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Old 10-18-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default HID lights worth it?

I have a 2011 WRX and was thinking of getting the 6000k HID kit installed. It would be more for looks than anything else, but I dont know how good/bad they would look. If anybody has any experience with this please give me your opinion.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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Legit STI swap-ins? (ie, entire housing, etc) They're expensive, but work the best.

DO NOT get those ebay garbage kits or any other semi-more-legit ones like the DDM tuning stuff.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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No way not worth it at all IMO.

Spend money on useful things. Never been a fan of HID bulbs, or their heavy price tag.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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I have a guy who said he can install them for $130 at his shop (thats the bulbs + intall). I guess I need to do some shopping around cause I have now idea if that is expensive for HIDs. I dont think they are STI swap-ins.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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I have a guy who said he can install them for $130 at his shop (thats the bulbs + intall). I guess I need to do some shopping around cause I have now idea if that is expensive for HIDs. I dont think they are STI swap-ins.
For that price, it's a cheapo garbage kit.

If you can't afford either a sti swap or the $500-800 for a proper retrofit, don't even bother.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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I have a guy who said he can install them for $130 at his shop (thats the bulbs + intall). I guess I need to do some shopping around cause I have now idea if that is expensive for HIDs. I dont think they are STI swap-ins.
Those are garbage and will not work properly. You need to either do a full STi headlamp swap with the factory HID's $$$, or do a lightwerkz conversion which will run you $1k+

http://www.lightwerkz.net/

Don't even consider the ebay crap that the shop is peddling.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:08 PM   #7
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Thanks guys you saved my @$$ for sure or atleast saved me $130 + tax. Im glad I didnt do any impulse buying yesturday. Thanks for the info guys!
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:10 PM   #8
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I have a 2011 WRX and was thinking of getting the 6000k HID kit installed. It would be more for looks than anything else, but I dont know how good/bad they would look. If anybody has any experience with this please give me your opinion.
If you dont do a proper retrofit then I hope you enjoy blinding your fellow drivers and acting like a ricer.

Do a proper retrofit or nothing.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:22 PM   #9
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If you dont do a proper retrofit then I hope you enjoy blinding your fellow drivers and acting like a ricer.

Do a proper retrofit or nothing.

Thats what I'm trying to avoid, sounds crazy but I dont want to look like a douche.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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I would go with lightwerkz, great service too!
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:36 PM   #11
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #12
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Proper retrofit for less than $200 is possible, if you're not in a hurry.
http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...-for-under-200

I personally prefer 4100-4300 Kelvin rated capsules (OEM range for most vehicles). With a projector, you will get the purple/blue appearance from oncoming traffic due to the purple band above the low beam cutoff. That oem color range generally provides the optimal benefits in terms of lighting the road ahead.

There are ways to maximize the purple/blue band for aesthetics consideration.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:22 PM   #13
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Talking HIDs in a 2011 WRX...

Contrary to popular belief, there are a few kits out there that offer quality for a decent price. I give you this:

http://www.carhidkits.com/6000k-hid-kit-183.html

I have this very kit in my 2009 WRX and this is a special discounted price. I paid nearly double that and would not revert to my stock setup for much of anything. Just my .02!
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:27 PM   #14
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Just got my headlights finished at lightwerkz.

http://www.lightwerkz.net/news/2012/...ngs-lens-swap/
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:08 PM   #15
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I did my own retrofit using morimoto mini h1 projectors, and a kelvin 6000k hid kit. I love it.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:44 PM   #16
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in my younger years, every car i owned had HID's on them, then i started to understand the importance of being able to see while driving at night. With all these cheap chinese kits you see on cars now youll see that they dont light up the road as good as normal driving lights. If you want to do it the right way just buy the sti headlights. If its a look your going for, then do what you need to do.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #17
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Just got my headlights finished at lightwerkz.

http://www.lightwerkz.net/news/2012/...ngs-lens-swap/
Wow they look amazing! Any action shots yet?

Want to share what they cost to have all that done?
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #18
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I was able to find an HID kit for around 80.00. Going to do some testing and see what happens. So far no issues

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Old 10-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #19
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Have you bent your squirrel finder down?
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:21 AM   #20
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Wow they look amazing! Any action shots yet?

Want to share what they cost to have all that done?
My car is still in the shop for the motor build. Somehow I had a cylinder 2 ringland go boom....

SO, I am doing manley rods, pistions, supertech valves springs retiainers, Kelford B cams, killer B oil pickup and baffel, streetlight flywheel, southbend stage 2 clutch, tomei timming belt and guide, header and I think thats about it.

I already have a 20G and huge topmount and injectors for E85.

For the TSXR lens swap, amber delete, CCFL eyes and painted housing it was like $500.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:16 PM   #21
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Contrary to popular belief, there are a few kits out there that offer quality for a decent price. I give you this:

http://www.carhidkits.com/6000k-hid-kit-183.html

I have this very kit in my 2009 WRX and this is a special discounted price. I paid nearly double that and would not revert to my stock setup for much of anything. Just my .02!
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I was able to find an HID kit for around 80.00. Going to do some testing and see what happens. So far no issues
The issue isn't the kit, its the optics. You could spend $8,000.00 on a kit, and it still won't look good, or work correctly with out the support of the projectors. What all these companies/people claim to be a "kit" is really only half of the "kit".
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