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Old 10-19-2003, 08:25 PM   #101
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oh man can't wait to do this mod
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Old 10-19-2003, 09:19 PM   #102
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Nice. I wanna see the blacked out lights on a black WRX! Android... do you have any shots of them on your car?
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:06 AM   #103
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I was going to black mine out when I had them apart, but I dont know how good they would have looked on my SRR car. Anyone wanna photochop them?
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:53 AM   #104
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so after doing this mod, are they the same as the stock JDM housing? if not, what's the difference? (i haven't found many pics of them yet so i can't really tell...) leaving the turn signal piece looks nice (the middle yellow piece) if i did it, i'd do it that way....also, i assume doing this for the STi HID lights is the same right?
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Old 10-20-2003, 02:56 AM   #105
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I believe the only difference in the JDM housing is that you won't have the little mounting holes where the orange lenses clip in. Other than that they are the same, though some have said the chrome looks a little darker. And yes, clearing the STi HID lights is the same. I'm going to do it to a pair tomorrow night. The only difference is that it's way harder to take all the bulbs and the ballast off. . . but someone's already done it while leaving it all on. So that's what i plan on doing.
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:35 AM   #106
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"Nice. I wanna see the blacked out lights on a black WRX! Android... do you have any shots of them on your car?"

Pics are here.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=439208
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Old 10-20-2003, 04:37 PM   #107
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Cool, thanks. Gah... i can't decide if i wanna do it or not! I think i need to see it in person first.
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Old 10-20-2003, 05:36 PM   #108
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I was a little unsure before I did it too. Now that it is done, it was well worth it. It looks a lot better in person. It is hard to get a good pic of it without glare to see what it really looks like.
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Old 10-20-2003, 05:54 PM   #109
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subscribing myself

gonna do this mod this weekend
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Old 10-20-2003, 06:21 PM   #110
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if you want to paint the inside part black, is there a specific type of paint you need to use?
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Old 10-20-2003, 06:23 PM   #111
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yea, I'm curious as to what type of paint people used. Personally, I am going to try to find a Translucent black paint (smoke) so you can still see the shimmer from the chrome.
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Old 10-20-2003, 07:19 PM   #112
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You will need to use a high heat engine enamel. I used semi-gloss but gloss would look good as well. It's a good idea to sand the chrome before painting so the paint sticks. I'm not sure how well the translucent black will stick to the chrome.
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Old 10-21-2003, 02:14 AM   #113
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if the translucent black stick though, it would look sweet!
kinda like the 02/03 JDM HID lights right?
mmmm
so is the high heat enamel expensive? or similar to normal paint, and i'm assuming you'd get this stuff at a auto parts place?
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Old 10-21-2003, 07:55 AM   #114
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Has anyone that's done this had any problems with water or condensation inside the headlamps?

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Old 10-21-2003, 08:22 AM   #115
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Has anyone that's done this had any problems with water or condensation inside the headlamps?

Bill
Well, I placed the headlights back together and pressed to close them as much as I can THEN I baked it under 200 degrees fro about 10 minutes. I took them out and closed them better. The original sealant did the rest.

The temperature here in New Jersey has fallen and risen over the 2 weeks I did the mod, together with several rain showers and still NO sign of condensation inside the lamps *KnockOnWood*

I did the same mod on my Accord several years ago and the headlights fogged up. The Accord headlights didnt have the same quality as the Subaru headlights in terms of leakage.

If you want to be safe doing this mod buy transparent sealers from Pepboys/Autozone. It costs around 4 dollars so it's a good investment if you want to be sure. I think 4 dollars is a great price for security and the looks. =)

Good Luck!

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Old 10-21-2003, 11:45 AM   #116
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You can also use 3M strip caulk. It is the same thing Subaru used to seal the lights.

High heat enamel is about the same price as regular spray paint.

If you use translucent black, post some pics. I think it would look good as well.
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Old 10-21-2003, 01:26 PM   #117
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Has anyone that's done this had any problems with water or condensation inside the headlamps?

Bill
If you do it good and carefully, you won't have any problem.

My headlights are perfect. It sure beat paying $750 for a set of JDM or EDM lights.

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Old 10-21-2003, 04:05 PM   #118
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Okie, I just did mine this weekend. I wanted to be a little different. I wanted headlights with no Ambers and I also wanted headlights with ambers. My dilemma...

In the end, I decided to just take the side ambers out and just leave the turn signal ambers in.

I did this because it's not common because people either leave ambers out or leave all of them in. And another thing is that I won't have problems finding an "amber" 7440 turn signal light. The regular 7440s are less expensive and easier to locate.

What do you guys think? I think it's clean.

this is the way i want mine to look if/when i do them, but i can't tell if they have been painted black or not, maybe MisterWRX can shed some light on it? (and specifics too?)
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Old 10-21-2003, 06:20 PM   #119
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Yeah I'd like to know about that too, that looks great

PS, is that an sti, or did you buy the bumper spoiler seperate, if so did you get them from a subie dealer?

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Old 10-22-2003, 12:10 AM   #120
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this is the way i want mine to look if/when i do them, but i can't tell if they have been painted black or not, maybe MisterWRX can shed some light on it? (and specifics too?)
Okay, here is a picture I took just an hour ago. just for you guys!



As you can see I painted it black. I used high heat Black paint that's dull and not glossy. Here's my reasoning, if you're going to use glossy Black the light can bounce off the black paint making the light beam all messed up. A nice dull matte black will not bounce anything off its surface thus the light beam is more focused and pronounced.

As for this JDM mod, I really think it's worth it. let me know if you need any more information.
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Old 10-22-2003, 12:12 AM   #121
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Yeah I'd like to know about that too, that looks great

PS, is that an sti, or did you buy the bumper spoiler seperate, if so did you get them from a subie dealer?

Jason
I don't have an STi but I did get those bumper splitters which I really like because it's subtle. Not too flashy like a full lip or bumper but more of a nice subtle accent.
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Old 10-22-2003, 01:27 AM   #122
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yummy...

now maybe when school calms down i can do this..and if i screw it up, it's a good excuse to buy some STi lights
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Old 10-22-2003, 12:40 PM   #123
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MisterWRX,

Is that Stongaurd you have on your lights? If not, why are there 4 holes? If so, where did you get it?

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Old 10-22-2003, 12:51 PM   #124
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my bulbs are in today, so this weekend its time to bake!
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Old 10-22-2003, 06:12 PM   #125
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my bulbs are in today, so this weekend its time to bake!
Happy baking

It was my first time ever baked something and it made me so happy Maybe I should be a baker

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