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Old 12-18-2017, 03:39 AM   #1
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I have a 2018 Premium and the only regret I have is not getting the limited. I can't stand these chrome headlights lol.. Finding a used set of sti or limited headlights is about impossible. The subimod lights are nice but I feel they stick out a lot further than stock and almost $1300. So it's either paint the stock lights or pick up a set of these eBay lights. Has anyone on here had experience with these? I'm always concerned of quality or the lack there of when dealing with eBay parts. Any help is appreciated! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F401426476897
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:37 AM   #2
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If you are willing to spend $310 on some ebay headlights, use that money for some VERY nice retrofit parts and some paint. Split them open, as many before you have and documented well, and paint the bezels any color you want. It obviously takes a bit of time and effort, but the results will far exceed those of ebay quality.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:46 PM   #3
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There's a good chance you will need to retrofit a proper pair of projectors there.

Having said that, if finding used OE is challenging, $310 plus whatever costs for a set of good projectors, good bulbs, good ballasts, and wiring harness may be reasonable. Plus, you'd have the OE headlights as original spare in the future.

Aftermarket housing build quality varies.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:06 AM   #4
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If you want STI headlights buy mine and I'll upgrade mine to the Subispeed headlights
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Old 12-19-2017, 03:19 AM   #5
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If you are willing to spend $310 on some ebay headlights, use that money for some VERY nice retrofit parts and some paint. Split them open, as many before you have and documented well, and paint the bezels any color you want. It obviously takes a bit of time and effort, but the results will far exceed those of ebay quality.
Rumor on the street is that in the 17+ (at least in the Impreza) that the glue holding the 2 pieces together on the headlights is something like concrete (ok, so that is an exaggeration) and is damn near impossible to get open...even with baking it in the oven
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Old 12-20-2017, 01:09 AM   #6
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Rumor on the street is that in the 17+ (at least in the Impreza) that the glue holding the 2 pieces together on the headlights is something like concrete (ok, so that is an exaggeration) and is damn near impossible to get open...even with baking it in the oven
Would this be a switch along the VA platform? Iirc, the first few years of the VA platform use a very easily removable grey soft butyl; not as tacky as the common black butyl, and not as stiff as some of the other grey butyl.
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:01 PM   #7
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Rumor on the street is that in the 17+ (at least in the Impreza) that the glue holding the 2 pieces together on the headlights is something like concrete (ok, so that is an exaggeration) and is damn near impossible to get open...even with baking it in the oven
Not true at all. Baked mine (2017 Base) and opened them up without issue.
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:55 PM   #8
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Rumor on the street is that in the 17+ (at least in the Impreza) that the glue holding the 2 pieces together on the headlights is something like concrete (ok, so that is an exaggeration) and is damn near impossible to get open...even with baking it in the oven
It's actually the opposite. We did my friends '18 WRX headlights a couple of weeks ago and you don't even need to bake them to get them open. Easiest ones i've done so far.
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Old 12-21-2017, 12:10 PM   #9
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+1 on putting the cash towards retrofit parts. Retrofitsource is where I got all my components.
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Old 12-22-2017, 04:25 AM   #10
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It's actually the opposite. We did my friends '18 WRX headlights a couple of weeks ago and you don't even need to bake them to get them open. Easiest ones i've done so far.
The WRX and STI are still the old body style. The 2017+ Impreza is a new body, LOTS of things different (read as no longer compatible)
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Old 12-22-2017, 04:26 AM   #11
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Not true at all. Baked mine (2017 Base) and opened them up without issue.
BEST news I have heard in a long time from this forum, or the other i frequent. I would LOVE to retrofit some HID into mine, but have been scared away because I heard the new glue was impossible
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