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Old 02-04-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Had Caesar at Lightwerkz retrofit my headlights this week.

Click on the link for the write up on the build:
http://www.lightwerkz.net/news/2013/...em-conversion/

After a lot of research on this forum, I figured out what I wanted to do. I wanted OEM quality/performance. I also wanted Black housing headlights like the 08-11 wrx/impreza's as mine was a 2013 with chrome.
I figured out that the wrx & sti actually use the same housing as each other so the projectors are swappable w/o any modification. Also, an added bonus is that the housing also has a spot to mount the oem ballasts, just like the STI and wrx limited models. With that info...this is the scope of work done by Caesar.

-Retrofit STI oem projectors with TSXR clear lens swap into WRX Housings
-Use Oem Phillips bulbs with Oem Matsu****a Gen 5 Ballasts
-Paint housings (except for the outermost projector bezel) with a black chrome effect paint
-Black out the stock reflector in housing.

While the front bumper was off, I decided to upgrade to the PIAA horns because as you guys all know, the stock horns are weak/dinky.
I also installed a front lip I bought off my buddy that was parting out his wrx, which happens to be Jive Turkey's old front lip.

Before:


Front bumper off/PIAA horns installed:


Painted housing:


Completed (Caesar did a photoshoot)





And I also did ONE LAST THING this weekend....
I added a 2012 Impreza Premium model Headunit with the 4.3" LCD screen...so much better than the stock radio in our wrx/sti's.


Horns:
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more info on headunit: LINK

BIG THANKS to Caesar at Lightwerkz!! his site: LINK
http://www.lightwerkz.net/news/2013/...em-conversion/
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Nice conversion. I like that HU as well but can't find them anywhere. How much did you pay for it?
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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Nice conversion. I like that HU as well but can't find them anywhere. How much did you pay for it?
Thanks!
I paid a little more than I wanted for the headunit, but like you said, it's tough to find it.

I paid $340 shipped
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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lightwerkz does great work! I'm really liking the head unit as well. Very clean.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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lightwerkz does great work! I'm really liking the head unit as well. Very clean.
Thanks man!
Side note...I have your old Rota Grids in Gold.
Bought them off the guy in NH.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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Thanks man!
Side note...I have your old Rota Grids in Gold.
Bought them off the guy in NH.
HA! Nice! I'm waiting to get my current wheels back from powder.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:03 AM   #7
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Looks sharp. I think I like the black headlights better on the white cars, but I'm keeping my chrome headlights on my WRB car.

Good song too.

How does a $340 newer stock head unit compare to spending $340 for something aftermarket?
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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Car looks nice.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:17 AM   #9
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Looks sharp. I think I like the black headlights better on the white cars, but I'm keeping my chrome headlights on my WRB car.

Good song too.

How does a $340 newer stock head unit compare to spending $340 for something aftermarket?
it's a 10 minute install, everything works.
bluetooth works better as well, and there's more information on the screen.

You know how on the oem bluetooth you press the talk button and you have to wait a couple seconds for the call to pick up (radio will go back on, then turn off in like 3 seconds). This picks up right away like it should.

HD radio is built in, always like that

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Car looks nice.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:23 PM   #10
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Headlights look great!

Quick head unit question. When streaming music over BT, can you access your folders / playlsts? My base unit can only do that over USB
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #11
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Headlights look great!

Quick head unit question. When streaming music over BT, can you access your folders / playlsts? My base unit can only do that over USB
I haven't tried...but I can find out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #12
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$340 is pretty steep for a OEM HU without navigation. But it is plug and play. I pay $100-$150 for these at most. With $300+ I can get a nice 6"-7" double din with BT and then add the Axxess for SWC.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #13
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$340 is pretty steep for a OEM HU without navigation. But it is plug and play. I pay $100-$150 for these at most. With $300+ I can get a nice 6"-7" double din with BT and then add the Axxess for SWC.
I would go that route if I could keep my BT steering wheel controls. Is that possible?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #14
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I would go that route if I could keep my BT steering wheel controls. Is that possible?
Yes, you can get a steering wheel interface module to do it just fine. You probably won't be able to re-use your microphone though. More on that in a second.

My 2012 STi Sport-Tech (Canadian model) comes with a Pioneer X9310BT, which is the same as a X930BT. It uses a version of the PAC-SWI (I think! not 100% sure - it could also be a version of the Axcess SWC) that is hard-coded for Subaru steering wheel codes instead of a module that you can adjust yourself for various different cars. This plugs into the Pioneer unit and everything works fine.

If I take the steering wheel interface module and adapter harness out of my car, I am back to a regular Subaru interface that would take a Subaru head unit.

My car does not have a stock Subaru bluetooth microphone or Sirius antenna though, they installed the Pioneer ones.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #15
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Yes, you can get a steering wheel interface module to do it just fine.

My 2012 STi Sport-Tech (Canadian model) comes with a Pioneer X9310BT, which is the same as a X930BT. It uses a version of the PAC-SWI (I think! not 100% sure) that is hard-coded for Subaru steering wheel codes instead of a module that you can adjust yourself for various different cars. This plugs into the Pioneer unit and everything works fine.

If I take the steering wheel interface module and adapter harness out of my car, I am back to a regular Subaru interface that would take a Subaru head unit.
What I meant were the Bluetooth Steering Wheel Controls, Talk/End/Voice command button.

I know the volume/channel/mode buttons can be used with aftermarket.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:15 PM   #16
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Looks great!
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:39 PM   #17
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What I meant were the Bluetooth Steering Wheel Controls, Talk/End/Voice command button.

I know the volume/channel/mode buttons can be used with aftermarket.
Yes. These work with my X9310BT. I can bring up the phone menu, answer, and end calls.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #18
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Yes. These work with my X9310BT. I can bring up the phone menu, answer, and end calls.
awesome, I wonder if this is only a Pioneer thing since the factory nav is also pioneer.
Thanks for the info!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:09 PM   #19
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If a steering wheel control module can read them in, then it can easily be converted to any output code (if you wanted, you could have a programmable steering wheel adapter have the 'answer call' button turn the volume up, lol). It all comes down to whether the head unit you get supports those functions as an input from the steering wheel control module.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #20
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You can retain all SWC functions with the Axxess adapter. You might have to relocate the mic since the Aftermarket mic usually bigger and better. I think your HU is pretty nice too. I really want one but I can't justify spending more than $150 for it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:15 PM   #21
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where are the output shots?
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #22
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where are the output shots?
I'll try to take some at night.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #23
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