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headlight and fog light bulbs

This may a dumb question but I'm gonna through it out there anyway - I'm gonna change out the bulbs on my WRX (the low beams, high beams, and fog lights) - - if the new bulbs that i get have a higher wattage than what is specified in the owner's manual do i need to get heavy duty wiring harnesses? - - i did this on my old car withouth any new wiring harnesses and i had no problems with anything, but i want to make sure i do it right on my WRX
This is what i plan on doing:
low beams specified as 55W, but i want to replace with 80W
high beams specified as 60W, but i want to replace with 100W
fog lights specified as 55W, but i want to replace with 70W

anybody have any experience with this stuff?
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I would go with new harnesses. I have had mixed results with high wattage bulbs in the headlights. One car it worked fine the other it didn't.

You just have to decide if it's worth it.
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save your money and get HID's it's so worth it

My turbo's fixed and a lot better =)
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how was the install for the HID's? - - tough or easy . . . .
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I have used and sold tons of the high watt bulbs.

The problem with running the high watt bulbs is daytime running lights especially when your stuck in alot of traffic. There is just not enough of airflow going over the connector. So it is not so much the wiring that gets burnt up its the connector which takes the hit because of the heat from the higher wattage.

As with all modifications to the manufactures specs, you will always run a risk of doing something that was not intended to be done. Hence why the manufacture didn't put it in the first place such as cost and or demand. Even though the WRX comes with "High Intensity Discharge" Halogen light. Its the halogen that make the viewable light so lame. In my opinion.

As for going with the HID; all depends on the amount of money you want to spend. True HID go around $400 and is the real thing or you can go with Xenon HID Bulbs for $20 which would come with a life time warranty against buring them out. It all comes down to what budget your looking at. For me I would go with the Xenon and put the money to rims, hood or system.


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