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Old 09-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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New to the Subaru scene and I have my eye on a WRX and had a headlight question. According to Subaru's website it says that the Base model and the Premium model does not come with HID's. But from all the pictures I'm seeing of peoples WRX's it looks like they all have HID headlights... Can someone clear this up? Maybe they aren't HID headlights and they just have a projector that looks like they are HID headlights?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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Base and premium come with halogen projectors. (limited and STi come with HID) They are not the best projectors for plug n play HID kits. Do it right and get a proper retrofit done if you want HIDs if you have a Base or Premium.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for answering my question Chris!

Does anyone have any pictures of how the halogen lights look in the dark? Trying to get an idea of how bright they are.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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It will be easier if you spot any 2008-2011 Impreza overnight, and see for yourself. Brightness perception is subjective and variable enough when evaluated in person, and photos can show anything depending on exposure time.

OEM halogens aren't horrendous, they aren't exceptional either. Fortunately, a very effective, easy, cheap and glareless upgrade does exist with a H9/H11 bulb swap in lows, and HIRs in highs. IIRC, you're adding over a thousand lumens per headlight with everything turned on - while maintaining the proper cutoff line and light distribution.

Now, if that's not enough, a bixenon retrofit (changing the projector assembly within the headlight, adding D2S capsules and ballasts) will still cost you less than new OEM HIDs from Subaru.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #5
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+1 on H9 and HIR, they are substantially brighter and you don't have the side effect of light spraying everywhere as with hid cheap kits.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:07 PM   #6
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+1 on H9 and HIR, they are substantially brighter and you don't have the side effect of light spraying everywhere as with hid cheap kits.
Is there anything special that has to be done in order to install H9 bulb on 08-12 wrx?
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:55 PM   #7
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There is a small tab that you have to grind/file down. I did it a few days ago with a small hobby file and while it took a bit longer than I thought on each its well worth it. The tab you file down is the smaller one closer to the bulb.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:46 PM   #8
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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There is a small tab that you have to grind/file down. I did it a few days ago with a small hobby file and while it took a bit longer than I thought on each its well worth it. The tab you file down is the smaller one closer to the bulb.
Cool thanks for the info
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #10
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2083911 found this useful thread to covert to h9 bulbs
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