When you live in an apartment complex and are investing into the automotive hobby on a tight budget, the options to jazz up your "new" 1986 Volvo are limited. Slammed drift wagon? Michigan's infamous potholes would like a word. LS swap? Pricey, and I have no garage for a large-scale project.
I'm still adjusting to my biggest adult purchase since putting down a rent deposit. Swapping out my Volvo's cloudy, plastic headlight lenses for Euro-spec glass units struck me as affordable and not too intimidating. Once the weather decided to play nice on a free weekend afternoon, I got to work outside in my parking lot. Aside from my first sunburn of the season, here's what it took.
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Nice Job !
First, please don't read anything into my username that is not intended. I created it for TurboBricks (where I found the link to your awesome headlight swap), and the reference is to breaking traffic laws (speed limits), nothing else.
This is a HUGE improvement to the stock, US lights!!!! I'm looking at an older model 245, and the first thing that has to go are the headlights. I've loved these cars for decades, but those headlights are hideous.
The link to the FCPEuro kit has the signal lights included. With the exception of the items you mentioned retaining from the old assembly, did you have to remove & trash the entire existing headlight/signal light assembly? I thought I've seen where you could just buy the bulbs.
Also, I'm confused about the signal light wires that you spliced together. Looks like they are all connected to each other, with that black, round bulbous thing in your pic. Are these wires being disabled, or adapted to connect to the new headlight assembly?
Hi @RepeatOffender You can buy different bulbs, but the problem there is twofold: 9004s are a terrible filament design (high and low beams are stacked against each other uniquely) that doesn't respond well to newer conversions (especially LEDs) and the factory US-spec headlights are a terrible design intended to only meet our terrible headlight regulations. The Euro lights actually have a beam pattern that's acceptable by modern standards, you gotta do them both to do the upgrade.