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Old 05-09-2019, 03:37 PM   #126
LostInPhilly89
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Hey man, enjoying your build thread. Glad to see a fellow GR WRB hatch still around. I had a question regarding the installation of your diode dynamics low beam bulbs. How did you deal with the rear covers on the back of the headlight housing as well as the mounting of the ballasts? Did you have to modify the rear covers or just forego them altogether? Also how do you like the light output of the bulbs? Iím looking into purchasing a set of led bulbs for my car as well. Thanks!
Hey shutout,
Thanks! The GR chassis is becoming surprisingly rare considering how recent it is.

The covers for the low beams do clear the DD bulbs, even with the built-in fans. There's a bit of an air pocket around where the bulb actually gets inserted and the headlight housing itself. The lights came with enough wire that I was able to slide the ballasts underneath where the bulbs are mounted, plug them in, and still fit the covers over everything. I'll see if I can get a decent picture of how it looks later.

For LEDs in a halogen housing, they are fantastic! I was recently down at the Tail of the Dragon, so it was my first chance to try them out at night without any light pollution getting in the way. I almost didn't need my high beams during our night runs. I love them so much I actually just bought their 9005 high beam bulbs as well.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:46 PM   #127
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With replacing the steering rack, what all do you need to do, or does it straight swap in?
Hey Dalessio,
I paid a mechanic friend of mine to install it for me, but he said the 15+ steering rack was physically identical to the 11-14 steering rack that came out of the car, so it was plug-and-play. Some people who do this swap do have issues with the stability control under certain cornering conditions, but mine has been perfectly fine. As long as the steering wheel is held centered during the swap and the rack gears are centered prior to installation, the splines should all line back up so as not to damage the clock spring in the wheel or any miscellaneous sensors. If I remember correctly, my friend said the splines could shift by up to 5 in either direction without damaging anything.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:55 PM   #128
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May 8, 2019

Alright, Roxanne's first "blood test" came back from Blackstone Laboratories. For the most part, engine wear actually seems to be below average, which is awesome. Silver was a little higher than average which could indicate bearing wear. However, I did go down to the Tail of the Dragon with the oil that was sampled so there was some hard driving on it. Also, Blackstone noted that it's not an excessive amount above average. Overall, everything seems to be in pretty good shape under the hood!


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Old 05-13-2019, 05:32 PM   #129
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Hey Dalessio,
I paid a mechanic friend of mine to install it for me, but he said the 15+ steering rack was physically identical to the 11-14 steering rack that came out of the car, so it was plug-and-play. Some people who do this swap do have issues with the stability control under certain cornering conditions, but mine has been perfectly fine. As long as the steering wheel is held centered during the swap and the rack gears are centered prior to installation, the splines should all line back up so as not to damage the clock spring in the wheel or any miscellaneous sensors. If I remember correctly, my friend said the splines could shift by up to 5 in either direction without damaging anything.
Good to know, thanks for the info!
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