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Fitting facelift A3/S3 headlights to a pre facelift 1998 A3

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by BromleyA3, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. BromleyA3
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    I have just got some facelift headlights but am unsure if they are A3 1s or S3 1s they have a little seprate box attatched to them by 2 cables but ive had a quick look at my car n the plugs look slightly different how do i fit them to my 1998 A3 any ideas much appreciated.
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    Sounds like Zenon headlamps, and the plugs are different anyway between the facelift and pre facelift
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    If they are zenon you have the added agro of washers and auto leveling to consider.

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    anyone hvae any fitting instructions then thanks people
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    I think firstly you need to let us know whether they are xenon lights or not, if there xenon's I'd give up now to be honest it's a lot of work to get them working right as described above.

    If there not and you can sort the wiring you only need to remove the old ones, cut a section out of the wing (only small from what's been said before) then fit them in. if you do a search for facelift lights I'm sure you'll find the old posts.

    Might also be worth looking at the fitting xenon lights thread in the FAQ sure that'll have some pointers.
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    ok cheerz mate yea i think they are xenon as they have a little seprate silver box attatched to them by 2 thick cables any else have any ideas many thanks
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    i've had xenons on my A3 for over a year without any problems. It isnt an MOT problem as it isnt a testable item (self leveling or washers) It could be a road traffic offense but unless they are pointing all over the place I cant see you being pulled over. I dont know how the facelift ones are wired up though.
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    please some 1 must know how to do it im really stuuck and cant wait 2 get theese on my car as my pre facelift headlights look poor imo lol many thanks people
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    I ran a search to at least get the wiring I used but it has vanished! I found the thread but parts of it are missing. I can remember that the Zenons need to be wired via a relay and fuse to the battery and you use the power from the headlight to activate the relay.
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    sounds confusing cgeerz 4 the help khufu nyone else no where ill find wiring diagram many thanks
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    i went in my local audi dealer today and 1bloke rekkoned i need 2 buy the facelift 4 pin plug which they can get and gave me the part number 4 and cut off my existing round plug an crimp the new 1 on is it as simple as that apart from the adjusters but they dont look like they are going to be a prob
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    All done took me and a mate from 9.30 to 6 to do it tho lol bu well worth it
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    Have you got any pics of this Bromely? I was going to do mine but too much headache ended up selling the lights
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    i've just got my facelift lights today - do u have the part number for the 4-pin plug?
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    right... took me from 2pm til now (8pm)...!

    i found i'd saved khufu's pics from when he did the conversion & so they were very helpful - thanks mate! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif

    i've given up now & gonna finish the job tomorrow - the lights are on the car but just gotta get those damn adjusters fitted & one of the pins keeps pushing in when i try & put the spade connector on /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif

    i've got a casablanca white car & they really look good - well pleased with the day's work!

    /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/woohoo.gif
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