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Hi guys, I finally finished a project I had been working on for a few weeks. The idea was to swap the US spec headlight switch out for the European spec switch with headlight adjustment. I thought it was very simple...plug and play. Not so. Had to do a bit of wire tracing. And the P1 is not one you wanna be tracing wires for. Good thing I had the wiring diagram (purchased from Ebay). I will try to explain the steps I took as best as I can. Im not the greatest at doing write-ups.<p>Items needed:<br>Patience <br>Wiring diagram (as mentioned above)<br>European Spec headlights PN:30698885 LH / 30698886 RH<br>European Spec headlight switch PN:30669734<br>18-22 Guage wire<p><br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4961.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> As you can see, the European Spec headlamp uses a higher cutoff line located at the top of the beam. Below the line is bright, and above is dark.<p><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4962.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>US Spec headlamp with the cutoff line in the middle of the beam...less light projected on the road. That's why there are so my questions here about how to adjust headlight upward ;-)<p><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4964.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Here is what the new switch looks like:<br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4976.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>...and the old<br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/Volvo/headlightswitch_A-Spec.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br> You will have to figure this part out on your own. The US Spec Headlight harness does not have wires at the terminals indicated. You will have to add these wires and run them to their specific locations.<br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4772.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>The European Spec headlights already have these pins in place on the plug.<p><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4767.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>Follow this diagram to the switch and you will have successfully installed your E-Spec light switch with manual headlight adjustment.<br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/ManualBeamlengthAdj.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>The terminals going back to the light switch are Tt13 and Tt10<br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4774.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>AS I said, Im not the greatest at spelling this out for you, but I hope it helps. Any questions, just ask. I love the new accessory and it works just fine...no error messages and all other accessories are functioning correctly. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by locutist at 5:05 PM 5-26-2009</i>
 

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That is awesome! I am fine with my headlights since I got some HIDS, but this is a definitely cool idea. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Now if you want to rewire my 07 mirrors for me... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Not a chance. And I forgot to add, make sure you have you have this <A HREF="http://i12.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/1c/38/7561_1.JPG" TARGET="_blank">http://i12.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/1c/38/7561_1.JPG</A> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> before you begin your project. It is required in order to control the height adjustment.
 

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Re: (locutist)

Oh man, amazing write up! Post up some before and after pictures so we can see how it works out...
 

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I would probably have to shoot some video so that you can see the changes. I will use my cell phone also....don't have time for video compression with the camcorder.
 

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Are the euro spec light turn signals different? The US one pictured shows more orange: is the Euro one a clear lens with a yellow/amber bulb?
 

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No. Both E-Spec and A-Spec headlights have clear lenses. I have silverstar bulbs in my euro spec. instead of the amber bulbs that came with them.<p>BTW, here is the video. I hope it's clear enough. I had to use a stretch cord against a table as a reference point.
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (locutist)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>locutist</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4961.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> As you can see, the European Spec headlamp uses a higher cutoff line located at the top of the beam. Below the line is bright, and above is dark.<p><IMG SRC="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m140/locutist/IMG_4962.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>US Spec headlamp with the cutoff line in the middle of the beam...less light projected on the road. That's why there are so my questions here about how to adjust headlight upward ;-)<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Is it just the color of the bulb that makes the turn signal area that different? There is a huge amount of amber in the 2nd pic...if you are looking at the E-spec lights from the side is the turn signal cover/plastic amber or is it clear? Sorry if this is confusing, but it has peaked my interest...
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (carreragt7)

Answer is in above post. Both assemblies came with clear lenses. The <u>original bulb</u> is <U>amber</U> in color, <u>not</u> the lens.
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (locutist)

I got that part, I was just wanting clarification that the euro housing was the same, since most people on here would be very interested in a clear turn signal housing instead of the orange colored one. I was asking because it looks as if more than the bulb was causing the color. <U>Thanks for the clarification</U> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (carreragt7)

Yes, euro housing is the same. No prob <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (locutist)

Thanks alot for the writeup very informative!<p>Realistically cant we just get by with the switch and the motor to change the height?
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (zerocover)

Dude. Awesome. The video makes me wish I could do this...
 

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Re: European Headlight Switch w/ manual Headlight Adjustment (zerocover)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zerocover</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Realistically cant we just get by with the switch and the motor to change the height?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well, I thought the same. It's not exactly plug and play. The US Spec harness is not wired for it and neither is the US Spec headlight. Besides, it's way cooler to have the H7 bulb as apposed to the HB3 (H11) bulb that comes with the A-Spec headlights.
 

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So, you guys don't tow things in the US or carry heavy loads? <br>That is why there is a headlight adjuster on the Euro Volvo - seems odd that the US way around it is to cripple your night 'vision' by reducing the distance you can see when not loaded (hope that is the right way round!)...
 

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STI's and some other cars (forgot which - Mercedes ML's did at one point I think... oh, Infinity FX's) come w/ the ability to aim the headlamps from the cabin.<p>Nifty retro. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I was just going to mention that, however the STi adjustment is still kinda stupid since the actually HID's that they use suck and dont emit visible light that far as clear as it should. I feel thats the downfall of cars without a projection lens.<p>Awesome write up! Really cool. Like AJ said though with my HID's i have i wouldnt need any further light without switching my high beams on. Any higher i think oncoming traffic would be flashing me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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If you want even more light output change the lens to a nice clear glass one IE off an S2000. (only the lens nothing else it works wonders)
 

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I can vouche for the s2k HID lens as its crystal clear and emits awesome light. I would recommend everyone doing a retrofit if it wasnt such a pain in the ass.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BobV50</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So, you guys don't tow things in the US or carry heavy loads? <br>That is why there is a headlight adjuster on the Euro Volvo - seems odd that the US way around it is to cripple your night 'vision' by reducing the distance you can see when not loaded (hope that is the right way round!)...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Very true. Those are the standards set forth by the DOT. And unfortunately, most American (not all) travelers will resort to using big trucks to tow their boats and trailers.
 
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