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Old 05-01-2004, 01:06 AM
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Euro headlight question

Hello group,
Just did a conversion on my 300SDL to euro headlamps and have a question..Do they manufacture these for left hand or right hand drive? I installed them and adjusted them but it still seems like the light is favored to the left of the car instead of the right (US car) I bought them on EBAY, brand new and they are made by TYC..They seem like nice units though, and might be okay but just not sure...Was worried they are for a right hand drive car...
Thanks so much!

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Old 05-01-2004, 02:54 AM
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Yes, there are different lenses fitted to headlamps - depending on if they are designated for use in left-hand drive or right-hand drive countries. See photo below:
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Old 05-01-2004, 03:27 PM
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Do Bosch lenses fit the TYC case?

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Old 05-01-2004, 05:55 PM
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hmmm..I remember the last set I did, cast that odd pattern on the wall of the house..These don't seem to do that..They seem to have more of a flood pattern like the old ones..Now, the bulbs the guy sent were supposed to be some special bulbs that he called "Xenon" and they looked somewhat tinted..Not blue like the ones they sell at pep boys but more of an amber/golden tint and it is very slight. When the beams are on low, the light has a tinge of that color in it and when you put them on high they have a sort of greenish white color and very bright..Could the bulbs have something to do with it? The lenses have covers over the bulb but they appear roundish like in american cars, not the tee shaped ones I have seen in some euro headlamps..They do have the vacuum stuff but our car doesn't have the hookups for it...I had never heard of these brand before, maybe I should have held out for a set of Bosch! I don't know if bosch covers would fit these, they are held on with about seven or eight snap on clips..
They are awful pretty tho..John
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Old 05-01-2004, 06:20 PM
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That's why most folks will tell you to stick with Bosch or Hella. You really do get what you pay for.
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Old 05-01-2004, 07:55 PM
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Try standard H4 bulbs (Hella/Osram/Philips/etc.) that you can get from Autozone and see if that helps improve anything.

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Old 05-01-2004, 09:49 PM
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I had those 'xenon' bulbs come with the Depo euro lights I got, didn't even bother installing them- just get (as the other poster said) some standard H4's. The Xenon ones I think are rated 80/100watts which is too high for the standard wiring anyhoo.
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Old 05-02-2004, 02:07 AM
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Did you properly aim the lights?

If not, this may help:
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Old 05-02-2004, 03:54 PM
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Originally posted by sixto
Do Bosch lenses fit the TYC case?

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Yes they fit, although the glass may have a different "tint" to it.
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Old 05-03-2004, 04:56 PM
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I took your advise and took those punky lightbulbs out and put standard Hella bulbs in and it now looks great! I now have the old familiar pattern on the wall..Thanks guys and also thanks for the link for adjusting..That was well written...I am glad I got rid of those bulbs..When I pulled them out they were 100/90 watt!!! My guess is 10-15 miles down the road I would have blown a fuse....
Thanks again everyone!!

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