I hope I post this in the right section...
Although I love so many things about my GQV the long beam does not make that list. They suck donkey b***s! There are bicycles with more adequate front lights than the Giulietta.
In my native Sweden the natural solution to these issues is extra lights. That will not fly on my car! For a while I was contemplating led extra lights hidden behind the grille, but that would still look a bit funky and also restrict the airflow to my fat front mount
Instead I decided to try a xenon conversion of the long beam. Funny thing is that while not fully legal, it is not clearly illegal either. Xenon conversion of the dipped beam is a whole other story and essentially impossible to install in a law abiding way without a lot of modifications.
I bought a kit from a very reputable company in Sweden who has been working with xenon conversion kits for a very long time.
The kit contains two HID bulbs with H1 fittings and two ballasts.
In essence it is very easy to install, fewer parts than the average kinder egg.
First I figured out where to mount the ballast.
Then it is just a question of fixing the ballast in place. I used high strength velcro in order to easily rip it out and put in halogen bulbs for the annual technical inspection (the thing the brits call MOT).
Next up is to make a hole for the grommet for the cables to/from the ballast.
Yes, both rounder and prettier holes have been made in the history of holes, but these served their purpose...
Next up is to put the bulb in the socket, connect and connect the original 12 volt leads to the leads going to the ballast.
Then connect the cables to and from the ballast and but back the rubber cover with the grommet now inside.
Then turn on the car and enjoy three times as much light from the long beam!
*Vroom*, *headlights on*, *long beam*, *darkness*, "what, Jesus on a unicycle f***king Christ!! What's wrong!!?", *look through instructions again*, *test ballast and bulb again on the battery*, * measure voltage on leads in the car*, "ah, could be reversed polarity! ", * switch polarity*
"Cool, now it should work!" (aka famous last words)
*Vroom*, *headlights on*, *long beam*, *blink*, *darkness*, "what, Jesus on a unicycle f***king Christ!! What's wrong!!?"
*Long troubleshooting later*, "ahh, Alfa has only fused the headlights with 7.5 amps! The startup current eat such puny fuses for breakfast!"
So, to make a long story short, I spent an hour troubleshooting why a lamp with a blown fuse wouldn't light up! By this time the lights had been on and I had started the car so many times that the battery was flat. So, I borrowed my neighbour's car and went to get a battery charger and some 10 amp fuses. With the new fuses and a fully charged battery things work like a charm.
It's hard to tell the difference in a garage, but these headlamps are BRIGHT now.
After all that I cleaned up the installation a bit and made things tidy. No mood job is complete without a generous serving of cable ties!
Is there anyone else here who have made xenon conversions on their Alfa?
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