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Had a messages back from Janusz, he sent me some patterns to modify for the Brera. I'll see how he gets on but I need to make him a pattern for the door and dash trims to make a full interior wrap.
He seems a good lad and very helpful - I'll keep you posted.
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Yes I would like to have pieces for the dash and door trims too. I take it you're referring to the silver strips on the dash and door panels?
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Yes I would like to have pieces for the dash and door trims too. I take it you're referring to the silver strips on the dash and door panels?
Yes - The plan is to have a full pattern made for the interior trim - dash, gearstick trim, dashboard strips & doors & door handles
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Perhaps more restoration than modification but I sorted out my steering wheel today. The silver plastic trim was very worn and really let the interior down.

Started by removing it which of course meant removing the air bag. Some photos are below basically I wet sanded it with 600 grit, washed it down and repainted it with Autosmart silver king. Had a few imperfections in it so flatted a few areas down again and gave it a few more coats.

Refitting was pretty straightforward. There's a few more potential modifications to come but more of those later.....
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Perhaps more restoration than modification but I sorted out my steering wheel today. The silver plastic trim was very worn and really let the interior down.

Started by removing it which of course meant removing the air bag. Some photos are below basically I wet sanded it with 600 grit, washed it down and repainted it with Autosmart silver king. Had a few imperfections in it so flatted a few areas down again and gave it a few more coats.

Refitting was pretty straightforward. There's a few more potential modifications to come but more of those later.....
nicely done, makes me think I should do this with my centre dash as it has lots of tiny little dents it seems in it.. wonder if i could do the same with it. Is the silver paint same as OEM?
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I'm not sure to be honest. Looks like mine was originally a dark grey colour but I quite like the look of it now in the bright silver.
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LED headlights tonight. I decided to try LED rather than HID as I've had HID in my previous Xantia daily, LED doesn't have a start up delay, and being all in one you don't have to drill a cable hole or have separate ballasts mounted outside the headlamp units. I also wanted to try something different.

Mine came from eBay direct from China so took a while to arrive but came well packaged. Instructions are the usual poor English but there's pictures and it's a simple install.

You fit the metal part first and then simply push the bulb in place and connect the multiplug. The rear cap goes on but only just!

When I first put them on the driver's side worked fine but the passenger's side didn't. I fiddled with the multiplug but no joy. Refitted it the other way round and it worked. They will plug in either way round but maybe they are polarity conscious.

Mine are 55 watt 6000K. Pictures below. I'll take some more later when it's dark and see how they light up the road.

They certainly put the sidelights to shame!

No bulb warning or errors showing yet.
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Looks good, I switched to hids but may be tempted to switch to leds depending on the light output in the dark. For the side lights I bought the led switch back bulbs from amazon Which act as drl's they compliment the dipped quite well. Not to everyone's taste granted but i quite like them
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I didn't think led head lights where legal
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I didn't think led head lights where legal
LED are, most modern cars have them, HID not so much. If you dont have a nice MOT tester just switch back to original lamps
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Technically neither are HID unless you have headlamp washers and self levelling lights/suspension.
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Turns out my problem with the fit of the kit around the climate control was more to do with my fitting. The strip along the bottom is quite thin and by edging it up a bit it looks much better.

If I was fitting it again I would paint the areas around the stereo and climate control satin black before fitting the kit as this would have given me a better edge. If you have a trim that's in good condition then it probably won't be a problem for you.
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Janusz has just sent me your interior photo, he tells me that your doing some templates for him?
Make sure you do a good job or I'll be complaining to you
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Some night time LED Headlight photos...
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Some night time LED Headlight photos...
I like these...A lot!!
Please post a link of your Chinese supplier?
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After the success of my steering wheel trim repaint I decided to do the gear lever trim to match. There are new ones available on ebay for £10.95 but this mod was free
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Some night time LED Headlight photos...
The light colour looks spot on but the third picture doesn't look much distance on the beam were you going down hill?
I fancy doing these but got caught on with a set on my old car they were just ordinary halogen's but a lovely crisp white in colour but didn't illuminate the road any better than my standard ones
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Some night time LED Headlight photos...
The light colour looks spot on but the third picture doesn't look much distance on the beam were you going down hill?
I fancy doing these but got caught on with a set on my old car they were just ordinary halogen's but a lovely crisp white in colour but didn't illuminate the road any better than my standard ones
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Yes you're right. I haven't checked the headlamp aim though they may be low.

What I should have done is taken a picture of what it was like with the original Halogen bulbs. What I can say is that the headlamps are much better with LED bulbs before you could hardly see that they were on at times!
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My LED sidelight bulbs arrived today so I cracked on and fitted them. I bought 4 to start with 2 for the side lights and 2 for the rear number plate lights. Did the side lights first and had a slight disaster see photos but if this happens to you see the next photo for the solution! No errors on the dash and when you pop one out the dash tells you so the bulb failure works fine.

I'll post up pictures when it's dark. Might get some for the puddle lights too.
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Forgot to add that I fixed my rattling number plate light issue. Bent the clips and now they're both a nice tight fit.
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Ok pictures as promised.... Sidelights on, indicator and sidelights on to show that the indicators can clearly be seen with them and sidelights with dipped beam.

There's also one of the rear number plate lights.

I went for 5 LED ones which are much whiter than the original bulbs but not too bright.
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Ok pictures as promised.... Sidelights on, indicator and sidelights on to show that the indicators can clearly be seen with them and sidelights with dipped beam.

There's also one of the rear number plate lights.

I went for 5 LED ones which are much whiter than the original bulbs but not too bright.
looks great, good job
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Sidelights look properly brilliant, I ordered some from eBay but now they're out of stock , does my head in that
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Looks good, I switched to hids but may be tempted to switch to leds depending on the light output in the dark. For the side lights I bought the led switch back bulbs from amazon Which act as drl's they compliment the dipped quite well. Not to everyone's taste granted but i quite like them
Like this idea. Which set did you buy, and are they just "plug and play"?
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