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Old 04-16-2017, 12:57 AM   #1
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What would you do?

A smidge lengthy, there is a TLDR, but if you can, please read, I'd like input here.

For a while i've been rather dissatisfied with the factory HIDs. Despite what ANYONE says, they are comparable to my girlfriend's WRX's HALOGEN headlight output, and that I find inexcusable. I have tried new bulbs, new ballasts, new relays/fuses, new HEADLIGHTS, etc, all of which barely made much a difference.

Went to the NY Auto show, and a vendor was selling LED conversion kits. I picked up a few, lows/fogs for the lady's WRX and a D1(S) kit for me (they are labeled D1, but are claimed to work with all variants, including D1R, etc.) Installed her low beams first and WOW, these things were bright! Without a doubt brighter than my stock HIDs.

Went to test fit the bulb in the RS headlights, and the opening for the bulb on the projector is too narrow for the LED bulb. So, now i'm torn on whether or not to take a drill/dremel and bore out the opening a touch more, or just cut my losses here and accept that these lights may never be where i'd like them to be.

TLDR: Would you bore out the bulb opening on the RS projectors if it meant replacing rather dim factory HIDs? (yes, dim, read the post for details if you must)
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:56 AM   #2
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I tried to fit leds too. I returned em. Staying with hid.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:00 AM   #3
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I tried to fit leds too. I returned em. Staying with hid.
Same problem as me?

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Old 04-16-2017, 09:28 AM   #4
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Yup.
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Old 04-16-2017, 10:50 AM   #5
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Welp. Turns out I don't have a 5/8 drill bit on hand to bore out the hole, only have up to a half inch. Looks like they're getting returned. Maybe some day I'll find a kit that's both bright and able to fit

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Old 04-16-2017, 12:58 PM   #6
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Buy a extra set of lights and drill away.
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:34 PM   #7
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I have a snake camera, and I picked up a unibit that goes up to 3/4 (opening needs to be 5/8"), so I'll take a peek around tonight and see if it would be feasible to do

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Let me know how it works out. I have a unibit too.
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Let me know how it works out. I have a unibit too.
My only immediate concern is how deep the projector cutoff mechanisms for the high beams are

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Old 04-20-2017, 09:31 PM   #10
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Update: bought these for the drls and fogs (zl1 bumper). I have to say I almost feel bad for people in front of me, these things are DUMB bright

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Did you remove the headlights to do it? Or use a right angle drill?
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Did you remove the headlights to do it? Or use a right angle drill?
Only did the drls and fogs, the headlights will be tomorrow. Gameplan is to remove them and use a dremel or a unibit

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Old 04-23-2017, 11:29 AM   #13
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Update:

Got the headlights off, and tried out on one side. Unibit worked like a charm routing the hole bigger. Great, no problem. Wired up the light and mounted it on the car to test. I was unfortunately met with an awful light output, despite the center of light being identical to that of an HID bulb on the LED version. Sigh, looks like i'm stuck on HIDs. Time to try and return these (which i'm sure will be a hassle as these were given to me at a lower price due to buying multiple kits at once).
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