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Old 01-26-2005, 10:12 PM
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euro headlight lens sources?

I did a search for "headlight lens" and came up with very little. Can someone give me any sources for lenses for a driver's side Bosch H4 euro light lens? I need a replacement for the euros that just arrived today! This one is really pitted. Thanks.
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Old 01-26-2005, 11:30 PM
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They are here, but not exactly cheap.

http://www.capitolwest.com/mercedes_exterior_accessories.htm#Euro%20HL%20Lenses
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Old 01-27-2005, 07:01 AM
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Thanks Brian

Hey Brian,
I thought they would actually be more than that! That's a deal!
$59.95 for an Bosch H4 lens cover.

Let me ask your honest opinion on the bulbs. Which bulbs would be safe to run on my existing wiring without melting my harness? Could I use the 100/55 bulbs or even the 100/80 bulbs? I don't want to blind anyone, but do want better night vision. Was considering some XENON bulbs.
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I got a quote from them that was over $70 for a Bosch lens, special order. But that is the round style. I think that style is perhaps less popular than the square....

Anyone have other sources for this lens? I've resorted to buying whole light assemblies -- they are costing me less than a new lens itself.
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I opted not to take the risk with the wiring at the moment.
Just purchased Osram Silverstar's 60/55, Narva Gold H3 Fogs, and X6W's for the City Lights.
If my rough calculations are correct the current draw, per bulb, for the lights should be as follows:

55 4.6 Amps
60 5
80 6.7
100 8.4

IMHO - Should I ever want to use different bulbs - I will be doing the Relay Wiring Upgrade.

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Hey Brian,
I thought they would actually be more than that! That's a deal!
$59.95 for an Bosch H4 lens cover.

Let me ask your honest opinion on the bulbs. Which bulbs would be safe to run on my existing wiring without melting my harness? Could I use the 100/55 bulbs or even the 100/80 bulbs? I don't want to blind anyone, but do want better night vision. Was considering some XENON bulbs.
Reverend, don't get too excited about bulb wattage. It is not linearly related to the amount of light that you put on the road. I have the standard 60/55's and they are fantastic for normal use in the Euro lamps. The difference between the DOT and these is striking. You really should not require any additional light.

If, however, you have frequent jaunts on two lane back roads, at 60 mph or above, then you could "consider" the 80/55's with the additional power on the high beams. However, don't use more than 55w on the low beams because the circuits can't handle it for an extended period of time. If you find that you must do this (for reasons that I cannot fathom), you need to upgrade the vehicle with headlamp relays and a bit of additional wiring direct from the battery.
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willrev,

Great information on relays and proper wiring can be obtained from Daniel Stern Lighting. However, I agree with Brian regarding the necessity of the higher wattage bulbs. I drove in 4 hours of complete blackness last night at 75mph. The few cars I passed ended up following me; the light output was OUTSTANDING!

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You guys are awesome

Thanks. You guys are awesome. Now I am just waiting for the euro that got broken in shipping to be replaced and I will begin the conversion project on the SD. THanks.
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The few cars I passed ended up following me; the light output was OUTSTANDING!
Chris, if I may reword the previous statement for you:

"The few cars that passed me, ended up following me."

I have also observed this. They have enough light to drive 70 in the dark, provided that they have some taillights to follow. Then, when they overtake, and are now in total darkness, they get that funny feeling in the pits of their stomachs (what's beyond the end of the beam ) and all of a sudden the brake lights get tapped, and, next thing you know, the moron is behind you.
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Brian,

That's definately true as well. In my case, I was driving on a 70mph legal stretch of Hwy 101 in CA. I believe some of the cars were driving in the 60-65mph range because they couldn't see the road very well. When I passed, providing a moving steet lamp over the road, they quickly followed.

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Brian,

That's definately true as well. In my case, I was driving on a 70mph legal stretch of Hwy 101 in CA. I believe some of the cars were driving in the 60-65mph range because they couldn't see the road very well. When I passed, providing a moving steet lamp over the road, they quickly followed.

OK, got it. Same deal. They cannot comfortably go more than 60 unless they have taillights in front of them. Then they will follow at 70.

I rather dislike that. One thing that I cannot stand is headlights right behind me on a dark stretch of road.

I might just bump it up to try and lose them.
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