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Old 12-24-2004, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default WTB: STi Low Beam HID Bulb

Blew one last night and can't seem to find one, it is a phillips 35W D2R.

Anyone has one or knows where to get one please let me know.
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Old 12-24-2004, 01:16 PM   #2
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It's an industry-standard bulb. The dealers should have them but they are expensive there (around $100 or so apiece). Try looking on Ebay, they can usually be found there for much less. You may be able to get a pair for less than the retail price of a single bulb, just be sure they are brand new ones. Also be sure they are D2R and not D2S.
And are you sure the bulb is actually blown? HID bulbs have a rated operating life of around 2500 hours which is many years of driving. They also don't usually blow all at once, typically they will discolor and lose output. Before spending money on bulbs check the fuses and ballasts.
Also have to ask, did you by any chance open your headlights to clear them? There have been several instances of people who did this and then had trouble with their HIDs due to water intrusion into the lights.
Come to think of it, as long as you haven't modified your lights you are still under warranty as long as you have less than 36K on the car, so you could just have the dealer fix it.
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Old 12-24-2004, 06:31 PM   #3
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yeah I opened them but they are sealed up good, no water, however I pulled the entire light out today to remove the bulb and i noticed the small ceramic looking part on the outside of the bulb is broke, however I put it all back together so I could drive the car and it works now. It cut out last night when I was accelerating real hard. Just worried that whatever I did today is not a permanent fix.
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Old 12-24-2004, 06:39 PM   #4
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Hm, the ceramic thing is an insulator for the wire that goes up to the top of the bulb. It's important for it to be intact, because the HIDs operate at very high voltage (why they need a ballast). It's possible that when you accelerated that hard the broken insulator moved around enough for the current to arc, and caused the ballast to shut down.
The bulb may have been damaged accidentally when you opened up the lights, and unfortunately if you took it to the dealer they would see that you cleared them and wouldn't warranty the bulb.
You shouldn't leave the bulb in that condition as the problem will happen again. The best solution is to get a replacement bulb, but if the insulator is all there and just cracked you might be able to glue it in place so it won't arc.
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Old 12-25-2004, 01:17 AM   #5
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yeah the whole piece is there just like an eighth of and inch is bouncing around, I am getting a new one anyway, thanks though.
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