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  1. ('09-'13) 2011 - key is not in ignition, headlight switch is set to OFF, yet the headlights are on?

    Lighting and Electrical
    Woke up to my battery dead this morning and my headlights are on. The key is not in the ignition and the headlight switch is set to OFF, yet the headlights are on. I do not have the tricky "Parking Light Switch" that is on older subaru's steering wheel, so it's not like that has been...
  2. ('14-'18) 2017 - Rant about Electronics Coding!

    FORESTER - Luv it; Like it; looking for a divorce?
    Nearing 4 years of ownership and 55,000 miles, my 2017 US Forester XT Touring's electronic gadgets remain by far my least-liked aspect of the car. I gather most or all of these items are by design, and are not malfunctioning. I'd greatly appreciate hearing verification and/or solutions to any...
  3. ('06-'08) 2006 - CCFL halo ring lights as my headlights - how to buy the right size and installing them?

    Lighting and Electrical
    Hey guys. So I got an 06 Forester and I’m trying to set up some ccfl halo ring lights as my headlights. I have no clue how to go about buying the right size and installing those lights. Can anyone give me a breakdown on getting this set up?
  4. ('98-'00) 1998 - No headlights, tail lights, or dash lights and door lock fuse keeps blowing?

    Lighting and Electrical
    Hey guys. I'm going crazy trying to fix my 1998 Subaru Forester L. A month ago I noticed my fuse for my power door locks blew. So I replaced it. Then two days ago completely unrelated I got back into my car in the evening and went to turn my lights on and noticed when I turned the light switch...
  5. ('14-'18) 2016 - Projector Headlight Upgrade?

    Lighting and Electrical
    So has anyone done an upgrade of a projector headlight? I've checked my housing and I'm not so sure how can I access the bulbs or how can I do an upgrade for such headlights. According to the manual, it is an H11. If anyone have done it before, pls. do enlighten me on how to do it. :) :D...
  6. ('14-'18) 2016 - Headlight Upgrade Stock vs. LED?

    Lighting and Electrical
    I was actually planning a retrofit upgrade on my headlights but i was informed that my unit can't be upgraded by a local shop. Now my headlights seems dull and I'm looking for an upgrade. Currently looking at Philips H11 xtreme vision / diamond vision. There's no law/regulation in my country...
  7. ('01-'02) 2002 - SG5 JDM Headlights - possible to switch DOT approved headlights onto the JDM HID headlights?

    Lighting and Electrical
    Hey guys — new to the Forester Family and couldn’t be happier. Recently imported a 2.0 L cross sports turbo from Japan to Canada and didn’t realize the headlights were wired for HID. Unfortunately, the DOT headlights I purchased to replace them are halogens so they won’t work for the current...
  8. ('01-'02) 2002 - No Headlights or Dash Lights?

    Lighting and Electrical
    I have searched different forums and DIY sights for this specific problem, but to no avail. I am hoping someone has the answer here: Driving along on a dark highway and... POOF...headlights AND dash lights both go out! I immediately pulled over, jiggled things, turned things off and on again...
  9. ('03-'05) 2003 - Headlights issue - Help please?

    Lighting and Electrical
    Hello im new to this forum, i wanted to ask about the lights on my forester 2003. so first thing my other head light stopped working so my car had one light for couple of weeks, then the light went off so my car had not headlight and the high been didnt even work eather, after that the high been...
  10. ('09-'13) 2012 - D2R bulb replacements or upgrades?

    Lighting and Electrical
    I'd like to replace my D2R low beam HID bulbs on my 2012 Forester. The light output is very low. Are there any upgrades one can make like the H9 to H11 halogen upgrade? Or utilizing a higher wattage? Or has anyone upgraded to a certain brand/model and found a significantly higher light output...
  11. ('06-'08) 2006 - Side mirror lights?

    Lighting and Electrical
    I think it would look cool to have my mirror lights on when the parking lights/headlights are on. Better yet a switch like the fog lamps. Additionally, fog lamps on while parking lights on would be cool too. Anyone tried or successfully accomplished this? I’m sure it’s not too difficult, just...
  12. ('14-'18) 2016 - Adjust headlights when on lowering springs?

    Lighting and Electrical
    I'm currently on Tein lowering springs, so about 30mm drop from stock. It seems like the lights are lower than usual. At night, I feel that the distance of the light is shorter compared to before. Do I need to adjust them or it's all in my mind? I Don't want to just adjust them right away (I...
  13. ('14-'18) 2018 XT - says it’s a touring model - Duped or not?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hello all just have a quick question .. my wife recently gifted me a brand new 2018 Forester xt for my bday problem is it says it’s a touring model but I have halogen lights ( no cool led strip),no navi, no front collision sensors or adaptive cruse control, car feels super basic but it says it a...