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B7 head light modification - DRL

Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by B7-cabrio, Nov 30, 2013.

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    Hi All,

    i'm new to this forum, and this is my first post.
    i recently purchased a B6 cabrio, had a slight form ender so i got it at a decent price, as it needed many front end parts
    i decided to do a B7 conversion.

    whilst i had the B7 headlights i wanted to add the great Audi DRL feature. i googled / eBayed for many weeks found lots of aftermarket headlights... However i could see that these were not vey bright and cheap looking.

    I decided to modify my headlights and make my own DRLs whilst retaining the OEM look. i previously purchased some RING day time running lights on a previous project and i knew these were SUPER bright, and easy to install.

    here's how i got on: Apologies for the pic heavy thread.


    Audi B7 DRL head light mod (click on each image to enlarge)

    first let me show you the DRl's i purchased

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    these i bought from halfrauds, not the cheapest place but on the shelf so could pick up myself.
    these lights are brilliant for two reasons. 1) there super bright, and have a dimming feature for night time
    2) only 3 wires to installation, and no switches required fully automated when engines started.


    now i had everything i need for the mod i began with stripping the head light. once i had them split i noticed that there was a plastic trim separate from the headlight unit and attached to the clear lens part. this was great and i decide to mount these on that part.

    lights at the start:

    [​IMG]i had already stripped them few days before to do the chrome to black mod, and remove the amber lens.


    here's some pics of the process: (i used a soldering iron to melt the plastic together)


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    now that i had the light in place i had large gaps to fill. so i cut up some old bits of plastic i had and began making the shape

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    here a quick comparison with a standard light next to the one i built:

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    at this stage i was very pleased with how this was going.. next i needed to smooth off the new part.
    and as there would be heat in the headlight i used fibreglass filler.

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    now the new part was all smoothed and ready for paint.
    I was about to respray my car white so wanted the a black theme headlight.
    but i wanted the part to look OEM, so tried to make it look as plastic as possible. for this i used texture black bumper paint.

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    time to rebuild the lights and test them out (here a modified next to a OEM)

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    here's the car just after i painted it white, first time i fitted the lights.

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    i'm very very pleased with the result, it makes the car look much newer. the neigbour thort the car was brand new when i brought it home ha.

    heres a pic of the car out on the road - well in a field ha.


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    a long thread i know, sorry.. hope you found it interesting. your feedback and opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks
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    how do i get the pics to show up..????
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    Upload your pics to photobucket, the click on the cog in the top right of a pic, you will get a drop choice, click get links, click on the IMG code (at the bottom), it will state...copied, then paste into the thread... that's it pal
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    get the pics up mate.
    I'm really interested to see this progress as I consider to do this mod too.
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    right uploaded the images thanks for info :arco:
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    not exactly what I thought of.
    I was under the impression , that we're talking abut a LED stripe.

    Good effort mate looks mean.
    how difficult , time consuming was this mod to be done?

    I'm thinking of doing this in the future so I appreciate every thread like this one.
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    thanks, it wasnt exacty easy and straight forward. but i think the extra effort was worth it to retain the OEM look.
    cant stand the cheap stick on DRL's - it was a very time consuming mod i'll admit. took a few days as its slow process melting plastic, and doing two was tough as i needed to ensure they both were symetrical.

    in total the lights cost £60, paint was £10 so the total cost for this mod was only £7o. bargain for the look it achieved IMO
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    I would like to do something like this.
    The idea is to buy some quite brigth /powerful LEDs (about 7-10 per light)
    build custom stripes following the contures of the oem chrome part
    And finally wire it all up + a hidden switch in the cabin (in the ashtray) to turn them on.
    have a look at these pics i got from audizine , tell me what u think.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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    looks good, but shame there blue :unsure: this is what i think makes the car look cheap.

    can you get white ones to do it.? if so it would look brill.
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    the black car looks ****
    good work on the headlight mod
    it takes the audi look away from the car tho
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    why do you say that? Ha - Still looks audi to me.
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    audi have there own style DRL

    that looks daewoo
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    I understand where your coming from. More curves in most audis but there are some OEM styles very simular so don't think it cheapens it.

    example:

    mine vs. new TT


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    Not that dissimilar
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    i didnt say it cheapens it
    just thats a TT you have b6/b7
    like i said good work.
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