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Old 03-15-2004, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default D2S HID bulb in 2004 headlights

To those who have 2004 imprezza's with hids using D2S bulbs:

Do you guys have any trouble with glare? Cops pulling you over? Pictures would really help. I'm interested in buying a hid kit however, the bulbs will be the D2S type instead of the D2R type. Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-15-2004, 10:49 PM   #2
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Is the shield the only difference or is the focal length different also?
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:03 PM   #3
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The stock WRX headlight assemblies are not intended to be used with HID bulbs. Although they may look the same, the 2004 STi headlight assemblies use different reflectors. If you want HIDs and you want to do things correctly & legally, buy the STi headlight assemblies.

Before I bought the STi headlights, I had a Catz HID kit in my 2004 WRX. The bulbs were D2S type with no shielding. They put out a tremendous amount of light, but they had a central hot spot with no distinct cutoff and a lot of scatter. I was constantly being flashed by people. I don't believe that a D2R bulb would have produced any better results.

The STi headlights are great - no comparison to a retrofit HID kit. They have an excellent beam pattern with a sharp cutoff.

I hope this is the type of feedback you were looking for.
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Old 03-16-2004, 11:20 PM   #4
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thanks for your input jeff. How difficult was it to install and get the sti lights working correctly? How much did total conversion cost you? thanks.

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The conversion was very easy. Search for my posts and you will find a write-up on the installation. There is some very simple wiring to do, otherwise it's just a matter of taking out the old lights and putting in the new ones. You also have to disable the DRLs by unplugging the control module behind the glove box. I got the pair of lights (complete assemblies) from subaruwrxparts.com for $1200.

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Old 03-17-2004, 11:46 PM   #6
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The D2R bulb is specifically made for an OEM HID reflector housing. The D2S is for projector style systems, like the MY03 STi headlights. If you go with a D2R you essentially are going to do what most MY03 WRX's do, add an HID kit to a reflector housing. It is not going to produce the right results, if you are at all somewhat picky about having satisfactory lighting.

Their is another option. www.hidtech.com

They did my headlights, and are great to work with.

http://www.pbase.com/dwperry33/headlights
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Old 03-18-2004, 12:46 AM   #7
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wow thats very interesting, how much was the total to get your headlights modded?
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Cheaper than MY03 Halogen STi lights...by a couple hundred.
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