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post #1 of 46 Old 06-08-2009, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question 08 WRX HID Conversion

Sup lighting gurus,

Okay, after going through all the forums looking for help or suggestions regarding HID upgrades for the 2008 WRX 5-Door Wagon, here are a few questions i have.

1. Has anyone done a STI complete conversion into an 08 WRX (Head Unit / Ballast / Bulbs)? Will it work?

2. Are the stock Halogen projector compatible for a straight aftermarket HID conversion without all the glare?

3. Since I've never done a retro fit before, what options do I have for an optimal, OEM look, but with a clean HID light source (no excessive glare)?

4. Looking to spend about $300 to $350, but if it's all OEM products, I may pay more.

Please help. Thanks in advance.

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you can buy a conversion kit usually for under 200...just search online for HID retrofits and select the bulb type

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I realize I can get a conversion kit for under 250, but Im afraid that there will be too much glare coming out from the cut off line and I rather not try to do a retro fit because I have no experience in creating one. The other thing is, I like the Sti look and wanted to know if anyone has done something like that. Any help or pics would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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I just bought an '09 and I'm looking at getting an HID kit as well. I know on my previous car there were squirrel spotters that can be closed that drastically reduces glare. Is there something similar on the WRX?
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Geoff, are you planning on using the stock projectors? If so, can you post pictures of the cut off when you do get them done? I bought my car right before the 09's came out...so still under a year old.
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I plan on getting HID's shortly. I just bought new bulbs to use in the meantime, so when I install those I'll take a look inside the projector and see if there is something that can easily be done to reduce glare. I'll be sure to post back here with info.
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Awesome, looking forward to seeingthe outcome. So far I haven't been able to find any information about a complete STI housing swap. I'm sure it's possible, but need to get my hands on one first to test it. Also rewiring the harness shouldn't be bad either.
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Does anyone know which bulb sizes are the low beams high beams and fogs
on the 2008/2008 WRX??????

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Does anyone know which bulb sizes are the low beams high beams and fogs
on the 2008/2008 WRX??????

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H11 for lows, 9005 brights, 9006 fogs

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I have installed a 50 watt HID kit in my '08.

If it's about the look, you'll want to get some lights that are about 5000K in color. That's what I got. That gives you about the same color as STis have. With the projectors our cars come with, you don't get glare like you're thinking. Also, the line stays absolutely crisp all the way across. You'll be really satisfied, and you don't HAVE to get the entire OEM kit. (Don't take this as a plug) Kits that are from reputable companies, like SharpHID from the sponsored links portion of this site, are IMO just the ticket to save some money, but still get performance. Not to say that OEM lights aren't fantastic, just that you don't have to spend as much as you would on an OEM kit. The only thing about a retrofit kit is that with our sealed headlights you do have to drill a hole to keep a clean look and a sealed housing. The kit I got came with the grommet to seal the hole back up, and all the HID kits I've used also had them included. Just be careful with the light color you get. If you get anything higher than 8000K it starts to look cheap (they advertise it as "Exotic") IMO even 8000K is too blue to go for a clean stock look. If you go to 4300K, that's what you'll see on most stock vehicles with HIDs. If you look at 4300K by itself you might even think it's a little yellow, but compare it to a halogen and you'll see it's more purple. I found that 5000K is a clean, pure white, and only has the slightest hint of blue. It's just really clean looking, and that's what I like. I have a 6000K kit on my wife's car, and that also looks good, but I find myself drawn to the color of the 5000K setup. I hope that helps. If you have any questions regarding the install, please feel free to ask.
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Picture of lights with conversion

I wanted to post this picture to show you the way the lights end up looking once you've installed them. These are the stock headlights with an HID kit installed. It looks like there's a tiny amount of glare in the picture, but it's actually the reflection of the board I put in front of the car to show the cut-off line. you're seeing 2 reflections of the car's headlights off the board (does that make sense?).
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I ended up getting a 35W 5000K HID kit for my 07 WRX and I'm really happy with the light output, color, and cut-off too.

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I'm just about to buy a 5000K HID kit, I was thinking XenonDepot but there's are $200, although they are good quality and use a relay harness. Do you guys just have them plugged right into the factory harness?
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Everything was plug and play for me with SharpHID's kit.

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I ended up buying a 35W 5000K H11 kit from SharpHID, but I decided to go with the battery harness so I don't risk frying the factory wiring. I think the extra $20 is well worth it.
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