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Old 02-08-2004, 01:40 AM   #1
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am installing STi RHD's in a 02' WRX, and I seriously feel like someone is toying with me.

I did the passanger side first. Using a CC-B harness, with the connector cut off and soldering straight into the cars wires with the OEM connector cut off.

I know I have everything wired up right, cause after I wired it up, soldered it, and taped it, I hooked the battery back up and tested it. Everything checked out, Lights, Brights, Blinker, Parking lights. COOL I thought to myself, I'll just place them back in.

Now putting it the STi light into the passanger side was a real pain in the ass. There was stuff blocking it, and it took forever to move the mess of wires in there around to get it to fit. So finally, after 45 mins of playing with it I get it in. SIGH of relief I thought as I bolted everything up.

After I get it all set, I test it one last time.

THE DAMN LIGHTS AND BRIGHTS DO NOT WORK NOW.

WONDERFULL!?

The blinker and parking light works 100%....but the lights and brights will not come on now. I thought the solder some how came loose, so I popped open the tape...solder is fine, all the wires are rock solid.

What could have done this, I am going out of my mind here???
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Old 02-08-2004, 06:58 AM   #2
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Do both sides not work, or just one side? There is a fuse for the common headlight power on each side, they are located in the underhood fuse box. Check them to be sure one isn't blown if you only lost lights on one side (or both fuses if you lost them on both sides). You might have pinched a wire while installing the lights into place.
If you got the harness from CC-B, doesn't that plug into the OEM connector? Why cut them off?
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Old 02-08-2004, 12:33 PM   #3
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I was told to cut them off by the guy who sold them to me, because he said not to trust the stock connectors and to just solder everything to have a solid connection.



For some reason in lights were blowin fuses. I thought at first I was given the wrong wiring scheme...but after opening the tape up I noticed I did not tape each wire individually and THEN tape them together as a group.

My guess is they were all touching each other, then when I hooked the batter back up and turned them on, it blew the bigger fuse, that being the lights/brights cause the parking lights and blinker still worked. I replaced the fuse, then taped each set of wires individually and installed everything again. (STRESSFULL NIGHT!)

My only concern is, if that WASNT why the fuse blew, and if it will happen again down the road while Iam driving or something

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Old 02-08-2004, 10:41 PM   #4
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I was told to cut them off by the guy who sold them to me, because he said not to trust the stock connectors and to just solder everything to have a solid connection.



For some reason in lights were blowin fuses. I thought at first I was given the wrong wiring scheme...but after opening the tape up I noticed I did not tape each wire individually and THEN tape them together as a group.

My guess is they were all touching each other, then when I hooked the batter back up and turned them on, it blew the bigger fuse, that being the lights/brights cause the parking lights and blinker still worked. I replaced the fuse, then taped each set of wires individually and installed everything again. (STRESSFULL NIGHT!)

My only concern is, if that WASNT why the fuse blew, and if it will happen again down the road while Iam driving or something


That's definitely why the fuse blew, you most certainly have to tape off all the separate connections. I think you're lucky you didn't destroy the wiring harness all together.

That's the whole point of having separate wires and insulating them, they should not be touching in any way.

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Old 02-08-2004, 11:22 PM   #5
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Sweet, they workin great now but Iam kinda wonderin why the lights have an arch to them.

Like, when viewing the road you can see the lights arent even on each side, it kinda looks like this (solid line represents light beam):

_______________
.........................\______
.....................................\____________ ________

I guess cause of the right hand drive and this is the whole balancing thing people talk about?
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Old 02-09-2004, 07:29 AM   #6
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They are E-code lights which have the cutoff and rising beam pattern. Since they are RHD the beam pattern rises to the left which is of course wrong for LHD countries like the US. Ideally you should have gotten a set of the EDM lights which are identical and LHD, but since you already have these your options are these-
- For now aim them as low as practical to maintain usable light output on the road without blinding oncoming traffic. From your diagram it looks like the vertical aiming is way off, the two cutoff patterns should align with each other so they are at the same height.
- There is a procedure to open up the lights and modify the plate that creates the rising pattern, so the output will then be a "neutral" flat pattern. Several people have done it and there are threads describing the procedure that you can search for here. It's not a simple job and you have to be willing to disassemble and mess with your lights.
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Old 02-09-2004, 02:24 PM   #7
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Sweet, they workin great now but Iam kinda wonderin why the lights have an arch to them.

Like, when viewing the road you can see the lights arent even on each side, it kinda looks like this (solid line represents light beam):

_______________
.........................\______
.....................................\____________ ________

I guess cause of the right hand drive and this is the whole balancing thing people talk about?
I hope this represents the beam pattern backwards...ie this wouldnt be what they looked like if you are parked in front of a wall and looking at them from in the car.....'cuz if it
IS...you got JDM's NOT EDM's and you are blinding other drivers....
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Old 02-09-2004, 02:42 PM   #8
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They are JDM STi RHD

It does look like the drivers light is a bit higher then the passangers, isnt there an adjustment screw like the stock lights have? I can see these 2 white type of knobs on the back of each light, I thought maybe those were it?
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Old 02-09-2004, 06:26 PM   #9
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This is the reason they are illegal.
They cannot be 'adjusted properly', so they don't blind oncoming traffic.

Nothing personal, but I hope you get busted with them if you elect to continue to use them
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Old 02-09-2004, 06:42 PM   #10
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Yes...there are 2 adjustment "screws" on the back of the lights. An 8mm wrench or socket will fit them.
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Old 02-09-2004, 07:55 PM   #11
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very few people have a problem with mine- but I have them aimed kinda low just to make sure that I don't blind them

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Old 02-10-2004, 01:24 AM   #12
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Does anyone know exactly where the adjustment screws are, or can show on a picture? Can they be adjusted without having to take the headlight out again ?


Would this happen to be it?


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Old 02-10-2004, 01:56 AM   #13
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it's the white hex-headed things on the back with the metal gear-teeth...

In your pic they both have little red dots on them.
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:26 AM   #14
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Ahhh, sweet. They both control the main bulb? One vertical, one horizontal?
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yes...one adjusts vertical and the other horizontal. I can't remember which ine is which though. I can adjust the driver side light w/o removing the light. The passenger side one is more of a PIA. I'm not sure that anything short of a child's hand can reach the lower adjuster while the headlight is on the car.

Be careful that you do not over turn the adjusters.
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