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Old 02-02-2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default for those with HIDs on 04/05 WRXs???

I've read the faq, and I know the concerns, and they all make sense to me, but I was wondering for the people who did put HIDs in their regular housings, can you answer a few questions for me:

1) What set did you get, where did you get it, and how much?
2) How was the install?
3) Are you happy with what you have now, and is there scattered light, problems with oncommers flashing you and bright spots that make it hard to see beyond the light?

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Old 02-02-2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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1) i've got BrightStar 5000k HIDs on my04...i bought them off someone who was selling them on the board for 300$...

2) i....didn't install them lol i just took them to sound advice and they did everything (and i mean everything) for 100$, they grounded what needed to be grounded, mounted the ballasts and whatever else they did....they did a good job.

3) im supar happy with what i have i'll post a couple pics, my beam pattern seems to be exacly the same not alot of glare (if any), i had this one guy on this 2 lane road flash me once but he was just a snow bird and they're dumb....i never really noticed but it isn't hard to see beond the light


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Old 02-02-2005, 12:05 PM   #3
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1) I had the Catz 4300K kit. I bought it for $450 back when they were still available.
2) Installation was time consuming, but not all that difficult. Finding a good place to mount the ballasts and ignitors was a pain.
3) They put out tons of light, but the beam pattern was horrible. My beam patterns looked exactly like the ones posted by Alpha_32. Notice the 'hot spots' in the center of the beam pattern. Those are not supposed to be there with properly designed HID lights. And, while it may not look like it from the pictures, there is a lot of scatter. I was getting flashed all the time. I had to aim the lights very low to avoid getting flashed.

My Catz dealer contacted me one day saying that there was a Catz recall of HID kits due to legal issues. They offered to buy back the kit for what I paid for it. It turns out that this was the best thing that ever happened to me in terms of lighting upgrades. I took the money and put it toward a set of STi HID headlights. The beam pattern is nice and flat, with a great even spread of light. As a bonus, they were much easier to install. The STi HID lights are your only acceptable solution to HIDs on the 04-05 WRX.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 02-02-2005, 02:47 PM   #4
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Great review jac04 - thanks for sharing...
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Old 02-18-2005, 12:15 PM   #5
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1)The STi HID lights are your only acceptable solution to HIDs on the 04-05 WRX.
It just seems a little outrageous paying $1200 for STi HIDs. Was that what you paid for? Let me know where I can find these elsewhere because I'm interested in HIDs as well
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Old 02-18-2005, 12:43 PM   #6
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A member just got a really nice retrofit done to his STi Canadian version headlights (which are basically the WRX headlights since they require DRLs up there).

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=718883

I would prefer a projector HID setup than a reflector one It's not much cheaper than buying a set of the USDM STi lights, but you do get projectors
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Old 02-18-2005, 01:47 PM   #7
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$1200 is the cheapest you'll find for STi HIDs.

I won't agree that they are the 'only' acceptable alternative, though.
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:47 PM   #8
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$1200 is the cheapest you'll find for STi HIDs.

I won't agree that they are the 'only' acceptable alternative, though.
AFAIK, the STi HID lights are the only legal way of putting HIDs on your 04-05 WRX. To me, the lights need to be legal to be acceptable. Remember, when that old lady smashes into you, then says to the cop "I was blinded by those lights", you don't want to be caught with illegal lights. It's just not worth it.
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:28 PM   #9
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For me, legal != acceptable. Technically, installing an intake on my WRX wouldn't be legal, but its not going to cause any problems for anyone (except me).

As far as blinding people - really I think it can be mitigated sufficienly so that it is no worse than other cars with stock HIDs.
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:45 PM   #10
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umm.. i just got my 04 STI HID's for 650.. that's the going rate for a used set.. don't know why you're talking new and from the dealer.... that's like buying a car for MSRP..
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:11 PM   #11
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I've been completely unable to find a used set at all. And that price isn't from the dealer...its more liek 1600 from them.

Did you find the used set here on NASIOC, because I haven't been able to find them at all on iclub or nasioc.
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:31 PM   #12
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It just seems a little outrageous paying $1200 for STi HIDs. Was that what you paid for? Let me know where I can find these elsewhere because I'm interested in HIDs as well
OEM HIDs usually don't come cheap on any car. I heard it cost around $1300 to replace the HID headlights on an s2000. Just be thankful that those sti lights don't cost as much as the JDM HID STI headlights for the '02/'03 wrx, which ran about $2300 a couple years ago.
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Old 02-19-2005, 10:12 AM   #13
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ok here's what i did.. put up a "Wanted" ad in the wanted classified section. Get offers, pick one and buy it.. lol. I got like 4 offers, all around 650-700 range. Same goes for ebay, 650-700 is the going range, i've been looking for 6 months and have never seen them go that high before. If you want a set of JDM ones, check out jdmpartstx.com, they usually go for around 675 a set.
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Old 02-19-2005, 04:16 PM   #14
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I actually hadn't really considered doing it that way - I appreciate your help! I will go give it a try.
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:57 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alpha_32
1) i've got BrightStar 5000k HIDs on my04...i bought them off someone who was selling them on the board for 300$...

2) i....didn't install them lol i just took them to sound advice and they did everything (and i mean everything) for 100$, they grounded what needed to be grounded, mounted the ballasts and whatever else they did....they did a good job.

3) im supar happy with what i have i'll post a couple pics, my beam pattern seems to be exacly the same not alot of glare (if any), i had this one guy on this 2 lane road flash me once but he was just a snow bird and they're dumb....i never really noticed but it isn't hard to see beond the light


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have you had any issues with your lights using your Factory housings , or did you buy the STI's..Akso what about the daytime running lights, are they Working ?
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:26 PM   #16
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Those beam patterns indicate he used the regular housings.

You need ot disable DRLs if you are goingto use HIDs.
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