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Old 06-16-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
OttawaSTi
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Default Attn Canadian STi owners - HID install

Ok I am in the middle of swapping my stock lights (non-HID) for the USDM HID's I bought.

However - when comparing the 2 lenses side by side... I noticed they are the same. Same housing, same reflectors inside, etc etc. There is also a place to mount the balasts and the manual adjust motor.

So obviously it was cheaper for Subaru to save money by using the same part for US and Canada, but just leave the HID part off for Canada.

Have any of you just removed the balast, level motor, etc from the back of a USDM HID and mounted it to the Canadian one? Reason I ask - I already cleared my stock ones - so it'd be much easier to just swap the HID part over.

I didn't want to try it without checking first in case there is something I am missing.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-07-2006, 01:08 PM   #2
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Ok I am in the middle of swapping my stock lights (non-HID) for the USDM HID's I bought.

However - when comparing the 2 lenses side by side... I noticed they are the same. Same housing, same reflectors inside, etc etc. There is also a place to mount the balasts and the manual adjust motor.

So obviously it was cheaper for Subaru to save money by using the same part for US and Canada, but just leave the HID part off for Canada.

Have any of you just removed the balast, level motor, etc from the back of a USDM HID and mounted it to the Canadian one? Reason I ask - I already cleared my stock ones - so it'd be much easier to just swap the HID part over.

I didn't want to try it without checking first in case there is something I am missing.

Thanks in advance.
Hey,
Have you installed the US HID's? I drive a 05 STI and wanted to do the same but have gotten no help from any dealer about what it entails. Do you need to change the wiring harness? Is it just plug and play with the lights? Did you do the leveling switch? If you did, how did you wire it from the dash to the lights. Any help would be great! Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:29 PM   #3
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Unless there is something remarkably different about your Canadian parts, the reflectors are NOT the same, although they do look similar. The bulb mounting isn't the same either. You can't just swap the HID guts from an STi into them.
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