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Old 05-29-2001, 01:25 PM   #1
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This one has some good products as well: http://www.painlesswiring.com/

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Old 05-29-2001, 06:14 PM   #2
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You're almost certain to melt the harness wiring at the least, and the switch stalk wiring at the worst. I've experimented with different wattage bulbs on my '96, and melted the harness with 90w ones. Eventually I settled on 70/80 as minimal damage/maximal life (you'll probably blow these bulbs in two months, or less if you flash your highs often). Stock wattage is 55/60 mains and 55w fogs. I'm running all-weather gold 80w fogs with no problems.

Also check out Competition Limited ; they specialize in high-wattage bulbs and harnesses for Subarus (and other lesser cars). The owner's got rally experience and is really helpful.
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Old 05-30-2001, 12:36 AM   #3
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I just bought a set of Xenon Super White replacement bulbs for my headlights and foglights. The replacement fog bulbs are 100watts and the headlight bulbs are 110/100watt bulbs.

Does anybody know what the wattage is of the stock headlight and foglight bulbs??? Does anyone know where I could find this out?

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Old 05-30-2001, 12:46 AM   #4
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it should be in the owner's manual. i believe that the headlights are 55 watts.

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Old 05-30-2001, 12:54 AM   #5
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If they truly are only 55 watts bulbs what would it do if I put the 100/110 watt bulbs in? Would it merely blow a fuse or mess up the whole light system?

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Old 05-30-2001, 12:58 AM   #6
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i've heard of melted wiring harnesses. check out this faq:
http://lighting.mbz.org/faq/

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Old 05-30-2001, 06:23 AM   #7
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I did a little more research on these bulbs and they actually say they only draw 55/65watts but produce 100/110watts. I went ahead and installed them. The headlights look great but the foglamps didn't really show a big improvement. Still a little yellow and no big improvement on brightness.

Has anyone else istalled a nice set of Xenon superwhite bulbs in their headlights and foglights and had them match up perfectly?

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Old 05-30-2001, 07:03 AM   #8
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> did a little more research on these bulbs and they actually
> say they only draw 55/65watts but produce 100/110watts.

Uhhh huh.
See: http://www.overboost.com/story.asp?id=102.
http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/info/bulbs/superwhites/

Then read: http://www.vclassics.com/archive/relays.htm

"Halogen lights, when operating at 100% voltage, produce 100% of the designed light output. At 95% of the voltage, the light drops by more than 15%; at 90%, it drops by a third! With a typical 12-volt system operating at 13.5 volts, loss of a mere 1.35 volts is 10%. "

And get/make a wireing harness
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Old 05-30-2001, 07:12 AM   #9
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I started off buying some Xenon bulbs from AutoZone (I knew this was a mistake) and installing them as I had a blown headlight bulb. The next day I noticed that one of the new bulbs wasn't working so I looking into the light case and noticed small bits of broken light bulb filling my headlight, and no I did not touch the bulb with my fingers. I took the bulb back that day and demanded a refund which I was provided with no question. Next I proceeded to the local Hot Rod shop and asked what his best white looking bulb was and purchased what he had hoping they would last longer. A month later one of the bulbs has already blown, and I just stuck one of the old bulbs back in. Surprisingly enough I don't see much of a difference with one old bulb and one new "hyper white" bulb. Are Piaa bulbs what I need to get? I don't want to spend the $ on HID. Any help would be appreciated. TIA

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Old 05-30-2001, 11:03 AM   #10
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The bulbs I bought are made by Mercury and cost me $13 for a headlight set and another $13 for foglight replacements. The headlights glow brilliant white with a very small hint of blue. However the foglight show virtually no difference in color.

After talking with the place that I ordered the lights from they informed me that the 100/110 wattage listing in big letters was not the actual power these bulbs pull and upon looking a little closer at the label I saw an indication that these bulbs are for cars using 55/65 watt bulbs. He said the reason they have 100/110watts plastered in big letters on the box is because these 55/65 watt xenon filled bulbs are comparible in brightness to a 100/110watt halogen bulb. Weird huh?
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Old 05-30-2001, 05:37 PM   #11
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I bought a set of 70/80 Krypton Quartz superwhites. They're comparable in usefulness (NOT brightness) to the 80/100's I was previously using. They're noticeably whiter. Cost about $30/pr from Competition Limited, though I buy a bunch at a time and get a discount. Fog lights are dichroic (TRUE dichroic, not 'blue') all-weather 80 golds. MUCH better in rain and snow, about the same to a bit worse in fog. These are milldly bluish from directly straight on, and yellow from all other angles. The set has lasted for about 4 years of mild use. The 70/80's have been in since before Christmas, which is the longest I've been able to keep a set of high-wattage bulbs. Note, though, that I run my low beams continuously.
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