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Hi All,

I did do a search on this and I could not find any info. So sorry in advanced if this topic already exists. I have a 2012 Forester Premium, I was wondering if anyone did a swap of the stock head lights with the Touring HID's and if so how much of a pain in the butt was it along with the costs? I want to use Subaru lights and HID system, and not a after market setup.
 

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Hold on to your wallet and take a nitrostat for your heart ...
 

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This doesn't tell me much, its headlights if it requires the whole housing and not just the bulbs im assuming 700-1000 bucks
 

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This doesn't tell me much, its headlights if it requires the whole housing and not just the bulbs im assuming 700-1000 bucks
The entire headlight assembly has to be replaced. The last I saw, the cost for the replacement fixtures was $800 per side ... not counting labor.

Personally, I'd have to be traveling thousands of miles a month at night to even consider that expense. But that's just me.
 

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Depending on your goals, I would suggest the H9 bulb conversion. I did it in my car two months ago and was extremely satisfied with the increase in light output. Cost me $8 per bulb and $17 for a cheap dremmel tool. The light is much whiter and there is a nice clear visible cutoff, for those who care about such aesthetics. Filament placement is the identical between the H9 and H11, but if your low beams are aimed high to compensate for weak stock bulbs, you really need to lower them.

I also ran the math and while the H9 uses more power than the H11, it still comes in well under the fuse (and wiring) rating. The high beams use the same wires as the lows, and the highs are rated for 9005's which draw the same power as an H9 (65w average).

Additionally, converted my high beams to 9011 type bulbs, also very much brighter than the stock highs. DRL function has not been impacted, I got non-HIR bulbs so running them at lower voltage doesn't cause issues as they would for an HIR style 9011.
 

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^^^ Thanks for the info. I think I will be doing an HID Retrofit with projectors from The Retrofit Source since I will be opening up my lights anyway to black them out.
 

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Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, plug and play. They are not self leveling. They're fixed. You can probably adjust them using the adjustment screws, but mine were spot on so I didn't bother.
 
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