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Old 10-22-2005, 05:50 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U need help finding HID headlight lowbeam for my 05 STI

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i did the headlight clearing and it looks great but when i washed my car water got in the headlight somehow and killed my HID bulb lowbeam on my 05 STI. i want to know if philips makes HID bulbs for my STI or any other brand that has it in a superblue look. i went to the dealership in lynchburg when i was down there this week and they wanted almost $170 for one bulb. i need to know what bulb to get, web sites and anything else u can help me with. i also need to know what turn signal bulb to get i have been looking around but no luck, they only come in clear. i am looking for a clear look when its off but changes to orange when i put my signal on. i would prefer it be philips but any other brand would do. anything u all can help me with would be Greatly Appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2005, 06:00 PM   #2
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You also need help finding the Electrical and Lighting forum.

Just to help you a bit, go to autolumination.com for your turn signal bulbs. You can get bulbs that are chrome and then light up amber. They look great. You'll need 7440s.
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:21 PM   #3
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just so you know the bulb didnt burn out....

the water got into the ballast, if you want to PM me you can and Ill explain what you need to do to get everything to work again..
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Old 10-23-2005, 03:08 AM   #4
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You mean you need help posting in the right forum? I'll move this to where the experts hang out. Remember......posting in the right forum gets you immediate anc correct answers; posting in the wrong forum gets you no answers, clogs up the forums, and results in further delays.
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Old 10-23-2005, 01:35 PM   #5
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you can get D2S capsules from these guys for about $80 http://www.aerovisions.com/hid/hid_GE_d2s.html but Im pretty sure you need D2R capsules. Same thing just with a little metal sheild so it works better in the reflector housings.

BTW the super blue look is very ricer. Not only does it decrease the amount of light on the road its irritating to other drivers. BMWs and audi's get the blue look from the lense and the light is actually very bright white.
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:43 PM   #6
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anyone else notice how poor the quality of the OEM HID systems are this seems like one of many posts about people who have something negetive happen to their headlights due to clearing.

- granted they are at fault for maybe something improper happening but, I'd think that the OEM hids should be able to take a little brusing
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:48 PM   #7
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If water gets into something electrical, I would not expect it to work.
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Old 10-23-2005, 10:11 PM   #8
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anyone else notice how poor the quality of the OEM HID systems are this seems like one of many posts about people who have something negetive happen to their headlights due to clearing.

- granted they are at fault for maybe something improper happening but, I'd think that the OEM hids should be able to take a little brusing
are you serious? The OEM HID systems are the standard that all other HID systems try to measure up to and ussually fail. If people didn't keep messing with them the lights would probably outlast the car.

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Old 10-23-2005, 10:36 PM   #9
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are you serious? The OEM HID systems are the standard that all other HID systems try to measure up to and ussually fail. If people didn't keep messing with them the lights would probably outlast the car.
Have you not seen all those cars out there which have burnt out lights and ballasts which are driving around. (Acura, Benz's etc).

But thats besides the point, I think the ones which the Subarus come with are of a cheaper quality then those of a BMW (Obviously)

My point was that I think the stock HID system should be able to handle a little abuse, many people report water in their ballasts, burnt bulbs etc.
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Old 10-23-2005, 11:04 PM   #10
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I wouldn't say that necessarily, MB uses bosch ballasts that are pretty similar to what Subaru uses. The capsules are generally made by the same manufacturer. Sure the brains behind the leveling systems and some of the other intelligence in the headlights is nicer but the underlying systems are the same.

My point is just that they can handle alot of abuse. Most of the issues I have heard of so far have been all user error related. My capsules lasted over 100K miles as well as a rough trip from Japan before 1 of the died. I dont doubt that there are some reports of higher end cars having issues with thier systems but they are most likely rare. Only the 1 or 2 problems really get any attention and thousands of cars that are trouble free aren't mentioned.
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Old 10-24-2005, 01:35 PM   #11
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I agree with pityr about user error causing their HID to go out. Also, the design of the Subaru headlight has the ballasts mounted to the bottom of the headlight. This isn't really the problem. I believe the real design issue is that there is hole with a 4 inch diameter cut into the bottom of the headlight so that they can run the HID ignitor to the bulb and hide everything inside the headlight. Therefore, if any water that gets into the headlight will drain down to the ballast and cause the light to go out. If Subaru mounted the ballast in a different area or not cut a hole in the bottom of the headlight then shorting of the ballast would be less common. Also, there are only a few suppliers of HID ballasts and projectors for all the auto manufactures. I've worked with plenty of HID headlights, Acura, Infiniti, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, etc. The ballasts are either made by Hella, Matsusheeta, Stanely or Velo. Point being that the quality of the ballasts are all pretty much the same.

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Old 10-24-2005, 03:36 PM   #12
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this thread pops up every month. the search brings up a few topics on the first page about what to do. You may not have fried your ballast, try lettng it dry. and the 04+ bulb sizes are all over the place as well, namely your owner's manual.
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Old 11-03-2005, 06:53 PM   #13
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i did the headlight clearing and it looks great but when i washed my car water got in the headlight somehow and killed my HID bulb lowbeam on my 05 STI. i want to know if philips makes HID bulbs for my STI or any other brand that has it in a superblue look. i went to the dealership in lynchburg when i was down there this week and they wanted almost $170 for one bulb. i need to know what bulb to get, web sites and anything else u can help me with. i also need to know what turn signal bulb to get i have been looking around but no luck, they only come in clear. i am looking for a clear look when its off but changes to orange when i put my signal on. i would prefer it be philips but any other brand would do. anything u all can help me with would be Greatly Appreciated.
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