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Old 02-19-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. I just wanted to show my 12 WRX blackedout headlights and angel eyes. I know this has been done many times before but I wanted to get this out there to clear up some things that I couldn't find anywhere.

First off I used the new Morimoto xB led angel eyes off of lightwerks. They are the 100mm ones. I could find anyone who had used these before on a WRX so I guessed with the 100's. They fit around the HID bulge and kind of hover as you can see in the pictures. If I were to do it again I would order the 90mm because they would probably fit right on top of the bulge and not hover.

Secondly, I used satin krylon fusion paint and I think it has the best look. I did sand the chrome up a little bit but I honestly don't think its really necessary. Also, I used JB weld metal putty to attach the rings which I think is way easier and cleaner than dealing with liquid glue in that tight of an area.

Third, Because these LED's last so long I wanted them on all of the time except when the key is out of the ignition. To do this, I grounded each LED to the ground off of the headlight harness then ran the + wire to the under hood fuse box. In the fuse box, there is an empty spot for a relay which gets 12v all the time except when the ignition is off.

Also, Make sure you clean the lens every time before you put the lights in the oven. If you don't you'll end up with finger prints burnt into the lens from the oils in your skin.
Everything else, I got from this DIY write up.
http://www.iwsti.com/forums/how-inst...8-wrx-sti.html


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Old 02-19-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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Looks great nice job!
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Looks killer. Might be my next mod.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Just ordered some yellow fog light overlays which will hopefully make it look a little better.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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Wow looks great, I must do this...is it possible to do red? Is the yellow from the adhesive you used or it that the color that comes w/ the halo assembly? Either way looks sweet! how long approximately did it take you? Difficulty scale 1-10? Any other roadblocks or advice besides the 90mm sizing? Once again, nicely done!
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:01 PM   #6
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Hmmm looks like its the actual led light that is yellow, right?
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:20 PM   #7
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Nice job, looks awesome!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:57 AM   #8
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Wow looks great, I must do this...is it possible to do red? Is the yellow from the adhesive you used or it that the color that comes w/ the halo assembly? Either way looks sweet! how long approximately did it take you? Difficulty scale 1-10? Any other roadblocks or advice besides the 90mm sizing? Once again, nicely done!
Thanks!

The yellow when they are off is how they come because to have white LED's they have to be coated with a phosphorous layer which is yellow. They sell ones that are white when off but the on color is amber.

I didn't have to buy a halo kit because I have the limited which comes with halos. literally all I changed was that yellow LED ring glued to the halo dome and painted the chrome parts and removed/painted where the amber turnsignal light reflector was.

With painting and all it took approx 6-8 hours because I waited a while between coats to make sure it was dry and the oven and wiring eats a lot of time as well. No real road blocks other than figuring out what to wire them too. Most people wire them to the parking lights which is the middle level on your light knob. I didn't like that because my head unit dims with the parking lights on so I don't use that setting. I only use all the way off or all the way on for my head lights. To get them to work in that case I had to find a 12v power supply that would be on all the time that the key is past the off position. after a couple hours of sticking my multimeter in every thing under the hood I found an empty relay socket in the fuse box that isn't specified for anything. I found that the power to that relay socket is only on when the key is in and past off, and the power is off when the key is off or removed so I taped into it.

As for difficulty, if you have done wiring/painting/and basic mechanical work it is probably a 5-6. If not its probably 8-9
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:00 AM   #9
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Actually now that I really think about it. If you follow the write up I posted in the original post and my tips here, its pretty easy just really time consuming and a lot of annoying down time waiting on paint to dry and ovens to bake
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:12 AM   #10
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looks good, i decided i didn't want halos, here's how mine turned out, i also done flat paint

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:15 AM   #11
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looks good, i decided i didn't want halos, here's how mine turned out, i also done flat paint

Looks good man! what halo covers are those? and do your lights have a red tint? also do your corners light up blue?
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:22 AM   #12
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i dont have any halos, its just the stock housings painted flat black, the projector is modified to look red when its off, but shine normal when its on (hid), and no my signal lights are regular, the holes are taped over with blue painters tape because my car is in storage for 2 more months and i dont want dust getting in there
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:28 AM   #13
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Ohh sorry, I meant projectors not halo's. How are they modified? Now that I look more closely I can see that its tape lol. I thought they were blue bulbs at first.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:37 AM   #14
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Looks great. Hopefully I'll be doing the same shortly. Thx for sharing
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:54 AM   #15
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To get them to work in that case I had to find a 12v power supply that would be on all the time that the key is past the off position. after a couple hours of sticking my multimeter in every thing under the hood I found an empty relay socket in the fuse box that isn't specified for anything. I found that the power to that relay socket is only on when the key is in and past off, and the power is off when the key is off or removed so I taped into it.
if you dont mind, can we get a pic of the fuse box?
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #16
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^ please that would be greatly appreciated..
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:12 PM   #17
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Here ya go guys.

fuse box just behind the battery


The red wire is my + and its plugged into the empty relay spot.


Hope that helps!
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:16 PM   #18
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nice write-up, looks really good
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:53 PM   #19
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op did u use the corner marker light harness that is an option that comes with the morimotos?
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:17 AM   #20
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Ohh sorry, I meant projectors not halo's. How are they modified? Now that I look more closely I can see that its tape lol. I thought they were blue bulbs at first.
you just apply red tape to the front side of the cutoff in the projector.

Since we're showing off headlights, I did mine in a krylon carbon grey metallic which comes in pretty close to looking like DGM and has a metallic flake just like DGM. I also went ahead and did the TSXR lens swap which I am really happy with.

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:32 AM   #21
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Here ya go guys.

fuse box just behind the battery


The red wire is my + and its plugged into the empty relay spot.


Hope that helps!
thanks for the pics. quick question, there are just two wires, black i for ground and red is plugged into that fuser? did you have to connect the red wire together for both LEDS?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:36 AM   #22
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op did u use the corner marker light harness that is an option that comes with the morimotos?
Not sure what you're referring to here. They just came with the rings which had two wire going to a heatsink then two wires off of it for + and -

Heres a link to the lights.
http://shop.lightwerkz.net/Morimoto-xBALED-Rings
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:41 AM   #23
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thanks for the pics. quick question, there are just two wires, black i for ground and red is plugged into that fuser? did you have to connect the red wire together for both LEDS?
Yeah, there is just 2 wires off of each light. I ran each black to the ground in its respective headlight harness then ran the passenger side red wire across to the driverside and connected it to the that red wire and then ran one wire off of the connected two to the fuse box.

Hope that makes sense.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:00 AM   #24
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op ur red wire, is it a metal prong? like the ones that clip into female receptors
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op ur red wire, is it a metal prong? like the ones that clip into female receptors
Yeah. The slot is a little more narrow that the typical male prong so I had to cut it down a little bit.
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