Headlight protectors

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  1. RGCH999

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    I have just fitted some van comfort headlight protectors to a 2008 Fiat and am looking for some feedback from those of you with them fitted.
    Fitting was pretty straightforward, but I am somewhat concerned that there is quite a large gap between the protector and the original headlight at the rear most part. They are a nice snug fit looking at them from the front, but from the side you can see quite a large air gap. Is this normal
     

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    Isn't it the gap that adds to the anti shock protection?
     
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    I fitted mine two years ago. Yes there is a gap at the rear, always assumed it was to allow airflow to prevent misting or. as dabhand says, to help provide the shock protection if it is hit by something. Haven't had anything hit mine yet so cannot vouch for the efficacy of the units but they are very easy to fix the headlight benders to.
     
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    We have them fitted to our Boxer. Not sure if you have the same lights as us, but we have a much smaller gap all around the light.
    Are both of yours the same and are they original Fiat parts? Aftermarket stuff might not fit as well.
     
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    Looks to be the same gap as on mine. This hasn't been a problem to date.
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    The h/light lens could get very hot with the covers on so the gap could be to help keep them cooler and as has been said to give it a "crumple" zone.
     
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    Have some fitted to our Ford Transit and there is quite a gap on them.
     
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    Not sure. There is a small gap at the front but as you can see from the photo it stands quite a way off from the side. Second photo shows it.
     

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    As previously questioned - are these genuine or aftermarket, pattern parts ?
     
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    There are a number of small lugs around the perimeter of the plastic and they all fit snugly allowing an air gap of about 6mm. However the back edge lugs are about 9mm away so the air gap is virtually double. I would say the moulding is wrong. The whole point is for the lug to sit on the original lens to create the air gap.. Just wondered if this was a common theme or mine was a one off. Van comfort are sending me a replacement to check if it's any better.
     
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    These are aftermarket imported from Australia. They should still be fit for purpose, but I know where your coming from
     
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    I'm sure they'll be fit for purpose & like you I'd find the aesthetics annoying too :)
     
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    I have one of those aesthetic minds too, I really wish there was an operation for it:rolleyes: but then when you find something that is actually aesthetically pleasing
    Oh that warm glow is so fulfilling is it not?:love::love::love::love:
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    Australian? Well there you go. Their on upside down. (y):LOL:
     
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    Antipodean protectors for antipodeans . . . :)
     
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    Ours are from Australia but stamped Peugeot. The protector fits snugly all the way round the light and is held away from the glass by those little lugs.
    The gap is a little wider at the back but all the lugs touch the lamp glass, it looks like the protector is moulded so there is more of a gap there, it's the same both sides, but a much smaller gap than your second picture is showing.
     
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    Yes I think that's how it should be. Mine was marked Peugot but they assure me it's the same for the fiat. Sending me a replacement so we'll see.
     
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    Had those on our last van they were very good never had a problem with em
     
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    New headlights are so cheap now I didn't waste money on them
     
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    On seeing the photograph, no, the gap on mine is not this big.
    Can't remember the make etc but I know I bought them on e-bay so they are probably not Peugeot/Fiat originals.
     
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