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Old 01-19-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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Not sure if there is a more appropriate forum for this but whatever....

When I bought my WRX I found that the headlights seem to be VERY weak. Compared to other cars I've owned I cannot see nearly as well at night in this car. The combination of the headlights and the foglights seem better but still pretty subpar.

Is it just my car/headlights or is this common for a WRX?
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Old 01-19-2005, 01:41 PM   #2
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hmm don't know but every Subaru I have ever seen has had HL so bright they almost looked like highbeams. I know in MY02WRX I get flashed all the time when I just have my normal lights on... Perhaps they need to be adjusted they could be aimed to low or too high?
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Old 01-19-2005, 01:43 PM   #3
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You might look at brighter bulbs when you get them replaced.
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Old 01-19-2005, 01:49 PM   #4
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i had the alignment checked and they were fine - maybe bulbs are the issue.
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Old 01-19-2005, 02:09 PM   #5
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Low beams are OK but the highs are weak...IMO...
Better bulbs like Philips Hi-visibility or Vision plus or Osram Silverstars. All good bulbs w/o hi wattage. If you want hi wattage...you'll need those harnesses relay kits so you don't burn out the OEM wiring. See www.danielstern.com...
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Old 01-19-2005, 02:10 PM   #6
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Stock the wrx headlights blow....not much you can do about it . When I had mine I bought the silverstars but they didnt even make too much difference . I spent the $ and bought the jdm hid and just flattened the cutoff and now I can see !
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Old 01-19-2005, 04:04 PM   #7
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If you need more light on back roads at night you might want to consider adding driving lights. You can either replace your stock fogs (Hella 500's fit nicely), or keep the fogs and mount the driving lights separately in front of your upper grill (Hella FF50, FF75's or similar) or on a light bar (Hella 500's, 1000's or similar for the real rally look).
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Old 01-19-2005, 04:11 PM   #8
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EDM STi HID's, dont think about it just do it!
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Old 01-19-2005, 04:42 PM   #9
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stock low bulbs in the bugeyes suck....i replaced mine with philips hi visibility bulbs from kmart for 18 bucks or so. They are supposed to put out 30% more light. They were somewhat better than stock. I recently replaced the bulbs in my jdm projectors with philips vision plus bulbs ordered from powerbulbs.com. These bulbs are supposed to put out 50% more light. The vision plus bulbs are pretty bright....big diff from the stock bulbs, check them out. WHiter brighter light. It took about a week to get the bulbs, since they were shipped from the UK.

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Old 01-19-2005, 05:48 PM   #10
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Make sure that your battery is OK and alternator charge across battery is around 14+ volts.
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:50 PM   #11
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wait wrx's come with halogen lights?/??... are they the ones with the "magnifying glass" like in the new lexus'?
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Old 01-19-2005, 10:12 PM   #12
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in my opinion I think that the headlights on my MY02 are pretty weak compared to other cars I have driven ie. toyota camry, toyota corolla, even in combination with the fog lights. I would go with the EDM projectors and do a HID retrofit because no edm sti projectors come with hid's from the factory from what I have read the jdm ones did offer the HID option tho... if you need info on the edm HID retrofit install look up mattjk's headlight installation

oh yeah I also heard that if you do a grounding mod or kit install that it will help make your headlights brighter
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Old 01-19-2005, 10:38 PM   #13
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wait wrx's come with halogen lights?/??... are they the ones with the "magnifying glass" like in the new lexus'?
what? umm... no, halogen is a type of gas, the gas that the bulb is filled with. the bulb can be replaced...

i think you mean "projector" however it's NOT a 'magnifying glass" it's a lens... visit www.howstuffworks.com and look for lights
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:13 AM   #14
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the forester is great with the HL's but the WRX is lacking a little bit,especially when i put the high beams on.. I may look into better bulbs one time for them
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:47 AM   #15
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well i'm on a bit of a tight budget so I think I'll start by trying the philips vision plus bulbs and see if those are adequate. What is a good place to get these at? The link provided above is to a uk site which would involve extra taxes etc... is it possible to get these in the US? I don't suppose they are readily available at parts stores?

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!!

Kevin

EDIT: I see uk appears to be where to get these - I'm confused as to what type I need though. I believe the manual says 9007(HB3) - do they make the vision plus in this type?

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Old 01-20-2005, 06:24 PM   #16
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Not sure if there is a more appropriate forum for this but whatever....

When I bought my WRX I found that the headlights seem to be VERY weak. Compared to other cars I've owned I cannot see nearly as well at night in this car. The combination of the headlights and the foglights seem better but still pretty subpar.

Is it just my car/headlights or is this common for a WRX?

Relativity is everything. We bought an MY02 WRX & I liked the lights relative to the candles on my '95 Passat VR6. Then I got an Audi A6 2.7T w/ HID's & I don't drive my wife's WRX much anymore. I drove it last week & could not believe how bad the lights were.....

So, I installed Sylvania XtraVision 9007's last weekend at Pep Boys and was quite pleased with the improvement. Brighter, whiter light. While cleaning off the fogs, I noticed one was cracked so I ordered Hella 500 clear fogs & WRX brackets to replace them with. They're not on yet, but from what I've read here, they should be a nice improvement as well.

I'd start w/ the XV's first & go from there. I paid ~$20. They are ~1/2 of the SilverStar HID-oids. Total time to install was less than 20 minutes.

Good Luck!

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Old 01-21-2005, 05:00 PM   #17
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^Don't bother with the Sylvanias...since I believe you can't get the Osram's because you own a 2003 I'd go with the Philips' Hi-Visibility as previously mentioned, instead. The light won't be as white but it'll give better visibility which is far more important (at least to myself and any person with common sense).
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