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Old 04-25-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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Talking 06 STI headlight leveling motors functional in a 06 WRX/2.5i !

Hey all, finally done!

This is the "howto" wire your 06 STI headlights with leveling motors in a non-STI car (WRX/2.5i). The below instructions show how I got my 06 STI leveling motors (on 06 STI headlights!) working in my wagon.

Needed : 2 x 06 STI headlights, 06 leveling switch, leveling motor plugs (2 of them, 1 for each motor on the headlight), plug for leveling switch (if you're lucky to find one). I didn't at the time, so I soldered my wires directly to the pins on the backside of the leveling switch.

Here's my switch



Here's my switch with the wires installed.

The switch is orientated in the proper direction (for pin numbers) as per the diagram below. (see B132)

Starting from left side, 1-2-blank-blank-blank-6-7-8 (making a total of 5 wires that connect to the leveling switch)

Yes, I soldered my wires directly to the switch pinouts as I couldn't get a plug.. the grey stuff is JBWeld used to re-glue the clip.. don't mind the mess. =)



Starting from the left side (ref B132 diagram above) :

Pin #1 = RG (red with green stripe) runs from switch to LH and RH leveling motors (middle pin #2 on leveling motor on headlight)
Pin #2 = RY - Red/Yellow line (taken from (Fuse Box under dash) locate FB-7, F/B fuse #5, refer to owners manual)
Pin #3 = unused
Pin #4 = unused
Pin #5 = unused
Pin #6 = B - black (any ground near fuse box under dash)
Pin #7 = V - violet (taken from "fog light switch harness" where fog light switch plugs into)
Pin #8 = OrW - Orange with white line (taken from "fog light switch harness" where fog light switch plugs into)

Between the leveling switch and leveling motors, only 3 wires need to be passed through the firewall.

Pin outs on leveling motors : (shown as F58 and F59 on the pic above, lower left corner - circled)

Pin #1 - On both leveling motors (B - black wire) is a ground (either use same ground as pin #6 above or any other ground wire on the car)
Pin #2 - The middle pin on headlight leveling motor = runs from leveling switch pin #1 (mentioned above) to both LH and RH leveling motors
pin #3 - Taken from pin #2 on switch (ref above) run a wire from FB-7, F/B fuse #5 (refer to owners manual) wire color code = RY (red/yellow) and split it to both LH and RH motors

My diagram I used, ignore most of the writting on it, it's just some color codes I added to match my homemade harness.



I'm not the expert, just trying to remember what was done yesterday evening with the notes I took ... hope this helps!

Mind you, I'm trying to take this down from memory and notes, try at your own risk, or double check my notes with an expert. I'm not responsible if you damage anything.. =)
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:00 PM   #2
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These are the instructions I used to enable my leveling motors of my 06 STI headlights (with TSX retrofit mind you!) which are installed in my 2006 2.5i wagon.. works perfectly.

Any aiming instructions versus switch position ? My position 3 is aiming at the ground, only illuminating 20-30 feet in front of my car, position 0 is at about 24" heigh (license plate area of cars in front of me.. below rear view/side view mirrors)..
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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how bout some pix of the headlight/cutoff? ive never seen anyone use the actual adjusters so some comparo pix would be nice!
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awesome, great work!
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:55 AM   #5
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how bout some pix of the headlight/cutoff? ive never seen anyone use the actual adjusters so some comparo pix would be nice!
Sure, I'll try to get you some cutoff pics with each setting on the motor, it raises the cutoff line a couple of inches at each setting, causing the beam to drop and raise depending on where you set the switch.

Very neat gadget..!

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Old 04-26-2007, 11:56 AM   #6
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awesome, great work!
Hey man, anytime you need help, you now know who to call !

Wish there was an easier way to do it, but atleast now your customers know that enabling the leveling motor is possible in their 06-07 WRX and 2.5i

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Old 04-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #7
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Looks great. I am going to do this as ssoon as I can source some plugs for the leveling motors.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:38 PM   #8
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My plugs came from a Nissan.. 3 wires.. worked fine !
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:11 PM   #9
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Do the innermost plugs (gray) look right to go into the headlight motors? If not, if anybody could source me some of the leveling plugs, I would be stoked.


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Old 04-26-2007, 10:04 PM   #10
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Do the innermost plugs (gray) look right to go into the headlight motors? If not, if anybody could source me some of the leveling plugs, I would be stoked.

can't tell from your pic. =(

you need to see the connector straight on.. wish I took a pic of one when I had them in my hands.
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:54 PM   #11
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It took awhile on the celica before somone figured out how to wire ours like OEM and get the leveling switch to work. Looks like you got it figured out easily as well. They are really cool when you get it done too.
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:59 PM   #12
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It took awhile on the celica before somone figured out how to wire ours like OEM and get the leveling switch to work. Looks like you got it figured out easily as well. They are really cool when you get it done too.
tell me about it.. a little something I can now play with while on the highway at night..!

I've re-adjusted them, so my normal level is in position 1.
position 0 is a bit lower, and 2 and 3 are the highest points, good for night driving (better sign illumination) without highbeams..

happy to get it to work also! Worth the effort..
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:09 PM   #13
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4 months and still going strong ! I love the leveling feature. Really helps on dark highway driving without highbeam's..

And when I'm all alone on the highway, I run the leveling set at the highest, highbeams on and fogs.. really shines!
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:40 PM   #14
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very nice.

do you have any pics of the leveling motor?
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:40 PM   #15
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In my for sale thread (spare parts for 06-07 headlights), there's a picture of the back of an STI headlight with the leveling motor installed.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1329796
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Old 09-03-2007, 05:21 AM   #16
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wow, this was really informative. Thanks man! Do only the 06/07 sti's have the leveling motors come stock in the headlights?

Where id dyou get that leveling switch...comes with great wiring diagram
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:10 AM   #17
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wow, this was really informative. Thanks man! Do only the 06/07 sti's have the leveling motors come stock in the headlights?

Where id dyou get that leveling switch...comes with great wiring diagram
Thanks! The 04-07 leveling motors are the same I believe. Can anyone else confirm if the 04-05 are the same motors as 06-07 ?

I got the switch used.. you can also buy it online from Jamie over at subarugenuineparts.com ..

enjoy!
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While the motors look the same, they have different connectors.

BTW if anyone needs a set of the 06/07 motors, let me know...
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While the motors look the same, they have different connectors.

BTW if anyone needs a set of the 06/07 motors, let me know...
Hi Caesar, true! I forgot.. the 04-05 have 6 wire motors and the 06-07 have 3 wire motors =)

Wish I was finishing up my retro.. I would take those motors from ya! =)

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are the motors themselves just bolt on units to the mgf 06/07 lights on ALL impreza's? Or were sti/wrx/2.5I headlamp units totally different???
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Old 09-03-2007, 05:01 PM   #21
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are the motors themselves just bolt on units to the mgf 06/07 lights on ALL impreza's? Or were sti/wrx/2.5I headlamp units totally different???
The 06-07 STI leveling motors are not direct plug in for the WRX/2.5i head light.

I looked at them both, carefully. With some good workmanship, someone may retrofit the leveling motors into the WRX/2.5i headlight, but alot of customization is necessary. Not really worth the head ache I told myself.

If you want leveling, start off with STI headlights.. MUCH easier. Then all you need to do is perform my retrofit with the wiring and switch into our 2.5i's.
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Old 09-03-2007, 05:52 PM   #22
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ok, I'll just keep my eyes for for some STI lights, I don't want to take the chance of buggering something up trying to do the swap myself.


U got any pics of your ride??? It sounds nice!
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:17 PM   #23
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ok, I'll just keep my eyes for for some STI lights, I don't want to take the chance of buggering something up trying to do the swap myself.


U got any pics of your ride??? It sounds nice!
soon my friend soon.. painting some final parts and waiting for my Whiteline suspension to arrive =)
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Old 09-03-2007, 08:58 PM   #24
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how useful are these things? I was looking into some for my 04 wrx, but im not sure how useful they'd be..
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:19 AM   #25
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i think they would be very useful. as i had 3 DH bikes in the back of my wagon and i was blinding everybody on the road, had to pull over and manually adjust them lower.

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