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I'm converting a RHD UK forester to drive in Poland.
I need LHD headlights with electric levelling, but I've been told US flat-beam lights are not legal here. Anybody know?
I also need to move the rear fog to the right hand side. The loom looks different on each side. Anyone got any ideas what I need to do?
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@zuluwarier Legally speaking, I believe lights from the US are DOT marked, not E-Marked, making them illegal to be on the EU roads.....
As for beam pattern, I'm not sure what the difference might be.
 

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There are plenty of US cars here - mostly corvettes and suchlike - so they can't actually be illegal, I don't think. Maybe just new equipment.
Euro lights have an uplift on the low-beam rhs (on the lhs for UK cars), whereas the US beam pattern is flat across the top

I've just been told that there are no aftermarket euro-type lights available, and Polmotor Subaru say that lights are over 4000 zloty (850 euros) each.
 

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Find a LHD Euro-spec parts car? Probably the cheapest way of getting all the parts you need. Especially for a 2005-model, there should be donor cars around.

Some European countries does allow DOT-marked lights, but generally E-marked lights are required. I live in a country (Norway) where DOT-marked lights are legal. As you mentioned Corvette, these are actually sold officially in Europe, so there are Euro-spec lamps available.
 

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There are plenty of US cars here - mostly corvettes and suchlike - so they can't actually be illegal, I don't think. Maybe just new equipment.
Euro lights have an uplift on the low-beam rhs (on the lhs for UK cars), whereas the US beam pattern is flat across the top

I've just been told that there are no aftermarket euro-type lights available, and Polmotor Subaru say that lights are over 4000 zloty (850 euros) each.
I meant I'm not sure what the difference is between the EU LHD and US LHD beam patterns.
 

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Find a LHD Euro-spec parts car?.
That would be good, except that I only need lights and maybe mirrors, plus I've only just arrived in Poland, I live in a flat with nowhere to store anything, and I'm on a very tight budget :cool:

It's hard to get information here. I've talked to people who say US spec is no problem, and others, including official testers, who say it is. I don't speak Polish yet so all my info is secondhand via my girlfriend
 

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I meant I'm not sure what the difference is between the EU LHD and US LHD beam patterns.
Um, "Euro lights have an uplift on the low-beam rhs... whereas the US beam pattern is flat across the top" so if you pointed the lights at a wall the US low-beam would be horizontal for its whole width whereas the euro low-beam would be horizontal on the left and middle and would have a higher 'bump' on the right
 

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Probably, yes, sorry. It's a UK spec 2005 2.0XT
Does the LH rear lamp have provision for a fog lamp bulb included on the internal lamp loom ?

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If not you could convert the Backup light on that side to a rear fog using a Red bulb/LED with a slight rerouting/ modification of the loom where it connects to the rear Lamp plugs

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Another possibility is to open up the socket hole in the LH lamp to accept the fog light socket currently used in the RH lamp.
Transfer the lamp looms between rthe lights and then route an extension wire from the RH main loom to the LH main loom.

Back of LH lamp without Foglight at lowest level
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Back of LH lamp with Foglight socket (although lamp loom has been cut)
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Another possibility is to open up the socket hole in the LH lamp to accept the fog light socket currently used in the RH lamp.
Transfer the lamp looms between rthe lights and then route an extension wire from the RH main loom to the LH main loom
I had a similar idea, but slightly simpler in that I open up the socket hole, cut the loom close to the existing socket and extend it to the other side.

Is the 'backup' light US-speak for the reversing light?
 

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Thanks. 'Backup' in UK English suggests something that remains on when other things fail, and I thought maybe US cars had some kind of emergency/backup system.
I'm waiting for the rain to stop to finish rewiring the fog light. It's a pita cutting out the blank hole - I thought it would be partly cut, but no. I'll change the looms as you suggest and run a wire across the back.
I also found genuine LHD headlights. 560 euros the pair, ouch.
 

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560 is for the non-electric levelling version. I can't find the equivalent electric levelling version - anybody know?
 
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