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Old 01-30-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
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This is going to be the review for the FastWRX.com LED Turn Signal Relay Module which replaces the factor turn signal relay module allowing you to run LED bulbs in your turn signals 1. Without having the normal fast blinking issued you'd have with no relay or resistors and 2. The relay allows you just remove the factory relay which untimely is better than splicing in a resistor into your factor relay harness. This relay I am reviewing is for the 08+ Impreza including the WRX and STI models (Hatch and Sedan). This module can also be used with switchback bulbs both of which can be be found on FastWRX.com location in the ‘Exterior’ - ‘Lighting’ - and ‘Color-Changing LED Turn Signal Bulbs’ section. There are other vendors for the LED Switchback bulbs... I will be installing this product on my 2011 STI shortly....

NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with FastWRX.com and am doing this review at my own cost to show my impressions on the product.

Price: The retail price of the product is $19.00 and shipping varies depending on location. With shipping to me in CT it was less than $23.00.

NOTE: The flasher unite being reviewed fits 2008+ Impreza, WRX, and STI. It DOES NOT and WILL NOT fit earlier Subaru cars.

Packaging: The LED relay comes shipped in a padded yellow envelope. Your invoice is attached to the back of the envelope (at least in my case it was).

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Back of Package:



Opening: When opening the package I was surprised to find that FastWRX.com also included a lollipop in with the purchase; it actually made me laugh because I cannot remember the last time I saw this but it was a very nice and delicious surprise also (I cannot guarantee that every package does come with a lollipop).



Relay Packaging: Once your opened up your envelop you’ll notice a small white box. This box will include your relay which is also placed inside of a plastic bag inside of the bag (packaging is very nice overall).



The Relay: The LED Relay looks very OEM in my opinion and looks to be of good quality.



Bulbs Used: Currently I am waiting to place an order on a 1157 92 LED Switchback bulb from V-LEDs.com (Part# 1157_92_WA2_6K)



Install: FastWRX.com directions state the following on there website; "To find the turn signal blinker module, turn on your hazard lights and stick your head down under the driver's side footwell. You'll hear it clicking away. To install the new module, just unclip the wiring harness from the old module and plug it in to the new one. Zip-tie the new module safely out of the way. We suggest not trying to remove the old module; it hardly weighs anything and it's hard to get it out of there".

I will be having photos of the install which I will post HERE.

Install Review & Operation: Coming Soon

Video: Coming Soon

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Old 01-30-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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Opening: When opening the package I was surprised to find that FastWRX.com also included a lollipop in with the purchase; it actually made me laugh because I cannot remember the last time I saw this but it was a very nice and delicious surprise also (I cannot guarantee that every package does come with a lollipop).
I received a lollipop with my order too.

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To install the new module, just unclip the wiring harness from the old module and plug it in to the new one. Zip-tie the new module safely out of the way. We suggest not trying to remove the old module; it hardly weighs anything and it's hard to get it out of there".
This is exactly what I did to install the LED relay. I could not remove the stock relay but used zip-ties and worked perfectly.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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any updates? im interested in this as well
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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Any updates? I'm interested in doing this, too.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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I did this last weekend, very straightforward install. I turned on the flashers, and I could hear the clicking, but I wasn't sure exactly where it was coming from. So I put a finger on what looked like a few of the likely candidates, and could feel the module clicking. Then confirmed that the original and replacement module looked exactly alike.

Unhooked wiring harness from OEM module, hooked it into new module, and ziptied it up out of the way. Checked to make sure it worked with OEM bulbs, and then replaced OEM bulbs with LEDs front and rear. Front were the color-changing LEDs from MachV, rear were from SuperBrightLEDs. If you haven't seen them, the color changing bulbs are white when your headlights are on (instead of amber), but switch to amber when the turn signals are on.

All works well. There is an extra second or two between when I switch the blinker and when it starts blinking.

And if I had to do it again I'd have taken 5 or 10 minutes to warm up and stretch out before I wedged by stiff old ass into the foot well.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:11 PM   #6
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So I just ordered these, but I have a couple questions.

When your lights are off, but DRL on, are the signal lights also on?

I'm worried that I'll have this bad contrast of the halogen DRL with the white signal light.

And, is the blinker module an absolute necessity? I ask b/c on fastwrx they say "may" and "might", but it wasn't a definitive yes or no to the issue.

Any issues with the remote lock/unlock blinker after the install? Normal operation?
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:28 PM   #7
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Signal lights don't come on with DRL's, but when you turn your headlights on there is a difference in the color of light between the headlights and the (now white) signal lights. It might bother you. I never see it because I'm always driving the car, so it doesn't bother me. If you don't change to a new blinker module the blinkers (all 4) will blink about twice as fast as normal. That looks very wrong to me. I don't notice any difference with the remote lock/unlock blink.
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I have my headlights on at all times, and my FastWRX.com LEDs match my stock HIDs quite well. When I originally installed the LED turn signals, they blinked twice as fast, which I actually liked (more visibility.) The problem with that is that the relay, which is installed right near your steering wheel, makes the TICK sound twice as fast. That was annoying as **** and I only lasted about 1 day before also ordering the relay.

No issues with remote lock/unlock blinker after install.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:11 PM   #9
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do you have a link? i can't find it on their website. interested in this product though.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #10
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I'm glad you posted a good picture of the relay. If you search for the numbers printed on the side of the relay you can find it on amazon and ebay for $9.99 with free shipping.
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I just got a set of these installed and the LED was quite a bit bluer than I was expecting. I would say they are probably in the 8k color range.
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I just got a set of these installed and the LED was quite a bit bluer than I was expecting. I would say they are probably in the 8k color range.
Same here. The leds were soo much blue-er than my 5k hids.
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anyone have a video of it without the resistors? Curious to see how fast they blink
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