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    Default H.I.D's fitted to facelift Vectra - How I did it (Pic Heavy)

    Hey guys,
    Whilst fitting my H.I.D's I took plenty of pictures for my friend who also wants to do the same mod to his car.
    I was going to submit this as a how-to but there are already how-to's in the how-to section and I wouldn't want to try and replace any of the guides that another member has clearly taken the time and effort to write. (Also I couldn't get the pictures down to the 100kb limit in order to post them on the site).

    I purchased them from CARMODSHOP and when I came to fit them I decided to go for the method of removing the bumper and headlights and mounting the ballast underneath the headlight. Here's my efforts...

    Step 1
    So basically I started off with my facelift Vectra, Bonnet Open.


    Step 2
    I turned full lock on the wheel in order to gain access to the torx screws.


    Step 3
    Using a T20 torx alan key I removed the 2 screws


    Step 4
    I then turned full lock in the opposite direction in order to gain access to the torx screws on the opposite side


    Step 5
    Again I used a T20 torx alan key to remove the 2 screws


    Step 6
    Next up, using the same T20 alan key, I removed the 4 x Torx screws from the top of the bumper


    Step 7
    Underneath the car there are 4 plastic push-type clips with a thin plastic rod going through them. Locate these 4 clips and, using pliers and a screwdriver, prise/pull the plastic rod in order to free the clip. (See Step 8 & 9)


    Step 8
    This picture shows the thin plastic rod half removed


    Step 9
    This picture shows all 4 plastic clips to try and show what they look like and how they work.


    Step 10
    Although it doesn't feel natural, you need to give the bumper a firm pull in the direction shown in order to release it (best to pull outwards but place your hand towards the top of the bumper where the 1st arrow is located)


    Step 11
    The bumper should come away nicely


    Step 12
    Again, repeat step 10 but for the opposite side


    Step 13
    The whole bumper should now be free and drop onto the floor


    Step 14
    Before the bumper can be removed completely, ensure you disconnect the drivers side foglight


    Step 15
    And the passenger side fog light


    Step 16
    And the air temperature sensor


    Step 17
    Next I removed the headlights, there are 2 x 8mm bolts on top


    Step 18
    And 1 x 8mm bolt underneath


    Step 19
    Before pulling away the headlight from the car ensure that this clip is removed, just pull the red tab


    Step 20
    And it should come away like this


    Step 21
    Your Vectra will look a little bit like this


    Step 22
    In order to mount the ballast I located the space underneath the headlight which is already dedicated to the factory fitted xenons.


    Step 23
    I made use of the pre-drilled holes and fitted 2 x self tappers


    Step 24
    I then fitted the bulbs for the H.I.D's by first drilling a big enough hole in the headlight cover and feeding the wires through, all secured nicely with the grommet provided


    Step 25
    Finally I mounted the ballast with double sided stickey foam and I ty-raped around the ballast and the self tappers to ensure I nice snug fit (this is not shown in the picture but basically I wrapped the ty-rap around the 2 self tappers and around the ballast)

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    cool m8

    did that take u a day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfo View Post
    did that take u a day?
    I fitted mine in the same way. Took me just over an hour.

    Pic of mine with the cable tie attached, securing it to the headlight and making use of the self tappers.


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    Handy tip for the 4 x rivots underneath is to replace the long black insert with some self tappers, save you destroying them everytime you take them out

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    Quote Originally Posted by spennny View Post
    Handy tip for the 4 x rivots underneath is to replace the long black insert with some self tappers, save you destroying them everytime you take them out
    Long plasterboard screws are a perfect fit and nice and easy to get in and out because they are a wide thread, used them on both my Vecs now
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    Nice tidy install.

    Good tip for the undertray guys.. will be doing this myself.

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    Really good guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deann View Post

    Step 10
    Although it doesn't feel natural, you need to give the bumper a firm pull in the direction shown in order to release it (best to pull outwards but place your hand towards the top of the bumper where the 1st arrow is located)
    , repeat step 10 but for the opposite side

    No firm pull is required if you partially undo the top screw in the wheelarch (step 5), push it back in then remove the screw completely. This releases the sliding lock mechanism that holds the bumper to the wing. Tightening the screw on re-assembly locks it back into place again.

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    fantastic how2..... well done!

    is there a slot for the ballast to sit in on the pre-face lights?

    al.

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    Good write up, this is exactly how I did mine. Keeps everything tidy and out of the way.

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