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    Question 2014 WRX Base vs Limited

    Hey guys,
    I'll be placing my order on a new 2014 WRX Hatch soon and am trying to get some input on options.
    The limited model cost $3,500 more but it comes with HID headlights, Leather seats, fog lights, heated seats, heater mirrors, wiper de-icers, and moonroof.
    I really want the HID headlights and the winter package since the car will be my daily driver.
    Also the leather is pretty nice too (easier to clean, possible kids in the future and I plan on keeping the car very long).
    The fog lights I planned on adding anyway ($300 online)
    I'm not worried about the added weight as I highly doubt I'll be taking it to the track much if at all.

    I've done a lot of reading online about retrofitting to HIDs and I definitely do not want to be opening the casing for anything due to safety issues (blinding other drivers) and melting the housing.

    Now my questions are,
    Is the H9 conversion a simple bulb switch out? and how does it compare vs base model halogens vs limited model HIDs?
    Does anyone know where I can buy new OEM HID headlights from the limited that I can just drop into the base model? (haven't been able to locate any online)

    If I could manage to get the Limited's HIDs into a base model then I'm sure that is the route I will choose.
    I know its a personal preference but any feedback would be great.

    Thanks in advance and I'm happy to be joining the community.

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    Well, there are two camps here. Some would say spending $3500 more on options that pushes the price towards STi territory doesn't make sense. Others would say go for it. It's your money, get what you want.

    Seems that you're really more interested in the HIDs. For a WRX Base, retrofit is the best option for HIDs. You can backfit Limited WRX HID housings into a Base WRX, but it will cost you ($1500 for both housings), and without significant wiring modifications, you will not be able to control the leveling motors.

    H9 bulbs are a waste of time as they don't even compare to HIDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimboWRX View Post
    Seems that you're really more interested in the HIDs. For a WRX Base, retrofit is the best option for HIDs. You can backfit Limited WRX HID housings into a Base WRX, but it will cost you ($1500 for both housings), and without significant wiring modifications, you will not be able to control the leveling motors.

    H9 bulbs are a waste of time as they don't even compare to HIDs.
    Agreed that H9's don't compare to HID's, but thats a bad comparison to make IMO. The H9 conversion is a major step up from the stock halogens, and takes 30 minutes to do. Even though I'm planning on doing a full Morimoto retrofit, I still swapped in H9's and am glad I did.

    For what its worth, I really don't like the leather used in the WRX. It's low quality, doesn't wear very well over time, and can be a total pain to clean. I'm a detailer and was really glad I worked on WRX leather before buying my car, otherwise I probably would have bought it. The heated seats are a really nice feature, but can be done on your own with the cloth seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan View Post
    Agreed that H9's don't compare to HID's, but thats a bad comparison to make IMO. The H9 conversion is a major step up from the stock halogens, and takes 30 minutes to do. Even though I'm planning on doing a full Morimoto retrofit, I still swapped in H9's and am glad I did.

    For what its worth, I really don't like the leather used in the WRX. It's low quality, doesn't wear very well over time, and can be a total pain to clean. I'm a detailer and was really glad I worked on WRX leather before buying my car, otherwise I probably would have bought it. The heated seats are a really nice feature, but can be done on your own with the cloth seats.
    How hard and expensive is it to install the heated assembly on the base model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S20002STI View Post
    How hard and expensive is it to install the heated assembly on the base model?
    Nasioc DIY Thread

    I think it's a pain, but has been done before. Heater pads designed for car seat use sell on eBay all the time.

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    The H9 bulb upgrade is very easy. There is an extra tab in the base of the bulb compared to the stock H11s that needs to be trimmed/filed/removed somehow, and then it plugs right in.
    H11 to H9 conversion. DIY with temps - NASIOC

    I'd avoid putting the OEM HID assemblies on the base model as they will be very expensive and better quality projectors can easily be had. If you're really not comfortable opening the lights up yourself, check out these guys. OEM HID Projector Retrofit Parts & Service Specialists I Lightwerkz.net They'll customize your lights to your hearts (or budgets) content.

    Most will probably advise against the stock foglights as they are marginally effective at best. Once again, there are must better aftermarket options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan View Post
    Agreed that H9's don't compare to HID's, but thats a bad comparison to make IMO. The H9 conversion is a major step up from the stock halogens, and takes 30 minutes to do.
    While H9 bulbs may be an improvement over stock halogen bulbs to some (some hated them and thought it was a waste of money....likely because they wanted HID results), they're nowhere close or comparable to HIDs...which is where the OP is leaning towards. That is the reason for my comparison.

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    I myself went with the base, at times I wish I had the sunroof but thats probably the main thing I really would want (also I got the sedan and didn't want the spoiler hatch doesn't have that problem). I have heard that some people feel the fog lights really don't do much since they are not as large. The leather seats they aren't as nice when i looked at them but I don't have much long term experience.

    The HID is a project that I plan to do later as well as paint the housing and remove the orange reflector. As for the defrost I have gone this many years with out it and have been fine. I put the extra money into winter wheels and tires and stereo upgrade.
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    I ordered a base as well, just because I want to replace everything with aftermarket parts anyway due to the gast that I heard the upgrades are decent at best from Subaru. The only thing I will be missing is the moon roof as well, but I am not prepared to pay all the extra money for a little Window on my roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan View Post
    Nasioc DIY Thread

    I think it's a pain, but has been done before. Heater pads designed for car seat use sell on eBay all the time.
    Thanks for the response!

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    I went with the limited. I think it is worth the extra price, I really wanted leather, heated seats, HIDs, and a sunroof. So for me it was pretty much a no brainier and It is still ~ 7k less than a STi hatch.
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    I have heated mirrors on my '13, they really do help on these cold, dewy mornings. Waiting on a good ice storm so I can try the heated everything and AWD

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    Quote Originally Posted by WS6roars View Post
    I have heated mirrors on my '13, they really do help on these cold, dewy mornings. Waiting on a good ice storm so I can try the heated everything and AWD
    all week i thought damn.. i wish i had heated mirrors.

    you can buy the oem seat heaters and switches. most of the wiring is there. i looked at it recently and it'd run you like ~$800 give or take

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    I don't think the limited is worth it, I think the premium is perfect. Leather seats suck when they arent the best quality, and hid headlights are sort of pointless. My last car had both and honestly do not miss either one bit.
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    if you had T.I on your side.. He'll tell you.. "you can have whatever you like...."

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