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    2006 WRX Low Beam Headlight Replacement

    One of my low beam headlights just went out on my 2006 WRX so I got some new ones to replace them. I open up the car manual and it says to just take them to the nearest Subaru dealer cause I might get electrocuted if I try to do it myself.

    I'm usually pretty handy although I don't have a ton of experience mechanically or in this case I guess electronically. If I can follow a set of instructions with no problem can I just do it myself. And if so is there a guide out there on how to do it so I won't electrocute myself?

    Thanks!

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    How are you going to get electrocuted if the lights are off? The WRX has halogen lamps not H.ID.'s like the STI. That warning is for the STI. The owners manual does not explain how to change the bulb? Reading comprehension is important in order to follow directions.... (j/k) Also change them in pairs. Don't just do one side and don't buy any of the b/s "bright white" bulbs. Something like Phillips Xtreme Power or Osram Night Breakers will make a noticeable difference. Good luck!!
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    just take the dust cap off, get a small phillips head screwdriver and take out the screw right under the dust cap. dont lose it. pinch the bracket together and take it out. then you can remove and unplug the light. simple process.

    tip remember which way the bracket was so it will be a lot easier to put back in lol.
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    this is a pretty bad ass website not just for headlamps, but all bulbs interior and exterior of your vehicle. it will give the you alphanumerical code for the headlamp bulbs that you need for replacements. obviously you dont have to use sylvania but at least you know the #.

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    if you are afraid of electrocuting yourself, just make sure you just unhook the negative terminal from the battery (the black one)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey
    Something like Phillips Xtreme Power or Osram Night Breakers will make a noticeable difference. Good luck!!
    +1

    Another option is GE Night Hawk Platinums
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbya rx View Post

    if you are afraid of electrocuting yourself, just make sure you just unhook the negative terminal from the battery (the black one)
    It has to do with the HID STI headlights. The ballasts have capacitors in them. Capacitors store energy......like a battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    +1

    Another option is GE Night Hawk Platinums
    Yup! Used them on my wife's car. Another great place to get bulbs is www.candlepower.com
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    Thanks for all of the advice. I originally read WRX-STI as meaning both WRX and STI. Actual changing of the bulbs was cake walk. Although you didn't mention that to replace the leftside bulb you have to remove the battery from the car. By then I had already done the right side so I figured **** it and managed to get it out without blowing anything up.

    Everything worked out no problem and now I got two working lights and much brighter lights at that.

    Thanks again!

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