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Old 04-28-2010, 03:36 PM   #76
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I suggest you start reading from the first post.
I did when it was first posted like 2 months ago. My question was meant as more if a statement, as to why not spend less money and do a little extra work for a better outcome
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:07 PM   #77
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I did when it was first posted like 2 months ago. My question was meant as more if a statement, as to why not spend less money and do a little extra work for a better outcome
It's marginally better.

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:20 PM   #78
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I've read that the TSX projector does actually make a difference, versus just using the lens. My post wasn't aimed at the OP. The guy a few posts up was looking for a STi setup for cheaper. I was simply saying not to be afraid of doing a little modifying, and save some money by getting TSX setup instead of the STi setup.

Stop trying to twist my advice.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:44 PM   #79
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I've read that the TSX projector does actually make a difference, versus just using the lens. My post wasn't aimed at the OP. The guy a few posts up was looking for a STi setup for cheaper. I was simply saying not to be afraid of doing a little modifying, and save some money by getting TSX setup instead of the STi setup.

Stop trying to twist my advice.
The TSX projector is a better unit, but the difference is so miniscule, that it doesn't make much of a difference. Also, TSX projectors are usually $170-230 for a set, whereas STI projectors usually run $110-150 a set. Personally, I didn't see the difference between the two projectors worth the ~$60 price difference and the massively increased installation difficulty.

If you're going to go all out, TSX's are not the way to go. FX or ZKW projectors are probably the best two on the market.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:38 AM   #80
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TSX projectors are not the best things out there, there are better options if you are going to take the time to do a full retro to these headlights. I use Valeo projectors in my retro that are probably 10 years old and I have a light spread fairly close to the TSX's.
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:03 PM   #81
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The clear lens AP1 S2000 projectors are one of the best single beam HID projectors out there. I retrofitted them into the headlights on my old WRX. They blow away the stock HID projectors on my 08 STI in both width and intensity. They are just a pain to retrofit because of the brackets they are housed in, but WELL worth the money.

TSX projectors are decent for the cash and are easy to retrofit because of their evenly spaced mounting holes...but as stated, there are better, less expensive options out there. Down the road, if I upgrade my projectors, they will definitely be replaced with some S2K's.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:20 PM   #82
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just to re-confirm, i can direct swap the TSX-R lenses into my Stock STi HID headlights? How many washers did you use? I have a little condensation in my right headlight so i figured i can install those and clean up the marks
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:29 PM   #83
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just to re-confirm, i can direct swap the TSX-R lenses into my Stock STi HID headlights? How many washers did you use? I have a little condensation in my right headlight so i figured i can install those and clean up the marks
As long as it's an 06+ STI, then yes, it's a direct swap.

I used one washer per top bolt. I didn't play around with any other settings though, as the 1 washer gap offered a nice amount of color and the cutoff remained nice and sharp.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:30 PM   #84
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As long as it's an 06+ STI, then yes, it's a direct swap.

I used one washer per top bolt. I didn't play around with any other settings though, as the 1 washer gap offered a nice amount of color and the cutoff remained nice and sharp.

Sweet, i might just get the value lenses, as the are half off almost and they have no negative effects.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:33 PM   #85
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I have the value lenses, lol.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:45 PM   #86
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Haha nice. Looks like ill give this a go. I have 08 STi headlights.
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Sorry if this has been covered, but I have a question concerning wiring. So from what I know you're supposed to disable DRL (daytime running lights) during the install. I saw the thread on finding the module for this and unhooking it. I'm also told that on the stock HID headlights the DLR work on the high beam bulbs. My question is, what would be involved in wiring up to a retro fit in this way?
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I didn't disable the DRL or change any wiring at all.

As far as I know, the DRL works off the turn signal bulbs, not the high beams. There is only 1 bulb in the high beam housing...
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Ok maybe I'm confusing model years or what I read. I'll go back and reread it.
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I've never heard anything about having to disable DRL...

Either way, I have never turned my lights off, and will never turn them off.
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Somebody had the same thought I did I guess....
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1943296
I'll stop cluttering up your thread now.
PS great writeup
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:26 PM   #92
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That was for an 06 WRX, I have a 2010. I'm not familiar with the 06 headlight, but it may be similar to the Scion tC, where it has a smaller bulb inside the high beam housing to act as a DRL.
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Ooops wrong link.
This was the one. But now that I read it again, it sounds like changing anything is not needed at all, as you a have already said.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1363260
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:48 PM   #94
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Since you have your WRX projectors out, I was wondering if you could snap a picture of the stock cutoff shield from each side. I used an MDX bowl but used the WRX shield and TSX-r clear lens and had a little bit of glare above the cutoff. It is not as severe as the pic from the kit but I was looking to do something about it. I was hoping to see the shape of it in case this is the problem without having to take my headlights out to diagnose it. If it is a pain, then don't worry about it. Thanks!
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Hey man, got my TSX-R lenses in today! Looking to mod it up, but was wondering what size washers your using?
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Hey man, got my TSX-R lenses in today! Looking to mod it up, but was wondering what size washers your using?
That's a good question, but I don't have an answer for it. The only thing I can provide, is a picture of the washer on the screw...



I had a small kit of misc washers, and I just grabbed two identical ones out of it...
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ok cool, i doubt it will make too much of a difference. Either way i can take the GF's car if needed to the local store, but god do i hate that neon
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Just run down to Home Depot or Lowe's before you start the project, and find a small washer kit. Then you can just play with the spacing with the washers in the kit.

You actually might not even need to do the washer mod since you're using the OEM bulbs. I'm using the 85122+ bulbs, which have a bit more of a yellow hue to them over the standard 85122 bulbs, so you might get a decent amount of color with just doing the lenses.
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oh is that what you got? Good call ill go do that, thanks!
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Yeah, something like this.

http://www.amazon.com/350-Lock-Flat-Washer-Assortment/dp/B000XVYPQ6
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