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Old 10-10-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default 08+ WRX/STI Clear Lens Install guide | TSX-R 2.5" Clear Lenses

This install guide is for removing the OEM Fresnel lens and replacing it with the TSX-R clear lens from The Retrofit Source or equivalent. The lens can be purchased from (Here) and if you use this guide you should be able to install it with minimal cursing and damage.

The purpose of this mod is to sharpen the cut-off point of a projector light beam. Also, if interested in adding a color flicker on the cut-off line, adding small washers to the top of the housing can enhance this effect.

If you need assistance in splitting your headlight, visit my thread (HERE) for a step-by-step on how to split you lights.

For more install guides, visit my build thread (HERE) and if you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, visit my FB page (HERE) and message me for a quote.

PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS IN THIS THREAD, DO NOT PM ME.

Before you start. Place your car against a garage door or some flat surface where you can mark the beam cut off of your OEM lights. I used a door at about 20 feet away. I marked the cut-off with some electrical tape. you'll need this later to re-align your lights, so don't move your car.



We'll start off with the lights already split. If you aren't this far already, read a few sentences above.

Start by removing the 2 Phillips screws that hold the reflector/turn signal in



Next is to locate the 5/16" pivot bolt



Remove the bolt by using a 5/16" open end wrench



Next, locate the horizontal adjuster cover and remove.



Next, locate the vertical adjuster.



Before you unscrew both of the adjusters, make note on how many threads are visible. That way when you screw them back in, you can get close to where the OEM setting were.





Next, remove the gasket from the high beam socket.



Once you make note of the threads and remove the gasket, unscrew both of the adjusters in an alternating fashion until the assembly is released.

You should be at this point.

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Now it is time to take the projector assembly apart.
Start by removing the 4 screws that hold in the projector onto the reflector housing.



Then remove the 4 screws that hold the lens housing onto the projector housing.



Once the lens housing is removed, it is now time to remove the OEM lens.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PRY THE TABS OUT!

To do this properly you'll need to use your new clear lens and use it to assist in releasing the tabs. From the back-side of the bracket, place the new lens inside so the flat surface mate each other. Press firmly so each of the tabs gets released. Flip the housing over an use your palm to push the OEM lens out the back side.



And here is a small video for you visual people.


Once you remove the lens, snap your new lens back into the housing.
You are now ready to reassemble the housing, and light. The reassembly process is reverse of the disassembly.

*This last step is optional, this requires a few washers of various thicknesses to achieve a certain color look. On the top two screws, if you add washers in between the lens housing and projector housing, you will be able to create a color effect along the beam cutoff. Two #8 washers seems to be a standard go-to thickness. I used slightly less.



I urge you to test a few washers thickness to achieve your desired effect. Going too thick will create a cool color but will start to scatter light, so don't go all washer crazy.

Once you complete this process, you will probably have to re-align your lights. Use the two adjusters to bring back to the OEM marks you made earlier.

Below is a "no washer" (Right) and "2 washer" (LEFT) comparison.



Lastly is a stock lens comparison to the finished 2 washer TSX-R lens



Again, if you have any questions about the process, please ask it in this thread. For pricing to get this done, message me on my facebook page noted at the top of the thread.

Good luck!

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Old 10-10-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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Very cool. Just might have to do this when I black out the internals.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Great writeup, Overland! I am planning to do this exact retrofit along with STI projectors and your tutorial will come in handy!

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Old 10-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #6
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This is hands down the best DIY for lens swap. Great job, Overland.

When I was doing mine I couldn't figure out how to take the assembly apart, so I ended up fumbling with the projector, piece by piece, in order to get it out and to put the washers in .. I hated life during that time haha
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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awesome write up, as usual. ill add this to my list of to-do's while i have my headlights apart. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:11 PM   #8
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Jesus Jason, is there anything you can't do? Keep up the good work brother!
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:14 AM   #9
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Would the tsx r clears make a difference on a non hid projector? Mine is the 2014 base wrx so trying to see when I do the black out housing to add them but mine didn't come with hid I do have aftermarket h11 hids in there now. But want to know if it will work on my projectors? Thanks.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:08 PM   #10
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I'm not sure if anyone else mentioned this or tried it but when I would take my reflectors out on my 07 I always used needle nose pliers and squeezed the two sides of what the adjuster screws are threaded on to so they just come out without moving them from where they are or having to take the time to unscrew them the whole way. Hope this helps
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Would the tsx r clears make a difference on a non hid projector? Mine is the 2014 base wrx so trying to see when I do the black out housing to add them but mine didn't come with hid I do have aftermarket h11 hids in there now. But want to know if it will work on my projectors? Thanks.
They aren't meant for non HIDs.
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A clear lens would make both halogen and hid versions have a more sharp even cutoff but you would be better putting h9's in your low beams rather than hid bulbs in there, even the stock h11's are better. It really isn't worth it though on halogens.
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Great write up.
Now once APril hits ill do mine.
These should work with my 2013 WRX premium right? Even though i have a HID kit on my headlights.
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So I'm a little bit confused on the washer part. Assuming you are using "Two standard (not metric) #8 washers, is that 2 washers a headlight? so I need 4 total? Are the washers only going to that one spot? I just want to open up my headlights =/
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So I'm a little bit confused on the washer part. Assuming you are using "Two standard (not metric) #8 washers, is that 2 washers a headlight? so I need 4 total? Are the washers only going to that one spot? I just want to open up my headlights =/
Yup, but I would grab a few more washers than you need, maybe 12 total.
That way you can experiment with different thicknesses. I used two washers on each top corner of the projectors, so 8 total.

Lately I've been using one on the top of each corner, 4 total.

I find that the more washers you add, the more color. The more color, the lower light output and sharpness.

You'll have to play a little bit to get it right

Good luck man!

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Great write up.
Now once APril hits ill do mine.
These should work with my 2013 WRX premium right? Even though i have a HID kit on my headlights.
If you have a HID kit on a Halogen housing, they will install correctly but there is a huge difference in the beam pattern of the two. There is a different cut-off shield in the Halogens along with a slightly different bulb position.

You will gain a slight increase in sharpness but nothing too dramatic.

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Do you have a photo with your lights on? I wanna see how the metal cast yellow looks like before I spray mine down.

And 8 total for one projector, so I need 16 total for both projectors?
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Do you have a photo with your lights on? I wanna see how the metal cast yellow looks like before I spray mine down.

And 8 total for one projector, so I need 16 total for both projectors?
Max 4 per projector. Only need washers on the TOP two screws. It's to tilt the front lens off axis.

Are you looking for an image with just my high beams on?
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Ahh gotcha now. Thanks for the quick reply. And yes, I wanna see how the high beams look like when you look at the car.
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Ahh gotcha now. Thanks for the quick reply. And yes, I wanna see how the high beams look like when you look at the car.
This is all I got for an image.

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Overland, do you know where I could get a projector housing from? I broke the tabs off during my clear lens installation lol
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Overland, do you know where I could get a projector housing from? I broke the tabs off during my clear lens installation lol
I would call TRS. generally they have a ton of parts sitting around. They could probably help you out
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I would call TRS. generally they have a ton of parts sitting around. They could probably help you out
Thanks man I'll give them a call.
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Overland, do you know where I could get a projector housing from? I broke the tabs off during my clear lens installation lol
wish this had happened a week ago. I just threw away four projectors while cleaning out for a move. I'd have happily sent them for free. Such is life.
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[quote="dwf137;41844565"] wish this had happened a week ago. I just threw away four projectors while cleaning out for a move. I'd have happily sent them for free. Such is life.[/QUOTE

Well geeze lol
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