Headlight assembly

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Headlight assembly

Postby TuxedoSam » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:14 pm

Hi Guys, I just bought a used spyder but found out that one of the small light bulb in front of the headlight was blown. There are 2 screws located at 4 & 8 'o clock on the bracket and big screw at 6 o'clock. Which screws should I unfasten to replace the small light bulb? What is the correct light bulb model?
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby JRGilbert » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:22 am

The original 550's did not have the parking light in the headlight shell. It's left over from the VW. The parking lights are below the headlight. Just make an aluminum cover and blank them off with a fiber gasket from the underside of the shell.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Carlos G » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:34 am

The screws at 4 and 8 are for adjustment of the beam. They don't work worth a damn for our cars. At least on mine. The screw at 6 o'clock is the one to remove the light assembly. That little bulb might not be original, but I think it looks cool when it's lit. My bulbs had the wrong voltage bulb in them, so they burnt out immediately.
When I had my assembly out, I altered the assembly adjustment mechanism so that my lights aren't pointed to the sky anymore.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Kris Courtney » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:19 pm

yea whats the secret to putting the headlights on the ground.mine are still in the air.I do like the parking light in amber it gives the headlights a nice yellow glow
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Carlos G » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:34 am

The angle on the Spyder is a little more set back than on the Speedster, so the adjustment screws and mechanism is at it's max.
I'm not sure what anyone else has done, but here is a link to what I did. It's not perfect, but a hell of a lot better than it was.

http://www.speedsterowners.com/topic/headlights-6
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby egrant5329 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:31 pm

Carlos,
Where did you get the rubber that goes around the chrome headlight ring? I have only seen the thin rubber circle that goes around the outside of the chrome ring. It rots pretty quickly and I have replaced them a few times over the years. Yours looks more hardy and looks like it separates the chrome from the paint.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Carlos G » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:05 pm

My car came assembled, so I don't know where they came from. Most of these parts are pretty cheesy. My headlight ring is already rusting after two years of sitting in the garage most of it's life.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Kris Courtney » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:00 pm

I can't Beleave this isn't a bigger topic what nobody else drives at night .
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby beck688 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:25 am

My headlights are European from the late 50s the have what is today a big round bulb that is is used in scooters. They are fun it is like the days of kerosene. They look cool though.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby WILL » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:34 pm

Hello Beck 688 !

Please Post Some Pics Of Your EURO LIGHTS On The Beck.

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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby beck688 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:22 pm

They are here scroll down

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15167
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Kris Courtney » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:55 pm

I think the fog lights are in my future theres no way those head lights are going to light the ground.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Mtflyr » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:57 am

I switched to LED's they are the best, really throw some light down the road at night and in day I can better be seen too.

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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby Carlos G » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:46 am

Which LEDs did you use, Pete?

My lowbeams are pretty sad, so I just run with the high beams.

I've entertained the thought of fog lights myself. They look cool, but how to mount them with out it looking like crap, is my struggle.
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Re: Headlight assembly

Postby gixxerblade » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:39 pm

Mtflyr wrote:I switched to LED's they are the best, really throw some light down the road at night and in day I can better be seen too.

Pete

Someone complained to me about how bright our headlights were when we were at Carlisle this year. LEDs are definitely the way to go
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