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Headlamp Protector

On our recent trip I lost my nearside headlamp protector. The headlamp is fine its just the after market pvc cover that came off.

Looking around these things have become very expensive and I only need the nearside.

Does anyone have a spare nearside they may have kicking around they want to sell - its for a 2012 Fiat Ducato.

Or does anyone know where I can get these at a competitive price (Vancomfort want 60 quid plus postage for a pair!)

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Did they change the headlight in 2012? Someone selling a pair on eBay for £50 secondhand but open to offers..
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302455462946
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Why bother??

The “protector” is made of polycarbonate, exactly the same stuff as the headlamp lens is made of. Gone are the days of fragile glass headlamp lenses.

To my mind they are a waste of money, UNLIKE mirror protectors which certainly are worth having.

Out of interest has anyone ever had a (polycarbonate) headlamp lens broken?

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Each to their own Andy

60 quid v potentially driving illegally then 180 quid + fitting costs + loads of hassle

No brainer to me tbh...

Each to their own as I say!

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Fair comment BUT like I said. The actual headlamp lens is made of exactly the same stuff as the protector. ThT. Wing TEALLY tough polycarbonate and, like I said, has anyone actually suffered a broken headlight lens from a stone etc??

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Bloody predictive text!! “That being really tough” is what it SHOULD read!

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Strangely enough, my N/S protector also went AWOL on a French trip earlier this year.

I wonder if there's someone across the water who likes to nick N/S headlight protectors????

If you can buy a pair of N/S protecors we could split them between us.

BTW Andy, using protectors has advantages unconnected with breakage:
1) You don't get heat related damage to your headlight surface where the beam deflector sticks on (reflected heat from the bulb onto the rear of the beam deflector sticker).
2) You don't need to remove/renew the beam deflector for every trip - just remove the protector when in the UK.

Also the protectors are two or three times thicker (and stronger) than the headlight front face so much less likely to be damaged by stone chips.
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I accept fully what you say BUT how many CARS have you ever seen fitted with headlight protectors??

A cars headlamps are LOWER than a MH’s so surely are MORE vulnerable yet no-one seems to consider protectors necessary do they?

Do YOU have them on your car??

As for using them for beam deflectors, how many sets of Eurolites @ a fiver a go can you buy for one set of protectors?? (Don’t forget you need to buy one set to fit to them)

Just askin like!!

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I did use them on one car I owned where the spots where close to the ground. Bloody good job they did too as other owners of similar vehicles often had issues...

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I had a pair on a previous car but one flew off on a motorway and hit the windscreen on its way to being run over by a lorry behind me.
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Motorhome Essentials have them at £45 the pair plus £7.50 postage if anyone is interested.

Also if anyone loses their offside one please let me know as I will have a spare

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