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Old 05-26-2014, 04:16 PM   #1
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Now that we got these 2015 models out in the wild, it's time to start modifying....

Not much has been released for these cars in terms of performance and exterior styling, so in the meantime, we can get started on some lighting upgrades. We hope these videos will help you guys out on installing and choosing what lighting upgrades you'll be doing to your 2015 WRX or 2015 STI.

Let's start off with fog lights...


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Old 05-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #2
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Next up, we have Chris showing us how to get those C-lights upgraded for the base and premium models.

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Old 05-26-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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Another simple install to give your car a more modern look, Yo goes over License Plate LED bulb installation.

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Yo's back again to show you guys how to get rid of those halogen DRLs.....

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The highly requested HID install video...


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Old 05-26-2014, 08:27 PM   #4
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:55 PM   #5
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If you don't have the oem fogs (base) will they be able to work if you get the switch and relay? Not sure if you need additional wiring or a different bezel
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:35 PM   #6
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Great work, keep it up guys! Subscribed!
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:38 AM   #7
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If you don't have the oem fogs (base) will they be able to work if you get the switch and relay? Not sure if you need additional wiring or a different bezel
PM sent. We just need a little more information on the base models.

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Subscribed! Those projection fog lamps look awesome!
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:31 AM   #9
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35W HID installation coming?
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:34 PM   #10
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Nice, definitely gonna do the fogs when my 15 STI comes in. We definitely need some way to rewire the C-Lights as the DRL and get rid of the stock high beam DRL....
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:32 AM   #11
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You guys are doing great things. Keep up the great work and videos!
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:26 PM   #12
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Any install guides for us base model wrx owners? I couldn't justify paying subaru for such low quality fogs.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:30 PM   #13
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Any install guides for us base model wrx owners? I couldn't justify paying subaru for such low quality fogs.
The big thing with getting the OEM kit is that it comes with the new headlight/directionals stalk that has the foglight switch on it.

If you don't get it, I'd think you'd need a custom/aftermarket relayed switch if you wish to have independent control of them.
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Question, anyone concerned that lights that low to the ground in glass could be easy to break?
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The big thing with getting the OEM kit is that it comes with the new headlight/directionals stalk that has the foglight switch on it.

If you don't get it, I'd think you'd need a custom/aftermarket relayed switch if you wish to have independent control of them.
Agreed, I figured I'd wire up a switch in place of the dummy switch covers by the traction control or trunk release. Which would be a plus as they would be completely independent of the other lights. My 07 g35 coupe would only allow fog lights if the head lights were on... which is completely useless.
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Question, anyone concerned that lights that low to the ground in glass could be easy to break?
If you are referring to the fogs I think the lens is plastic
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If you are referring to the fogs I think the lens is plastic
OEM, but they said their fog HID's are glass...or did I miss something?
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OEM, but they said their fog HID's are glass...or did I miss something?
OEM fogs are plastic.

The aftermarket fogs that SubiSpeed bought have glass lenses.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:21 PM   #19
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Not only is it a terrible idea to have glass lenses on your fog lights, but making the light output more white is counter intuitive. The key to making fog lights as useful as possible, in the extreme conditions they were designed for, is to make the light output more yellow, not more white. Making the output whiter will give you worse visibility in extreme conditions than your stock fogs.

...but I guess it's all about form rather than function these days.
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Are the lights 5k or 6k?
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Are your 35W HIDs sold individually or as a pair?
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Not only is it a terrible idea to have glass lenses on your fog lights, but making the light output more white is counter intuitive. The key to making fog lights as useful as possible, in the extreme conditions they were designed for, is to make the light output more yellow, not more white. Making the output whiter will give you worse visibility in extreme conditions than your stock fogs.

...but I guess it's all about form rather than function these days.
This is due to the fact that when you need them is generally in actual "fog" or in snow where the color of the obstruction is white already so a total amount of white tends to be blinding to the eyes?

I remember as a young driver someone telling me why fog lamps and high beams should not be used together (besides that they would blind an oncoming driver) but in all my years of messing with bikes/cars I have not heard the actual scientific reasoning to have less light in adverse conditions.
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Question, anyone concerned that lights that low to the ground in glass could be easy to break?
The previous gen Impreza/WRX/STI had glass fogs. The only issues I've heard of are lens cracking in the winter due to thermal changes.
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35W HID installation coming?
Yes, it should be shot today or tomorrow!

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Nice, definitely gonna do the fogs when my 15 STI comes in. We definitely need some way to rewire the C-Lights as the DRL and get rid of the stock high beam DRL....
Someone actually posted a way to rewire the C lights as a DRL. I would love to make a plug in harness, but it would take a lot of of time.

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Any install guides for us base model wrx owners? I couldn't justify paying subaru for such low quality fogs.
Not yet. I've been trying to get pictures of the base bezels to make sure they are different or just have a plastic piece covering up the fog lights. That's step one. Then we have to find an OEM style switch for step 2 :-).

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The big thing with getting the OEM kit is that it comes with the new headlight/directionals stalk that has the foglight switch on it.

If you don't get it, I'd think you'd need a custom/aftermarket relayed switch if you wish to have independent control of them.
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Question, anyone concerned that lights that low to the ground in glass could be easy to break?
Someone already replied to this. The glass is pretty thick with both the OLM bixenon projectors and glass housing replacement product. We've had no reports of broken glass with the FR-S kit which uses the same housings.

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Not only is it a terrible idea to have glass lenses on your fog lights, but making the light output more white is counter intuitive. The key to making fog lights as useful as possible, in the extreme conditions they were designed for, is to make the light output more yellow, not more white. Making the output whiter will give you worse visibility in extreme conditions than your stock fogs.

...but I guess it's all about form rather than function these days.
Since everyone has different goals, there are solutions for everyone. Whether you need it to be more of a driving light or fog light, there's ways to configure the products to get what you desire.

For the OLM bixenon projectors you can choose a lower Kelvin rating like 3000K. The replacement glass housings can have Lumin-X protective film placed on it. It serves a dual roll. One is to protect against chipping. The other is to style the light (gunmetal tint) or to aide in fog and foul weather (yellow tint).

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The previous gen Impreza/WRX/STI had glass fogs. The only issues I've heard of are lens cracking in the winter due to thermal changes.
Thanks for noting this. We've had no reports on the FR-S with these housings, but we will be sure to monitor the performance of the product. If there reports of cracking, we'll make a note on the product about extreme winter conditions.

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Are your 35W HIDs sold individually or as a pair?
They are sold as a pair.

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Are the lights 5k or 6k?
The ones in the video are 6000K.

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