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Old 02-27-2002, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Best headlight upgrade short of HID?

Assumming the result is a stock headlight (looks stock when headlights are off), what is the best (within financial reason) headlight upgrade for the WRX?

New bulbs? Which ones? Any other parts required?
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Old 02-27-2002, 08:42 PM   #2
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do a search....

I use Polarg VIP's in special white...they are great IMHO, i would stay away from high wattage bulbs.

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Old 02-27-2002, 08:45 PM   #3
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I think that many people have tried bulbs, but few have had any real success with getting any more effective light from the WRX stock lights. Obviously, something like a Prodrive projector setup, or Morrettes will provide more light. How much more, nobody has been able to answer, or show.

For instance, Mr2Guru posted some great before/after pics of his car with an HID conversion. I also wouldn't mind seeing, however, some distance beam shots, as in how far the car lights up the road.

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Old 02-27-2002, 09:05 PM   #4
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PIAAS
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Old 02-28-2002, 12:11 AM   #5
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Arg, I said "short of HIDs"... if I was going to get HIDs I'd probably end up with the JDMs. I like the ability to have high and low beams. A bit much for a college student.

And yes, I was looking at PIAAs... but I still don't know what to do.

Also, while I'm typing, I've seem some stock-looking headlights but between each reflector parabola is painted black. I think this looks good considering the fog lights are ringed in black (the housing) and it makes sense to have a black border for the headlights. Is this just the factory headlights painted?
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Old 02-28-2002, 12:58 AM   #6
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This looks pretty tight

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Old 02-28-2002, 03:05 AM   #7
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Morettes, even in non HID, are way brighter than stock, and they have a much larger dispersion pattern. I can't imagine how much better HIDs are. I picked mine up for $420 on a GB from Adam at Z1 Perfromance. HIDs are still in the future.
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Old 02-28-2002, 05:23 AM   #8
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Also, while I'm typing, I've seem some stock-looking headlights but between each reflector parabola is painted black. I think this looks good considering the fog lights are ringed in black (the housing) and it makes sense to have a black border for the headlights. Is this just the factory headlights painted?
yeah search under headlight mod....it looks cool and adds some aggresiveness to the wrx

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Old 02-28-2002, 01:36 PM   #9
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Hey I will do some distance beam shots tonight....but no before and after I'm not changing them back for that....I can tell you the beam pattern at distance is the same.
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Old 02-28-2002, 06:05 PM   #10
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Frederf. From your last post Im not sure if you know that Morettes and other projector type lights are not necessarily HID (although they are available as HID). They are halogen based lights like stock lights are. Or was your question really asking
What is the best way to increase light performance without changing the entire light?

I have personally tried alternative bulbs including PIAA bulbs mentioned above.
The fog lights are great and give better light . However the low beam/high beam capability is not better than stock. High beams being less I believe. Naturally all of this is subjective since I am looking threw my eyes. Their expense and the little amount of light gained does not make them attractive in my book.

Because of my expierence with these supposedly great bulb alternatives I am purchasing a set of Halogen based morettes and will install them in the spring. I am intending to do a review from a performace perspective and place it under the parts review section.
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Old 02-28-2002, 07:39 PM   #11
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I have Piaa Plasma bulbs in my foglights, they look GREAT! I just have the platinum in my headlights, and they are ok, stay away from cheap hyperwhites, they melt your wires.

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Old 03-01-2002, 12:54 AM   #12
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right now i am running the Catz galaxie whites, they have great color and are bright as hell, i get flashed even though they are pointed correctly...lol. They run about 60 bucks for a set, and have lasted for quite awhile so far. Catz also makes the zeta system which is like hid but a heck of alot cheaper..ive never seen them on so i cant voice an opinion about that. food for thought
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Old 03-01-2002, 04:48 PM   #13
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gtguy mentioned something about HID's, yes I'm aware Morrets come in both. But I didn't know projectors came in non-HID too.
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