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Post by bigkev414 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:53 am

The headlights on my car don't seem too good (compared to the more modern cars I've had). Not very bright, and add a misty rainy night and an old driver with glasses and improvement is desirable.
Can't change the weather, can't get younger. can I do anything with the lights to 'brighten my life up a bit'?
all suggestions and comments greatly appreciated. :shock:



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S70 headlights

Post by jblackburn » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:04 am

They're terrible. The headlights in any new car are like 10x better.

1) better bulbs. I use Silverstars and am quite happy with them, but others will say they're useless gimmicky crap. Whatever; I can see the difference and they light up the road in front of me pretty well. There are other good alternatives as well. I would recommend NOT going to a higher wattage bulb.
2) E-code lenses
3) New reflectors ($) yours are probably dull and pitted by now
4) HID conversion kit - reflectors, lenses, bulbs, and ballasts. Probably the best improvement, but expensive.


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Re: S70 headlights

Post by JRL » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:13 am

HID conversion or buy 2004 C70 clear jewel lights
Both will set you back several hundred dollars

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Re: S70 headlights

Post by precopster » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:22 am

Are the reflectors in your lights faded or oxidised? This can halve the light output especially on high beam and lead to a very out of focus beam. If it's simply not enough light output try a higher rated globe for high beam.

Perhaps a used set in GC may fix some of the issues.

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Re: S70 headlights

Post by bigkev414 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:00 pm

jblackburn wrote:They're terrible. The headlights in any new car are like 10x better.

1) better bulbs. I use Silverstars and am quite happy with them, but others will say they're useless gimmicky crap. Whatever; I can see the difference and they light up the road in front of me pretty well. There are other good alternatives as well. I would recommend NOT going to a higher wattage bulb.
2) E-code lenses
3) New reflectors ($) yours are probably dull and pitted by now
4) HID conversion kit - reflectors, lenses, bulbs, and ballasts. Probably the best improvement, but expensive.
Thanks mate....I want to try a pair of Silverstars but they are not available in Aust. I located lost on E Bay and just wanted to check with you exactly what to order - located a pair of Osram/Sylvania part No. H7SU, 55 watt, plus a heap of others. Can you pin it down for me please? Exactly what should I order?
thanks as always

regards Kev



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Re: S70 headlights

Post by JRL » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:09 pm

Bulbs won't help you all that much, however
If you want to try ...

From the Daniel Stern website

Best bulbs for low beam are Osram Rallye 65w H7.

Standard H7: 55w, 1400 lumens, 500 hours
H7 ultra "Plus+50": 55w, 1550 lumens, 225 hours
H7 rallye+65: 65w, 2100 lumens, 500 hours, obvious choice
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Re: S70 headlights

Post by bigkev414 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:27 am

OK - I am poverty stricken and have ordered a set of bulbs. Both headlights were totally out of adjustment and the right hand one won't adjust at all .When I took the cover off behind the lampholder inside the engine bay I felt the reflector moving like it is hinged on the top but whatever locks the bottom in place has left go and it swings like a trapeze. Both reflectors are in good condition and look nice and shiny and silver. With the lights set up properly (only had the car a couple of months) and the new bulbs it should work out OK.
While we're on the subject, please forgive me for repeatedly asking basic questions but how do I remove the glass headlight lens to see what's happened to the reflector that moves? I can see the spring clips around the top, but not what else holds it in place at the bottom or side against the rubber seal? I don't want to break anything. Does the park light assembly have to come off too, and how does that fix in place? :)

Thanks as always for all your answers and help. Regards



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Re: S70 headlights

Post by BEJinFbk » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:56 pm

There are spring clips all the way around.
You'll need to remove the headlights.
There are 3) 10mm bolts holding each light.


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