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#1 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 01:28 AM
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converting right-hand traffic headlights into left hand

Hi,

So friday night i recieved a 560SEC from Japan (pics will follow). The positive thing is that it is a genuine european market car (all stickers are in German).
The only problem i currently have is that it seems to have lights arranged for Japanese right-hand traffic.

So, i´m wondering, is there an easy way to convert the lights from right-hand traffic to left hand traffic?

So far i´ve found out that the lenses are different, but they are quite cheap fortunately.
Do i need to change reflectors as well? Is there something else that needs to be changed?

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I think only the lenses needs to be changed.

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Just buy new lenses. RHD lenses have the inside flutes different than than LHD lenses.
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LHD
Left side part# 1305620481 (other # on glass 34412R20 / 34412R7 / HCR E1-20)
Right side part# 1305620482 (other# on glass 34413R20 / 34413R7 / HCR E1-20)

RHD
Left side part# 1305620483 (other # on glass 17048R20 / 17048R7/ HCR E1-20)
Right side part# 1305620484 (other # on glass 17049R20 / 17049R7/ HCR E1-20)

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If the reflectors need to be moved all you need to do is turn the hex shaped knobs on the back of the light housings. Turn until they are positioned the way you want them. Easy stuff.

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Just buy new lenses. RHD lenses have the inside flutes different than than LHD lenses.
Pictures!!!!
Know of any good places to look for such lenses in the US? I think my headlights are from Japan as well and got flashed by other drivers first time I used them. They used to have the lenses at Autohaus Arizona but I put off buying them because I couldn't tell by the photo if they were different from what I have. Now, of course, they don't have them anymore.
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Europartsdirect.com had SEC lenses and they state that they are for LHD cars. I bought a set for my 500SEL and they were $43.00 each.

Have you adjusted your headlights after you installed them? Where did you get the Euro Lights?

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Europartsdirect.com had SEC lenses and they state that they are for LHD cars. I bought a set for my 500SEL and they were $43.00 each.

Have you adjusted your headlights after you installed them? Where did you get the Euro Lights?
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Europartsdirect.com had SEC lenses and they state that they are for LHD cars. I bought a set for my 500SEL and they were $43.00 each.

Have you adjusted your headlights after you installed them? Where did you get the Euro Lights?
Oh yeah, adjusted the heck out of them and back, several times, but it's not possible to get them right. Got the headlights from Jonathan a few years ago.

Thanks for the source info. I'll try them right now.
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Hi,

Thank you for this info. I managed to source both lighting units (used) so i will install them.

By the way, i found out that the SEC has no ASR (quite unique for european car), but has a small metal plate on its rear pumpkin saying "sperrdiferential".

I haven't managed to do proper pictures yet, but will do that soon hopefully.

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Sperrdiferntial is a limited slip differential. These were standard in RHD markets. The absence of ASR is not that uncommon, depending on the year of the vehicle. Those Japanese cars tend to be brilliant. Japanese maintenance standards are extremely rigorous and they don't salt their roads. I frequently pore over the beauties at Garage Current.

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