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Today 12:22 PM
FocusedOnSVT I miss my unicorn wagon...
03-04-2015 06:43 PM
Marde
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Originally Posted by sbc17 View Post
... I believe the difference is how they are aimed.
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Originally Posted by sailor View Post
Yeah, beam shape is opposite for the RHD versions.
Thanks gents. I roamed around the web and learned some more about this topic. Lots of info about fixed, manual, and even automatic adjustment of the (light beam shape) reflector for RHD vs LHD. Most of my reading was not Ford Focus stuff.

It is a safe assumption that the TruPart (RHD - HL1152 and HL1153) have fixed reflectors; so beam shape is not adjustable without dis-assembly, modification and testing = No thanks, I will pass.

An interesting bit of info I ran into is;

"My old 2004 Focus Ghia had halogen lamps and it was easy to move them into the travelling position (right hand drive British car with lights adjusted for driving on right) with just a flick of a plastic lever on the back of each headlight box."
<< http://www.focusowners-social.com/fo...p?f=60&t=17730 >>

So on some euro cars with OEM headlights (likely shaped just like the ST170 and TruPart HL1152) there is a mechanical switch that helped reshape the beam from RHD to LHD.

One thing I did not find is a story from someone who experienced this problem-> someone in the USA modifying their MK1 Focus to use Euro lights that were shaped for RHD. I am sure there are some people here who have ran into this problem, but I did not stumble into any of these stories yet.

Sad, but I might just do the regular Depo lights ($100 for the set). But the little red devil on my right shoulder says "Get the Depo HIDS and the D2S: MORIMOTO ELITE HID SYSTEM and do the job right, trust me, you will be happy". About $450.

http://www.amazon.com/Depo-330-1124R.../dp/B004I1CXHU

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/hid...l#.VPeQcfnF_HU
03-04-2015 07:54 AM
sailor Yeah, beam shape is opposite for the RHD versions.

Ours are lowest to the left looking forward, tailing upwards to the right - my std. one actually has a split beam on the left with a dimmer segment near level & a brighter one pointing lower - normal pattern on the right light.
03-04-2015 05:50 AM
sbc17
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Originally Posted by Marde View Post
I am a total headlight mod newb, so can use any & all help possible. I saw the "right-hand driver" notes, but blew em off, thinking it was irrelevant to my needs...? What does it matter? Steering wheel on Left or Right changes what on a headlight assembly?



Sorry to be off-topic, I will keep this to a minimum in this thread and start my own thread on this soon; if I go the mod route.



Ugh, gotta go sleepy-time. Cheers!

I could be off base here, but I believe the difference is how they are aimed. The drivers side is always a bit lower and inward(depending on RHD or LHD) from the factory. This is so that you are not blinding the guy driving toward you on a 2 lane highway. So if that's correct they would just have to be adjusted after you install them.

Like I said, could be way off here but that's my 2cents.
03-03-2015 11:56 PM
Marde
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Originally Posted by fighterbandit1200 View Post
... but i think the tru-part ones are for right hand drive only...
I am a total headlight mod newb, so can use any & all help possible. I saw the "right-hand driver" notes, but blew em off, thinking it was irrelevant to my needs...? What does it matter? Steering wheel on Left or Right changes what on a headlight assembly?

Sorry to be off-topic, I will keep this to a minimum in this thread and start my own thread on this soon; if I go the mod route.

Ugh, gotta go sleepy-time. Cheers!
03-03-2015 11:20 PM
fighterbandit1200 Marde i have been researching headlights lately and dont want to burst ya bubble but i think the tru-part ones are for right hand drive only ,i was wanting the black ones and found 3 suppliers but couldn`t justify the $ 300 plus the vw pigtails n stuff at the moment ,
look up " ST170 headlights" or "Euro Car Parts" in uk or "Europeancarparts" in Germany ,if you see ones by Ace car parts (uk) they are R/H drive too good hunting
03-03-2015 10:50 PM
Marde
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Originally Posted by FocusedOnSVT View Post
Just don't settle for cheap Auto Zone or eBay branded headlights. Get the real deal!
Def will not... but, short of buying the same OEM's I have now, the Depo's (linked above) are the best deal and are decent quality. Direct fit, no fuss, no mod needed.

The market and offerings for LED, Halo, HID stuff is very full; the OEM look-a-likes are very few; and the Euro ST170 OEM's or look-a-likes are hard/impossible to find in the USA. -uh, so I thought...

Found some new and used ST170 headlights in Europe on ebay.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Focus-mk1-...item2a02e61f3d

Brand = Trupart
New = 45 + 25 shipping each side (British Pounds) = about $110 USD delivered (VAT/tax unknown) = $220 for both + mod parts + bulbs.

NEWS FLASH: Found em at RockAuto.
TRUPART Part # HL1152 and HL1153
About $65 each. Tax and Shipping TBD.

Will I do it? Maybe. I have a few questions/concerns and will post in a new thread. Left side (in pic below) of each seems to have a physical (mounting point/trim) difference & overall clearances in rear of the ST170 might be a problem in my car.



Also, I stumbled into a How-To for this mod;
http://www.focusfanatics.com/howtos/...ght/index.html

Geez, now I gotta go price-out the (no-turn-signals) euro grill too.

Thanks guys! Cheers!
03-03-2015 09:41 AM
FocusedOnSVT Even though I'm not part of it anymore--we should get a WagoNation here!
03-03-2015 09:35 AM
sbc17 ^what he said.

Also, no problem Marde. Always glad to help when I can!
03-03-2015 08:00 AM
FocusedOnSVT Just don't settle for cheap Auto Zone or eBay branded headlights. Get the real deal!
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