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Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« 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.




I purchased these from the seller ultimate-lighting on ebay. Link >> HERE

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.






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






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.






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.







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)






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 !!!





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.






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)







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.






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:






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


Post Angel Eyes















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.


'95 V6 (Diamond Black)
'97 V6 SE9

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008, 01:51:21 AM »
Nice 1 have a karma as I intend to get some black angel eyes as well.

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008, 08:20:01 AM »
that was an amazing thread, well done you, the angel eyes looked awesome!!!!!

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #4 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!!!!!

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #5 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?
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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #7 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 !!

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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 11:41:58 AM »
here you are after market type

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« Reply #9 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

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #10 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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Still got the 16V Ecotec as well........... AND a mint shell waiting for a V6....

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2008, 14:24:41 PM »
great guide. and the finished result looks really good.

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #12 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 ??

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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #13 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??
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Re: Guide to Fitting AngelEye Headlights + Bumper Removal
« Reply #14 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.