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Flat4 03-23-2011 10:39 PM

HID Install
 
Hey guys a good friend of mine wants me to install HID's on her 2010 so I have a couple questions.

How hard is it to install these? do I have to pull off the front bumper?
I installed HIDs on my 06 but it looks like the 5th gens require a more complicated process.

Any help on this would be appreciated.

03Indigo 03-23-2011 10:50 PM

you can remove/detach the wheel well liners, but removing the bumper makes it much easier, and in turn, less time consuming. Front bumper removal is super easy.

brad_houck 03-23-2011 11:42 PM

http://abella.net/?page_id=130

great write-up.

808LGT 03-24-2011 01:50 AM

is there a way to install hids without drilling hole in the dustcaps?

LoHud 3.6R 03-24-2011 05:13 AM

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...ed-156422.html

seiyafan 03-24-2011 06:58 AM

since removing the low beam is a pain in our model, i wonder how difficult it is to fill the rabbit finder.

brad_houck 03-24-2011 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by 808LGT (Post 3321795)
is there a way to install hids without drilling hole in the dustcaps?

not unless you want to drill through the actually headlight assembly. if you ever want to back-track just find a grommet that fits in the hole you drilled, or buy a new dust cap. i had second thoughts originally but quickly got over them.

HyperSl4ck3r 03-24-2011 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by brad_houck (Post 3322034)
not unless you want to drill through the actually headlight assembly.

:icon_neut

I don't see where he mentions the need to drill on the ChasWG write up.

I am also looking into this mod and after a handful of e-mails with Ceaser at Lightwerkz.net, he was saying that his 35w kit is a perfect drop in. I would assume that means no drilling.

Nacron 03-24-2011 11:41 AM

the kit will drop in, but because of the need of a balast and ignitor for HID, you must have an external device. You could save the need to drill by baking your headlights and hoping there is enough space to put the balast and ignitor inside the headlight housing itself. But then again, the balast gets really hot so you might just end up melting the housing or causing a fire. It should be easy to get a dust cap if you need to. Subarugenuineparts has them for $12.71. When I did HID on my 2008 impreza I bought an extra set just in case I would have to revert back.

https://www.partswebsite.com/subarug...105&type=parts

HyperSl4ck3r 03-24-2011 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Nacron (Post 3322180)
the kit will drop in, but because of the need of a balast and ignitor for HID, you must have an external device. You could save the need to drill by baking your headlights and hoping there is enough space to put the balast and ignitor inside the headlight housing itself.

:confused:

Judging from the photos I have seen, from lightwerkz and ChasWG's write up, it looks like there is plenty of wire for the ballast to sit outside the housing. It would be nice if ChasWG could chime in as to if he had to drill or if there was enough cable to place the ballast outside the housing...

Nacron 03-24-2011 01:29 PM

It's not a matter of wiring, it's a matter of getting the wires OUTSIDE of the housing. The simplest way is to just drill a hole in the dust cap. You could go through the trouble of trying to route the 3 wires out through the existing grommet but why waste that time and effort for a $12 cap?

03Indigo 03-24-2011 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by HyperSl4ck3r (Post 3322284)
:confused:

Judging from the photos I have seen, from lightwerkz and ChasWG's write up, it looks like there is plenty of wire for the ballast to sit outside the housing. It would be nice if ChasWG could chime in as to if he had to drill or if there was enough cable to place the ballast outside the housing...

I know Chas, and he did have to drill through the dust caps. As you need to do with any xenon retro fit kit. It really is no big deal.

and both the ballast and ignitor are outside of the housing, that is why you need to drill, power from the original plug to the ballast, those wires go out of the housing to the ballast, then the wires to power the ignitor, and wires from the ignitor to the bulb, those wires go back through the dust cover. All 4 wires are encased in a grommet that fills the hole you drill.

Flat4 03-24-2011 10:45 PM

Ok I had seen that walkthrough before I was just worried about having to remove the bumper to get to the bulbs. On a 1-10 how hard is this to do?


Edit: I just saw the second walkthrough, that one is a bit more encouraging.

03Indigo 03-24-2011 10:48 PM

2 out of 10 to get the bumper off. there are write ups on how to do it. I did not read them, just pulled all the plastic plugs on the top and bottom, and a few screws in the wheel wells I think. Just look around, you will figure it out.

My total xenon install took about 1.25 hours, with removal and re-install of the front bumper cover of my outback. Granted, it is high enough that I did not need to jack it off the ground, haha, but still, even with putting it on stands and removing the front wheels for the legacy, even a beginner would be less than 2 hours, at best guess.

Rutchard 03-25-2011 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by HyperSl4ck3r (Post 3322091)
I am also looking into this mod and after a handful of e-mails with Ceaser at Lightwerkz.net, he was saying that his 35w kit is a perfect drop in.

i dunno about drop in, maybe rip off. $155 is way too much when DDM is selling kits for $40 :rolleyes:


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