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I've tried the sand, buff and UV protection on my original lenses already and I'm not satisfied with the long term outcome - my lenses had micro fissures when I tried this process, so I'm not surprised it didn't go well.

I've got to do something, you can't see worth crap at night!

I've seen some recommendations on the forum and I want to get some feedback before throwing down $300 and getting something I wished I hadn't purchased. As I did with an old Taurus lights from 1A Auto.......fit was horrible!

I have an 05 OB LL Bean wagon.

I've read some aftermarket ones have connector pins that aren't the same size and cause electrical issues and such.
Also, I believe I've seen that Depo and another company are actually who supplies Subaru with their OEM fixtures?

Any help appreciated!
 

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Ichikoh Industries is the OEM manufacturer for a large portion of Subaru light assemblies, but they don't sell the parts outside of the vehicle manufacturer. However I've used both DEPO and TYC replacement lights without issue, although I highly recommend having the clear chip guard film installed on the lenses to prevent UV damage and pitting again.
 

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Don't want to ask the dumb question, but have you tried new bulbs? Even if they don't go out, they can dim over time... my OB had some long-life bulbs in from the previous owner and I couldn't see worth a crap. Got some Phillips Vision+ (the 60% ones, nice balance between extra light and longevity) and now they're running great.

Otherwise, I think both Depo and TYC are solid options for replacements.
 

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I highly recommend having the clear chip guard film installed on the lenses to prevent UV damage and pitting again.
Do you have any recommendations on this end? I see some precut ones for $60, but that seems pretty steep. On the other hand I imaginedlaying your own isn't very easy, esp considering the 'hump' over the projector.
 

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Ichikoh Industries is the OEM manufacturer for a large portion of Subaru light assemblies, but they don't sell the parts outside of the vehicle manufacturer. However I've used both DEPO and TYC replacement lights without issue, although I highly recommend having the clear chip guard film installed on the lenses to prevent UV damage and pitting again.
Thanks for the info!

I'm interested in the chip guard film too.....sources?
 

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Do you have any recommendations on this end? I see some precut ones for $60, but that seems pretty steep. On the other hand I imaginedlaying your own isn't very easy, esp considering the 'hump' over the projector.
Thanks for the info!

I'm interested in the chip guard film too.....sources?
3M is excellent, for the film. I've tried Lamin-X as well, but had issues with shrinkage and yellowing of the film.

I usually buy the 3M film from a local distributor in Canada. I find it easier to install the film as a larger piece than the light and cutting to shape once it has adhered to the surface properly.
 

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Don't want to ask the dumb question, but have you tried new bulbs? Even if they don't go out, they can dim over time... my OB had some long-life bulbs in from the previous owner and I couldn't see worth a crap. Got some Phillips Vision+ (the 60% ones, nice balance between extra light and longevity) and now they're running great.

Otherwise, I think both Depo and TYC are solid options for replacements.
A photo doesn't show the micro cracks but I think these are beyond help. Guess it's time to pull the trigger!

I do agree with you on the bulbs. I put some of these in an older Camry that belongs to my daughter and it made a big difference!

I need all the help I can get with night vision, between getting older and those ****** blue lights on other vehicles, I can't see s**t!
 

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I've read some aftermarket ones have connector pins that aren't the same size and cause electrical issues and such.
The Gen 3 "connector pins" are actually the back end of the bulb itself - so any issues you hear of are going to be about the bulbs and their mountings (it's something you have to be careful with), as opposed to the assembly itself.

It's of course possible that someone modified the harness to accommodate some other bulb assembly, e.g.. an HID system.

I can't speak to the quality of aftermarket assemblies, as I've only used genuine Subaru parts here.
 

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The Depo aftermarket headlight housings for Gen 3s are great quality. I have one on my car, and it's better than stock. Super clear, bright, sharp cutoff. I wouldn't hesitate to buy them. I messed around with refinishing my stock ones and was also unsatisfied. Time is money, and if you have the money, buy the Depos.
 

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I replaced both of mine with new Depos after I bought the car. They are perfect fit and I've had no complaints about them at all since installation ~ 2 years ago. and the price is right at around $120 each.


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Depo and many other lenses DO NOT follow the manufacturing standards for the electrical part of the lenses (bulb sockets, wiring).

I put fresh lenses on my 2000, but made sure to keep the oem sockets.
 

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I just did a retro fit and got a pair of TYC for $222.95 from Ebay. I would buy them again. I too gave up on refinishing. The UV damage went deep into the lenses.
 

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I just did a retro fit and got a pair of TYC for $222.95 from Ebay. I would buy them again. I too gave up on refinishing. The UV damage went deep into the lenses.
Did you have to drop the front bumper cover?

Are you happy with the fit?

Do yours have the amber signal lenses or clear?

Send a pic please!
 

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Bumper cover has to come off. They fit just fine both physically and electrically.
They came as a pair. Only one is shown in this image.
 

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TYC are a great head light, just make sure it is either a NSF or Capa certified light. Many value or economy lights do not even have head light adjusters on them.
 

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Mine had both vertical and horizontal adjusters. For some reason they have a black cap over the horizontal adjuster. It pops off for access.
 
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