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Old 01-07-2006, 05:17 PM   #101
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Well that happens sometimes with old posts, links expire or change.
If you looked at some of the other links from that site you'd see that it has moved here-
http://faqlight.carpassion.info/
You can probably find what you're looking for on that site.
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Old 01-20-2006, 10:24 AM   #102
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http://faq.auto.light.tripod.com/retro-vs-oem.htm

under section 3 is not working anymore
Thanks for the heads-up (scoobdude) and the new site (Mulder). I have updated the links in the FAQ.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:27 PM   #103
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They may be a standard size, but you need to get the measurements to be sure. www.rallylights.com has HID projectors (don't recall if they are Valeo, Bosch or Hella) and I know they have dimensions listed. Be sure to look at the depth, IIRC the HID projector units were much deeper/longer than the halogen ones and as a result may not fit due to clearance issues behind the lights.
i finally got around to pulling out my projectors to measure

These were the measurements:

Height - 3 1/4"
Width - 3 3/4"
Depth - 5 1/4"
Lens Dia - 2 1/4"

These are the dimensions of the Valeo HID projectors as listen on HIDPlanet
http://www.hidplanet.com/valeo.html

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Max height = 3 5/16"
Max width = 3 7/8"
Max depth = 5 1/16"
Lens dia = 2 5/8"

i dont know exactly what the mean by max __, according to their mesurements my valeos are deeper then the HIDs, which you said is the opposite way around. Will these Valeos fit in my morettes?
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:47 PM   #104
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scratch that, Valeos for sale there werent HID. but im leaving the measurements up since no one else seems to know them.

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Old 04-05-2006, 01:30 PM   #105
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my 2006 WRX TR comes with the sti projector housing and all i need is HIDs for them. I heard and read the problems with the "plug and play" kits, but since i have the projector housing already, what would you reccomend i do?

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Old 04-05-2006, 01:46 PM   #106
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my 2006 WRX TR comes with the sti projector housing and all i need is HIDs for them. I heard and read the problems with the "plug and play" kits, but since i have the projector housing already, what would you reccomend i do?

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Not exactly, you do have projectors but you don't have the STI lights. Your projectors are made for halogens, the ones in the STI are made for HIDs. Installing an HID setup in your existing lights will NOT give the same results as having a set of OEM STI lights, although the performance will be better than doing the same with the earlier reflector lights.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:59 PM   #107
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Idk what company makes those projectors, but im sure its the same company as the 06' projectors, so you can most likely replace your projectors with HID based (off the 06 or just of the same company) projectors and then install the STi HID kit. Depending on the price of the projectors, shouldnt be too much, and definitely worth it.
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:45 PM   #108
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thanks for the input guys, very appreciated.

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Old 04-24-2006, 05:43 AM   #109
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i have an 06 WRX and i'm looking into purchasing an HID kit. is there an HID kit where i get to keep my day lights and high beam? coz in most applications they say you loose them....and quite frankly, i don't want to lose any of my safety stock headlight functions. please help me....

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Old 04-24-2006, 09:20 AM   #110
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i have an 06 WRX and i'm looking into purchasing an HID kit. is there an HID kit where i get to keep my day lights and high beam? coz in most applications they say you loose them....and quite frankly, i don't want to lose any of my safety stock headlight functions. please help me....
Your daytime running lights are the low beams operated at reduced intensity. With HIDs in the low beams this is not possible since HIDs can't be run at lower power, they are either on or off. If you want to retain the DRL functionality that is possible, but you will have full-brightness HID low beams instead of reduced-power halogens, and the ballasts MUST be wired for direct ground. If you plug them into the existing headlight circuit the ballasts will try to run through the DRL dropping resistor, which is a very bad thing.
As for high beams that is not an issue for you, since you have separate low and high beams. The HIDs are installed in the lows and the highs are left undisturbed.
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:54 PM   #111
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thanks a lot Mulder!
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:47 PM   #112
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Not exactly, you do have projectors but you don't have the STI lights. Your projectors are made for halogens, the ones in the STI are made for HIDs. Installing an HID setup in your existing lights will NOT give the same results as having a set of OEM STI lights, although the performance will be better than doing the same with the earlier reflector lights.
I also have a 2006MY WRX with the projector headlights and am looking into purchasing a HID-kit. Can you elaborate on the benefits of having the halogen projector housings as opposed to the previous halogen reflector housings? I'm just curious.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:35 PM   #113
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I also have a 2006MY WRX with the projector headlights and am looking into purchasing a HID-kit. Can you elaborate on the benefits of having the halogen projector housings as opposed to the previous halogen reflector housings? I'm just curious.
are you really curious between the difference of halogen reflector vs projector, or HIDs vs Halogen?

basically (dont let the specialist fool you, i just post alot) halogens spread light everywhere, even places you dont need, so the lighting output is relatively dimmer, not crazy noticable, but there. projectors focus the light towards where you need it, so its better for regular driving on the road. halogens are good for stuff like rallying where you need to see the sides of the road and even off the road as much as the middle.
Also projectors gives give you a cool purple light if you look at it correctly
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:27 PM   #114
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Here's a good site that gives some good info on HIDs and has example pics and stuff:

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I had HIDs installed on my 2006 ford explorer. It looks like the vehicle is not detecting the HIDs, cause I get a message to check left and right headlamps.
The vehicle assumes the headlamps are burned when they're not.

How can I get the vehicle to recognize the HIDs?

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You probably can't. The body controller monitors the circuit and looks for the proper resistance which tells it the bulb filaments are ok. Your HIDs are not detected as functioning bulbs because they do not present the same resistance. Depending on how they are wired, the BCM is seeing either the ballasts or relays neither of which matches the resistance of a bulb.
However it's possible that other Ford owners have encountered this issue and found a solution. I'd suggest checking on the Ford forums. Also check on the HID forums.

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Old 05-11-2006, 01:35 AM   #115
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hey mulder! i have inquired on some H7 HID kits and in most applications on my car. they said that with the H7 kits, they have for my 06, the low beam will be "on" all the time together with the DRL and low beam. and like you said before, i heard it's bad. is that right? or is that ok?

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From what I read on HIDplanet, HIDs will colorshift and lose light output over time. Keeping them on will just accelerate that.

Btw, is that pic with your DRLs on?
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if 06s are anything like 02s, theres a plug behind your glove box for your DRLs, just pull that out and your golden.

As for the ford HIDs, is there a way you can add a resistor to it to equal the resistance? thatll obviously lessen the HIDs a bit, but i think itll be fine (dont trust me 100%, get a second opinion)
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From what I read on HIDplanet, HIDs will colorshift and lose light output over time. Keeping them on will just accelerate that.

Btw, is that pic with your DRLs on?
thanks for the info. yes, it's with my DRL turned on.
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if 06s are anything like 02s, theres a plug behind your glove box for your DRLs, just pull that out and your golden.

As for the ford HIDs, is there a way you can add a resistor to it to equal the resistance? thatll obviously lessen the HIDs a bit, but i think itll be fine (dont trust me 100%, get a second opinion)

yes the 06 has a DRL plug behind the glovebox, i have mine disabled just because i want to save my bulbs and i dont see the point of DRL

id love to swap my lights out with the STI lights, but im in no hurry, but it would be nice to have a brighter light. any suggestions?
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Old 05-21-2006, 07:39 PM   #120
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id love to swap my lights out with the STI lights, but im in no hurry, but it would be nice to have a brighter light. any suggestions?
better bulbs, but dont go overwattage. i think its the osram silverstars that most find to be the best replacement for a stock setup.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:33 AM   #121
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Ditto on the Osram Silverstars. They can be had on eBay or www.powerbulbs.com
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Not exactly, you do have projectors but you don't have the STI lights. Your projectors are made for halogens, the ones in the STI are made for HIDs. Installing an HID setup in your existing lights will NOT give the same results as having a set of OEM STI lights, although the performance will be better than doing the same with the earlier reflector lights.
So is it possible to retrofit a non-STi 06 housing for proper/near-proper HID lighting, or is an STi housing the only option?

Would the projector replacements that claim "sharp cutoffs" be nearly identical to OEM STi HIDs? (damn thats a lot of acronyms)
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With the amount of HID projector units available out there these days, a retrofit is possible with the proper amount of money and time. Thus far, not many have retrofitted their '06 WRX projector low beams with an HID projector unit. If you do, it would be best to find out the measurements of the stock unit and find one out there that would best fit into the slot. Ideally, you would want to find a set of STI HID projector units to retrofit, but it would be wise to see what else is out there as far as price, fitment, and lighting goes. Or of course you could just purchase the STI units themselves, but that would be way expensive. I would recommend you browse through HID forums for excellent write-ups and etc. on switching out projector units.

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/
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With the amount of HID projector units available out there these days, a retrofit is possible with the proper amount of money and time. Thus far, not many have retrofitted their '06 WRX projector low beams with an HID projector unit. If you do, it would be best to find out the measurements of the stock unit and find one out there that would best fit into the slot. Ideally, you would want to find a set of STI HID projector units to retrofit, but it would be wise to see what else is out there as far as price, fitment, and lighting goes. Or of course you could just purchase the STI units themselves, but that would be way expensive. I would recommend you browse through HID forums for excellent write-ups and etc. on switching out projector units.

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/
So I suppose more to the point, is the light output really very different from just using HID projectors in place of the OEM projector bulbs in the WRX housing substantially different than the output from an STi housing?
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idk what im talking about...

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