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Old 11-29-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default RDX Projector Retrofit on a 09 WRX

I had read that they were just about identical, I can get RDX projectors for about $80 for both and I was considering a light bake soon too...

Would these work? I wanted to get RDX projectors to put in there, and then I would need to bend down the squirrelfinder? Or leave it up

If any of this sounds wrong or funky feel free to correct I'm semi confused

Its from a 2012 RDX
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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I dont know how well they will fit in your headlights but from what I have read they are almost identical to tsx. Except they have a foreground limiter and some differences in the casting of the front half. Tsx are pretty good if you dont pay too much. Look around for tsx retrofit in housings like yours and you'll see how well it will fit.

See this thread below for a little more information. I was actually arguing a little while ago someone in here that his TSXs did not look like usual tsx and from this it looks like he actually had rdx.


http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...e-same-as-TL-s

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:39 PM   #3
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Oh and I forgot, also they have fresnel lens instead of clear lens. This is probably why they can be bought for much less. Here is another thread at HID planet about them. I assume 2012 are the same, i might be wrong.

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...RDX-projectors
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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Even if they are very similar to TSX, neither are these are direct replacements to 08+ wrx, right?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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I'm no 08+ expert but given how different these are from the retro quick mini kit that TRS sells for the 08+ I am pretty sure they wont just drop in..
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:28 PM   #6
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If I wanna retrofit, I also found some TSX projectors for 120, could I just buy those and would I need anything more I have bulbs and ballasts from a kit I had
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:42 PM   #7
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Between TSX and RDX I would pick whichever comes with a clear lenses. Early tsx had clear lenses from factory, more recent models are fresnel, and if you want clear les you need something like tsx-r (r for replica) lenses if it does not come with it already.

You need D2S bulbs to go with this as it is an oem projector it will only accept real hid capsules, not rebased H1 and such.

And if your kit is not D2S type you also have to find a way to connect your ballasts to a D2S bulb.

Keep us updated on your progress!
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:40 PM   #8
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Between TSX and RDX I would pick whichever comes with a clear lenses. Early tsx had clear lenses from factory, more recent models are fresnel, and if you want clear les you need something like tsx-r (r for replica) lenses if it does not come with it already.

You need D2S bulbs to go with this as it is an oem projector it will only accept real hid capsules, not rebased H1 and such.

And if your kit is not D2S type you also have to find a way to connect your ballasts to a D2S bulb.

Keep us updated on your progress!
Do they just drop right in though or am I looking at modification work

This is what I had

Look at this on eBay:

55W H11 6000K HID HEAD LIGHT KIT 2 BALLASTS + 2 BULBS

http://bit.ly/Ux2nbv
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:14 PM   #9
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You likely have to do some modifications, search for retrofit on your years wrx, there must be some members who have done that already. That is what I've done when I did my first on the bugeye.

H11 bulbs will not work with the tsx. You need real d2s bulbs.

Your ballasts should be reusable but youll need some sort of adapter for the bulbs, not sure if that exists or not. I'd start looking on trs website (the retrofit source) for that. I only used oem stuff so I dont know about the contraptions you can do with rebased stuff and their connectors.

Also make sure you get oem bulbs, they will be worth it. Regular philips or osram d2s will do (buy from a reputable seller, not random ebay or you'll likely get fakes. Real philips d2s bulbs will be like 85$. If it is too cheap it is likely fake or used (more likely fake)
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:40 PM   #10
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You likely have to do some modifications, search for retrofit on your years wrx, there must be some members who have done that already. That is what I've done when I did my first on the bugeye.

H11 bulbs will not work with the tsx. You need real d2s bulbs.

Your ballasts should be reusable but youll need some sort of adapter for the bulbs, not sure if that exists or not. I'd start looking on trs website (the retrofit source) for that. I only used oem stuff so I dont know about the contraptions you can do with rebased stuff and their connectors.

Also make sure you get oem bulbs, they will be worth it. Regular philips or osram d2s will do (buy from a reputable seller, not random ebay or you'll likely get fakes. Real philips d2s bulbs will be like 85$. If it is too cheap it is likely fake or used (more likely fake)
Yeah I'll probably wait till after Xmas, and after I get my lip
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #11
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With something like that:


http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...products_id=97

It looks like you could connect your kit to D2S bulbs on TSX or any other OEM projector. Make sure to revive this thread when you start working on your retro. I'm sure you'll get the help of the other members here who are into retrofitting.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:00 AM   #12
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TSX retrofit into an 08+ housing.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1971119

I've seen where others just use the stock mounting points and drill into the housing for one or two more screws.

I use the AMP > DS2 adapter currently with my retrofit (STi projectors, Morimoto 3Five SS AMP ballast) and they work great. The fact that you can get that pair with straight connectors instead of the angled D2S connector is a huge bonus.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:04 PM   #13
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So I need new D2S bulbs and a projectors and I cut those tabs off my stock setup to screw it all together? Is there another way instead of cutting off those tabs to screw
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:06 PM   #14
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And what year on the projectors u found some 04-06 ones
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #15
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Another way.

http://www.wrxforums.com/forums/11-d...right-way.html

This is science, not concrete. You can do it whichever way makes it easiest for you. If you don't think you have the wherewithal to perform the retrofit, there are easier ways to get projectors in... an OEM Sti retrofit or a Mini D2S kit from The Retrofit Source....although I feel the RDX projectors might be the best performer of the three.

Good luck!
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