Dipped Beams for Spain

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  1. peter21

    peter21 Read Only Funster

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    hi
    we are going to Spain in 3 weeks and I am looking for advice on how to adjust the headlights on our 2008 Rapido motorhome (fiat Ducato) for RH driving. Or indeed if they need to be adjusted....apparently some headlights on modern vehicles don't deflect to the left or right on dipped beam setting.

    thanks a lot for any advice

    Peter
     
  2. MicknPat

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    I'm lead to believe that most modern vehicles head lights now just dip up & down, this has gone on for years with foreign vehicles.........you never see a Spanish, French or German registered vehicle in the UK with beam benders on do you?

    Mick
     
  3. kenspain

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    If your not sure on your lights just bring a set of beam benders with you because if your lights are wrong the police here will stop you and can fine you on the spot for that here. Also a lot or road checks around Alicante this week.
     
  4. lebesset

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    if you have the dip up and down then putting beam benders on will render them illegal
    having said that the police in spain carry no equipment to check your beam anyway ...are they really going to take you off to a test staion ?

    wait until dark then try your lights against a blank wall , you will soon see if there is a big shift to the right when you dip , if there isn't , forget it

    in any case the whole thing is a nonsense , when the lights are dipped , who are they going to blind anyway , it's main beam that does that and they face straight ahead whatever the system
    as an aside , for many years british motorists were told by the motor clubs et al to paint their headlights yellow for france ...this rendered them illegal in the uk , and as you have to have a vehicle which is legal in uk [ if registered there] to drive in france , so you were illegal in france technically ; the french only ever required that french registered vehicles had yellow lights anyway

    but as usual , someone made a lot of money out of selling mugs yellow paint , and headlamp covers

    and by the way , if you DO decide to fit beam benders , wait until you are outside the UK , otherwise you will be illegal there , won't you ?

    personally I don't drive around in the dark or rain in france/spain anyway
     
  5. kenspain

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    Sorry to say we now have here all that is needed to check any thing they want to last year the police have have have 6 new vans on the road for road side checks I know because they stopped me and with in 20min the van arrived and took 30 min going over my van
     
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    if it bothers you stick some tape on the lense .ocer the little triangulershape bit (or similer0 if you hannt got one then guess it. dont drive atnight much. thepolice will see it think youare correct andmove on. .if you have plastic lenses then look for lense protectorsor something so you dont damage the original lense.
     
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    Hi Ken
    Out of interest, what was the reason for the police stopping you and what did they check/investigate etc on your van.

    Jim
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    We have had some problems near Alicante with with a lot of English cars with no tax or mot that have been here a long time, as my van is Spanish reg i thought that i want get stopped at the road check they did, just went through most things they can then called the van and they went under my van just looking and sent me on my way. My local police mate said there was a drug raid and the check was for that,
     
  9. EssexBoy

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    Hi All

    What an amazing co-incidence (for me) that this thread cropped up today. :Eek!:

    I was due to go tonight to get some beam benders for my 58 plate Ducato based CI, as we're off to France on Friday night...

    So, do you think I need them ? It's our first time over there in this 'van, so I haven't had to worry up till now...

    What do you think ?

    Cheers

    Steve
     
  10. Stephen & Jeannie

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    When you are on holiday and relaxing, why drive in the night anyway ???
    I don't even drive in the rain, but as I have no time issues that's OK...:thumb:
     
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    there is an inescapeable logic in there.:Smile:
     
  12. madbluemad

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    Hi Steve

    I would say that you definatley need them. They only cost a few bob and you will soon work out where to stick them on your headlights.

    Do you have your High Vis Vests, Warning Triangles, Spare Bulbs and Fist Aid Kit :Eeek:

    Stay legal and safe.

    Jim

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    Get then, less than a tenner, I don't think they work much anyway, but stick 'em on and if you get the copper who's wife has a headache then you're covered.

    Apply a load of polish to the lens first, the first ones I used the glue just would not come off the plastic. I've not actually tried polish, so do one side as a test to make sure it sticks.

    Hmmm, to French wives get headaches, we know a little frog who will tell us.
     
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    Same here Brian, I had to scrape the stuff off in the end.

    Jim
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    You also need a spare set of bulbs.
     
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    I did all the right things - heat - label removal spray. Gave up waited, Then in the end just kept gently rubbing.

    This year I bought some deflectors off ebay - totally different, proper fresnal lenses with a thin ring of double sided tape. They came off a treat and I think I can re-use them.

    Here they are:
    METRO BEAM BENDERS HEADLAMP BEAM CONVERTORS DEFLECTORS on eBay (end time 15-Nov-09 21:17:08 GMT)

    Fair old difference between ebay prices and the docks !!
     
  17. lebesset

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    well kenspain , did the police check your headlamp beams ?
    no , I thought not , they have no kit to do so

    and why anyone on this forum would say ...you definitely need them ...is beyond me ..based on what evidence ?

    as previously stated you can test them yourself ....in 30 seconds at no cost ... so if you are bothered , why guess ?

    when I changed a uk registered vehicle to french registration I just changed the bulbs to the modern flat topped bulbs so it will pass the mot anywhere if I understand correctly , certainly passed in france ...don't tell me the old fashioned dipping system is still fitted to vehicles sold in the uk ...come to think of it they probably do knowing british officialdom !
     
  18. Geo

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    Might only be a minor point but er, it a legal requirement:RollEyes:
     
  19. pappajohn

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    not 100% but if your lense has no pattern then its straight dip and main.

    its the glass pattern and ,ofcourse, the bulb that produces the dip beam shift.

    older uk light will always have a cutoff in the beam so dip shines further along the verge than in the road center or off side.

    im sure Geo can verify or shoot down my thoughts:thumb:
     
  20. Geo

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    Bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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