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Old 03-28-2003, 12:49 AM   #1
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Default Is it me or are the US STI headlights different?

Why do we get stuck with the amber crap?





While the Japanese enjoy clear yet functional amber lighting?

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Old 03-28-2003, 02:12 AM   #2
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First pic don't work
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Old 03-28-2003, 06:32 AM   #3
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DOT requires amber reflectors as well as directionals. Maybe Subaru was nice enough to make those easily removable though.
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:48 AM   #4
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i know im removing them :P
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Old 03-28-2003, 10:17 AM   #5
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clear corners = rice
I don't have anything against rice. It's not my cup of tea, but swapping out the amber for clear is definitely rice.
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Old 03-28-2003, 12:09 PM   #6
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So that means every foreign car manufactured for delivery outside the US is considered rice, including BMW and Audi. Sorry man but clear corners look 10 times better than amber ever will and they are by no means rice. I think someone should go over what rice is.
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Old 03-28-2003, 06:32 PM   #7
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i second that! I am getting a little sick of poeple saying that if a do a tiny mod here is a rice. stupid. I just want a cleaner look.

Remember this mod is to make the light assembly look CLEANER, unlike putting a tin can muffler and pressume all of the sudden I gained 100 hp.
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Old 03-28-2003, 06:47 PM   #8
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I Think Clear Corners Looks "RICE" Too, I hope thay go away like the Pimp-Daddy 19" Sliver wheels.... That every one had to have

It just looks so low class...........

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Old 03-28-2003, 07:58 PM   #9
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Uhh...

I don't see whats wrong with changing the headlights to the way they were designed to look. They have that orange crap in there just because of our laws. Calling a mod like that as "Rice" is stupid.
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Old 03-28-2003, 08:55 PM   #10
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Why are Orange Stupid ?

This therad say stright up that the Orange/Yellow look Stupid, Yes or No ???

Well, why are you mad if some of us think "Clear" looks Rice or stupid at the same time, to many of us ??

You can run your ride the way you like it, But Clear will always look rice to me.....


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Old 03-28-2003, 09:19 PM   #11
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Slightly OT here, back in a moment...

To clarify rice, the classic definition is: a mod done to increase the *appearance* of performance or power which actually decreases it or in no way enhances performance. Examples: melon shooters, enormous 'park bench' style wings, performance stickers (which are not backed up by actually having the parts), wheels with fake rotors in them (I just about died the first time I saw these bad boys ), etc...

Therefore, clear corners are not technically 'rice', but simply something that is associated with it (like altezzas), because they are often seen on cars that are in all other ways, riced-out.

Ok, back on-topic...

I prefer the cleaner look of non-US market lights also, compared to the overly orange lenses that we get. Like someone else mentioned, the orange totally interrupts the 'cleanness'. I agree, though, that it's purely a matter of personal preference.

Does anyone know the specific reason the amber lense is needed? If altezzas are legal, I wouldn't know why you couldn't do a similar thing (to a lesser degree) up front. Maybe it's the actual wording of the 'law'?...

In the end, it's not that big of a deal to me either way. I don't plan on spending much time looking at the front of the car anyway!
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:25 PM   #12
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DOT requires amber reflectors in the front and red in the rear, to go along with the colored lights.
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Old 03-28-2003, 10:04 PM   #13
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Default It *can* be done...

The US Lexus appears to pull off a reduced amber look quite nicely, IMHO.





You can see from these pics how it can be done in a way that doesn't scream: "HEY!! LOOK AT ME, I'M ORANGE!!!"

It would be nice if the STi lights were more like these, but I also like the fact that Subaru seem to be spending engineering $s where they count most - performance.

I think as time goes on, and Subarus in general become a little more 'main stream' (been seeing a whole lotta Foresters lately), they will get these little touches, but until then, just get 'em over here!
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Old 03-29-2003, 01:32 AM   #14
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Quote:
Originally posted by TOMMY B
I Think Clear Corners Looks "RICE" Too, I hope thay go away like the Pimp-Daddy 19" Sliver wheels.... That every one had to have

It just looks so low class...........

RALLY ON ///////////////////////////
Let's take a look at some low class vehicles

http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/pors...v..13.Porsche*

http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/jagu...av..13.Jaguar*

http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/infi.....13.Infiniti*

http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/asto....Aston+Martin*

http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/merc...Mercedes-Benz*

http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/lexu...nav..13.Lexus*

Those clear headlamps really cheap'n the look... uuuuuhhhhh yeah.....right.
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Old 03-29-2003, 10:59 PM   #15
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Thay Sure look no better then any other head lights on the road, and I'm sure most of the cars you listed "Do Not" have Clear rear lights like so many Riced out cars do.

As I said I'm looking foward to the day when thay just go away


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Old 03-30-2003, 12:38 PM   #16
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To get back on the subject........

I looked really close at the '04 RS headlight at my local dealer this past week. The big reflector on the outside edge is just a snap in one. The city light is an orange bulb(easily changed to normal city light bulb OR BLUE IF YOU PREFER). The big triangular one at the top covers the turn directional and I couldn't say for sure if you could take it out. All this would need to be done with the healight opened up. I plan on doing mine the first week. The only other question is once it's apart do I paint the housing?
It looks good black on the current STI headlights, wouldn't it look good black or charcoal on the new one too?

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Old 03-31-2003, 09:41 AM   #17
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This is kind of humorous, so I think I'll reply.

First of all, I think there is a little confusion as to the definition of "clear" lights.

I personally think that orange, when not required is unattractive and I do prefer the WHITE and red rear and WHITE front corner lenses of the JDM GC Imprezas.

I used to call these "clear", but since clear REALLY means clear I'm calling them white.

It's a valid point to say clear is ricearoni, but white is not.

All Subaru open class pro-rally cars have donned JDM style lights, so if you think they (lights) are rice, you think rally cars are also rice.

All of the WRC winning Imprezas (95, 96 and 97) however shared a mix of red/orange rear lights (ala USDM) and white front corners.

Confused yet?

Oh, and to respond to the original post, I like the JDM style better.

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