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Old 03-21-2004, 01:40 PM   #1
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OK, I am looking into getting driving lights, and I have been searching all over this forum and the rest of nasioc, but I figured I would start a thread where anyone could post pictures and info on the driving light setups that they have, and what they like/dislike about it. Also any suggestions on good implementation of a set.

I have a 04 wrx, and I am looking to add the JDM housings with driving lights. I am also thinking about adding some smaller fogs in the center grille section (maybe even using my stock fogs, and just moving them into the center hole by the lic plate)

Here is what I want in the end for looks:

with the lower lights being driving lights, and then maybe some fogs behind that mesh grille.

Thanks for sharing your setups in advance!

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Old 03-21-2004, 06:11 PM   #2
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...highlight=PIAA there is my set up....the GC i used to have had a similar set up but with hella 500's

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Old 03-21-2004, 06:12 PM   #3
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sorry forgot to mention those are PIAA 520's in the ion crystal lens driving light pattern.
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:34 PM   #4
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ATX25RS: are thos JDM head lamps? are they made for HIDs? because i just installed my HIDs but the stock head lamps scatter light everywhere. i get a lot of hate from drivers around me. and i cant afford STI head lamps which someone mentioned 1200 dollars on another thread.
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Old 03-21-2004, 11:37 PM   #5
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ATX25RS: are thos JDM head lamps? are they made for HIDs? because i just installed my HIDs but the stock head lamps scatter light everywhere. i get a lot of hate from drivers around me. and i cant afford STI head lamps which someone mentioned 1200 dollars on another thread.
From reading his other thread, I think his are just cleared... So are mine... and our housings are not meant for HIDs... I just spent all morning seaching on the best Halogen bulbs so that I could save $ and see better... This is also why I started this trhread, because I want my low beams with fogs (fours lights) and my high beams with driving lights (four lights) so that I can see well at night.... I'm always peranoid about hitting an animal, and I drive at night a lot. Here is what I ordered after a lot of research into the best non HID bulbs, and the best for other driviers, and my vision...

This is from the website I ordered the lights from:

The best H1 is the Osram (not Sylvania) SilverStar -- the "Plus 50" bulb. It has the same high-output burner as the Sylvania silverstar, but WITHOUT the light-stealing blue gunk on the glass. They're in stock (right here in the USA...) at $11/ea.

The new bulbs are not some tinted or overwattage version of 9005, but rather employ a relatively new technology called HIR, Halogen Infrared. The mechanical dimensions of the bulb are all virtually identical to the 9005, but the bulb glass is spherical instead of tubular, with the sphere centered around the filament. There is a "Durable IR Reflective" coating on the spherical glass. Infrared = heat, so the coating causes heat to be reflected back to the filament at the center of the sphere. This causes the filament to become much hotter (producing more light) than it can by passing electricity through it, *without* the shorter life or greater heat production that comes with overwattage bulbs (to say nothing of overwattage bulbs' incompatibility with stock wiring.)

Here's the comparison:

High beam stock: 9005, 12.8V, 65W, 1700 lumens
High beam new: HIR1, 12.8V, 65W, 2530 lumens

Then I am hopeing to order the driving lights to fit in the JDM housing, and then some smaller fogs to fit in by my lic. plate.

FYI though, the STi light housing is designed for HIDs and ours is not... the reflectors are different... and a lot of people here get pissed when people suggest HIDs or even HID looking lights as they won't perform as designed, and blind others more than they help you... (not me, but I read a lot of post today with a lot of negativitey in them.)

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Old 03-22-2004, 06:03 PM   #6
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i have seen the Osram SilverStars in person. they are definately more functional than stock , and actually have a clearer color to them. i now for a fact mouserWRX has them on his 04, you can ask him for comments too

if you want "color" or look of hid there are actually a few bulbs out there that can be "pretty" and functional.....most are $$$ though....from experience, the polarg VIP's are really gre4at bulbs, i had them on my gc...they looked great and were VERY functional even in foul weather. PIAA and Raybrig are the other brands that produce great bulbs, that "look" good and perform well also.

yes my headlights are blacked out, using the headlight mod, i cleared out the orane and painted the housing black.
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Old 03-22-2004, 08:16 PM   #7
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i have seen the Osram SilverStars in person. they are definately more functional than stock , and actually have a clearer color to them. i now for a fact mouserWRX has them on his 04, you can ask him for comments too

if you want "color" or look of hid there are actually a few bulbs out there that can be "pretty" and functional.....most are $$$ though....from experience, the polarg VIP's are really gre4at bulbs, i had them on my gc...they looked great and were VERY functional even in foul weather. PIAA and Raybrig are the other brands that produce great bulbs, that "look" good and perform well also.

yes my headlights are blacked out, using the headlight mod, i cleared out the orane and painted the housing black.
Thanks for the info... I'm really looking forward to getting the new bulbs in...

I cleared out my lights too, and I have fog covers right now as the 04 fogs are so weak they didn't help at all:


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how did you guys clear out your lights? Is it hard to take out the orange reflectors in the headlights? Let me knoe. i am looking forward to doing the same. Phatasiankid03@cs.com
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check the stickies in the interior and exterior modification forum...the thread is there

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Some Hella DE micro fog lights:

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