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alfaman51
post 21st April 2017 18:09
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My 145 has just failed its MoT. I need new lower suspension arms - which I sort of expected but I also have a problem in that the headlamp aim is too low. Much too low! Neither adjuster seems to do much and I suspect that they are kaput. I will pay good money for a pair of good working headlamp units with working adjusters. I have looked on eBay and all I can find are units which are probably for LHD cars. There are 2 firms in the UK offering new units. Both show a nearside unit in the ads but describe it as " right hand" and neither list both sides.

Can anyone assist?
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dante giacosa
post 21st April 2017 21:46
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Hey Alfaman-

Are you sure about that on eBay?

I was sure I had seen UK headlights...

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALFA-ROMEO-146-F...88AAOSwLzdWRgTk

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-145-1...dEAAOSwiwVWRhnW

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post 21st April 2017 23:14
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This is a common known problem unfortunately. The plastic adjusters inside the headlamp go brittle over time and just snap. Any on eBay that specify the inside ans "wobbling around" like the one in the link of the previous post has the same issue.

There is a solution that involves fabricating new adjusters but it involves some work if you have the facilities yourself, or know someone else who does...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=13822

Also see also this long thread. Unfortunately some of the pictures in the first page of posts have disappeared but there are some in subsequent pages. I notice that Santi ilast logged in just a couple of monthe ago which means he is still around. Maybe he would be prepared to make some more sets of these if there was some demand...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=14898

There is a DIY solution as well. Not quite so elegant as a fabricated set of adjusters but it's another possible option...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=10540

Alternatively, buy the LHD aftermarket FK headlamp units which are probably the ones you've already seem (I don't know anyone else who makes aftermarket headlamps for the 145/146) and swap over the projector lamp with the one in your broken headlamps. The you will have new headlapms with working adjuster which just contain the old projector unit. See the following thread for how to do that...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=23116


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post 22nd April 2017 07:23
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Alright- sorry: I rushed that link.

But I did see good headlamps in the last ten days.

Is it not possible to swap adjusters between headlamps, GE..?
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post 22nd April 2017 10:42
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 22nd April 2017 08:23) *
Is it not possible to swap adjusters between headlamps, GE..?

Yes, but you'll be lucky to get them out in one piece. If they're not already broken then they likely will be after you attempt to remove them due to the plastic having turned to the conistency of honeycomb.

There is also the risk with used lamps that if the adjusters aren't already broken then they won't last a lot longer. New lamps or adjusters are the only reliable solution.


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post 22nd April 2017 10:55
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I had some 3D printed, unfortunately the printer was faulty and the 'layers' didn't bond together properly - see below. They lasted less than a year in the car!
The guy did me 2 more subsequently, but not got round to fitting yet





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post 23rd April 2017 21:47
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3D printed!!!??

I'm speechless!

15 out of 10 for effort, on that one- Steve !'
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post 25th April 2017 13:33
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QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 22nd April 2017 00:14) *
This is a common known problem unfortunately. The plastic adjusters inside the headlamp go brittle over time and just snap. Any on eBay that specify the inside ans "wobbling around" like the one in the link of the previous post has the same issue.

There is a solution that involves fabricating new adjusters but it involves some work if you have the facilities yourself, or know someone else who does...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=13822

Also see also this long thread. Unfortunately some of the pictures in the first page of posts have disappeared but there are some in subsequent pages. I notice that Santi ilast logged in just a couple of monthe ago which means he is still around. Maybe he would be prepared to make some more sets of these if there was some demand...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=14898

There is a DIY solution as well. Not quite so elegant as a fabricated set of adjusters but it's another possible option...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=10540

Alternatively, buy the LHD aftermarket FK headlamp units which are probably the ones you've already seem (I don't know anyone else who makes aftermarket headlamps for the 145/146) and swap over the projector lamp with the one in your broken headlamps. The you will have new headlapms with working adjuster which just contain the old projector unit. See the following thread for how to do that...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=23116


Thank you so much to everyone who has provided information . The amount of "know how" out there is staggering. I am impressed that you have all gone out of your way to help. I am still working on the problem. I have just discovered an Alfa specialist who might just have 2 good RHD headlamp units. If so I will start there. If not then I'm going to order both right and left side units from Germany and convert the projectors as shown in the thread and swap the glass covers over with my existing ones. I will report back in due course. I now have QV sill covers painted and ready to fit and koni sport dampers with lowering springs to beef up the suspension when the front lower arms are done. One day I may even finish this car!
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post 12th May 2017 17:48
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I now have an MoT...Yay! I fitted one new headlamp unit ( rarer than rocking horse poo) and I rebuilt a nearside unit with repaired adjusters. All went well until I clipped in the electric ride height unit - at which point the epoxy glue that I had used failed and the reflector flopped around like a drunk in a gale once again. Grrrr. I then wedged the reflector in place with some heat resistant pipe lagging, crossed my fingers and..... it passed the MoT. I had somehow managed to align it correctly by chance rather than design. I have a new nearside unit on order from Italy. I will convert that to RHD when it arrives.

What a saga. All I have to do next is to make the air conditioning work again.
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