Now that everything's here I can start some of the prep. I've been reading some threads about changing headlight bulbs and just what a faff it is, I can sympathise because they fought me all the way, and that's with the unit off the car. Picture 2 shows the correct position of the bulb held in by the clamp, the metal tab should point up leaving the circular edge visible through the front of the unit as seen in picture 3. How anybody could change one of these in situ is beyond belief. Image 4 shows the positioning of the dipped beams and sidelight bulbs. Fitment of the indicators, thankfully, is as simple as changing your standard bayonet light bulb at home.
The main problem with fitting is that the clamps push down on one side of the bulb as you close it, this dislodges one side of the bulb and moves it out of alignment whilst you're trying to lock it in place.
As for bulbs the indicators and dipped beams are standard Lucas units from AlfaWorkshop, the H7's are Philips X-treme Vision and the W5W's are Philips WhiteVision. I read that it's best to keep the bulbs absolutely standard but I'm going to give these a chance and see how long they last, Philips say up to 450 hours for the H7's.
The parts: -
1x FMIC kit + Flat power steering cooler lines (JTD-Performance)
2x Headlight unit (Shop4Parts)
1x Facelift front grille (Shop4Parts)
1x Bonnet badge + surround (Shop4Parts)
2x Fog light (Shop4Parts)
Many tools (Amazon)
Hopefully I'll be able to do step-by-step for most of the work which should be useful for those thinking of fitting a FMIC kit. To avoid any confusion I'll stick exactly to Joel's guide to ensure good fitment because there are some modifications to make to existing fixtures, which need to be done carefully. I'll pop back Tuesday to make a start.