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Offline rsk289

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Headlamp dip
« on: August 04, 2017, 11:56:49 PM »
Long shot, but I don't suppose anyone knows if the headlamps can be switched for driving on the right?
I'm about to do a European tour and I really hate the bits of plastic on the lens.  On my old cars I slap in a pair of LHD headlamps, but I'm not buying a pair for this - hate to think what they'd cost.  My ancient E30 325i could be switched over by a simple lever behind the headlamps, but that's unlikely to be possible on a modern as it misses an income opportunity for the manufacturer.  Any chance?
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Re: Headlamp dip
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 11:48:15 AM »
Clever people, those German engineers! We've taken our Abarth to France a couple of times and have always used the horrid stickers to deflect the beam. Did notice lots of GB cars not bothering to be honest. Found that a) avoiding having to use them (and therefore keeping the case cool) and b) getting them off immediately back in the ferry, meant that they were easy to remove after. A
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Re: Headlamp dip
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 11:59:14 AM »
I must admit I normally don't bother - the cars I usually take abroad have old school BPF (British pre-focused) lamps which just give a blob of yellow light a few feet in front of the car.  They have a clear glass lens that gives no beam pattern to correct so stick-on things are completely pointless.
I'll toss up on the day, whether to fit these or not.  Probably not.
Good point on removing them quickly, though, I suspect they're not easy to shift without scratching the ABS when they've been on for a while.
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Re: Headlamp dip
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 08:33:57 PM »
Hi
We don't normally bother with the headlight beam deflectors just keep them in the boot just in case
I see you have a 2cv van I used to run a citroen dyane & a 69 390 mach 1 mustang at the same time
Should have kept them both
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Re: Headlamp dip
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2017, 11:40:27 PM »
Yes, a '67 AK350 with the mighty 602cc twin.  It's a pile of bits at the moment, once I get the workshop sorted out there's a few months of weekend welding ahead of me with that one.  The Mustang's up and running though, 392 (cheating - it's a stroked 351W) cubes with a 5-speed.  Opposite end of the spectrum from the Abarth!  It's going to feel really weird taking a RHD car abroad...
'68 Cooper S, '68 Mustang GT fastback, '01 M Coupé, '65 AC Cobra 289, '68 Land Rover 88" Station Wagon, '67 2CV van... and now, '16 124 Spider