Anyone installed HIDs in an F10?

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    Hi All

    My F10 doesnt come with Xenons and I was thinking of getting some HIDs

    I've seen plenty of How to posts on doing this on older cars, but has anyone done this on an post 2010 car?
     
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    Still have the bulbs here after 20 months - the access to the bulbs is such a PITA that I have not yet done them.

    The access panels are in the front wheel arch and the wheel needs to be hard over and maybe even the car jacked up a bit to see. My trolley jack is too high to get underneath it also!
     
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    Sounds like what they've done with the F20. As I was queued up for the ferry to go to France, I set about my usual palava of adjusting the xenons for abroad. The E60 and E70 was easy - just pop the bonnet, remove the caps behind the lights and flick a lever. But with the F20, there's a hatch in the wheelarches and I knackered the backs of my hands trying to open it, before eventually giving up and leaving them as they were.

    As it happened, we never drove at night or in inclement weather, but would have preferred to have them properly set up.
     
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    Drive the car up onto a plank [or two] of wood, should allow enough for the jack then.
     
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    Only thing to watch for is that aftermarket xenons will fail an MOT now unless you also fit headlight washers and automatic self-levelling for the headlights.

    A quick google comes up with an official pdf, here's a snippet:

    The presence and operation of these headlamp cleaning and levelling
    devices has been added to the test. Therefore, if a mandatory headlamp
    levelling or cleaning device is missing, inoperative or otherwise obviously
    defective this will be a reason for rejection.

    This raises the question of whether these checks apply to vehicles fitted with
    after-market HID lighting kits. These kits convert conventional halogen
    headlamps to HID Xenon and they are widely sold and fitted to vehicles
    used on the road. The Department for Transport considers that after-market
    systems should be required to meet the same safety standards as that
    applied in respect of these lamps at vehicle Type Approval. Therefore, in
    order to pass the MOT test, vehicles fitted with after-market HID systems
    would also need to be fitted with headlamp cleaning and self-levelling
    systems otherwise this will be a reason for rejection. Some high specification
    estate cars are fitted with a self-levelling suspension system and this would
    be considered as adequate for the purpose.

    It is also worthy of note that a few high performance vehicles fitted with HID
    headlamps that have barely any luggage space and stiff suspension do not
    require a self-levelling system.
     
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    Thanks all,

    I've looked further into it and it's a lot of hassle so I'll give it a miss too!
     
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    Another option now are LED bulbs which dont require ballasts...
     
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    Seem to recall some debate on the old Land that if fitting aftermarket the headlight unit has to be of an original design to have HiD fitted.
    Also seems some cars have fitted Zenons as standard with out having washers --- the Nissan QQ being one ,and no way is that a high performance car
     
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    Just taken this of DofT website
    General requirements

    In the Department for Transport's (DfT) view it is not legal to sell or use after market HID lighting kits, for converting conventional Halogen headlamps to HID Xenon. If a customer wants to convert his vehicle to Xenon HID he must purchase completely new Xenon HID headlamps. The reason for this is that the existing lens and reflector are designed around a Halogen filament bulb, working to very precise tolerances. If one places a HID "burner" (bulb) in the headlamp, the beam pattern will not be correct, there will be glare in some places and not enough light in other places within the beam pattern.

    The following is the legal rationale:

    Just googled fitting aftermarket HiDs and it came up,about 3 pages of info
     
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    However with the new LED headlights and shape of the lenses (airflow) a lot of manufactures are removing the headlight washer systems
     

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