2014 Outback 2.5i Premium
New headlights and a painted grill. It's honestly amazing how modern the car looks now with those two simple changes. Can't wait to keep adding to it!
Thanks! To answer your questions, the headlight housings came equipped with the same Low Beam bulb as OE, but the High Beam is an H1 instead of a 9005. The high beam does run at low power when used as a drl, which looks identical to the OE light.That is nice look! I typically like the oe headlights better than the aftermarket on gen4, but yours are a clean modern oe look. 👍🏻
Are the high and low beam bulbs similar to oe or are they LED or ? Oh, and does it still run high beam bulbs at low power as drl's?
I took off the chrome and the back black part of the grill and then used Plasti-dip to paint the gray part. I didn't know if I'd like it, so I just used Plasti-dip so that I could take it off later if I want to. I do like it though, so next time I'll likely paint it with something more permanent when the Plasti-dip starts to wear down.Did you buy the grill or what did you paint it with? The darker color looks much better
Here's the link to the headlights. I got these ones even though they were more expensive since they were the Eagle Eye brand which was recommended to me. I'm sure the other ones are fine too that you can find on eBay.Wow, do you have a link for those headlights?
Yeah, they were pretty much plug and play. It was honestly a pretty quick job too, since the bumper cover comes off fairly easy and the headlights are also easy to remove. I would recommend having a second person there though, it helps a ton and made the job go way faster.I am sold!! Those look great. Are the plug and play using the oem connectors?
Here's the headlights and fog lights with LEDs thrown in. Definitely love the look.Sounds like a pretty fun project that yields great results after some bulb swaps. Thanks for the reply I really appreciate the information.
I’m going to order those lights ASAP once I get some front end work handled next weekend. I’ve gotta nice pile of parts taking up space on the living room floor :laugh:
Thanks! The fog lights are clear but actually just have some switchback LEDs, which go between white and yellow.man that is super sporty- I really like how much it updates the front. This mod is at the top of my list after I finish some suspension work. Can’t wait- good job 👍
Is that laminex film on your fogs? Looks like what I ran on my 4Runner and Tacoma
I installed both bulbs before testing them and they stayed the same color for a while. I found that leaving the fog light switch on while toggling the high beams would sometimes cause them to be out of sync, not sure why. If you leave them off for a few minutes, they will both default to white again. I haven't had this issue since I started shutting my fogs off before toggling the high beams. I just turn them back on when I need them. I've been pretty happy with them though. Definitely worth the purchase.Looks good, thanks for the link... notice some reviews stating as this one "For some reason it doesn't turn on with same color one side will turn yellow and the other side white you got to play with it to get it to turn on the same color"... have you noticed such? Thoughts on how to ensure such doesn't occur? Saw one reviewer stated along lines of "I installed both bulbs BEFORE testing them, maybe that's the success to not having the bulbs be different colors."... hmmmm...
Nice ride! I was looking into adding the wheel arch molding to my car. Is that stock on yours or did you add them to it?
While there is still water here in Northern California.
I need to put some ceramic wax on my car again... it's been quite a long time 😬tried some of that meguiars hybrid ceramic wax out on it..
Here's a link to the lights on eBay. They're more expensive than they were when I bought them, but I found a cheaper listing that is more around the price that I originally paid for the pair.Link for headlights?
Thanks for the compliment.I know this is a really late reply to your post, but your car is absolutely stunning. I've been considering purchasing the same U-shaped headlights you have on your car, but it appears that very few people have installed them on their Outbacks so I was just wondering if there was any reason you would not recommend them, or details about them that are not immediately obvious that potential buyers should know about? There appears to be very little information about peoples' experiences with them.
Sounds like the cheaper alternative is a no go. I may have even gotten lucky with mine fitting fine... Who knows. 😬I really like the looks of the lower priced alternatives... wonder if the cons you shared would be similar for these too?
I haven't had any issues with the more expensive ones from eBay... Besides the cons I listed. That's good information that the cheaper alternative is bad...maybe I'll update the original post to state that in case others stumble upon it.I bought from this exact listing, they are the exact same design as zsubiedubies. He was generous about the turn signals' visibility- they are really hard to see even from the front and basically impossible to see from a 45 degree angle, much less the 90 degree angle you would have at a 4-way intersection.
But here's the real kicker: Mine didn't fit. The housing on one of them was molded incorrectly and simply could not be forced into the space. The one that was able to be mounted left a 1-2 cm gap between the hood and the edge of the light, and generally just did not look like they fit in the space, which really bothered me. (I've attached some low-quality pictures I took, but they don't really convey how odd the fitment looks in person.)
TLDR: Aftermarket parts are sometimes poorly made/designed, get OEM parts instead unless you don't care about part fitment or feel lucky.
I have never thought of storing wheels like that before... Definitely going to steal that idea.At the end of last week, my area received 11" of snow. I drove in the conditions with my Nomads and did rather well. I could possibly put my winter tires and OEM wheels if I would like to. My Legacy is going to get its snow tires on tomorrow.
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That's what I currently do, but I'll be moving to a different place soon that unfortunately doesn't have as much space. 😖i've always just stacked mine and never had a problem.