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Title: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 11, 2008, 01:39:38 AM
This is a guide for fitting the following Black Angel eyes. I wrote this, as i found the one's currently on the site to be missing quite important steps in certain places.

So hopefully this guide is a fairly complete walkthrough to removing the bumper and also fitting angel eye headlamps like the ones below.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2296/2256103726_a5dab723c4_m.jpg)


I purchased these from the seller ultimate-lighting on ebay. Link >> HERE (http://search.stores.ebay.co.uk/UltimateStyling_calibra_W0QQfciZ10QQfclZ4QQfsnZUltimateStylingQQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQsaselZ62193219QQsofpZ0)

Item Description:
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Vauxhall Calibra (1990-1998) Black Twin Angel Eye Projector Style Headlights

1 Pair of twin Halo Front Angel eye headlights fully 'E' marked, road legal and comply with UK & EU Regulations

Road legal - Your car will NOT fail an MOT with because of these lights.
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The Guide

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Removing the bumper

First remove the 3 x 8mm bolts holding the bumper to the slam panel.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2353/2255556995_beca0c977b.jpg)




Next remove the philips screw under each wheel arch that secures to the bumper.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2196/2255624265_807e9a9813.jpg)




Next remove the philips screw from underneath each side of the bumper that holds the bumper to the sub frame.

Note if you have the standard black plastic trim fitted on the underside of the bumper, you will need to remove the biggest end of this to reveal these screws. Or you may choose to remove this trim completely during this process... up to you.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2361/2255749504_b98b506456.jpg)




Next, Assuming your bumper has never been removed before, you should have some plastic rivets still holding it in place (see below).

Use a small eletronic screwdriver to tap the middle retaining bar from the retaining clip. Repeat for all plastic rivets present.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/2252911540_015fa6460d.jpg)





The bumper should now be free to remove BUT just before you do, locate the temperature sensor on the passenger underside of the bumper and unclip it from the bumper.

You should now be able to remove the bumper. Once removed you should see the foam impact absorber (below) which you can simply pull off.

(Note the temperature sensor dangling down on the right)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2379/2255748290_bdeb13caa2.jpg)




Removing the headlights

The headlights are attached by 3 x 8mm bolts (2 on top, 1 underneath).

The small bolt on the underside of the headlight is a real pain to reach. Undo the two top bolts first to give you some movement.

Some people take off the metal impact bar to reach the final bolt, but this is not easy either.

Tricky bolt !!!
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2014/2255695157_57e2fef886.jpg)




The easiest way is to use an 8mm spanner (see below) and use the rounded end to undo the nut. Poke a finger between the gap and use this to apply pressure to turn the nut.

It should only take a couple of minutes to undo each bolt.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2031/2255752140_304cfd2559.jpg)




Remove the 3 connectors on the headlamp. Two are for the lights/indicators, the 3rd smaller connector is for the motorized headlamp adjusters. You probably wont have this on your new lights (I didn't)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2247/2255752260_8891dbec45.jpg)





Fitting the new headlights


On the headlights i received, i had 2 pairs of wires coming from the halo's themselves, that i had to wire to the loom. Quite why these weren't already connected i have no idea, as the wiring needs to be done on the headlight itself.

Here's a picture of the underside of the headlamp, where you can see the halo wires, and also the spare wires coming off the loom.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2250/2255752718_80351620cd_o.jpg)




You'll need to use some connectors to wire all of the white wires together, and all of the black wires together. You should end up with something like this:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2065/2255748564_bc809fe51f.jpg)




Reconnect the indicator bulb and the main loom plug and test the lights BEFORE reattaching the headlamp.

If the main lights dont work, double check your wires in the connectors are making good contact (i had to redo one side for this problem).


Repeat process for Second Headlamp.


Now work in reverse order until you have put everything back together, hopefully with no spare screws.


And now some pictures :)

Pre-Angel Eyes
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2192/2255524901_5f3bdf7916.jpg)

Post Angel Eyes
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2236/2255748846_f587d929f5.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/2254950755_615496a9ee.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2333/2255749276_12422d2f7c.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2327/2255750074_c1b2111657.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2207/2254951801_f7d5b29de2.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2222/2255749762_55baf0100a.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2291/2254951641_6cbc62b564.jpg)


Things to be aware of!!

* Be aware that some (maybe all) of these aftermarket angel eyes do not have the motorized headlamp adjustor mechanism. I didn't realise this until afterwards.

* The lighting arrangement is odd (almost back to front). From left to right on the last picture above, it goes Fog Light, Dipped Beam, Full Beam, Indicator, Sidelights. That puts the sidelights in a really odd inset position. Is this legal lol?

* After fitting, you may well need to sort out the headlamp level adjustment. The difference in brightness is immense. However mine were too high, and i will need to adjust them.


Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: DrZux on February 11, 2008, 01:51:21 AM
Nice 1 have a karma as I intend to get some black angel eyes as well.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 11, 2008, 01:56:37 AM
Thanks mate. Set yourself aside a few hours.

Hopefully should take you less time than i did, now you have my excellent guide to follow ;D

They do look the business, i'm just slightly concerned at the position of the indicators.

I might also see if i can get some brighter LED's for the halo's, to make them more visible in daylight.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: shellby on February 11, 2008, 08:20:01 AM
that was an amazing thread, well done you, the angel eyes looked awesome!!!!!
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: calibrase5 on February 11, 2008, 09:57:55 AM
just a quick note thos angel eyes arent the ultra type lights...still look cool though

that was an amazing thread, well done you, the angel eyes looked awesome!!!!!
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 11, 2008, 10:26:53 AM
just a quick note thos angel eyes arent the ultra type lights...still look cool though


Hello mate, do you have a pick of the 'ultra' type, and is there any difference?
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: Dec on February 11, 2008, 10:32:08 AM
Very good guide matey, have a karma too for you work. The only thing i would suggest different is dont use scotch locks, solder them instead if you can for reliability, but thats me being picky, to top guide.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: sealeysonic on February 11, 2008, 11:25:28 AM
Awsome guide mate...ive been thinking about changeing my lights also....have a karma from me welldone !!
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: calibrase5 on February 11, 2008, 11:41:58 AM
here you are after market type

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Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: rottenpumpkins on February 11, 2008, 12:37:39 PM
Brilliant instructions on removal of bumper, had to remove it the otehr day to replace the right wing, cor it was a nightmare getting the wing off, you had to undo the bonnet and then from inside the car and inside the panel unscrew the box and get to the bolt right inside for holding the inside of the wing on! christ it was hard.

quick question the plastic rivets/gromits did yours disintergrate and break apart whilst getting them out. guess im off for a trip to vauxhall to get that fixed
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: boffin486 on February 11, 2008, 13:07:30 PM
Good guide, done it myself so know how fiddly some of the screws are to get at!  ;) I've got a pair of the chromed angel eye headlamps on my 16V (pic) but I'm thinking of getting Black version for my V6 (Both cars same colour, Ceramic Blue). I modified mine slightly with a 'mask' to stop the sidelight from shining upwards through the bonnet gap as it definitely spoiled the effect (pic). Only question I might have on the lights you have fitted would be the 'inboard' positioning of the indicators? It says they are legal but I'm sure the regulations specify measurements & dimensions for where indicators should be on a car. I guess someone more knowledgeable could say for sure?

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Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: K30 on February 11, 2008, 14:24:41 PM
great guide. and the finished result looks really good.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 11, 2008, 19:08:42 PM
Brilliant instructions on removal of bumper, had to remove it the otehr day to replace the right wing, cor it was a nightmare getting the wing off, you had to undo the bonnet and then from inside the car and inside the panel unscrew the box and get to the bolt right inside for holding the inside of the wing on! christ it was hard.

quick question the plastic rivets/gromits did yours disintergrate and break apart whilst getting them out. guess im off for a trip to vauxhall to get that fixed

Cheers for the feedback!! :)

Regarding the grommits, i tapped the centre inserts out with an electronic screwdriver. This meant mine didn't break, but what i couldn't find afterwards was the little plastic inserts that you tapped out. Looked for a good 15-20 mins but couldn't find *any* of the little blighters lol.

I know its not major, but i'd rather get it back how it was. So you reckon vauxhall sell 'em ??

Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 11, 2008, 19:18:45 PM
Thanks for all the feedback and karma guys. Really appreciate it ;D

Hopefully it will help others to work through this more easily, as this can be a bit of a mission if you've not done it before (which i hadn't and it was lol!!)


Only question I might have on the lights you have fitted would be the 'inboard' positioning of the indicators? It says they are legal but I'm sure the regulations specify measurements & dimensions for where indicators should be on a car. I guess someone more knowledgeable could say for sure?

In answer to your question mate, yes i had the same concern. It seems very odd that the indicators are so far inset (ie 4th bulb in), but looking at a few other cars today, I think it might be ok. The one thing I think i will do though is to change the supplied white bulbs to orange ones to make them clear they are indicators. I'm not sure white indicators are legal??

I did have a quick look online but couldn't find anything definitive.

Anyone know the UK legalities about placement and colour of indicators??
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: coldchili on February 11, 2008, 19:49:09 PM
indicators have to be orange.the fog and dip adjust together.there are two adjusters on the back.the one near the fog is for vertical and the one by dip is for horizontal aim, the high beam has three adjusters and can be adjusted indenpently.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 11, 2008, 20:39:00 PM
indicators have to be orange.the fog and dip adjust together.there are two adjusters on the back.the one near the fog is for vertical and the one by dip is for horizontal aim, the high beam has three adjusters and can be adjusted indenpently.

Cheers mate, i'll get some orange bulbs tomorrow hopefully. Also I hope those 'adjusters' are on my angel eyes as well. Not something i've played around with before so didn't really look/notice, but i will need to adjust them to be a bit lower as i'm dazzling everyone at the moment
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: Rhino on February 28, 2008, 13:35:26 PM
indicators on the small pegeout are towards the middle of the car the same as these, i aint to worried about plod, they have seen mine and they havn't given me a tug yet just wait for the mot if they fail i will, just put my old lights back in for a day lol
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: ClubCalibra on June 28, 2008, 13:06:29 PM
Brilliant guide mate, good work and incredibly detailed. 200 shop credits rewarded!!

Topic moved and cleaned.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on June 30, 2008, 18:31:18 PM
Thanks a lot Ash :)
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: gillam682 on February 22, 2010, 00:48:37 AM
i have these exact same lights, where do u find the plug the angel eyes go into?
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: phenoxymethyl on February 22, 2010, 01:18:30 AM
Ok nice storm look awesome, theres some angel eyes, old type on pistonheads if any one wants. 50 quids.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 22, 2010, 11:10:19 AM
i have these exact same lights, where do u find the plug the angel eyes go into?

It was 2 years ago i did this, so hard to remember exactly, but the main connector for the angel eyes, should just plug straight into the existing/original connector on your Cally. It should be fairly obvious, unless someone has been messing around with the wiring and has removed the original connector(s) for some reason.

Have you checked both sides?

Does it look like the wiring or connectors have been messed about with in anyway?
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: Rhino on February 22, 2010, 14:04:41 PM
i had these lights they failed them twice as the inner lights were illegal colour in their words, they adjusted the the lights for me, only to blow an angel eye bulb, improved lighting no not really best off getting ultra blue bulbs from vaux-world had a few probs with these lights replaced them with standard headlights with ultra bulbs far better now adjustment mechanism is crap wind it to far and the screw comes out of the plastic nut and you have to strip the light to gt it back together
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: on February 22, 2010, 15:11:55 PM
Yep the standard bulbs that came with mine were illegal (just standard clear ones as i remember). I bought a couple of orange bulbs from Halfrauds though and all sorted.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: TsEtSoMaN on February 22, 2010, 16:47:43 PM
Very helpful tutorial,thanks!Just bought a new headlamp washer wondering how to remove the bumper.
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: wankling on March 07, 2010, 20:22:06 PM
can anyone post some pictures for the beam adjustment on these lights???
Title: Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
Post by: redtop_elston on April 05, 2010, 23:28:58 PM
wicked guide mate cheers, im doing mine in two weeks!!