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Old 10-23-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Front indicators

Hi all,

Question for you guys. I've bought a set of genuine xenons for a bargain price of 200 (about $320 to you lot) and they came with the indicators as well.

Now my car is a 2000 build and the guy I bought the lights from says they're from a 2002 build. My old reflector headlamps used clip-in type indicators, but these xenons look to use screw-in type indicators.

From what I understand the headlamp unit dictates which type of fitment you can use for the indicators, so I think I'm right in saying that if the xenon headlamps are screw-in, I have to use the screw-in indicators?

I've run into a bit of trouble if that is true (which I'm sure it is). I fitted them this evening and had a bit of nightmare in general with the drivers side (RHD, so opposite to yours)... annoying screws, dropping tools in the bay, cuts, scratches, the lot. A normal evening working on the car... Now, for some reason, the indicator doesn't seem to fit properly.

The passenger side went on fine. Loosened the screw on the headlamp, slotted the indicator in, screwed it down, job done.

The driver side though, pushed it in, and it wouldn't go in. Took it all out, had a look, couldn't see any reason why it wouldn't go in, so put it back in, still wouldn't go in properly. Gave it a sharp smack and it popped into place. Started to tighten the screw and it popped back out again. This went on for about 20 minutes before I finally gave it a sharp smack, it went in and stayed in... until I drove the car.

Drove it no more than a mile round the corner to the petrol station. When I got there, I noticed it'd popped out slightly. Gave it a tap rather than a smack this time and the lens just cracked across the middle and wouldn't go back into place. Pushed it a little and it didn't seem like it wanted to go far so left it for now... jumped back in, drove back home and on the way the whole thing just fell out and was left dangling by the cable. I've disconnected it and just dumped the bulb in the hole for now until I can either fix it or bodge it while I wait to fix it.

Any ideas why the indicator wouldn't fit properly?

I've also noticed that when it did fit properly for that brief and glorious moment, it was sat quite deep into the wing which I'm sure they weren't before? The passenger side is the same, but this one is still sat firmly where I left it.

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Old 10-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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Didn't get any decent pics of them on the car as it's dark, but these are the units I've got:



Will try to get some pics in the morning.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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2000 Coupes have turn signal lenses that are a clip-in style while the later are a screw-in type (pre-facelift coupes)
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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Does it make a difference what model the lights came from?

I was under the impression that because the xenon lamps I have bought have the screw on the top, and because they were (apparently) removed from a 2002 coupe, they would be screw in? I know my 2000 came with clip-ins from factory, but does it still use the clip-ins if I fit 2002 headlamps? I've got someone trying to persuade me they're still going to be clip-ins, but I'm not convinced. I did briefly try the clip in and it didn't feel like it was going to fit, but I only tried it briefly.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:45 AM   #6
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Fixed it in the end. No idea what I was doing wrong, but it was obvious how it fitted when I looked at it again yesterday.

I think it was just down to it being dark coupled with me being tired and majorly pissed off with the whole project in general :lol:

All fitted and working now... then my new smoked DEPO's came anyway, so they're all fitted as well



Just need to get the headlights aligned properly at an MOT station and give the car a damn good clean before winter rolls up
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Amazing how much easier things are when there is enough light! Car looks nice!
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:49 PM   #9
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Cheers

And sorry, didn't spot the lighting forum. Will make note for future

Just sorted out the alignment as well until I can get it into an MOT station. Turned out my logic was incorrect on adjustment. Rather than taking the dipped beam up and down, I was taking the whole lot and making it cross-eyed

Fixed it to the best of my ability for now, but I don't know what the legal and recommended adjustment settings are, so I'll get it into the MOT station tomorrow where they can hook it onto the oojamaflippy that works out adjustment
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