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Old 01-24-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Product: 08+ Impreza Retroquik system
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=254

I was initially hesitant about getting this set because of the rogue lighting and hotspots but I didn't run into that problem.

Overall, it was easy to install with instructions from planethid. The only gripe I had with this was that I had to trim the right hand side projector bracket a bit in order to fit it in the housing.

I am very satisfied with the output. I know that these aren't the best projectors for low beams but it's 100000x better than stock and other HID systems i see on the streets.

The bulbs I used are the OSRAM CBI 5000k

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Here's a shot I did for fun


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Old 01-24-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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have u finish aligning it? still look a little bit uneven
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:53 AM   #3
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have u finish aligning it? still look a little bit uneven
I turned up the pass side but i havent done any rotational alignments yet. Its not too off for me to take out the headlights
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very nice man. How easy was it? how long did it take?
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:12 AM   #5
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very nice man. How easy was it? how long did it take?
It was actually a lot easier than i thought it would be. I was very hesistant about opening headlights cuz that just sounds scary. I guess the hardest part was finding a good grounding point for me haha and the wiring.
It took me 7 hours but i took my time and spent awhile troubleshooting cuz of bad grounding pts.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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you baked it?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:45 PM   #7
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Yepp. Aint as scary as you think it is
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:27 AM   #8
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at what temp? for how long? lol im gonna do my headliight soon, i'll go with the FX-R projector thou.

also how's the OEM glue holding up? did you have to buy new one?
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What did you have to ground?

Also, did you have to do any mods to the projector to get the blue cutoff?
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And how does rotational alignment mess up? Don't these projectors just bolt up in one position?
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I dont see anything about grounding

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pdf...am_Harness.pdf
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Battery (-)
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Doesn't that mean you just connect it to the other side of the battery? Forgive if I'm way off....I know ZERO about electrical stuff.

If it just connects to the battery, then what does that have to do with finding a grounding spot?
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You dont have to do any mods to the projector for the cut off.

The wiring harness manual stuff isnt very descriptive. Difference between a negative terminal and a ground is that a ground takes the extra charge and displaces it. Itll prob work with the negative terminal but youd have so much wires running through your engine bay (you have to ground the passenger side as well as the driver side).
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You dont have to do any mods to the projector for the cut off.

The wiring harness manual stuff isnt very descriptive. Difference between a negative terminal and a ground is that a ground takes the extra charge and displaces it. Itll prob work with the negative terminal but youd have so much wires running through your engine bay (you have to ground the passenger side as well as the driver side).

I'm confused. TRS says you don't ground anything.
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I'm confused. TRS says you don't ground anything.
If you read the pdf you quoted..
it says Ground (-) : Coming from the black line, you can connect this to the battery or any chassis ground

you can connect it to the negative terminal or the chassis ground... the negative terminal of the battery is connected to the chassis as well.

Also, the pdf you quoted shows a picture of the harness and it has one set of ballast, bat (+), bat (-). The harness you'll receive will have 2 sets of these.

So on the driver side, you can attach the ground to the battery (-) terminal or chassis ground. On the passenger side, you should attach to the chassis.. because simply you don't want to have another long wire to the (-) terminal

hope it helps!
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If you read the pdf you quoted..
it says Ground (-) : Coming from the black line, you can connect this to the battery or any chassis ground

you can connect it to the negative terminal or the chassis ground... the negative terminal of the battery is connected to the chassis as well.

Also, the pdf you quoted shows a picture of the harness and it has one set of ballast, bat (+), bat (-). The harness you'll receive will have 2 sets of these.

So on the driver side, you can attach the ground to the battery (-) terminal or chassis ground. On the passenger side, you should attach to the chassis.. because simply you don't want to have another long wire to the (-) terminal

hope it helps!

I appreciate the help but I don't think it's correct (based on what TRS and people on HID planet say).

You will have the two connections to connect to the battery, one connection to go to driver's side OEM light wire, two wires that go to each ballast.
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I appreciate the help but I don't think it's correct (based on what TRS and people on HID planet say).

You will have the two connections to connect to the battery, one connection to go to driver's side OEM light wire, two wires that go to each ballast.
Well, people at hid planet are using the morimoto ballasts. Youre going to be using the matsu oem ballasts which will require what i said lool. And my system is working flawlessly so :/
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I'm using the vvme aftermarket ballasts with an amp to d2s adapter.
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Wait...maybe you are talking about bi xenons too? I won't be using that.
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Wait...maybe you are talking about bi xenons too? I won't be using that.
Yes, this is what the thread is about loool
Do you have a 12 impreza?

What are your plans?
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Good job. I remember using these projectors on a civic 2 years ago. Nice experience and the output is certainly worth it.

my 2c to anyone considering this:
Try to use the Mini-H1 style of projectors. The thing with the D2S version is that the light is spread evenly, at first that may sound like a good thing but what you really want is a more intense beam near the top of the cut off, which is what the H1 version offers. This gives better vision at distance.

having said that, the D2S version is BY FAR easier to install. You decide
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #23
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Maybe ill add mini-H1's as a quad projector xp
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I also did the retroquick retrofit on my 2013 WRX and had some interesting trimming issues.
Had to notch this piece

and here

I could have avoiding dremeling back this plastic if I felt like being more clever about finding fasterners/tapping the retroquick brackets but I just went with this.


Overall not too painful. The worst part was making some fine aiming adjustments with the headlights still in the car which took almost an entire night of work. I should post some pictures since I painted and did the LED halos while I was at it.
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