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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 22-03-2006, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Deflectors for Europe.

Hi all!

I'm sure this has been asked before, I'm looking for a simple cheap way of sorting my headlights out for use on the continent (2006 Fiat Ducato).

I've heard of people simply fitting tape, but where exactly?

Can anyone recommend any of the stick-on deflectors?

Thaks, Dave.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 22-03-2006, 11:28 PM
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Hi Dave,

The current Fiat Ducato has plastic headlamp lenses - so sticking anything on them is not recommended.

Fiat sell headlamp protector covers that come with the area to mask off clearly marked - they even supply the black stickers with them.

I think they cost around £50 - not cheap but better than maybe ruining the headlamps.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 22-03-2006, 11:39 PM
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These people do reflectors with a conversion in them for £19 a pair +P&P. Part of the email I had from the said - we do have headlamp protectors with convertors for the ducato priced at £19.99 plus 5.50 p&p If you would like to purchase a set please contact us on 01248 750730 between 9am-5pm


http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Protectyourheadlight

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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 23-03-2006, 07:20 AM
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I was recently spoken to by an off duty Gendarmme in France who was using an aire we were staying on ,he was in a motor home,and he told me that the black tape I was using to deflect my beams was in fact illegal as you are supposed to deflect your beams not mask them out and in the event of an accident/collision you could void your insurance if a claim was made that your masked lights were claimed to be contributory.Since then I always buy clear deflectors from my local car accessory shop for about £8 ,better safe than sorry I think.
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Headlamp protectors -ie the headlamp area is totally covered by a tough polycarbonate cover- are a sound buy. The Peugeot / Fiat ones fit quickly by clipping under the bonnet. Touch wood they have never fallen off ! The deflector area is marked and can be removed in UK and reused next time.
Make sure you buy the right model. We have had to do a little filing to get the 2004 model to fit a 2006 van.

Given the huge cost of replacing headlamp units after they have been damaged by stone chips the cost of these seems reasonable.

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I bought some headlamp protectors for my Fiat Ducato last week from Alan Kerr's in Paignton. Cost £37+.
So far I haven't fitted them as its been very cold and I seem to remember somwhere in a previous post they recommended fitting them in warmer weather! Or am I wrong?
These headlamp protectors had some BLACK sticky tapes for converting headlamps for continental use. So does this mean that as supplied this is then illegal as the sticky tapes are BLACK?

I hope they are easy to fit as we are off again end of next week.
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Re: Headlamp Protectors

[quote="zulurita"]So far I haven't fitted them as its been very cold and I seem to remember somwhere in a previous post they recommended fitting them in warmer weather! [unquote]

We fitted ours on the new van on a freezing day. Only difficulty was the frozen fingers of the fitter. There's no real fitting involved- they just clip on. Bear in mind all the stones in the grit they put on the roads and fit NOW !

[Quote zulurita]These headlamp protectors had some BLACK sticky tapes for converting headlamps for continental use. So does this mean that as supplied this is then illegal as the sticky tapes are BLACK?[unquote]

Ours are the same and we even have a dedicated roll of black tape in the van for future trips. Hope this was just a gendarme being picky.

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Thanks Grizzly

Now to fit them
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Hi Dave,
Snap ! . . I wanted headlight protectors for my Ducato but too tight fisted to lash out £££ on ready made ones, so I got some LEXAN polycarbonate sheet on e-bay (this is the stuff they make police riot shields from) :-
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/POLYCARBONATE-...QQcmdZViewItem this was for an offcut approx 570mm x 250mm x 6mm thick for £3 [+p&p]
and this was enough cut in half for 2 protectors, I then got from B&Q some aluminum double glazing track + a length of flat aluminium and made a paper pattern to the size of the headlight clusters & cut it with an ordinary fine tooth wood saw (it drills without splitting or cracking ok), its just pop riveted together & the base aluminium track self tap screwed to the bumper with the top screwed to the convenient radiator supports under the bonnet.
Pretty it 'ain't but its CHEAP and with the strength of this Lexan - I'm hoping that nothing short of a bullet will penetrate it !
I had some initial problems heating & bending it but done it in the end.
(When I say "not pretty" - I guess every fathers baby is pretty to them) & I'm quite pleased with my handiwork !
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Thats pretty neat...............lucky you to be so handy at diy............certainly saved yourself a bob or two
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