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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 16th Jul 17, 11:55 AM
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    Would this work/be legal?
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    • 16th Jul 17, 11:55 AM
    Would this work/be legal? 16th Jul 17 at 11:55 AM
    For driving in Europe, instead of fitting beam deflectors, could you carry a pair of European headlamps in the boot, and swap them just before boarding the ferry/eurotunnel train?
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    • debtdebt
    • By debtdebt 16th Jul 17, 12:23 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 12:23 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 12:23 PM
    Yes but it's a lot of hassle to save a couple of quid on buying beam deflectors.
    • khcomp
    • By khcomp 16th Jul 17, 12:55 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 12:55 PM
    Depends on the car: It would work, and be perfectly legal, but as above, it depends on how much work is involved. In actual fact, many newer cars are designed for the headlights to come out with very little work, requiring either no tools or just a screwdriver or torx key and in a couple of minutes or less - this is because on many vehicles, the headlight has to be removed to change the bulbs.
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 16th Jul 17, 12:55 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 12:55 PM
    Yes but it's a lot of hassle to save a couple of quid on buying beam deflectors.
    Originally posted by debtdebt
    But beam deflectors also kill off the kickup, which illuminates the kerb, gutter etc.
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 16th Jul 17, 12:56 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 12:56 PM
    but as above, it depends on how much work is involved. In actual fact, many newer cars are designed for the headlights to come out with very little work, requiring either no tools or just a screwdriver or torx key and in a couple of minutes or less
    Originally posted by khcomp
    Yep, mine's like that.
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    • khcomp
    • By khcomp 16th Jul 17, 1:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 1:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 1:09 PM
    There you go then: As long as they're not too expensive to buy (a mate's Range Rover were £1,100 each!), then why not!
    • Joe Horner
    • By Joe Horner 16th Jul 17, 1:47 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 1:47 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 1:47 PM
    One possible problem would be alignment depending how the unit is designed. Are the adjusters part of the removable unit or part of the cradle they sit in?

    If they're part of the removable bit then no real problem - get both sets aligned and fit whichever you need, alignment should be ok.

    If the adjusters are on the part that stays in the car then it's very unlikely that two different lamp units will slot in without requiring some adjustment for correct aim.
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 16th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
    Are the adjusters part of the removable unit or part of the cradle they sit in?
    Originally posted by Joe Horner
    In my case, I'm pretty sure the adjustment is in the headlamp itself, because the headlamp is fitted to the (non-moving) bulkhead at the front of the car, using two plastic catches (on the bottom of the lamp), and a plastic strap (on the top of the lamp).

    EDIT: It's a definite, the adjusters are built into the headlamp unit.
    Last edited by Bedsit Bob; 16-07-2017 at 4:25 PM.
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    • Joe Horner
    • By Joe Horner 16th Jul 17, 5:11 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 5:11 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 5:11 PM
    EDIT: It's a definite, the adjusters are built into the headlamp unit.
    Originally posted by Bedsit Bob
    Should be no problem then, just get both sets adjusted separately and don't kick the "spare" ones round like footballs
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