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Has anyone done an HID conversion on their B9? There are tons of kits available and I was hoping somebody might have a recommendation.
 

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The problem people run into is the daytime running lights(DRL). HID's don't do well with the reduced output of DRL's. I think they tend to flicker when in DRL mode.
 

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That would be bad. :headwall: I wonder if there's any way to fix that? The STis have DRLs, don't they? They have HIDs, of course. :bow:

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The problem people run into is the daytime running lights(DRL). HID's don't do well with the reduced output of DRL's. I think they tend to flicker when in DRL mode.
 

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i've done it. I just leave my HIDs on all the time... if i need to turn them off while parked... i set the emergency brake.
 

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For the H7 HID kit, talk to Matt at Umnitza here:

http://www.umnitza.com

I purchased and installed the kit myself. It has a lifetime guarantee and has been operating without any problems since installation in August '06.

Lights will need to be left "on" at all times (I used black electrical tape to tape the switch to the "on" position). Otherwise the flickering from the DRL module will eventually destroy the HID ballasts.

-Cami
 

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HID Install

I found that changing the headlight alone is a pain :tdown:
How hard is to to install the HID's? Either way i'll probably pay someone to put them in.

Regarding disabling the DRL's, I notice a clicking noise when the E-Brake is applied as the headlights go off. There has to be a switch or toggle that gets tripped when the e-brake is applied. Hmmm
 

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How hard is to to install the HID's? Either way i'll probably pay someone to put them in.
It's not hard, just very time consuming to do it right. I did it on one of our Civics. I had to pull off the front bumper, pull out the headlamps, install the bulbs, run the wiring, conceal the ballast/ igniter and then re-assemble the car. That is the right way to do it so you have a clean look.

Or you can do a half-assed job by attempting to install the bulb correctly w/o pulling out the headlamp and leaving wires everywhere.

Regarding disabling the DRL's, I notice a clicking noise when the E-Brake is applied as the headlights go off. There has to be a switch or toggle that gets tripped when the e-brake is applied. Hmmm
I believe I read on this forum that the e-brake is somehow attached to the DRL's. Those who have HID's will apply the e-brake, start the car, turn on the headlights and then release the e-brake. This is the round about way to disable the DRL's so your HID's don't flicker from the low voltage DRL's, thus damaging your bulbs.
 

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I believe I read on this forum that the e-brake is somehow attached to the DRL's.
I would guess that disabling DLRs on Tribeca should be *very* similar to other Subarus, say Legacies and Outbacks. My LGT also has DLRs connected to parking break, and I don't see why Subaru would use any different components on Tribeca.

Here: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2117
 

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In my Forester there are two DRL modules, one in the glove box area of the dash, and one in the engine bay. Simply unplugging one or the other is sufficient to disable the DRL. I plan on looking into this further after we pick up our car this week, and will post up my findings.
 

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Out of curiousity has anyone purchased or know what would be required to swap to the canadian HID headlights?
Canadian tribeca's come with hid headlights and i'm curious what would be involved in changing to that system.
ballasts, drl relay modules, etc.
Also are the headlights the same for the tribeca's with factory HID's and non hid equipped?
 

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I know the candian version has the level adjustment on it too, located in the lower left where the interior light/display brightness adjustment is, the dealer pointed it out to me when I test drove one.
Not sure what would be all involved in a swap
 

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Out of curiousity has anyone purchased or know what would be required to swap to the canadian HID headlights?
Canadian tribeca's come with hid headlights and i'm curious what would be involved in changing to that system.
ballasts, drl relay modules, etc.
Also are the headlights the same for the tribeca's with factory HID's and non hid equipped?
did all model years in Canada come with HIDs? I've got an 06, and didn't look.:eek:
 

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i believe all years came with the adjustable height hid headlights.

So in theory it should be very simple to convert the usdm vehicle. Not cheap, but do-able.
When i goto pickup a tribeca i will certainly sit down with the parts dept and try to figure out what part numbers are needed.
Unless someone here is a parts manager or knows a good one.
 

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battlecat said:
i believe all years came with the adjustable height hid headlights.

So in theory it should be very simple to convert the usdm vehicle. Not cheap, but do-able.
When i goto pickup a tribeca i will certainly sit down with the parts dept and try to figure out what part numbers are needed.
Unless someone here is a parts manager or knows a good one.
Any updates on the HID parts?...thanks..:)
 

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I dunno if this is a rumor or what, but I have an 06 Tribeca here in Canada and I dont think I have HID lights. I read the owners manual and nowhere does it say anything about HID lights. Just recently I had to change my headlight bulb.. it was just a plain h7. Is there any Canadian Tribeca owners that did not import their vehicle from the US that can confirm HID's on their cars?
 
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