Previously, I upgraded the cargo light in the Crosstrek to an LED bulb. As nice of an improvement that was, I wanted more. Enter, the Rear Hatch Light:
Basically, this JDM Subaru kit integrates LED lights into the trim pieces of the rear hatch for a seamless look. the kit includes the two upright trim pieces for the hatch and a wiring harness. The install wasn’t terrible, but I did not enjoy running the wiring harness. Now, for a before/after comparison:
The cargo area is certainly a lot brighter. The hatch lights fill in the dark areas left by the factory side-mounted cargo light, and also illuminate the threshold. Now, is this worth the purchase price? Arguably, no, but I couldn’t be happier. This is something that I wanted to do with my SH Forester, but never did. I can finally check it off my list.