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Old 11-02-2003, 04:46 PM   #1
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Question Headlights on 98 Outback

What kind of head lights does the 98 Outback use?

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Old 11-03-2003, 06:06 AM   #2
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In the US? 9007. They suck.
If it were not for the fog lights, the low beams (55w) would be useless.
The high beams (45w, IIRC), which turn off the fog lights, BTW, are totally useless.
I am trying to get info on retrofitting the earlier ('95-'97) H4 units, but have received no responses.

Then I can rewire the fogs to be enabled by the running lights.
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Old 12-02-2003, 09:13 AM   #3
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Old 12-04-2003, 06:06 AM   #4
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Well, I dunno why the rolleyes, perhaps an opinion wasnt expected. My apologies.

Anyway, the 9007 bulbs (halogen, BTW) are available at the usual culprits - Pepboys, Autozone, Walmart, etc. And they are awful, but that's what the oem headlight units take.

There are Xenon-doped versions available which put out a little more light - I'm running Wagner, and there is a slight improvement. But no dramatic improvement seems available - unless you want to "improve" them by using a blue-tinted bulb that actually reduces light, or install a modified HID system that, from whay i've read, throws light all over, since the optics are not designed for it.

There are the Morette quad H9 units, but they are a bit pricey, and not quite bolt-in, as I understand it.

So - anyone swap '95 (H4) headlight units into a '98, and do I have to swap fenders as well?

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Old 12-08-2003, 03:34 PM   #5
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Be careful about putting in higher wattage bulbs in the stock headlights.... you will melt the wiring harness since it is only designed for 55w low and 65w hi.

The best answer is an upgraded wiring harness and higher wattage bulbs but I haven't been able to find anyone who makes the harnesses anymore. You could always do it yourself if you like electrical work.
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:47 AM   #6
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Dan Stern Lighting ( http://lighting.mbz.org/home.html ) sells high-wattage kits - the connectors, anyway. You have to supply the wiring.

I think suvlights also has them.

I'm using Osram +50 H4's in our Tacoma, which provide a small improvement at stock wattage, and am looking to an H4 conversion for the Outback.

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Old 12-09-2003, 10:43 PM   #7
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OhBe1 - I dont know what the big prob is with the bulbs. I find that mine work just fine. The high beams are much better than our other cars, but you're right the low beams do need the fogs, but they aren't THAT bad.
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Old 12-10-2003, 05:30 AM   #8
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Maybe it's just me. I'm used to the Hella E-codes with 80/110 H4's in my Miata.

But I really feel the high beams in the Outback are useless. IIRC, the hi beams are actually 45 w, low 55. And the hi beams turn off the fogs....
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