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Old 17th January 2014, 00:38   #166
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Finally got to fit the headlamps. They were perfect fit and of good quality. Apart from the looks, it does very well in poor lit conditions and my luck it rained in chennai and driving in rain especially in the night is tricky in the Polo but after the change, its a breeze.

I have take some pics and all the connectors are plug and play and the quality is also much better than i expected. Osram lives up to its name. Led's not so bright , but looks very nice. If you are changing the headlamps, be prepared for attention.

Low Beam is H7, High Beam is H1, Parking lights are LED, Indicators are the same as OEM.

I have changed Low beam to HID 4300K - Osram 35W. Foglamps - H7, 3000K HID.
Brilliant stuff.
I've pm'd you about a few questions.
But the im curious to know on which position the light switch needs to be on for just the led drl to come on.
As far as i know vento/ polos dont come with a drl setup.
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Finally got to fit the headlamps. They were perfect fit and of good quality. Apart from the looks, it does very well in poor lit conditions and my luck it rained in chennai and driving in rain especially in the night is tricky in the Polo but after the change, its a breeze.

I have take some pics and all the connectors are plug and play and the quality is also much better than i expected. Osram lives up to its name. Led's not so bright , but looks very nice. If you are changing the headlamps, be prepared for attention.

Low Beam is H7, High Beam is H1, Parking lights are LED, Indicators are the same as OEM.

I have changed Low beam to HID 4300K - Osram 35W. Foglamps - H7, 3000K HID.
Great looking car! Could you please share from where did you get the headlamps and the grill and for how much?
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Hello

Recently I had ordered the projector headlamps for my Rapid. The new headlights, as found on the MY14 model, shares the same connector with the older units with no change whatsoever in the combination switch too.

However, to our surprise when it was installed in place of the old units, the low beam(projector) would go off every time high beam was flashed or the switch pushed back (constant high beam) when ideally on high beam the low beam should also stay on. The workshop guys apparently scanned the wiring diagram of the two cars as well but could not find any difference. This is baffling indeed.

I am assuming that the projectors installed in vento would work on the same principle, that is, low beam would stay on when high beam is used. So how did you make it work?

Would anyone have any idea about this?
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Finally got to fit the headlamps. They were perfect fit and of good quality. Apart from the looks, it does very well in poor lit conditions and my luck it rained in chennai and driving in rain especially in the night is tricky in the Polo but after the change, its a breeze.

I have take some pics and all the connectors are plug and play and the quality is also much better than i expected. Osram lives up to its name. Led's not so bright , but looks very nice. If you are changing the headlamps, be prepared for attention.

Low Beam is H7, High Beam is H1, Parking lights are LED, Indicators are the same as OEM.

I have changed Low beam to HID 4300K - Osram 35W. Foglamps - H7, 3000K HID.
Hey one question. I have not yet upgraded the Eagle Eye default lamps. If I want to upgrade then is there any electrical modification needed ? I find the higher beams especially a bit dull sometimes.
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Old 11th May 2014, 20:40   #170
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My first highway night driving brought out that even with philips EV, the headlights are a big let off, my previous Sumo, Indica, Swift (both new and old models) had far better spread and visibility than my vento. I am not sure whether it is focus issue or the design issue :-(

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I'm sourcing the FX-R stage III kit from the US for my Ford Ecosport. Which lens should I go for? 2.5' or 3'? Is there a difference in performance? Bulbs and ballasts 35W. Help
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Hey one question. I have not yet upgraded the Eagle Eye default lamps. If I want to upgrade then is there any electrical modification needed ? I find the higher beams especially a bit dull sometimes.
yes it is very dull, i hardly use high beam in my car.. with respect to low beam if you are going for HID then no mods. just installing ballasts.
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I'm sourcing the FX-R stage III kit from the US for my Ford Ecosport. Which lens should I go for? 2.5' or 3'? Is there a difference in performance? Bulbs and ballasts 35W. Help
The output is exactly same for both. the only difference is lens size and nothing else.
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A rat just chewed out the wires going to the Eagle Eye on the RHS of my Vento. I went to the VW service and they were least helpful as they said they could not do anything about the projectors. The wires between the lamp connector and the actual lamp have been cut but the connector seems to be intact. They are severed very close to the connector.

Does anyone have any info on the A.S.S of Eagle Eye ? The evil rat has also managed to make a small hole in the back panel of the Lamp assembly. Any inputs will help. Also any info rat preventive engine entering solutions would also be helpful.
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Finally got to fit the headlamps. They were perfect fit and of good quality. Apart from the looks, it does very well in poor lit conditions and my luck it rained in chennai and driving in rain especially in the night is tricky in the Polo but after the change, its a breeze.

I have take some pics and all the connectors are plug and play and the quality is also much better than i expected. Osram lives up to its name. Led's not so bright , but looks very nice. If you are changing the headlamps, be prepared for attention.

Low Beam is H7, High Beam is H1, Parking lights are LED, Indicators are the same as OEM.

I have changed Low beam to HID 4300K - Osram 35W. Foglamps - H7, 3000K HID.
I got the exact same pair of headlights this past week. These indeed are plug and play, great workmanship and perfect fit, and no wires are cut/replaced for installation. I have a few questions, however.
  1. The low and high beams do not light up simultaneously. When i switch on high beam, the low beam hid turns off. The guy who installed the headlights said that a relay would be required including cutting of some cables for that function to be enabled. Have you figured out any way to turn both low and high beams on at the same time? I have the VCDS cable but couldn't find a corresponding setting that would enable this.
  2. I wanted the LEDs to function as DRLs but I was told that for that to happen, the wire from LEDs will have to be connected directly to the ignition or something and that would void the warranty. I am guessing this is because the older POLOs don't have the required wire harness and the newer BCM. Any idea if these can be enabled by VCDS?
  3. I also got my car serviced (1st service) this past week. After looking at the headlights, the service adviser told me that the warranty is void even though no wires are cut because it altered the electrical system. He said that since our cars are so reliant on technology with electrical system playing a big part, any modification in the electrical system will void the warranty. I am however not so sure what he said holds. I think I need to get an opinion from another service center.
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A friend has managed to DIY the Morimoto FX-R stage III kit on the Polo’s stock headlamps. He has shared some details about the setup and some snaps.

Product link - http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...e-iii-kit.html

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Projectors : Morimoto FX-R 3.0 2.5 inch
Ballasts : Morimoto 3Five DSP
Bulbs :- Osram 66240 Cool Blue Intense
Shroud :- Apollo 2.0 (cut to fit)
Wiring Harness : Motocontrol Bixenon 9003/H4
Cost : Rs. 38,000 (kit + UPS expedited shipping) + Rs. 11,000 (customs duties)

I chose UPS Expedited service which was quite expensive. USPS will work out cheaper but there were many stories about Indian Post stealing electronic items and marking them as lost. So I did not want to take the risk.

Painting the stock reflectors - I did not sand them or remove the chrome. I just spray painted them directly. But the paint did not stick immediately. It would collect and form kind of big drops which would then fall off the reflector! Then I spray painted them and kept them in the oven to dry. Then repeated the process. This finally worked and I got the finish as desired.

Total time taken - It took me a week to finish. But had to work every day and spent about 7 hours a day to get the job done!

Connection to the +ve terminal of the battery - There is a plastic flap towards the end facing the air filter housing on the +ve terminal that opens which gives access to the positive terminal. You can lift that and find a bolt that is exposed. I used that to plug the positive part of the harness and then used a nut to secure it in place.

Securing the ballasts and the harness relay - When I removed the passenger side headlight I found an empty space behind it. It is a part of the frame of the car I am guessing. The box could fit inside it and also there was a hole already so I just used a bolt and nut to hold it in place. As for the ballasts, the co-driver side ballast was fixed using bolts to a hole in the chassis in front of the battery. It can be seen when the passenger side headlight is removed. The driver side ballast was put under the diesel filter housing and then secured with m-seal. No problems with that. I did not find a hole to use bolts there.

Just a few days ago I had to use m-seal on the co-driver side headlight because the seal was not 100 % water proof. The headlight used to fog up due to water ingress. I would dry when I used the lights for a while but I wanted to eliminate that problem completely. So I permanently sealed the headlights with m-seal. I was too lazy to remove it and then bake it again in the oven to seal it properly.

I am attaching pictures of the cutoff and some work in progress pictures. Could not get gold of a proper camera so clicked some snaps with the smartphone. I shall take some snaps with a better camera and send them as soon as possible.
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Any after market projectors and HID's on OEM reflectors are illegal. It depends on the quality of the projectors and HID's to measure it's performance during rains. I dont find any scattering of light during rains but visibility is reduced during rains. The blinding is because of using HID's in OEM reflectors projectors. This is common everytime.
Yes, they do scatter. I blacked out my Figo's headlights with a matte black spray.

Regardless, the problem is more of "why so much brightness is necessary" (to see vehicles breaking the law by not having reflectors, roads which have specially designed pot holes etc.) vs. "how we use the lights" (keep flipping them up to irritate the person in front, to ensure that the other drivers know who's got the brightest lights - and possibly the dimmest brain, blinding everyone else without so much of a care)

This goes back to the fundamental question. Are rules made to help citizens or should the citizens limit themselves due to rules?

I am actively looking for the Vento's headlights replacement at this point since we drive long distances and that's our highway car. I'd love a headlight that doesn't scatter etc. but I'll do with what I can get at this point. Not sure if we can fit a dual projector in that housing?
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I am actively looking for the Vento's headlights replacement at this point since we drive long distances and that's our highway car. I'd love a headlight that doesn't scatter etc. but I'll do with what I can get at this point. Not sure if we can fit a dual projector in that housing?
Dual projector setup for vento is available although single bi xenon projectors are commonly used. Dual projectors means they would use a small projector to accommodate two. Check with Retro Rides, Delhi. They have dual projector setup. Keep in mind, dual projector means extra cost. I would suggest you to check a single bi xenon projector in person and see the quality. A branded projector like morimoto should do the job.
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Dual projector setup for vento is available although single bi xenon projectors are commonly used. Dual projectors means they would use a small projector to accommodate two. Check with Retro Rides, Delhi. They have dual projector setup. Keep in mind, dual projector means extra cost. I would suggest you to check a single bi xenon projector in person and see the quality. A branded projector like morimoto should do the job.
Thanks Naveen. I did the single projector setup on the Figo (Genome brand) and it works quite well. I recently changed to 4300K and it's better in rain now.

Since the Vento's headlights are quite rectangular, I thought maybe a dual projector setup would look much better and also increase the output. Maybe two 2" or 2.5" projectors instead of one for each headlamp. My only concern is alignment in terms of light spread and cut off.

Also, is it possible to use one for low beam and both together for high beam? Having to drive on our "suprise" highways, the more visibility I get, the better off I am.
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Thanks Naveen. I did the single projector setup on the Figo (Genome brand) and it works quite well. I recently changed to 4300K and it's better in rain now.

Since the Vento's headlights are quite rectangular, I thought maybe a dual projector setup would look much better and also increase the output. Maybe two 2" or 2.5" projectors instead of one for each headlamp. My only concern is alignment in terms of light spread and cut off.

Also, is it possible to use one for low beam and both together for high beam? Having to drive on our "suprise" highways, the more visibility I get, the better off I am.
Do check on the size before purchasing it. Yes, it's possible for one projector to be on low and stay on when the high beams are on.
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