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HID Conversion Project - "Guide Notes & Photos"

Posted this in the 156/147/GT Forum.

Here's a link to my 156 HID conversion project with GTA headlamps and all what's involved with doing one of these.

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...nd-photos.html

Hope its of use for those who are a bit unsure etc.
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Good luck come mot time now that the HID rules have been toughened up!!
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Good luck come mot time now that the HID rules have been toughened up!!
Did you actually read the post? He clearly states the requirements etc.
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Did you actually read the post? He clearly states the requirements etc.
Cheers Bud
It does help if you read it all through, quite a lot of information I know.

But, there has been lots of threading on HID's and having spent time looking at the DoT guidlines, talking to my Alfa specialist about doing a conversion with MOT rules, proper setup etc. I thought I would produce a step-by-step article (with pics) to help others make a decision. E-mark on the headlamp unit itself is one of the main critereon, so as I did, you'll have to get new units as part of the transformation.

I was coming back from Suffolk to Kent last night and now I can actually see the road clearly, rather than guessing where the NS is
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Did you actually read the post? He clearly states the requirements etc.
No. Commented on the subject matter
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All very interesting and informative

Now, rules is rules, so it's interesting that the DFT's article is a statement of their interpretation of current law, not drafting/proposing new legislation. I guess the key point is the requirement for auto-leveling and washer devices.

However, I've just looked at the 2012 MOT inspection manual which require that these functions operate where fitted, not that they are fitted in the first place. Rejection only if "a headlamp levelling or cleaning device is inoperative". If beam spread and everything else is ok, there doesn't seem a reason to fail a car with aftermarket HIDs.

So, aftermarket HID kits are illegal, but you won't fail your MOT. Seems a little inconsistent, right?

I'm sure this has been discussed at length here somewhere, but just my ha'pennies worth!

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That's it in a nutshell.
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I think that's what they call a "Grey One".

From a personal point of view, if your HID passes its MOT, then why should it be illegal? Total contradiction and just adds to what has been a subject of confusion and further subjective comments.

I'd agree that anyone running say 8,000K to 10,000K HIDs should have their A-r-s-e handed to them, as they are far too bright and blatently illegal. The 4,000K kits are actually LESS bright than a car with factory Xenons, but provide you with a better beam pattern and clearer view of the road without P***ing off on-coming traffic.

See what happens in next years MOT.

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I think that's what they call a "Grey One".
Somebody really needs to shed some light on the matter
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