5kcstq eurolight first impressions
auditude at neta.com
auditude at neta.com
Sat Feb 24 10:05:02 EST 2001
Wow. I went for a test drive with the eurolights installed last night.
I'm most definitely impressed. I believe these should be the first
upgrade, no question. It's like a different car. I can see at night.
There's a very obvious beam cutoff, and it throws extra light on the
right side of the road. Everyone probably knows this already. I
knew it from pics on the 'net, but had never driven a car so
equipped, or even been in one.
I can see how much my car's suspension rocks, because there
this big horizon of light/dark contrast in front of me oscillating as I
row through the gears. That's illumination! Before, the only
oscillation was the light around me as I passed between street
The fact that these lights are available bolt-on makes these and
other european cars appealing over other cars for that reason
alone, besides all that road performance or safety stuff.
I installed them last night. After researching sources for pre-made
harnesses and bulb selection for the past few days, no mail order
options appealed to me. So, after work I stopped by Napa and
bought an armload of connectors, wire, and bulbs. Turns out those
pre-made harnesses are not necessarily overpriced. But I'm glad I
did it myself.
Installation was incredibly easy. The hardest part was getting to
know how the front of my trim came apart. These are almost plug
and play. They even have their own little group of connectors and
an internal wiring harness that handles ground and high beam
power distribution. So, you don't have to get H4 connectors or
anything, just regular female spade connectors. I don't like the
loose, separate-ness, that my installation current has. I want to
get the factory connector and use those like Jeff G. did.
I tapped into the passenger side headlight wires, and the jumper
post for +. I ground both lights at a bolt on the side of the core
support, and the relays are hanging zip tied up in front of the airbox.
One head scratcher came when I tested the high beams for the
first time during the installation. The driver side light went out
completely, maybe some kind of sickly dim light was coming out,
and the passenger side worked fine. I disconnected the passenger
side ground (these lights are hooked up in parallel w/two relays and
12g wire) to see what happened, (and I forget what), then I changed
my ground. I swapped the lights to opposite sides, and the problem
stayed with the driver side light. So, anyway, to make a long story
short, someone possibly in the Czech Republic (the lenses inside
say they were made there) put the connector in the headlamp
housing upside down. So, my ground and low/high wires were all
clocked 180 wrong. Once I compensated, things worked fine.
When I started narrowing it down to the actual headlight, I was
starting to feel bad, after having that bubble in my 4kstq project
eurolight lens. But troubleshooting prevails, and I now can see at
I got some kind of Wagner extra-brite xenon-something bulbs, in
55/60w, and some 100 watt H3's. They do look more white than
yellow. These are the most effective headlights I've owned. If I'd
known about H4's in high school, I would have had them on my
I have to followup on getting some Stongard now. I wasn't going to
put them on the car without it, but just did it. I was a bit paranoid
on the freeway last night.
I hope the bypass valve install is as smooth.
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