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    HIDs question on a base model WRX

    I have a '13 WRX base model 4 door on the way. I am looking to add some HID's to it, but when I asked the dealer if they could add HID's he told me they are only available on the limited model? I want the stock HID look, why would they only be available on the limited model? Anyone have any ideas?
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    You can get HID's from the dealer but you have to buy the whole light which i believe i was told about 1400 from the dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackwrx View Post
    You can get HID's from the dealer but you have to buy the whole light which i believe i was told about 1400 from the dealer.
    Um... wow
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    if you want more light w/o the hassles of a retrofit, throw some H9 bulbs in there and call it a day.

    H11 to H9 conversion. DIY with temps - NASIOC

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    They probably said it's only with the limited model because they simply don't care. Try talking to a service advisor. You will have to buy the whole thing still, or simply go with aftermarket hid. Save a lot of money

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    This is what I installed into my '12 WRX. There's guides that give you the general idea, but it's tough. Took a while.

    1 x Morimoto Retro-Quik System (RetroQuik) = $330.00
    Option Complete Kit
    Bulbs Morimoto 3Five 6000K
    Application 08-11 Subaru Impreza

    Other companies such as Lightwerkz offer installation for an extra fee. I recommend retrofitting so it doesn't look cheap. It'll have a clean cutoff line, won't blind oncoming traffic, etc. etc.

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    I think I blind oncoming traffic...when they're going downhill and I'm going up though...
    But I have carhidkit.com 8000k 55W ballasts. I only paid roughly 140

    So there's options out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    This is what I installed into my '12 WRX. There's guides that give you the general idea, but it's tough. Took a while.

    1 x Morimoto Retro-Quik System (RetroQuik) = $330.00
    Option Complete Kit
    Bulbs Morimoto 3Five 6000K
    Application 08-11 Subaru Impreza

    Other companies such as Lightwerkz offer installation for an extra fee. I recommend retrofitting so it doesn't look cheap. It'll have a clean cutoff line, won't blind oncoming traffic, etc. etc.
    this was the kit im thinking of getting, i just couldnt remember the name, thanks
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    Can you guys post some pics of these? Or are they literally just a bulb change, and no difference to the appearance of the whole headlight unit?
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    yeah im curious as to how hard it was to install this system
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRod1984 View Post
    Can you guys post some pics of these? Or are they literally just a bulb change, and no difference to the appearance of the whole headlight unit?
    A retrofit involves not just a new bulb & ballast,but a new projector. If you are handy you can do the conversion yourself, but it is somewhat complicated.

    Companies like lightwerkz will do it for you. But you will have to ship them your headlights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    A retrofit involves not just a new bulb & ballast,but a new projector. If you are handy you can do the conversion yourself, but it is somewhat complicated.

    Companies like lightwerkz will do it for you. But you will have to ship them your headlights.
    know of any threads that show what all is involved?
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    This guy made a video of what is involved. If you look in his channel you will find the rest of the parts of the install.

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    wow thats a lot more involved than i thought it would be
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    Re: HIDs question on a base model WRX

    I really wish it wasn't so hard to retrofit them in. I have been contemplating on getting a retrofit kit for a while. I just don't want to tear the housing open.

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