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Replica Xenon Headlight Quality?

Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by Stringster, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. lukey baby
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    [Dec 28, 2013]
    Firstly id like to thank trups for doing this kit and emmo for the spare set of lights that he sent me.

    While i was doing it I thought that i would do something a little different and choose shadow chrome but left the reflectors and shrouds alone and painted the base black. While i was at it i had my spare grill surround and rings painted shadow chrome to match and awaiting wing mirrors to be picked up in the new year.

    Hope you guys like it as much as i do even though the pics dont do them justice.

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    Good job Luke. Looks great. Have you tried them out in the night yet?
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    Looks smart where abouts did you get the shadow chrome paint if you don't mind me asking.
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    Yeah went for a quick drive earlier Emmo, main beam is sooo much better now.

    You can get shadow chrome from here Custom Paint | Pearl Paint | Chrome Paint - SpecialistPaints.com but the ones i fitted today were actually painted at a local place to me as the 2k laqcour that i brought with the paint from those guys reacted and i could not be bothered to do it myself again.
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    [Dec 29, 2013]
    Thanks for that going to get some now
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    [Dec 29, 2013]
    They look Great Luke.

    I hope the dipped beam is better than stock also? lol.

    here is a picture of another car I did and got the cut off like this

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    made sure the cutoff was perfectly aligned, then set the lights to number 3 height, (highest setting)

    id say I was about 30ft away from the shutter, and adjust both lights manually, go for a drive, as long as you don't see the light in oncoming drivers face then they are perfect and wont dazzle other road users.

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    [Dec 29, 2013]
    Weather permitting i will be finishing mine off tomorrow ,will take pics and post them up when I'm done.
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    Yeah trups dipped beam is much better too but i always thought that main beam was s**t compared to dip.

    Going to work tomorrow morning just to make sure that they are set perfectly.

    Hope you get the weather for finishing them tomorrow rastamouse, good luck!
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    [Dec 29, 2013]
    get pictures up of your cutoff up in the morning and what they shine like on a unlit street if you can? :)

    dipped beam are normal driving lights, full beam would be main i think, deppends what you would call it.

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    Yeah thats what i mean Trups, will take some pics and put them on when i get home
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    [Dec 30, 2013]
    Grrrrrr bloody weather, well i guess thats f*%^!d it up for today then!!👎👎👎👎👎😭
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    [Dec 30, 2013]
    Total washout today,high winds and rain scuppered any chance of doing anything,hopefully will be able to get them done this week some point.
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    Great work guys, the lights/photos look brilliant.

    Quick question though, how will you get around the MOT requirements for washers, etc?
    I'm thinking bout doing the same to my A3 8P now...
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    Had no time to fit mine yet. Hope to next week if I can get a clear couple of days.
    Would love to black out the lights but might leave that until later in the year - priority is to see where I am going!
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    Not B7 or anything, but still a kit I got off Trups. Quality is outstanding and I'm so happy with the final results.

    BEFORE:
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    Azeem,

    They look great.

    you should know better tho. Lets see the cutoff and some night time shots :p

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    Definately interested in this if it, all looks very promising. Group buy will be a no brainer
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    I'll get them lit up in the garage and take some shots next time I get on it (which is not much in these cold months!).
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    extremely interested in these! PM sent.
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    [Feb 5, 2014]
    Finally got around to fitting. Had to abort final bumper fitting due to a storm hitting, but I am really very impressed with the kit.
    Many thanks to Trups!!!
    Fitting the first projector took me around 5 hours and the second one an hour. Took longer than planned due to the weather, but overall a fairly straight forward process.
    Will post some pics when I get it finished off and if it ever stops raining!
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    [Feb 6, 2014]
    Still not got round to fitting mine yet,this bloody wind and rain never stops!! Gona put the lights to one side for a bit and crack on with building noahs ark! Will need it if this rain doesnt stop! Lol
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    Glad you like them.

    will be putting details up end of this month of another group buy if anyone else is interested, this will be for all forum members.

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    [Feb 12, 2014]
    Is that Morimoto mini kit and where did you get them ?
    What shroud you put in the B7 - is that IRIS ??
    What was the price ?
    Cheers
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    I'm interested in this too if anybody knows re MOT requirements
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    [Feb 15, 2014]
    You can always just put a h1 halogen in for mot.

    If washers are not fitted they can't test for them, there are cars out there with xenons that don't have washers.
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    This was a group buy and was done at a good price.

    It is iris that was used.

    I will be doing another group buy in the next few weeks.

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    Cheers for the info t8ups.
    I'll definitely be interested in this. I have no experience in taking apart lights etc so if anybody around the West Midlands cares to give me a hand I'll provide beer tokens and a hearty lunch :)
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Finally got round to fitting mine today,went ok,got a little condensation in one of the lights but I will sort this out,here's a few pics for you,(excuse the dirty car and crappy iPhone pics)
    Before
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    After
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalkHD1393103292.822797.jpg
    Dipped lights
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalkHD1393103341.007541.jpg
    Main
    ImageUploadedByTapatalkHD1393103357.830299.jpg

    The lights in the before pics will be up for grabs if anyone interested pm me.
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    Cracking, the 2nd picture look like they are OEM.

    Any output pictures?

    You been out in it yet in the night?

    condensation may come as you may of put too much sealant in there so the lense aint in tight and not sitting how it should.

    you should put sealent in bit by bit, roll it in your hands to stretch it out and get in the the chamber without any over lap if that makes sense.

    Another group by will be coming up in the next 2 weeks for thos who missed the 1st so keep an eye out.

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    Thanks trups,yeah they look so much better with the insides blacked out.condensation problem is sorted,just need the headlights adjusted now,they are slightly out.
    Will put some more pics up once I've done this.

    The led strip headlights are up for sale if anyone interested,pm me for details.
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    Did you fit them m8 and if yes what projectors shroud ? How much and what os situation at night ? MOT ?
    Cheers
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    Yeah did them myself with the kit I bought of trups at the start of this thread, shrouds are iris ones, looks great and output is so much better.
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    What about the MOT as they require washers if you got xenon ?
    What kind of heater gun did you got ? I would like to them by miself as well but don't know what gear i will need ?
    Cheers
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    Dimitar, I'm not sure where you're based, but in the UK, you are legally required to have washers (spray/wiper) and sensors (on the suspension arms for Audi's) and then either automatically adjusting suspensions or automatically tilting headlight beam - which is why the OEM components are so much cheaper than the aftermarket ones where you just replace the bulb and add a ballast (even into a projector unit, it is still illegal).

    It is also illegal to provide a service to fit these units or to sell a car with Xenons without the washing / AUTO-levelling and it is illegal to deactivate the auto-levelling / remove the washers (popular with some show'n'shine people who want a smoother look).

    The MOT regs were changed in 2013 to partially reflect this: in the initial proposal in Sep-2012, ALL aftermarket kits would be immediate MOT fails unless they had OEM spec auto levelling and washers, this was subsequently toned right down because the MOT stations weren't kitted out to test washer systems (drain off) or run auto-levelling diagnostics so that only it was reworded so now the car will only fail it's MOT if those are fitted and "obviously defective", which perversely makes an illegal retrofit LESS likely to fail than a factory fitted setup.

    Provided your beam is adjusted properly (i.e. should be raked with a left upward slant and dipped down on the right, NOT flat like the previous posts), you will probably pass your MOT each year for the next few years at least. Some old school MOT guys will fail it on principle, but you'll eventually find a testing station that is just looking to tick the boxes.

    That said, a car can easily pass an MOT and not be road legal, especially if due to a modification. MOT just tests that wear and tear maintenance is being done, it is NOT a catch-all or any sort of confirmation that your car is road-legal.

    If you are then in an accident (e.g. head-on collision) and the other driver claims that he was dazed by your headlights or (God forbid) is is in no state to make such claims, but the police investigation concludes that is the likely scenario, then your car will be declared illegally modified and your insurance company will deem your insurance invalid due to an illegal modification: leaving you to face prosecution (driving without insurance) AND pick up all the other person's insurance costs: car, medical and compensation.

    That is a VERY unlikely scenario and you'd have to be very unlucky to end up down that route, BUT it is possible. You decide.
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    Thanks m8 for all this ! I'm based in Kent Maidstone and i ask all this question because i saw a lot of b7 owners to do that ! I want to do it aswell but because i'm from different country i don't know the regulation and excuses here ! Yes in my country stull pass the MOT Only on paperwork but here some stations they are BIG basters !
    The problem is not the headlights i know but ... I will think about it !
    Thanks again for you spend time !
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    Don't be put off doing this,you don't have to put a hid kit into the headlight you can put a normal bulb in and everything should be legal, obviously make sure that the beam alignment is correct,with a normal bulb you wouldn't need self levelling or washers.
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe this would be legal.
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    Yes i got it m8 !!!! So i can put a hid and before the Mot just to put a normal one ? After the mot ... Back again !
    Yes this is the way i think !
    My oem headligjt now are not that bad on the road but the projectors look much better !

    Thanks again !
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    Going to set up another one in the next 2 weeks if anyone wants some.

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    In the UK you do NOT have to have either headlight levelling or headlight washers to pass the MOT if you have HIDs, but if either of them are fitted they MUST work.

    If you don't believe me read Section 1.7 of the latest edition of the MOT Inspection Manual where it says:
    My daily drive, a Citroen C1, passed it's MOT with 55W aftermarket HIDs last month - if there had been any question I would have shown the tester the Guidelines - and gone to appeal if necessary (it wasn't).
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    Dave,

    Going on that, my friend has a brand new E Class with adaptive LED headlights, no Washer system fitted to the headlights at all.

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