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Friday, August 21, 2009

Audi A4 Allroad quattro: Audi's bright idea, a headlamp converter

Audi A4 Allroad quattro headlamp converter
Small things in a car can make a huge difference, like this headlamp converter found in the Audi A4 Allroad quattro.
This is a function I've been waiting for years for someone to invent. Frequent travel in Europe with right-hand drive cars is always a hassle due to the need to either get busy with some of those ludicrously fiddly stick on 'beam converters', or to spend any journey conducted during the hours of darkness being flashed by irate Continental lorry drivers who think you're motoring along on full beam.

Older headlamps with manual adjustment had a decent poor man's fix: you could just turn the lights to their lowest setting, trading a bit of visibility for peace from the truckers. But that's impossible with the self-levelling xenons fitted to many new cars.

And I know from previous experience that getting these swapped to a right-hand dip is a far from trivial process. The Ford Mondeo I used to run had to visit a Ford dealership en route to France to get its beams swapped over, with the obvious corollary that I then dazzled everybody on this side of the Chunnel until I got them switched back.


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