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Old 02-02-2005, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default OEM 04 or 05 STI HID Kit for WRX

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Can someone tell me if the 04/05 stock STI HID kit would fit directly into an 05 WRX (Wagon) without any modification?
I am looking for a set to replace the stock halogen lights...
How much would a set go for ? At least $1000?

Another question.. The aftermarket HID kits are considered to be illegal but what about fitting a set of the stock STI HID kit into the WRX then? Would I face any problem with the cops / safey inspection?

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Old 02-02-2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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The 04/05 STi HID headlights will bolt into the 04/05 WRX without any problems. You will need to do some wiring to make them work.

I'm not really sure about the legal issue. I assume that the USDM STi headlights are legal since they come as factory equipment on the USDM STi.
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:17 PM   #3
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The STi lights will work. You will need to do some wiring to make them work, however nothing major. They will run around $1300.
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:15 AM   #4
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$1300?!! Damn my friend bought his set used (but obviously in mint condition) for like half that. F buying from the dealer.
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Old 02-03-2005, 01:52 PM   #5
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04/05 stock STI HID kit
By this do you mean the whole STi light assembly? As stated above, yes, it will fit with a little modification. If you just want to source bulbs/ballasts from the STi to put in your WRX housings, don't. There is a reason some aftermarket HID kits have been made illegal. Do it correctly and please don't blind the rest of the motoring public with a poorly matched setup. Good luck with your project
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Old 02-04-2005, 09:19 AM   #6
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By this do you mean the whole STi light assembly? As stated above, yes, it will fit with a little modification. If you just want to source bulbs/ballasts from the STi to put in your WRX housings, don't. There is a reason some aftermarket HID kits have been made illegal. Do it correctly and please don't blind the rest of the motoring public with a poorly matched setup. Good luck with your project
Yup the entire kit with everything. But my main concern is would some cop come up and say "you have a WRX and not a STi. Therefore HID is not a standard feature of your car..." ? Better yet.

Exactly what kind of mods do I need to do? Someone mentioned that I need to disable the daytime running lights? Why?

Sorry but this is off topic.... Are there differences in a suspension kit between a sedan and a wagon? I want to mod the suspension eventually with shocks and springs (if I can afford it them I will get coilovers). ..

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Old 02-05-2005, 02:15 AM   #7
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i have the H1 kit to fit right into your current headlights. just a bit of wiring but no modifications needed on the headlight housing.
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Old 02-05-2005, 02:20 AM   #8
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Yup the entire kit with everything. But my main concern is would some cop come up and say "you have a WRX and not a STi. Therefore HID is not a standard feature of your car..." ?
no cop would have that depth of knowledge and even if they did, the OEM lights are totally DOT compliant so they are NOT illegal.
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Old 02-05-2005, 11:27 AM   #9
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no cop would have that depth of knowledge and even if they did, the OEM lights are totally DOT compliant so they are NOT illegal.
Hey! I have that depth of knowledge!

That said, very few cops would know the difference, but it doesn't matter as they're not illegal.
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:59 PM   #10
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Just crashed my '04 WRX and took out the drivers side headlight. Since I have to replace it, I'm thinking of doing the STi headlight converstion too. How involved is the wiring? Anyone know of a link showing the procedure? I don't really want to open a can of worms with splicing wires unless it's pretty easy put everything back to stock. Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-06-2005, 08:40 PM   #11
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Just crashed my '04 WRX and took out the drivers side headlight. Since I have to replace it, I'm thinking of doing the STi headlight converstion too. How involved is the wiring? Anyone know of a link showing the procedure? I don't really want to open a can of worms with splicing wires unless it's pretty easy put everything back to stock. Thanks for the help.
Here is a write-up I did a while back:

The standard disclaimer applies - This is what I did on my car. You should verify everything before performing this modification. I am not responsible for any damage or problems associated with this modification. Consult the service manual wiring diagrams WI-135 and WI-138.

Here's what I did:

1) Disable the DRLs by disconnecting the DRL module behind the glove box. This is important.

2)On each headlight, there is a short pigtail lead that goes from the ballast to a black 2-prong plug. Remove these black plugs. You will then have one red and one black wire coming out of each ballast. The red are your positive leads and the black are the negative (ground) leads.

3) Solder a 18"-24" length of black wire onto each of the the existing black wires an put a ring terminal on the end of each.

4) LEFT HEADLIGHT (driver's side): Cut off the existing grey plug that plugged into your low beams and remove a few inches of the black protective tubing. You will have a yellow/red wire and a red/blue wire. Cap off the yellow/red wire - you will not be using it. Ensure that the red/blue wire is positive and is energized when the headlight switch is in the on position. Solder the red/blue wire to the red wire coming out of the ballast. Use heat shrink to weatherproof the connection. Take the black wire with the ring terminal on the end and attach it to the ground point next to the battery.

4) RIGHT HEADLIGHT (passenger's side): Cut off the existing grey plug that plugged into your low beams and remove a few inches of the black protective tubing. You will have a yellow/red wire and a blue/white wire. Cap off the yellow/red wire - you will not be using it. Ensure that the blue/white wire is positive and is energized when the headlight switch is in the on position. Solder the blue/white wire to the red wire coming out of the ballast. Use heat shrink to weatherproof the connection. Take the black wire with the ring terminal on the end and attach it to the ground point next to the air box.

5) Plug in the high beams and clearance/signal lights on both sides.

6) Properly aim the lights.

7) Enjoy your HID lights.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

-Jeff
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Old 02-07-2005, 05:38 PM   #12
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Thanks for the in depth explanation. I'll try to track down some HID's while the ride is in the shop.
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