Lucky You: Subaru finally replaced the EJ motor in the WRX to the awesome new FA20F, but they kept the halogen setup? What's that all about? Luckily for you, the Morimoto Retro-Quik system is designed as a direct bolt-on upgrade for a big performance boost inside the headlights on all OE halogen 2015+ Subaru WRXs.
Bi-Xenon Projectors: Morimoto's most modern bi-xenon, the Mini H1 7.0, was an instant winner upon launch. Representing the first full overhaul of the Mini H1 since way back when the 1.0 came out, it's now one of the most advanced headlight projectors in the world today. Revised reflector optics paired with their curved cutoff shield produces one of the widest low beam patterns we've ever seen, and a high beam that will easily go the distance. Kuria Optic clear lenses maximize intensity throughout, and keep the cutoff line sharp, colorful, and attractive. New side-action solenoids are more than 3x stronger than the old and fussy vertically-sprung units. Result: Maximum light on the ground, zero glare to oncoming traffic.
Mounting Hardware: 100% Engineered in the US. Laser cut from automotive-grade G10 fiberglass. The Retro-Quik brackets at the heart of the kit are designed to adapt the Morimoto Mini 7.0 Bi-xenon projectors directly in place of the unsophisticated stock units. Using the original mounting holes paired with new hardware, they are the beauty behind the kit that makes it an easy install. You're welcome.
Optional HID Ballasts: Morimoto’s XB ballasts are a functional work of art. While the industrial-edge design by California native Artur Saakyan looks great from the outside, they’re packed with too much modern tech on the inside to cover it all in on place. Their DSP 3.0 circuit maximizes reliability, input and output efficiency. Their ability to warm the bulbs up to full operating intensity quickly is matched by few. Hardly are all aftermarket-HID ballasts the same, and the XB’s make that clear in most every category in our opinion.
Optional H1 HID Bulbs: Homegrown by Morimoto to out-perform any alternatives on the market when installed in projector-based headlight…and it shows. We admit the latest generation XB HID bulbs are pretty impressive when compared to other bulbs, and even older Morimoto bulbs. At the heart of the XB bulbs is their perfectly-aligned 100% Philips quartz glass capsule that houses high quality halide salts from German-supplier Messer. In our annual lux comparison test, they produced nearly the same luminosity (intensity) as the industry benchmark Osram CBI bulbs at 5500K. No, you're not seeing things here, but yes you will be seeing everything at night.
Optional Relay Harness: As one of the most important parts in any HID lighting upgrade, don't skimp out when it comes to your wiring. It doesn't matter how good your ballasts are or how good your bulbs are, if your harness is a piece of crap, when it gives out your headlights are gonzo. The Morimoto HD Relay harness is easily worth the premium price compared to cheaper alternatives. With triple-sealed twin relays, 14ga. stranded copper wiring, over-molded fittings, and plug-n-play functionality, it will ensure everything functions properly and permanently from the original in-cabin controls. It’s easily the best headlight wire harness out there.
Optional High Beam Splitters: Double high beams?! whaaaat! Since the WRX has a pre-existing halogen high beam and the new projectors in the Retro-Quik system have their own bi-xenon high beams, you’ll have no problem lighting up the back roads. Put simply, the optional Morimoto high beam splitters allow you to make this feature work easily without any cutting or splicing to the factory wiring by diverting power from the halogen bulb into the projector’s high beam solenoid, making them both work at the same time.
Optional Housing Sealant: Protection is priceless! When you're putting together a set of high-end headlights, the last thing you want is moisture in 'em the first time it rains outside. RetroRubber RetroRubber is the most effective way to make sure the original seal is fully restored. For the small price, why anybody wouldn’t prevent their new headlights from fogging up is beyond us. It’ll be the best twelve bucks you’ve ever spent.
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PROJECTORS: 2x Morimoto Mini H1 7.0
RQ BRACKETS / HARDWARE: 2x Custom G10 Fiberglass / Stainless
WARRANTY: 5 Years (35w) or 3 Years (50w)
OPTIONAL H1 HID BULBS: 2x Morimoto XB
OPTIONAL WIRE HARNESS: 1x Morimoto H11 HD Relay
OPTIONAL HIGH BEAM SPLITTERS: 2x Morimoto Splitters
OPTIONAL HOUSING SEALANT: 1x Morimoto RetroRubber
2015+: Subaru WRX (with halogen headlights)
2015+: Subaru WRX STi (Candian only w/ halogen headlights)
CERTIFICATIONS: Exceeds DOT requirements
OPERATING RANGE: -40C to +125C
XB BALLAST INPUT: 9-32VDC
XB BALLAST OUTPUT: 85VAC 35W
XB BALLAST MAX V: 25kV (at start-up)
XB35 BALLAST LIFESPAN: 2500 Hours
XB55 BALLAST LIFESPAN: 2000 Hours
3000K BULBS: Golden Yellow (~2800 lm)
4500K BULBS: Warm White (~3500 lm)
5500K BULBS: Pure White (~3400 lm)
6500K BULBS: Cool White (~3200 lm)
XB55 50w Ballasts: Not Compatible
This set up worked out well for me, more output than led low beams in stock projectors, decent sized gap between shroud and projector is sunken in due to its smaller size, doesn't seem to negatively affect output though. If you are planning to do this yourself, make sure to plan a way to seal the rear of the housing with the provided rubber caps. Female clip with harness doesn't snap in securely to factory bulb input for me, going to hardwire it instead.
The beam is wider and throws farther. The only downsides were the lack of vehicle specific installation instructions since this is a 2015+ WRX specific kit. Also, since the WRX headlight only has one aiming bolt (8mm), the normal aiming procedure will not work, it makes the two "steps" of projected light look like 2 triangles since they can only be adjusted in a diagonal plane. This is no fault of the Retroquick kit, just the stock Subaru headlight adjustment setup. The H1 projectors are also smaller in diameter than the stock Subaru ones, thus there will be about a 1/4" of empty space around the new projectors between the foreground housing and the background housing that holds the projector. Overall, installation went smoothly and fairly quickly, about 2-1/2 hours from bumper removal to retro and adjusting the leveling. Totally worth it!