buy? And which parts to buy?

Also need to do the spark plugs.... any recommendations?
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:28 PM   #31
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I need to do the engine / tranny mounts, any advice on where to buy? And which parts to buy?

Also need to do the spark plugs.... any recommendations?
STI motor mounts work on some models, I put them on my 1998 Legacy outback. They are nice and give the car a tighter feel to it, but it also makes the car vibrate a little more.

What year do you have?
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:01 PM   #32
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I have a 2003. When at a stop it vibrates more than i like.
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:09 AM   #33
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I have solid motor mounts on my protege5 , I don't think ill ever put them on another car, it causes bad vibrating. People ask why the car shakes so much and at stop lights its horrible . I only like the acceleration part . It just feels better but not worth the earth quake feelin .

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Old 06-13-2011, 01:13 AM   #34
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Finally after 5 months of looking I found a dark grey leather interior at the pull a part for my wagon. Best part it was complete and total cost was 125. Installed it tonite . Looks great now.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:24 AM   #35
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Gravel bashed my 'part-out' car :P

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:01 PM   #36
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Put my wagon on a tow truck , finally gettin an engine in it (ej22) . Can't wait to drive it .
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:50 AM   #37
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ordered up some front and rear Centric Rotors. No more warped and pretty much shot rotors!
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:33 AM   #38
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I covered the ugly woodgrain!



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Old 06-16-2011, 06:10 PM   #39
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lt should have had that from the factory.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:10 PM   #40
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I installed a rear wiper arm and blade from a Honda Pilot today. New school look on an old school Legacy. I will get a picture tomorrow.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:56 PM   #41
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I was thinkin of doing that . What year is it again ?
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:54 AM   #42
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I was thinkin of doing that . What year is it again ?
http://www.sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=19616

The part # and a link to order the part are in that thread. You can order the whole blade/arm assembly for about $50.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:30 PM   #43
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Talked to my mechanic today and he will be doing a refresh on my motor. I should have it back in less than two weeks since he is super busy. So excited to drive it . Bought it broken and building it the way I want it . It's a hybrid of all models . I added parts from every model . I love the outbacks because that's the majority of cars I sourced stuff from.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:00 PM   #44
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currently doing an ej20k swap today im just cleaning out the engine bay some more and im going to work on the headlights
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:51 PM   #45
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Lucky you, boosted legacies ftw.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:51 AM   #46
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replaced a wheel stud on my passenger side

also did this while in the replacing process
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:01 PM   #47
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So my Subaru is on the road. Engine has been refreshed with all major maintenance, a new radiator and clutch . Owner of the shop even threw in an sti oil pump , wrx shifter assembly for tranny , fuel filter and a few other parts for free.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:48 AM   #48
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replaced a wheel stud on my passenger side

also did this while in the replacing process
I think it's time for a breaker bar...
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:11 PM   #49
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Bought a 17mm socket so I can finally change the oil on Tuesday. Might be ordering some small parts tonight too.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:49 AM   #50
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I think it's time for a breaker bar...
very much so. The wrench and a jack handle i guess just doesn't handle the torque
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