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    Default My HID lights & slight fitting problem.

    It was freezing cold & wet today, but i just had to fit my HID kit. Access is limited but not too bad with the screenwash filler spout & airbox removed.

    This is the kit i bought,
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200784303489

    If it was not for one simple difference in the bulb retaining method, fitting these would be a doddle. Most posts & pics i have seen on this site seem to have a different bulb retaining clip to what my vectra has. Mine is like this, the type you push in & turn....





    Getting the rubber grommet & the larger wiring connector through this clip was a bit of a fiddle on. But the biggest problem was getting the clip to engage in the retaining slots on the light unit as the HID bulb base is around 2 - 3 times thicker than the original bulb. Another difference (minor) is that the headlight cover cap on mine is rubber. But it was dead easy to cut a hole in it just using scissors.

    Anyone else come across these kind of retaining clips? makes me wonder if my vectra has odd-ish light units fitted.

    Will road test when it gets dark, but i think these look a little too blue.

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    If the bulb has a plastic base, it will be a fart on clipping them in, All i did, was bend the locating lugs slightly towards the bulbs so they engaged the headlight clip better.

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    $(KGrHqIOKpsE5WuOEgQFBOefhctOdw~~60_35.jpgthese are the type of bulb holders needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDerv View Post
    If the bulb has a plastic base, it will be a fart on clipping them in, All i did, was bend the locating lugs slightly towards the bulbs so they engaged the headlight clip better.
    Thanks m8. Yes, thats what i did in the end. Thankfully, i didnt snap anything.

    Thanks Decks, will get hold of some of them.

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    I have a pair of them clips for hid bulbs if you want them, a few quid to cover postage and they are yours, pm if interested..

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    all I did to cut the hole in the rubber was find a socket a little bit smaller than the hole needed , then put it on the rubber & whack it with a hammer , one hole punched out & job done

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    i had the same problem as you, even with the new metal clips i couldnt get them to stay in

    i ended up getting 1 side in with the clip and the other just used the metal hinge thing to hold it in

    my other light never had the hing thing for some reason

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    Yours are the same as mine and I used the standard ones fitted to the headlamp. Removed in and cut slit in it to put wires through. I had metal based builds that fit no issues. Also I had a rubber back but wanted the factory look so drilled the bottom of the lamp and mounted all wiring and ballast under the headlamp so it looks as close to factory as possible

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    You don't have odd lights, just a pre-facelift.

    You can cut your original brackets to make them fit, I find this best to fit with the lights out (off the car) you can then get them to fit and secure with the clips perfectly - better in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decks View Post
    $(KGrHqIOKpsE5WuOEgQFBOefhctOdw~~60_35.jpgthese are the type of bulb holders needed
    These are the ones you need, i have the same type on my HIDs. No use using the clips that were used for the original bulbs, you'll have a pig fitting them, as you obviously have already done. Did the kit not come with the clips above?

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