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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #120 on: October 16, 2017, 15:36:57 PM »
I'm liking that as the Calibra lights are rubbish; may as well lean out of the window with a candle.

But one thing, are HID kit/conversions legal? I thought they were made illegal a while ago?
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #121 on: October 16, 2017, 18:21:00 PM »
Once they are warmed they need just a second!
And you made the right decision about your low beams.. The HID is the only solution for Calibra's lights  ;)

P.S. And yes, 5000k is better then 6000k!

Yes just put my 5000k lights in, will post a photo when i get time going to be driving it tonight so i will see how they do  :)
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #122 on: October 16, 2017, 18:24:32 PM »
I'm liking that as the Calibra lights are rubbish; may as well lean out of the window with a candle.

But one thing, are HID kit/conversions legal? I thought they were made illegal a while ago?
Its a grey area I think as long as you don't have very blue or very yellow ones the the rozzers arent going to mind, after all lots of new cars come with them from factory now.
Not sure about what would happen at an MOT though, I havent tried mine yet.  :D
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #123 on: October 17, 2017, 09:21:50 AM »
Its a grey area I think as long as you don't have very blue or very yellow ones the the rozzers arent going to mind, after all lots of new cars come with them from factory now.
Not sure about what would happen at an MOT though, I havent tried mine yet.  :D

tristandimond, that's interesting indeed.

I asked as I remembered watching the Wheeler Dealers episode where Ed fitted a "HID kit" to a Lexus LS400: the blurb on the screen said it was now illegal. Unfortunatley, every flippin' tubeyou video is non original so the words on the screen are a different language! But I read this article http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/bulbs/Hid/conversions/conversions.html and it states that "HID kits" e.g. bulbs, are illegal.........so I am really confused.  :-\

It seems to be that the fitment of aftermarket bulbs in a standard unit is the "illegal" part. There is an AutoExpress video and links to other articles as well. Fitting complete aftermarket / upgrade units seems to be fine but "kits, e.g. bulbs into standard units not designed for them isn't. Especially if there is no self levelling feature as everyone else would be blinded.

It would be intersting to know what a MOT place would say on the matter.
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #124 on: October 17, 2017, 11:12:12 AM »
I was getting headlight problems at MOTs because the cast bulb fittings were deformed, not holding the bulb tightly enough, probably because they were on for 2 hours morning and night during the winter and I fitted Angel Eyes HID headlamps 5 years ago.

The dip beam is much brighter that the originals and I have had no problem with them at MOTs since, the last MOT was at a main dealer so I don't think they can be illegal when replaced as a unit.

Very straightforward to fit , remove the bumper, disconnect the wiring and remove the old units, fit the new ones, connect them up, fix the HID units in a secure location and refit the bumper.

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #125 on: October 17, 2017, 12:09:50 PM »
I was getting headlight problems at MOTs because the cast bulb fittings were deformed, not holding the bulb tightly enough, probably because they were on for 2 hours morning and night during the winter and I fitted Angel Eyes HID headlamps 5 years ago.

The dip beam is much brighter that the originals and I have had no problem with them at MOTs since, the last MOT was at a main dealer so I don't think they can be illegal when replaced as a unit.

Very straightforward to fit , remove the bumper, disconnect the wiring and remove the old units, fit the new ones, connect them up, fix the HID units in a secure location and refit the bumper.

LE7, I believe that the fitment of full replacement units is fine and legal, and a great idea / upgrade; it is the fitment of new bulbs, or "kits", in the standard units that is the issue. I do like the Angel Eye unit as it is a complete kit, and although I like things to look and remain standard, I think these light units look good.
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #126 on: October 17, 2017, 13:31:24 PM »
Will

I am with you on standard, the only changes I make are improvements such as these headlights as the originals are rubbish or longevity related , rust resistant brake pipes, stainless steel exhaust (I wish - quoted £1800!) etc.

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #127 on: October 17, 2017, 21:34:28 PM »
Can you get full HID headlight units for the calibra?
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #128 on: October 18, 2017, 13:10:24 PM »
Mine came from China, try the following which gives a few options, usual ebay warnings should apply!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=opel+calibra+headlights

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #129 on: October 20, 2017, 17:06:05 PM »
Mine came from China, try the following which gives a few options, usual ebay warnings should apply!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=opel+calibra+headlights
I can't find any here which say they are actually designed to use HID's did your units come with HID bulbs or did you have to convert it?
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #130 on: October 20, 2017, 18:57:10 PM »
Mine came with the bulbs fitted and with external ballast units and were described as HID Vauxhall Calibra black HID headlights. They had sticky pads to attach the ballast units in a convenient location but I fitted the offside one to the front of the air filter and the nearside one in front of the battery. Perhaps they are no longer available, like lots of other Calibra parts!

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #131 on: October 20, 2017, 20:20:54 PM »
Maybe not  :(
All the ones on ebay now look like just halogen ones
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #132 on: October 21, 2017, 19:56:08 PM »
Finally did a job i've been meaning to do for a while.
Got an armrest kit from ebay and while its not an exact match to the seats, it blends in well.


Had to cut slots in the console to fit it


Fitted from behind:


Finished job:



And raised:


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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #133 on: October 25, 2017, 15:17:45 PM »
HID's will pass the MOT. Mine have for the last, at least 10 years :)
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #134 on: October 25, 2017, 16:43:54 PM »
Hopefully mine will too.
Just need to upgrade the beam now as that's pretty poor as well   :)
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