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Old 01-12-2003, 08:50 AM   #1
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Question A couple of STi Headlight adjustment questions

I bought a set of used LHD STi headlights yesterday. These headlights were wired up for aftermarket HIDs. The HIDs were removed and I bought the lights with aftermarket bulbs. Can someone tell me what the stock wattage is for the STi headlight bulbs. I want replace these bulbs with whiter bulbs. Any suggestions?

Also, I cant figure out how to adjust the lights. It looks like there is a white plastic "knob" on the back of the light that I turn to adjust the lights. It also looks like I need a special key to turn it. Yes? No?

I just spent a lot of money on these and don't want to break anything.

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Old 01-12-2003, 08:55 AM   #2
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im curious too since i have a pair coming in.

Edvig, what bulbs did u use when u installed the projector lights??
the stock one dont fit right? i already have the PnP harness for them.
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Old 01-12-2003, 09:02 AM   #3
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Hey stickman,

The stock lightbulbs are completely different. I think the STi low beams are H1s. The headlights came with bulbs...I'm hoping the gurus on this board can help "shine some light" on this for me.

ugh...that's bad...I need more coffee.

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Old 01-12-2003, 10:38 AM   #4
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low beams = h1
high beams = 9005

stock USDM bulb = 9007

recommended bulbs: silverstars, xtravision, visionplus
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:41 AM   #5
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Also, I cant figure out how to adjust the lights. It looks like there is a white plastic "knob" on the back of the light that I turn to adjust the lights. It also looks like I need a special key to turn it. Yes? No?
Yes, there are two such "knobs" that are used to aim the headlights. Turning them with a spanner will do it. I can't remember what size though.
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:42 AM   #6
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When you look at the back of the headlights, there are two adjustment "nuts". The one on the bottom (directly behind the motor for the low beam) adjust the vertical axis of the light and the other one adjust the horizontal axis of the light.
You can use an 8mm socket for adjustment. It may be a little tight (especially for the passenger side light) but it will work. I got lucky and didn't have to adjust too much.
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:44 AM   #7
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Yeah, what Karl said. Hey Karl, you're in RI? Whereabouts? I'm up in the Lincoln area. Any other RI WRX lurking around here?
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:49 AM   #8
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This is straying into OT, but most New England folks hang out in the New England forum. I have not actually met too many people yet. Most of the time I am just too lazy!! I live in Warwick.
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Old 01-12-2003, 11:14 AM   #9
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Not too OT...I went to RISD.

"low beams = h1"
"high beams = 9005"

What are the stock wattages?


Thanks for your replies.

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Old 01-12-2003, 12:48 PM   #10
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Sorry about that . I believe stock STI wattages are 55 Watts.
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Old 01-12-2003, 01:02 PM   #11
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Indeed, and Edvig, go straight to the VisionPlus. They are always rated as the best bulb in every lighting test that compares aftermarket bulbs. You can get them from www.powerbulbs.com.

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Old 01-12-2003, 01:20 PM   #12
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So 55 watts fr both correct??Kevin im goin with your recomendation,,,Visionplus,,,, as well as the suspension guru you seem to now be the "bulb expert" a well.


Thanks
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Can these be had locally?? Or do i have to get these from England??

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Old 01-12-2003, 01:23 PM   #13
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Also, you can use a long phillips head screwdriver to adjust them. Just stick it in the teeth of the adjusting wheel and turn. I wasn't able to fit a socket in the bottom adjuster so I used the screwdriver for that.
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Old 01-12-2003, 03:46 PM   #14
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Well, I got all my information from Daniel Stern's excellent website, and from doing Google searches, which turned up the dope on the VisionPlus. Powerbulbs is in the UK, but they are very fast. I ordered on a Wednesday and had bulbs by the following Monday. That's about as fast as any vendor in the States.

You get a whiter, brighter light, bereft of the bluing. They work fabulously in the rain, too.

Yes, 55w for the low beams. I didn't bother changing the high beams, as they were already excellent, but the Prodrive highs are H7, like the low beams.

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Thanks Kev,,,ill order on Mon,,my STi lites should arrive next week some time.
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Old 01-12-2003, 05:26 PM   #16
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oops. looks like i gaffed.

h1 = 55 watts
9005/hb3 = 65 watts
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Thanks gtguy...I'll order the bulbs tomorrow.

I do need high beam bulbs...the guy I bought them from replaced the original ones with really, really blue bulbs. They make the world look really scary when I turn on the brights.

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Thanks gtguy...I'll order the bulbs tomorrow.

I do need high beam bulbs...the guy I bought them from replaced the original ones with really, really blue bulbs. They make the world look really scary when I turn on the brights.

Edvig
Bummer. What do people think? I would go with the Philips HiVisibility. Again, they win every test they enter in 9000-series lights. Those can be had from suvlights.com. I don't have the URL, but do a Google search for Philips HiVisibility and they will come up.

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Does anyone make the PnP harness other than Jim Hoyd? My RDH lights are sitting on the dining room table and I'm getting ansy...
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Old 01-13-2003, 07:01 AM   #20
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I didn't buy any harness, instead made a couple for myself.
I had a couple of 9007 bulbs sitting around, so I followed someone else's lead and broke those up and used those as the 9007 adaptors.
You can get 9005 plugs from parts store easily.
As for the H1 connector, if you look at the light, it comes out of the big round cap through a little rubber plug with two holes, and goes to a two wire connector with Subaru proprietary plug (which is orange/brown in colour). I cut those two wires and just pull them out of the cap. I also manage to take the brown plug out (don't need it). Got some wires(16 gauge will go through the rubber plug easily) and crimp quick disconnects. And now it is wiring time.
If you look at the 9007 bulb connector, there are three wires. Look at them from the female side so that the one in the middle is higher than the other two.
The one in the middle is your common live, and then one on the lower right is your 9005 switched ground, and the other one is the H1 switched ground. Wiring should be pretty straight forward.
I used solder on the wires going to the remains of the 9007 bulb, and used silicone to filled up the space. Seemed pretty sturdy. If I lose connection later on (fingers crossed), I will just make another one. Got plenty of disconnects and wires to make another one.
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