Replacing headlight brackets...

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Nick Bassett
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Replacing headlight brackets...

My car has lowered headlight brackets fitted which I am not a fan of, so plan to re-fit the standard ones that were provided with the car when I bought it - these have been freshly power coated, so look great. Smile

Now, the wiring goes from the headlight, down inside the bracket and into the main loom via some plastic connectors, but I'm going to have to disconnect this to get the job done. Is it as easy as pull out & push back in again for the wiring, or is there more to it?

Any advice/watch-outs welcome.

Finally, I'll be advertising some lowered headlamp brackets on here soon!

Thanks,

Nick

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Getting the individual wires out of the connectors is fairly easy: take the yellow insert out of the connector and then use one of those small watchmaker screwdrivers from the insert side to push the locking tag out slightly and then pull the wire out from the back (I've found it often works best to push the wire in a bit before levering out the locking tag and pulling the wire).  They just push back in and click into place (I think they'll only click properly one way round, but it's probably worth noting which way up the connectors are inserted into the connecting block).

To get the wires out through the bracket tube is usually simple enough - just stagger them so that they follow each other through the tube and pull the appropriate wires from the headlight end.  Getting them back through the tubing of the new bracket is an altogether different matter.  It can be done - lubrication, a 'pilot' wire to pull the wires through and all sorts of ingenious methods are used.  In my experience it either takes five minutes or three hours - never anything in between.

I'd be inclined to order some new connectors and rubber seal thingies and chop the connectors off the wires - that makes threading the wires through the bracket tube a whole lot easier.

FWIW ...

Adam

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Also look at the condition of the loom.  I found when I purchased a car that had been converted to lower headlamp brackets the loom had been cut in a number of places, so I replaced the headlamp loom for about £5 per side from SVC.  

 

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Nick, can't help with the job advice, but when you are ready, John M Ryan on here is looking for a set of lowered headlight brackets so your purchaser is already lined up with a handful of finest Teeside pound notes for you

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Nick, I suspect your SLR, like mine, has the earlier bullet type connectors ... a small copper bullet on each side of the connection which are connected by pushing them into a plastic covered copper sleeve, with an individual connector for each wire. Simply grab them firmly on each side and pull apart, you might be successful without damaging anything, you might not!

Ideally you want to pull the bullet out on the lamp bracket side, altough I can't recall whether you can thread the wires through the headlamp bracket without removing the bullets themselves.

Stu.

 

 

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@Paul - OK no problem. Just get John to PM me when he gets a chance - no hurry.

@Stu - I don't think I have - mine I believe are the plastic male/female click in connectors - so maybe updated at some point?

Thanks for advice so far Thumb Up

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My SLR also has the plastic plugs with the yellow insert.

 

Nick, do you have pics of the lowered headlight brackets fitted on the car and do you know where they are from?

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Not to hand Ste, but I can take some. PM me your email address as I've never worked out how to successfully post a pic on this forum!

No idea where they originated, but could probably find out if interested?

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Hi Nick, As Paul Mason said I'm looking to lower my headlights,  I have an imperial car, I contacted Caterham Cars today they said they only do brackets for metric cars, ( is your car metric )  I just don't know whether the brackets would fit ( with you having a metric car and mine being imperial).

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With reference to my last post, has anyone lowered their head lights and what brackets did they use?,  Nick I will have your brackets if they fit

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I've used metric lowered brackets on an Imperial (1999) car - I basically had to after CC supplied a metric nosecone (without the cut-outs for the 'standard' brackets) to the paint shop and we found out too late.  The brackets (and nosecone) both fit fine.  I read somewhere that the CSR brackets are the ones you need for an Imperial car, but they were out of stock so I went with the other lowered brackets and, as I say, all was well.  I had to drill a hole in the each of the top front wishbone mounts for the wires, but that was it as far as I remember.

I hope that helps ...

Adam