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post 2nd July 2018 14:47
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Pair of 145 headlights complete with side indicators, good condition with no cracks or chips, PM if interested.
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post 2nd July 2018 15:12
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QUOTE(dasiygtv @ 2nd July 2018 15:47) *
Pair of 145 headlights complete with side indicators, good condition with no cracks or chips, PM if interested.


Iím interested - PM sent!
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post 4th July 2018 08:22
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wow-

that was, er, convenient!
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post 4th July 2018 08:26
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 4th July 2018 09:22) *
wow-

that was, er, convenient!



Wasn't it?!!

Just waiting to hear back from dasiygtv...

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post 4th July 2018 11:38
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did you get into your existing ones, Jeremy..?
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post 4th July 2018 15:09
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did you get into your existing ones, Jeremy..?


Not yet!
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post 4th July 2018 20:53
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Fixing the headlights was a job I was dreading, but they actually came apart very easily after heating the sealant with a hair dryer. No need to heat them in an oven like others suggested.
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post 5th July 2018 06:36
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Fixing the headlights was a job I was dreading, but they actually came apart very easily after heating the sealant with a hair dryer. No need to heat them in an oven like others suggested.


I popped the bonnet yesterday to have a quick look... looks like two bolts to remove the grille, then three nuts to remove the headlight assembly.

Looks like the adjuster mechanism is internal; hence the need to split the casing using the hairdryer method you mention, Vroom?
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post 5th July 2018 06:43
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Dasiygtv - if youíre watching, please give me a shout re. your headlamps...

Cheers!
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 5th July 2018 07:36) *
I popped the bonnet yesterday to have a quick look... looks like two bolts to remove the grille, then three nuts to remove the headlight assembly.

Looks like the adjuster mechanism is internal; hence the need to split the casing using the hairdryer method you mention, Vroom?


Yes. The plastic adjusters break so I made some of my own out of threaded bolts, wing nuts, connector nuts and epoxy putty. I was talking to a phase 1 owner at the Alfa Day and he said his car didn't have any electric adjusters so yours might look a little different but I'd assume that the manual adjusters that break are the same as the manual ones on non-electric ones.

The first picture shows the broken adjusters with just the ball and socket joints left attached to the back of the lenses. The 2nd photo is the threaded bolt on which I created a ball joint at the end to clip into the socket on the back of the lense (2 for each headlight). The 3rd photo is the connector nut and threaded bolt with a wing nut on the other end all secured with epoxy. Turn on wing nut to go left/right and the other to go up/down. It's not pretty, but it's solid and got me through the MOT.

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post 6th July 2018 11:57
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Pair of 145 headlights complete with side indicators, good condition with no cracks or chips, PM if interested.


Should've asked - are these from a Ph1 car, right hand drive? That's what I'm after!
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post 6th July 2018 21:35
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QUOTE(VROOM @ 5th July 2018 23:24) *
Yes. The plastic adjusters break so I made some of my own out of threaded bolts, wing nuts, connector nuts and epoxy putty. I was talking to a phase 1 owner at the Alfa Day and he said his car didn't have any electric adjusters so yours might look a little different but I'd assume that the manual adjusters that break are the same as the manual ones on non-electric ones.

The manual/electric units are basically the same, but where the electric motor sits, there is a similar shaped device with a lever on it to provide adjustment. I have a pair in the lock-up. If I remember over the weekend, I'll take a picture.
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I really struggled to find 2nd hand working ones. You'll probably find any that used ones are broken as well or won't last much longer anyway. I even considered buying new left hand drive ones from europe and swapping the projectors over. I'm glad I didn't as it was quite easy to fix the existing and cost less that a tenner for some bolts, nuts etc.
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post 9th July 2018 07:29
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Been there. I've got two 145s and headlight adjusters were broken on both of them. I've used new adjusters from I think BMW

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post 9th July 2018 08:49
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crikey- I hope i never have to play this game; but I know I've got it coming...
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 9th July 2018 09:49) *
crikey- I hope i never have to play this game; but I know I've got it coming...


Yes - I don't facing repairing the busted adjuster bars, so I've ordered a couple of sets of replacements (one from a BMW; one 3D-printed). Plus, new units are available for not a lot of money.

So there are options, of which a second-hand unit is probably the riskiest...
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I noticed BMW adjusters kept coming up in searches, but wasn't confident enough that they'd be correct so will be interested to see if they fit (145 headlights are german made so it makes sense). The gears on one of mine for the allen key adjuster were also broken so had to go down the wing nut route.
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post 11th July 2018 07:53
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that's not a bad idea...

so, unless I am picking this up wrong- the PH1 cars don't have electronic low-beam load compensation..?

So the dash doesn't have that roller-switch below the wiper stalk..?
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post 13th July 2018 09:18
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 11th July 2018 08:53) *
that's not a bad idea...

so, unless I am picking this up wrong- the PH1 cars don't have electronic low-beam load compensation..?

So the dash doesn't have that roller-switch below the wiper stalk..?


Mine have the electric adjusters - they are at the bottom of the headlamp unit, with the two manual adjusters on the top (for horizontal and vertical adjustment).

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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 11th July 2018 08:53) *
that's not a bad idea...

so, unless I am picking this up wrong- the PH1 cars don't have electronic low-beam load compensation..?

So the dash doesn't have that roller-switch below the wiper stalk..?

If there is an adjuster on the dash, they will have been electric adjusters originally, and the wiring to the headlights will be present. If no adjuster on the dash, they will have been manual.
You can retro-fit manual instead of electric adjusters, just leave the connector off. I had one of each at the last MoT!
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