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Old 01-08-2001, 08:45 PM   #1
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Question WRX HIDs

Can the HID headlights on the Japanese version WRX be installed on the US version?

Please, somebody say yes. I think the looks with the HIDs are a lot better, especially on a pearl Black version with gold BBS 17" wheels.

Can the HIDs even be ordered? Will they be legal in the US?
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Old 01-08-2001, 09:25 PM   #2
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The problem is that the light patterns are different between a LHD cluster and RHD cluster. I like the looks and performance of the HID cluster too, I am sure someone will come up with something.
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Old 01-08-2001, 09:32 PM   #3
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Can't you just adjust the beams?

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Old 01-08-2001, 09:40 PM   #4
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No, to change the light pattern you need to change the actual reflector.
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Old 01-08-2001, 09:45 PM   #5
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oh, I thought we were just talking about here they are aimed. I see what you are saying now

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Old 01-09-2001, 02:17 AM   #6
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I don't know if they are making any of the STi versions in LHD but I can get the HID headlights that come with the DN option code. Trouble is, I found out today they will cost something like $2000. That might have been Australian dollars, actually, but still...
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Old 01-09-2001, 03:19 AM   #7
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$2000 US dollars sounds right to me. HID's are expensive.

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Old 01-09-2001, 04:06 AM   #8
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I would wait... In the next 2 years or so the cost of HID will probably drop dramatically because of the cost to mass produce them... kinda like computers ya know? Plus you might be able to get something better fitting (or even BETTER LOOKING) for much less money than a retro-fit job done today.

I read an awesome article in R&T about fiber optics. They say that it might be possible to have a "light engine" placed in the car somewhere then use Fiber optics to carry the light to everywhere lighting might be necessary - headlights, brakes, dome lights, dash, etc... because it can carry so much light and is quite reliable and resiliant as well. And would be much cheaper to not only implement, but maintain and repair as well.

Interesting times we live in.
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Old 01-09-2001, 04:29 AM   #9
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SalKhan,

The only bummer about using fiber in cars is that there is only 1 main light element. When is burns-out or fails - the whole car will not have lights. (Would be a pisser if they failed while cruising down a dark road @ high speed.)

I would imagine that they would have to come-up with some sort of back-up system to make it work.

Also I understand that the lighting units are $$ and give off a lot of heat.

But fiber in cars would be cool just the same. (I'm sure we will see it some day soon.)
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Old 01-09-2001, 10:21 AM   #10
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I read a post here not more than a couple days ago that had a universal HID conversion from Phillips for something like $500. Basically it replaces the bulb with an HID unit; several kinds of replacement bulbs were available. Based on what I saw, I would bet that it works in the WRX. Sounds like a *bundle* less than the STI version.
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Old 01-09-2001, 10:30 AM   #11
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i think everyone wants to get HID for the WRX is not the color of the light, it's the black light casing which have little projecter in it.

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Old 01-09-2001, 11:04 AM   #12
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O.K., so will there be a LHD STI WRX version anywhere in the world? How about Germany, dont't they get the STI?

How come the HIDs are so damn expensive?

SOA if you are listening, this would be a killer option for the new car.
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