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Old 08-07-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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alright so ive read a couple threads about this issue but i cant find the right answer my question is whats the big issue with installing plug n play hid kit to an N/A impreza whats the damage that it can cause? also by disabling the DRL system that will allow you to install plug n play with no worry??

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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alright so ive read a couple threads about this issue but i cant find the right answer my question is whats the big issue with installing plug n play hid kit to an N/A impreza whats the damage that it can cause? also by disabling the DRL system that will allow you to install plug n play with no worry??

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HID kit in n/a impreza??? Headlights don't care if the car is supercharged, turbocharged, n/a, or swapped. I'm pretty sure only older stis came with HID's starting in 06 but you can get HID's in any subaru from the dealer. I'm not sure which ones are exactly standard with HIDs.

You can throw any egay HID kit into any car but to do it right you need to retrofit the housings,lenses, ballasts, etc. into your halogen headlights.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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The issue isn't with installing in an N/A impreza... its with installing a kit in any car be it a Subaru or otherwise, that has halogen projectors/reflectors.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
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Maybe the OP meant oem headlights in "North america", in that a majority of them are designed for halogen reflectors.

Either way, like other responses, putting a plug-n-play kit, even one that tries to mimic a halogen filament's glow pattern by adding shields around certain areas around the capsule, still generates a dramatically different beam dispersion pattern & intensity. From a wall cutoff shot point of view, this effect is not easy to spot when the original headlights are projectors. However, on the road, there will be areas that are too intense than they should and other areas that are too dim than they should.

Bear in mind that a D2S HID capsule has a nominal lumens around 3000, compared to a 55W halogen bulb at around 1400 or so. Add to the fact that the HID glows along an arc, which may go along a different direction relative to some halogen bulbs, the finely tuned reflector or reflector+projector combo won't function as well.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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alright so ive read a couple threads about this issue but i cant find the right answer my question is whats the big issue with installing plug n play hid kit to an N/A impreza whats the damage that it can cause? also by disabling the DRL system that will allow you to install plug n play with no worry??

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www.danielsternlighting.com

email him, he will tell you which bulbs will give you the best possible output.
*hint* it's not gonna be an pnp hid kit.

the right way: good halogens or a proper hid retrofit including new projectors.

Do it right or don't do it.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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Fill in your profile, it helps us to answer. Nevertheless, regardless of the year of the impreza, HID kits are bad idea. Get better bulbs, relays, or do a proper retrofit.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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+1 to a retrofit
It's not hard (quite fun actually) & you get great lighting w/o blinding oncoming traffic
hidplanet.com is a great forum for learning more
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:08 PM   #8
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There's no real issue. I've had them for 3 different cars of mine in the stock housings.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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Doing something bad repeatedly does not make it any better. People saying hid in non hid reflectors are fine probably either don't know better, or don't care about proper lighting, or both. You'd be surprised by the amount of people thinking intense light just in front of the car makes them see better.

Edit: lighting output quality aside, crappy hid capsules found in kits can also fry your bowls or reflectors coating.
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