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Old 10-23-2003, 07:32 PM
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126 Euro light issue

I guess I will post this here too, just to see if some expert out there can be of help. I installed my 126 Euros today, and thanks to all of the hints on these forums, it went pretty smoothly (especially seeing as my new lights convienently didn't have instructions).

However, there's one odd thing I don't know what to do with, that I couldn't find in any other place. My 126 is an 89, US model with wipers. There is a bracket under the lights that the wiper motor mounts to, and this also holds the light in place from the bottom. It fits the US lights, but the holes in it don't line up with the Euros...I got one hole in on the drivers side, and none line up on the passenger side. Hence, on the passenger side, the light is a little wobbly at the bottom. Is there a special bracket I can get for this?

Also, I am really thinking about ditching the wipers altogether and installing the solid spacers like on 126 cars without wipers. I already located a set and painted them. If I install these, is there also a bracket to install to the lights are perfectly stable at bottom?


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Old 10-23-2003, 11:52 PM
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hey man

i know this guy has a sec, but you can maybe get some info here...

member 'mattman' lives in austrailia, he or mbenzNL may be able to help.

maybe also 'mike tangas'.

sorry bro i don't know more

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Old 10-24-2003, 12:12 AM
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Thanks. I have done some research on it this evening, and I might have missed some mention of this issue posted previously on this site.

I am pretty sure I want to remove the US wipers altogether, as the Euro lights are so nice looking, and the wipers are just in the way. Would it be possible for me to just drill new holes in the old brackets and attach the bottoms of the lights that way? I think I will try that this weekend if it seems it will work.
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:10 AM
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You can get some simple strapping at Home Depot or similar store, and use short sections of strap to mount the US wiper bracket to the light bucket. NOt terribly difficult, but a sin to a purist. You bolt a section of strap to the bracket, then align the hole in the strap with the mount holes in the bucket.

Your other option would be to obtain Eure wiper mounts and new trim pieces as the Euro wiper holes are on a different center. I kinda cut the strap by feel and eyeball, I think LarryBible might have posted the lengths he used.

Should look a little like this if reusing the US wipers.

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Old 10-24-2003, 11:22 AM
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I did the same upgrade on mine I used my old brackets just drilled new holes to match the euro light casing and it worked great.

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