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Old 04-15-2014, 10:45 PM   #1
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So, as promised, I'm going to try and put a decent and understandable walkthrough on how to blackout your headlamps if you're driving the base model 2015 WRX...

With that said, let's dive in.

First, we need to pop the hood, and remove the metal plate which covers the top of the front bumper. This is released by a few 10mm bolts, as well as a few snaps. ( I usually use 2 small flatheads in order to pop these up as not to break the head in half )



Once this is removed it easily lifts up, and we're ready to remove the actual bumper.
There are ONE push-in style snaps in the wheel wells, and NINE pop-out style snaps under the bumper. There's 1 right at the corner of the wheel well, 2 under the fog lamp assembly, and 3 in the front ( one is in the dead center and can be rather sneaky )




From here, you can start gently prying the corner of the bumper off. There are 3 clips holding it next to the headlamp, and then another few under the assembly itself. I recommend holding the top of the bumper as well as the bottom and gently pull and releasing as opposed to bending/tugging until it releases.



Now, the people doing this modification, unless you paid separately for them, shouldn't worry about fog lamps, but, otherwise, just disconnect the wiring behind the bumper before taking it off as it will be a short cable



Once disconnected, the bumper slides right off. Set it aside on something as not to scratch the bottom ( cause, you know, the bottom of a car always must be in mint condition )



Here's a quick shot of the back of the grill and lower grill for those curious. Screws hold the upper one in as the lower one is seated by tabs



The headlamp has an outer plastic assembly which seats it in place. This is removed by TWO 10mm bolts on the front, as well as TWO bolts on the side and ONE pop out style plug.




With the assembly out, it's time to get ready to separate them, this will probably be the hardest part of this whole getup.
Preheat your oven on 270 degrees, and place a cookie sheet inside, I placed a lightly cold water dampened wash cloth over it as well.
While the oven is pre-heating, remove the rubber housings around the headlamp assembly.



I baked mine for about 5 minutes, which did not distort and/or warp any of the plastic. After removing from heat, I lifted on the plastic tabs on the black housing, and then gently preyed the glass on the front off. Using a flathead screwdriver might help, but DO NOT be forceful as the plastic housing is easily damaged when warm. The tire glue which bonds the two pieces is EXTREMELY sticky, but holds together very well, I was wearing blue gloves most of the time and it did a good job preventing ruining the adhesive.

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
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Once separated, here is a quick shot of the chrome housing. Hopefully the last...



The LED "C" and the amber reflector is easily removed from the housing. Then spray lightly and evenly over the assembly using a matte black ( or color of your choice ) primer which bonds to plastic ( some of these paints will not bond evenly or drop when applied ) it took me around 1 hour for this part to make sure the coats were even, and I wasn't missing parts within the housing ( easy to do )



Quick shot of the housing re-assembled before being inserted into the headlamp. I chose to re-insert the amber reflects as I actually think they look nice.



And the re-assembled assembly



Now, it's just putting everything back together again.

An easy tip! When putting the bumper back on, place the upper grill area on first and insert the two farthest 10mm bolts, this will hold it aligned and in place as you properly secure the sides, as well as make sure the tabs along the bottom are inserted correctly!




Here is a shot of the finished product




Front shot with the HID's on



So, being my first write up on something, I feel I covered everything needed. Some minor details may be missing, but nothing important or anything which should cause different results.
Please feel free to message and/or comment if you have any questions in regards to this write up. Otherwise, enjoy!

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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Looks wicked with the HID's! Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #4
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Looks amazing. Stunning. Cannot wait to take delivery and tackle this.

Did you notice if these had the mounting points on the bottom to mount an oem hid ballasts to it ?

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Old 04-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info!! What kind and where did you get the bulbs for the HID?
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #6
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Great job! This will be very useful for many people.

And, that sure is a crazy looking washer fluid bottle.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:11 PM   #7
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Excellent work! Subscribed! I just don't have the guts for it sadly lol.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:26 PM   #8
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Looks amazing. Stunning. Cannot wait to take delivery and tackle this.

Did you notice if these had the mounting points on the bottom to mount an oem hid ballasts to it ?
Thank you. I did not see any additional locations or mounting points for ballasts. I actually mounted mine under the headlamps using 1 bolt for the bracket, and a zip tie on the other side, it's holding extremely snug.

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Thanks for the info!! What kind and where did you get the bulbs for the HID?
These are 8000K, which are a light shade of blue. I picked them up from HIDExtras as the reviews were extremely high for almost all of their products. The shipping was fast, and installation using the premium ballasts was easy. Unfortunately I got a bad bulb in my first over and they overnight me 2 extras no charge and shipping to Alaska. I look forward to doing further business with them for sure.

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Great job! This will be very useful for many people.

And, that sure is a crazy looking washer fluid bottle.
Thank you. As mentioned earlier if anyone has questions, I'll be glad to tackle them assuming I may have missed a step or two...

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Excellent work! Subscribed! I just don't have the guts for it sadly lol.
You'll say that now, and honestly I feel the same, but the work was extremely simple. Out of a 10, I'd say this was a 6 project because of the time and tedious it can be. I never once took the bumper off my 2003, and there's no write-ups online for MY2015 removal, so, this was a shot in the dark.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:36 PM   #9
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Damg so clean and neat. I am sure if i try it, i will break a few clips, and mu car will start rattling ... Lol. Thanks for the walk through. The C led may look great with Red tint while you r in there ;-)
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:50 PM   #10
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Damg so clean and neat. I am sure if i try it, i will break a few clips, and mu car will start rattling ... Lol. Thanks for the walk through. The C led may look great with Red tint while you r in there ;-)
Never thought about tinting or changing the color of the "C" LED. Possibly a good modification for the next person who separates the housings.
That aside, I wouldn't be very concerned about taking the bumper off and/or breaking anything. It came apart and went right back together very smoothly, even for my first time and having no walkthrough or experienced person available.
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What kind of paint did you use to black out the chrome?
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Rust-Oleum automotive flat black enamel. Went on extremely clean, great coating, bonds to plastic easily, and gives a non-glossy finish. Usually you can find it for less than $10 at Kroger, Walmart, or possibly other auto parts stores.
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You'll say that now, and honestly I feel the same, but the work was extremely simple. Out of a 10, I'd say this was a 6 project because of the time and tedious it can be. I never once took the bumper off my 2003, and there's no write-ups online for MY2015 removal, so, this was a shot in the dark
Thanks for the encouragement sir, but never underestimate my ineptness with detailed work like this lol.

This is how I could get the guts for this...does anyone know if Subaru sells the housing without any bulbs to reduce their cost? Even with bulbs, if I could purchase the housing to have something to experiment on while still maintaining a backup just in case, then...while more expensive, I think I could muster the courage to try this.
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Paint job = so much win... 8000K hids? hmmm

And subaru has got to get contemporary I think the 'c' lights are 198/168 clear bulbs right? The idea is there though.
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Too bad you painted the chrome behind the C shape parking lights.
That will definitely reduce the amount of light boucing around in there and make the Cs way dimmer.

Great write up and clean looking job ;-)
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Do the new wrx headlights have the imprint on the bottom for ballasts like the old 04-14? Usually a round opening with with grooves for mounting screws
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Thats the question of the day from multiple people lol
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Sorry I couldn't help out on this. The results look great and do make a huge difference in appearance on a white car. I can't wait to see it in person.
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Paint job = so much win... 8000K hids? hmmm

And subaru has got to get contemporary I think the 'c' lights are 198/168 clear bulbs right? The idea is there though.
Again, to each their own. Everyone makes it a little unique in their own way. I feel it's tasteful so I like it. And yes, the bulb behind the DRL is a W5W 168.

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Too bad you painted the chrome behind the C shape parking lights.
That will definitely reduce the amount of light boucing around in there and make the Cs way dimmer.

Great write up and clean looking job ;-)
With a bright LED it actually will illuminate the C housing extremely well with or without the back reflectors. Worst case scenario I can wait until a spare set come my way and do it again differently.

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This is how I could get the guts for this...does anyone know if Subaru sells the housing without any bulbs to reduce their cost? Even with bulbs, if I could purchase the housing to have something to experiment on while still maintaining a backup just in case, then...while more expensive, I think I could muster the courage to try this.
As mentioned before, just wait maybe until a set come your way, whether someone buys a second set, changed out for the limited, or the vehicle is totalled, whatever be the case.

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Sorry I couldn't help out on this. The results look great and do make a huge difference in appearance on a white car. I can't wait to see it in person.
Thanks sir, I apologize I did it much sooner than planned, but I have a large window of time available and didn't want to bother you if you were busy!
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I had a buddy that was painting his truck Subaru DGM so I had the painter color match my headlights this last weekend as well. From far away and at night both the car and the headlights look black until you get up close and you can see the colors are the same

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Very nice. I thought about doing something unique like maybe the outline of the housing be white or something, but, for now just blacking them out felt right. I want to get my hands on a second pair and do a retrofit, different LED modification, and some other ideas I have with time not being a problem.
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Do the new wrx headlights have the imprint on the bottom for ballasts like the old 04-14? Usually a round opening with with grooves for mounting screws
No , the matsu****a / Ichikoh ballasts will no longer bolt up to the headlights.
I was
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No , the matsu****a / Ichikoh ballasts will no longer bolt up to the headlights.
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Noooo! Have to mount hid ballasts to the body somewhere now
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There's a lot of good places to mount ballasts with space ( I actually recommend behind the fenders )
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