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Old 04-15-2013, 08:12 PM   #2901
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You are WAY over thinking this. They are freakin' headlights. There is a correct default height for lo beams and high beams. If you're having to constantly jack around with the height of them while you're driving, please don't drive near me - I'd rather focus on driving and keep my hands on the wheel. I think playing with your lights all the time while you're driving is more of a risk to yourself and other drivers than any headlight. Do you also text and drive?
And you're being entirely too paranoid. It's a flippin' switch that just rolls and adjusts gradually. If you get THAT distracted while driving then I assume you must have yourself situated out in the country where seldom is heard a discouraging word.

I like how all of these car companies have put levelers in their cars because they feel it's safer, but you're the one guy that calls them "worthless". Thank the stars they don't make exactly what YOU want.

I adjust them out of consideration for others. It's really no extraneous effort on my part. Maybe it's because I'm not 30 yet, but it's one thing to just roll a switch and a completely different thing to text, "Hey, I can't talk right now because I'm driving on the highway at 90 miles per hour and too busy adjusting my levelers behind this car that's 10 feet in front of me."

Didn't you just get done calling Calamity a "drama queen"? Yet you compare adjusting headlights to texting while driving? Are you kidding me? Brahmzy, you're sharper than this. I'll assume you're just having an off day or highly-stressed from the Boston Marathon bombing because this conversation has turned ridiculous at this point. I was just trying to make a counter-point for practical use. Obviously they're a technology that's here to stay and you might want to research why that is so.

My excuse for being touchy is that I have the flu. Come at me bro!
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #2902
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LOL! I actually just needed to take a leak. Once I took care of that, I felt better.
Refreshed, even.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:42 PM   #2903
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Good now that you guys feel better maybe you can consider the rest of the members that may want to focus on what's relevant to the topic.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:54 PM   #2904
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Good now that you guys feel better maybe you can consider the rest of the members that may want to focus on what's relevant to the topic.
Sorry! Back to something other than headlights!

Any opinions on the stock tires that com with the XT? Good enough for snow? Or too performance oriented and are dedicated snows a better plan?

Reviews seem to be middle of the road. Pretty common tire though.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.....0XT%20Touring

Much better reviews on these things and cheaper:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.....0XT%20Touring
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:42 PM   #2905
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I'll be perfectly happy with just a bulb swap. I'm sure the '14's have a good beam pattern/cutoff.
I looked a two new Foresters yesterday, side by side on the dealers lot, one with factory HID's and one with halogens. The factory HID's have a different reflector than the non-halogen lights do, a simple bulb swap will not be the same as the factory HID lamps. If the light pattern output would have been the same, Subaru would not have to produce two different headlamp reflector assemblies.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:01 AM   #2906
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Sorry! Back to something other than headlights!

Any opinions on the stock tires that com with the XT? Good enough for snow? Or too performance oriented and are dedicated snows a better plan?

Reviews seem to be middle of the road. Pretty common tire though.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.....0XT%20Touring

Much better reviews on these things and cheaper:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.....0XT%20Touring
Not sure. The Geolanders on my old '09 XT always wanted to slide in the snow.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:32 AM   #2907
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The levelers for HIDs aren't for constant adjustment... they're for if you have a heavy load in the back, so you can re-aim your headlights back down. Simple use, simple feature.

If you're constantly fiddling around with it, you should probably focus on your driving more.

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SOOOO much better that the SOA has for the new sport grill.
I couldn't really find any pictures on Google... is this it?

Genuine 2014 Subaru Forester Sport Grille : Amazon.com : AutomotiveGenuine 2014 Subaru Forester Sport Grille : Amazon.com : Automotive

If so... I see a market for aftermarket.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:46 AM   #2908
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@lcrazyaznl beat me to it man! had the same idea especially with the chrome trim around the windows. Your ride is looking sweet! I added the sport grill just so you all can do a comparison.





The sport grill photos are courtesy of B2Suby over on sf.org
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #2909
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I didn't want more honey combs =P
how hard was it to take off the top trim, or was it pre installed?
I couldnt take mine off when I did the diy on subaruforesters.com
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:09 PM   #2910
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I donīt like a non-functional grill
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #2911
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I donīt like a non-functional grill
The XT's grill is the most functional grill I've seen.

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:24 PM   #2912
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@lcrazyaznl beat me to it man! had the same idea especially with the chrome trim around the windows. Your ride is looking sweet! I added the sport grill just so you all can do a comparison.





The sport grill photos are courtesy of B2Suby over on sf.org
Hmmm. I was hoping the sport grille is a little more "meshy". I actually like the wider honey combs on the standard grille better. Blacking it out makes it look better IMO.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:31 PM   #2913
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I wonder if Jaime Foxx is going to ask for character resemblance reimbursement from the new Forester looking like his old character "Wanda" from In Living Color.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #2914
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Great thread and feedback everyone.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:45 PM   #2915
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The XT's grill is the most functional grill I've seen.

http://youtu.be/KkHAsqJPFOU

do you see the closed honey combs?

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #2916
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do you see the closed honey combs?
I do.
But the open honey combs beneath them funnel the air up and along the hood into the intercooler.
If you watch the video I posted, at precisely 3:20 the grill is shown and how it funnels the air.

If the honeycomb were open where you mentioned, the air would be obstructed by the hood latching system, creating more of a turbulent flow into the intercooler.
Making the grill less functional.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:30 PM   #2917
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more pics of the cf vinyl on chrome
still waiting for the bottom trims to get done.

The funnel behind the grill looks like this

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:47 PM   #2918
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^^ NICE!!! ^^

Screw it - I ordered the full projection HID retrofit kit, LOL.

I'll post a how to with pics n crap when my car comes in.
I hope I can get 'er done with little modification. After having the Bimmer's projectors, I just don't think the reflector's would do it for me.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=227
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #2919
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Sorry! Back to something other than headlights!

Any opinions on the stock tires that com with the XT? Good enough for snow? Or too performance oriented and are dedicated snows a better plan?

Reviews seem to be middle of the road. Pretty common tire though.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.....0XT%20Touring

Much better reviews on these things and cheaper:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.....0XT%20Touring

I wouldn't even say performance oriented. They had a small auto cross course for us to drive through at training and I was really wanting something stickier...

They didn't let us drive up the slippery ramp, but the Geolanders with Xmode worked just fine on the NA. I'd say get dedicated snows if you are in a harsh winter climate. If it's not that harsh, I'd think the Xmode would do fine to compensate.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #2920
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do you see the closed honey combs?
Yea the top closed ones don't do anything, but if you see in the picture below the scoops in the lower grill funnel air into the IC.

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more pics of the cf vinyl on chrome
still waiting for the bottom trims to get done.

The funnel behind the grill looks like this

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^^ NICE!!! ^^

Screw it - I ordered the full projection HID retrofit kit, LOL.

I'll post a how to with pics n crap when my car comes in.
I hope I can get 'er done with little modification. After having the Bimmer's projectors, I just don't think the reflector's would do it for me.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=227
I told you I'm in for your write up!!!! You better send me a PM with your link lol. I'm just waiting for you to do this first.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:41 PM   #2921
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I didn't want more honey combs =P
how hard was it to take off the top trim, or was it pre installed?
I couldnt take mine off when I did the diy on subaruforesters.com
O yeah man, its funny because everything thread I seem to go to on SF.org, you are posting in it lol. post pics of the side trim!

Also that car above wasn't mine. I just took the picture from someone on SF.org
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:49 AM   #2922
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Haven't done the side trim Its a bit harder since I haven't tried to remove those trims yet lol...
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:40 AM   #2923
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Any more driving impressions? The few mag reviews seem to be generic.

Peace,

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Old 04-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #2924
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Any more driving impressions? The few mag reviews seem to be generic.

Peace,

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So I drove a 2.5i Limited and purchased a 2.5i Touring. I typically don't like to give "reviews" because they are so subjective and everyone is different. But here it goes.

I drive a 2009 Impreza 5-door OBS 115 miles round trip everyday. What surprised me about the new Forester is:
1. How much more quiet it is than my current car.
2. It rides better than my current car (tires with tall sidewall probably has a lot to do with this), and my current car has 205/55R16 snow tires on it.
3. The interior is really nice. It's still a Subaru and not a Lexus, but it's quite an improvement in my opinion.
4. The seats didn't seem much diff. than my current ones and did not bother me or my wife.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #2925
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Screw it - I ordered the full projection HID retrofit kit, LOL.
Yes! Teh OT General News & Rumors does some good! (I was blinded by a 2006-ish Corolla with aftermarket reflector based HIDs last night so this issue remains relevant to me.)

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Any more driving impressions? The few mag reviews seem to be generic.
You read my (Google+) review of it, no? https://plus.google.com/115479414905...ts/Nxys1bHKP8X
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