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r8 headlight conversion

#1 Post by pkronic » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:58 pm

ok im curious if anyone has converted the headlights on a early r8 (mines a 92) im curious about any conversions but yhh ive been toying with the idea of making up acouple plates and putting in circle lights similar to the style of the xj40s, any thoughts or suggestions aswell as any form of conversions leave in the replys :) will post in another forum aswell cuz i dunno if this is the right forum

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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#2 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:19 pm

You have definitely posted in the right forum.......and I am sure there has been a discussion about headlamp mods within the last 12 months.
I can't remember the detail, but I think somebody mentioned doing something with a conversion that had been made for a Fiat Punto or Citroen Xantia???
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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#3 Post by pkronic » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:02 pm

220 GSi turbo wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:19 pm
You have definitely posted in the right forum.......and I am sure there has been a discussion about headlamp mods within the last 12 months.
I can't remember the detail, but I think somebody mentioned doing something with a conversion that had been made for a Fiat Punto or Citroen Xantia???
thanks i shall look its more a project than a sure fire mod *laughs*

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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#4 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:54 pm

pkronic wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:58 pm
ok im curious if anyone has converted the headlights on a early r8 (mines a 92) im curious about any conversions but yhh ive been toying with the idea of making up acouple plates and putting in circle lights similar to the style of the xj40s, any thoughts or suggestions aswell as any form of conversions leave in the replys :) will post in another forum aswell cuz i dunno if this is the right forum
We found an R8 with the Punto headlights on this thread: http://www.rover200.org.uk/forums/viewt ... 09&p=68148

Those headlights will require a fair amount of metalwork around the front wings and bonnet.

There are twin headlight and twin taillight conversions sold by Auto Fashion. Never seen them so get photographs before you part with cash!

See the price list at the bottom of this page - http://www.autofashion.co.uk/rover_200_mk_2.htm
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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#5 Post by Will_216GSi » Sun May 06, 2018 5:32 am

220 GSi turbo wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:19 pm
You have definitely posted in the right forum.......and I am sure there has been a discussion about headlamp mods within the last 12 months.
I can't remember the detail, but I think somebody mentioned doing something with a conversion that had been made for a Fiat Punto or Citroen Xantia???
Xantia? Makes me wonder if these can be made to fit? They look awful but if the improve the illumination I'm all for it.

https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover-216-gti- ... nav=SEARCH

Just put the originals back in the show field! :laughing2

If not are normal xantia units an improvement? I'm trialing those LED H4 ballasted bulbs right now. Seem ok so far!

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#6 Post by 1234dist » Sun May 06, 2018 6:26 am

You can make anything fit.

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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#7 Post by Will_216GSi » Sun May 06, 2018 6:45 am

1234dist wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 6:26 am
You can make anything fit.

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So true, and cable ties save weight over actual fixings.

I'm now examining BMW E36 units... Interesting, and decent value. Oh god where will this end?

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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#8 Post by Marv_666 » Mon May 14, 2018 10:49 pm

I fancy putting quad headlights behind stock shaped lenses.
It's one thing I really liked about the some of the Super Touring era BTCC cars.
Not had many cars with the right shaped lights to start with, so would be nice to get round to it on the R8.
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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#9 Post by Will_216GSi » Wed May 16, 2018 5:29 am

Marv_666 wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 10:49 pm
I fancy putting quad headlights behind stock shaped lenses.
It's one thing I really liked about the some of the Super Touring era BTCC cars.
Not had many cars with the right shaped lights to start with, so would be nice to get round to it on the R8.
Thinking about this as said above myself... Thinking E36 projectors in custom made housings with lenses... Maybe original, maybe make some perspex ones. Big job but it's be worth it!

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#10 Post by Marv_666 » Wed May 16, 2018 10:45 am

E36 is probably the easiest way.
About the right size, holders for all the bulbs, adjusters, it's all there in one easy to find package.
Several versions too, normal / projectors / angel eyes... pretty much covered whatever your taste.
I'm thinking mounting them a bit higher so the top gets cut off by the edge of the bonnet.
Match up to what was done on the MG Z cars, just to hint back to factory styling.
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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#11 Post by Marv_666 » Sat May 19, 2018 11:05 pm

TF units could work as well.
Projectors, has an indicator, (though that could be used for sidelight?), prob cheaper than BMW.
Mate has a pair of them, gonna take a closer look at those.
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#12 Post by ROVER-25X » Tue May 22, 2018 1:11 am

The TF unit would require some serious choppage.
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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#13 Post by Vulgalour » Tue May 22, 2018 10:17 pm

Morettes is the word you're after. You can make your own, but it's not easy. The structural side of it is, as these things go, straight forward enough since you can buy good modern generic headlights from any number of kit car outlets that are fit for purpose. The difficult bit is making the nice cover for the front so it doesn't look homemade. That is, if you're going for something like this Citroen.

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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#14 Post by Marv_666 » Wed May 23, 2018 7:42 am

ROVER-25X wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:11 am
The TF unit would require some serious choppage.
Actually not as bad as you might think. Looked into them for a mates Metro that's having almost everything else from a TF.
Width of the R6 lights means the indicator would need to be built in. Would fit a Mk4 R100 though.
Sure I'll get round to having a play over the summer.

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Morettes is the word you're after.
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Re: r8 headlight conversion

#15 Post by Vulgalour » Wed May 23, 2018 4:56 pm

Morettes is still the word your after, brand or otherwise, since that's what they're known as even when they're not Morettes. It's good shorthand, like how people say hoover when they mean vacuum cleaner.
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