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    Mainbeam headlight reflectors

    For a 150mph car the mainbeam headlights aren't up to much - or is it just mine?
    Taking the headlamps apart shows that much of the silvering has disappeared from the reflectors, and as soon as you touch it the remainder comes off.
    The reflectors (or any internal headlamp parts) do not appear in the parts diagrams - I presume they have a part number, anyone know where it might be?

    As a temporary repair I tried bacofoil, but that didn't really work. Possibly chrome wrap might, but I tried 'chrome' paint with Nightbreaker bulbs.
    It was better, but still did not give me much confidence driving in the dark.
    Plan B is to replace the reflectors with a standard light unit and it looks as though a 90mm Hella unit will fit nicely.
    The unknown is what effect the lens will have on light output.
    More to follow once I get them in the car.
    Cheers, Jerry.
    1998 XKR 4.0 / 1968 Triumph TR5 / Vincent Hurricane 1300 / Vincent Hurricane 1600 (mazda twincam)

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    You are not alone - my 2001 XKR has terrible headlights, so it will be very interesting to see what you come up with.

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    Dual Metallising get a good press from both new-item-manufacturers making large quantities right down to individuals like yourself trying to re-furbish obsolete reflectors. Goodness knows what it costs.

    http://www.dual-metallising.co.uk/reflectors/
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    Race Diagnostics had the reflectors of his Mercedes 107 successfully "re-chromed" at, I believe, a reasonable price. If he does not see this post it might be worth sending him a PM.
    2003 4.2 XK8

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    I agree. The headlights are pretty much terrible on the XK8/R. I replaced mine and its just about the best mod I did. Have a read. Click Me To Read
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    Thanks for the info.
    Are HID replacements permitted?
    This would seem to imply otherwise:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-hid-headlamps

    While we are on the subject, does the Jag canbus system take kindly to LED's - that was one of the other routes I was considering.
    Anyway, I've got the Hella's fitted in the light units, just need to get them back in the car and test.
    Jerry
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryTR5 View Post
    Thanks for the info.
    Are HID replacements permitted?
    This would seem to imply otherwise:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-hid-headlamps

    While we are on the subject, does the Jag canbus system take kindly to LED's - that was one of the other routes I was considering.
    Anyway, I've got the Hella's fitted in the light units, just need to get them back in the car and test.
    Jerry
    Yes. My car has been through several MOT tests since I fitted them. Before fitting I noted the pattern on my garage door and marked it with blue masking tape. No scatter they were fine. I am no legal expert but id do mine again. Do NOT go for the cheaper Ebay ones. Their quality may be suspect. Auto Bulbs Direct, ABD, is the company I used.

    You have to be careful though and keep it within the white zone, dont go for the slightly blue tinge ones. Illegal and annoying for other drivers.

    You have to have self leveling lights and headlamp washers fitted.

    Really worth doing.
    I thought about going the LED route but a couple of fellow forum members put me off them.
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    Frank,, What about these, is this the sort you're talking about?
    https://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/d2...eneration.html

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    I fitted Nightbreakers to mine. Let me look up my receipts................

    Ok. According to my receipt I fitted...........

    D1S Osram Night Breaker unlimited Xenarc +70% 35W The SKU Number, whatever that is, 66140XNB

    and

    HB3 (9005) HIDS4U Stealth 55W XEON HID Conversion Kit - 6000k

    These were from Auto Bulbs Direct ABD.

    I know I am very happy with mine. A 100% improvement on the originals. If I were you I would phone them 0844 8842 888 or even better email them at info@abd.co.uk copying and pasting the above. Telling them what car you have and asking for better, and cheaper replacements. The technology is improving all the time and I have no doubt there are even better bulbs out there for our cars.

    Good luck. Its certainly worth while replacing the originals with better ones.

    Let me know how you get on won't you?
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    It doesn't matter what bulbs you fit when the reflectors have no silvering.
    Got the headlights back in and finished off a couple of jobs under the wheelarches and got her back on the ground.
    Testing showed the new light units all working although the nearside doesn't respond to the cabin leveling control which is irritating.
    Waited till dark and then went out for a test drive.
    Very pleased, if ever there was a description worthy of the term 'night & day' this would be it. Possibly not as good as Frank's HID's but a heck of a lot better than before.
    So, all you need are a couple of 90mm Hella mainbeam units as fitted to motorhomes & the like, 4 tywraps and a couple of H7 bulbs.
    I'll post some photos when I have a bit of time.
    Jerry
    1998 XKR 4.0 / 1968 Triumph TR5 / Vincent Hurricane 1300 / Vincent Hurricane 1600 (mazda twincam)

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