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Old 10-24-2003, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default 2004 H1 HID install

Thanks to Importhookup (see Vendor's forum) for the Brightstar H1 HID conversion kit. This kit has everything you need for installation.

Step one: remove stock H1 bulb. Easy. Question now becomes what to do with the stock wires that attach to the bulbs. I personally cannot see myself going back to H1 bulbs so I cut the stock wires and used that to connect to the Brightstar power wire which has H1 connectors which I also cut. After soldering the ends, you get:

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Old 10-24-2003, 10:27 PM   #2
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Step two:
I chose to NOT use the stock hole with grommet from the back cap of the headlight housing and used some silicone sealant to make the old holes water tight. I decided it was better to use the large grommet attached to the Brightstar H1 capsules because the hole I would be drilling would allow the connectors to pass through. One of the grommets had a couple extra holes so I silicone sealed them up as well. The capsules should be carefully inserted into the headlight without getting your grubby hands on them--they need to be as clean as possible. They insert with the bar next to the capsule facing down.

Pic showing grommet and sealed stock hole.
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Old 10-24-2003, 10:34 PM   #3
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Step Three:
Mounting the ballast can be done any number of ways. For the passenger side, I removed the intake scoop and found a hole right underneath. I secured the included ballast mounting plate to the hole. The igniter is fairly small so I used the included adhesive pad to secure it to the floor at the rear base of the headlight.



For the drivers side, there is a hole for an M6 metric screw that I just used to secure the ballast mounting plate vertically--coupled with securing the ballast cables to the front cables running along the front with a zip tie (not shown), this made it stable. Again the igniter was placed at the floor behind the headlight with the adhesive pad.

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Old 10-24-2003, 10:39 PM   #4
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Step Four:

Connect everything up and turn the lights on.


IMPORTANT COMMENTS:

-you must disable DRL's by disconnecting the white connector located behind the glove box
-because the HIDs are much brighter, do others a favor by lowering the aim of your headlights. There is a screw (8mm) on the back of each headlight for this purpose. Simply tighten (clockwise turn) the screw to lower the aim.
-*Brightstar connection problem* For some reason, the power cable to the ballast is wired in reverse. To make my conversion kit work, I had to reverse the wires from my stock harness to the ballast ie. red wire to black wire and vice versa. It is best to hook up your kit (both sides) to ensure that they both work before embarking on the install.
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Old 10-24-2003, 10:47 PM   #5
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Outcome:
This kit is easy to install, especially if you have done HIDs in the past. There are any number of ways you can install the kit so do what you think is best. The kit includes the hardware to suit just about any configuration. With ANY H1 conversion kit, there is custom work that needs to be done--it is not purely plug and play like other bulb types.

The results? excellent. Unlike the 9004 HID conversion kit that I have in my other car, the H1 beam pattern stays uniform without any hot spots. Around the fringes, things start to get a little patchy but the bulk of the beam pattern is uniform and well lit. Another reason us 2004 owners can rejoice is that you do not lose your high beam which is on a separate bulb. That is why I chose to hack the stock bulb connectors--it's not as if you will need to go with the stock bulbs to pass inspection or anything of the sort. Moreover, these Brightstar HIDs are exactly the color I like: cool pure white. No ricey blue or purple for me!

I was actually thinking about laying out the serious $$$ for the STi headlights but I'm glad I didn't. YOu don't get the levelers but otherwise the results are just what I'd hoped it would be. As for Brightstar quality, the kit seems to be well made (better than the Hanabi kit I had for the same price). Reliability is always a concern though with any aftermarket HID kit.

Thanks again to Importhookup for the deal. Doesn't look like getting HIDs is going to be easy (or cheap) in the future... get 'em while you can!

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Old 10-25-2003, 11:30 AM   #6
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Great write up. This may sway my decision into getting HID's
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Old 11-02-2003, 11:55 PM   #7
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Do you have your high beam indicator on? Mine is always on....

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Old 11-03-2003, 06:14 PM   #8
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Old 11-03-2003, 06:55 PM   #9
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Do you have your high beam indicator on? Mine is always on....

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The high beam indicator in the gauge cluster? That is only on when the high beams are on. Are you saying that since doing a HID install the indicator is now lit?
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Old 11-04-2003, 03:27 PM   #10
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I ordered my brightstars this week. Do you have any pics of them at night vs. stock?
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Old 11-04-2003, 05:46 PM   #11
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I ordered my brightstars this week. Do you have any pics of them at night vs. stock?
No, but there is absolutely no comparison. Even the best pics of HIDs do not capture the brilliance that you see live. BTW, I went from stock to Silverstar bulbs and that wasn't enough to satisfy me. Nothing compares to the pure white you get from this kit. I think you will definitely like them.
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:03 PM   #12
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No, but there is absolutely no comparison. Even the best pics of HIDs do not capture the brilliance that you see live. BTW, I went from stock to Silverstar bulbs and that wasn't enough to satisfy me. Nothing compares to the pure white you get from this kit. I think you will definitely like them.

I cant wait
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Old 11-12-2003, 08:42 AM   #13
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Guys you have to check out this HID manufature www.hid-online.com by far the best HID kits around for the most resonable price for such. Their kits are so good you need not use silicone or anything for that matter. They are truly plug and play and I just installed H1's in my H6 VDC I will post pics soon. They are beam pattern correct and have the actuall H1 base on the Phillips bulb. BTW all components are Phillips.
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Old 11-12-2003, 10:02 AM   #14
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Guys you have to check out this HID manufature www.hid-online.com by far the best HID kits around for the most resonable price for such. Their kits are so good you need not use silicone or anything for that matter. They are truly plug and play and I just installed H1's in my H6 VDC I will post pics soon. They are beam pattern correct and have the actuall H1 base on the Phillips bulb. BTW all components are Phillips.


may be a good kit but for $600 I will stay with my Brightstar kit which is was $350 shipped. Philips makes a good product but for $50-$100 more you can get the JDM headlights w/ HIDs....
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Old 11-12-2003, 01:26 PM   #15
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Jay04WRX are they bean pattern correct? I did purchase a cheaper kit for my I30 Infiniti install and the beams were terrible, and I could not get them to line up no matter what I did. That is when I found www.Hid-online.com kits. Also I installed a H4 kit from them on my 1998 Outback and their H4 kit is very very unique, as you do NOT loose your high beams like most other H4 if not all other H4 kits, check that out on their page. Also a buddy of mine bought a cheaper Tawian Kit and the bulbs failed very early on, and he had color issues. So for me the extra money is worth the quality and most important beam pattern correctness so not to blind oncomming drivers.

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Old 11-18-2003, 09:50 AM   #16
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has anyone done a HID install in Ct that can help me out with my brightstar kit install. I am specifically looking for a 2004 install but anyone who has done the brightstar install will be a great help.
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Old 11-18-2003, 11:19 AM   #17
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Jay04WRX have not done a brightstar install but if I can help I would be more than happy to. Is there a specific question you might have? I am assuming that your kit and mine might be similar?? I am in North Jersey...
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Old 11-18-2003, 11:49 AM   #18
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Jay04WRX have not done a brightstar install but if I can help I would be more than happy to. Is there a specific question you might have? I am assuming that your kit and mine might be similar?? I am in North Jersey...

we are about an hour away depending on what part of northern Jersey you are in. I am curious about splicing and customizing that needs to be done for the kit to work. What kind of kit do you have and when are you looking to install it.


p.s. I am baking my headlights and removing the orange pieces at the same time. A guy a few towns over from me has done it and will help me with that.
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Old 11-18-2003, 06:32 PM   #19
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www.proxenon.com

at your door in 3 days, beam pattern correct, great prices, german made...loved mine for the past year...
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Old 11-26-2003, 05:06 PM   #20
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Thanks for the writeup Mishmosh The reason why the harness has to be reversed is because the power and the ground wires are reversed for all the Subarus. I am now including additional instructions for cases like this in all the kits that we're shippping out.

Also, for those who missed out on the intro. price, we're having a holiday sale on these kits. Check them out on our site if you like:

http://importhookup.com/forums/showt...p?threadid=106

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Old 11-29-2003, 04:51 PM   #21
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I just got done installing the brightstar headlights H1 version into my 2004 WRX. I will post pics and let everyone know how everything went in a few days.
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Old 11-29-2003, 08:10 PM   #22
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because the HIDs are much brighter, do others a favor by lowering the aim of your headlights.
By how much did you lower the aim?

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Old 11-29-2003, 08:15 PM   #23
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Jay,

Glad that you got the kit in your car

Beta,

Lower the aim enough so you don't bother other drivers. So far all of my friend who have the kits have not been flashed or seen any gestures where other drivers are bothered by the lights. Adjust your beams according to your preference and drive behind some friends to see what they feel about the lights. You will also be able to tell if on comming traffic are looking away or squinting. You will also be able to tell if the person stopping in front of you looks back at you and adjusts their rear view mirrors. These are signs that you may need to lower your aim a little more.

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By how much did you lower the aim?

Thanks
Best way to know the right height is to test w/ a friend in another car and lower them until your friend stops complaining You can mostly tell by how lit up the trunklid in front of you is whether or not they're aimed right. That's w/ the distinct cutoff of my Morettes though, I don't know if it's as easy for these lights.

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Old 11-29-2003, 09:36 PM   #25
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Jay04, hey that's great man. So how do you like 'em? I am still very pleased with mine. No regrets whatsover.

Beta, like Tim says, you lower them enough not to piss people off. I live near my city's police dept and it is fairly frequent for me to be positioned right behind a cruiser in traffic or directly facing one at a stop light. I am confident that my aim is not problematic. When I am next to a car at a light, my lights only extend a little farther (maybe 15%) but is much brighter where it does illuminate. You might also try driving up to a glass storefront at night to see if your headlights give you a lot of glare reflected back. Ultimately, I played around with the aim until I was satisfied.
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