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Question Converting to Spanish Plates

Hola! I have recently bought a beautiful Barchetta out in Spain. It is currently registered on UK plates so I am in the process of changing to Spanish ones. One of the requirements is that the headlight beams are directed to the right (and not left). My mechanic has informed me that you cannot simply change the direction and that I must buy new lights. I have a feeling that this may not be true and that my mechanic is pulling a fast one.

Does anyone know?

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Hola! I have recently bought a beautiful Barchetta out in Spain. It is currently registered on UK plates so I am in the process of changing to Spanish ones. One of the requirements is that the headlight beams are directed to the right (and not left). My mechanic has informed me that you cannot simply change the direction and that I must buy new lights. I have a feeling that this may not be true and that my mechanic is pulling a fast one.

Does anyone know?

Thanks a million!
I am afraid that your mechanic is right - you will need to convert to new headlamps, you cannot change the projection of your lights........

Some of the guys on the forum have converted from right projection to left - you may find someone here has a set in their garage they are willing to trade.........
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Prior posts on this forum which've covered this subject in much detail suggest it's fairly simple to refocus the lights correctly after removing them and reversing a "bracket". One person had coverted twice after moving back & forth in Europe and the 'Specialists' DTR or whomever will chg 100 or so to convert your originals without renewing them. So I for one would investigate further in the archives before shelling out.
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Send DTR an eMail, they are very helpful guy's and will put you straight (and stop you spending money you don't need to).........

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-I've just scoured a prior posting and found this relevant one-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

hi, errr this is actually quite easy to do, and ive done it twice!!! bugger.
first i moved from germany to england, then england to sweden thats why i did it twice. You will need to remove both headlamp units, a space alien or capuchin monkey is hand to access the bolts (otherwise you need to take the bumper off, or have lots of extensions for access.
Be gentle on removal cos this can chip the paint around the headlamps.
You will notice in front of the headlamp is a metal plate shaped like ___/ except the ramp is not so steep as i have typed. This has to be reversed. choose your way to do this, i filed mine down and then riveted a new plate for the ramp bit, but use metal cos it has to cope with the heat!!
The main thing to do is measure (or better still make a cardboard template) of the ramp before you cut it down (duh!). then flip it around , balanced on the centre axis of the bulb.

This got me through the uk mot and swedish bilprovningen so it defo works. ben
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OI CASA!! Copyright,copyright!!!

I see you are still using my pic of your B from my bedroom window as your avatar!!

Actually, dont change it matey..........I still like to look at it!!
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Hey thanks a lot for your advice, I will contact DTR. Just so sick of being ripped off by mechanics. Being female doesn't help!

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Hey thanks a lot for your advice, I will contact DTR. Just so sick of being ripped off by mechanics. Being female doesn't help!

Thanks again
Trust me, rip off mechanics are not sexist - they will shaft anyone given 1/2 the chance!!
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-I've just scoured a prior posting and found this relevant one-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

hi, errr this is actually quite easy to do, and ive done it twice!!! bugger.
first i moved from germany to england, then england to sweden thats why i did it twice. You will need to remove both headlamp units, a space alien or capuchin monkey is hand to access the bolts (otherwise you need to take the bumper off, or have lots of extensions for access.
Be gentle on removal cos this can chip the paint around the headlamps.
You will notice in front of the headlamp is a metal plate shaped like ___/ except the ramp is not so steep as i have typed. This has to be reversed. choose your way to do this, i filed mine down and then riveted a new plate for the ramp bit, but use metal cos it has to cope with the heat!!
The main thing to do is measure (or better still make a cardboard template) of the ramp before you cut it down (duh!). then flip it around , balanced on the centre axis of the bulb.

This got me through the uk mot and swedish bilprovningen so it defo works. ben
I'll have to get my mechanic on the case - thanks for finding this for me, you're a star!
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Trust me, rip off mechanics are not sexist - they will shaft anyone given 1/2 the chance!!
And they know we know it - which is even more frustrating!!!!
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I am afraid that your mechanic is right - you will need to convert to new headlamps, you cannot change the projection of your lights........

Some of the guys on the forum have converted from right projection to left - you may find someone here has a set in their garage they are willing to trade.........
Just out of curiosity, around how much do you think should these cost as my guy's quoted me 450 Euros for the new lights.
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Just out of curiosity, around how much do you think should these cost as my guy's quoted me 450 Euros for the new lights.
There is a set on eBay Germany for 198 Euro's each, I am sure you could get used ones cheaper though.

Try this link....

http://cgi.ebay.de/Scheinwerfer-link...QQcmdZViewItem

And this link....

http://cgi.ebay.de/Scheinwerfer-rech...QQcmdZViewItem
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There is a set on eBay Germany for 198 Euro's each, I am sure you could get used ones cheaper though.

Try this link....

http://cgi.ebay.de/Scheinwerfer-link...QQcmdZViewItem

And this link....

http://cgi.ebay.de/Scheinwerfer-rech...QQcmdZViewItem
Will do - thanks
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DTR will only quote to covert your existing headlamps not explain how they do it imo, but am often wrong.
As said there are a few more prior posts which state DTR cost for this service as others were facing the same hurdles in the past.
On the issue of re reg from UK to Spanish plates & price. I too face that hurdle twice over. My costs for a UK reg 125cc scooter to Spanish was quoted at 450 ish Euros (high I thought) I got that direct from a Spanish ITV station too. (That's the Spanish MOT place for thems that are in the dark) I figure a B car must cost 600 Euros ish without the headlamp issue factored in !! So I'll be interested on any costs you receive to re register. I know there are 3rd Parties who specialise in assisting Brits for a fee with UK car issues too but DIY can't be so difficult. My scooter just needs to be presented for inspection with Docs. My Red B is still on Brit plates until the newish UK MOT expires in 08 when I better get pro active or bring it back.

As for that fine upstanding Mr SS and his copyright issues. I'm guilty as charged and all I can say is blood Red is far more attractive than Puss Yellow which is why I continue to tantalise his eyes with memories of his olde fading red one. Though I gotta admit the sheer "immaculacy" of his Yellow one makes up for the wrong colour or would do if it never had imitation hoops. The 3rd light yes. He owns the Perros Cojones of yellow Bs. Huge tool box too, I've seen it !!!!
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