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#1 JohnPirie66

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:00 PM

Evening folks, first time caller and just registered, having recently purchased a silver 54 plate Bora tdi 130 brake.

Quick question, of which many more are sure to follow?

My headlight lenses are milky/opaque, as was my Passat. I changed the Passat lights and think I may have to change the Bora's as well.

Can they either be t-cutted or similar, or is a led headlight conversion fairly straightforward?

Meaning, could the old headlights be simply replaced, with the existing wiring?

The led lights on some of the v dub's i've seen look very nice indeed.

Any advice, photos etc would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 barrym381

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:21 PM

Get someone to machine polish them after they rub them down with some wet & dry sand paper mine came up like new

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:22 PM

This is what you need: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141784303754

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:26 PM

Evening John

It's a common problem with the bora light units as they are made of plastic

I have come across some one taking them apart and replacing them with glass! But I think it's a import job for the item

As for led replacement I have no idea and I assume if it's a headlight unit then they would just be a swap,maybe have a spare wire for the leds which you can hook up to pin 76 (I believe on the light switch on the dash) which will give you drl's then they turn off when you turn your side lights and head lights on

I would suggest doing a google search on these topics to get yourself clued up on it all

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#5 Stonedofmoo

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:04 PM

Just get new lenses? Cheaper than repair kits and simple enough 

 

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#6 Bora4uk

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:11 AM

eBay lenses are cheap enough yeah but they don't last I've had 2 sets of new and both look crap after 12 months.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:52 AM

than your only option is to swap the front with that of a golf as the headlights are glass ... and if it's done right it actually looks really good... 



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:16 AM

To get the lenses clear you either replace them , or follow a guide on YouTube etc, wet sand, then machine polish.

To stop the fading from happening again you need to coat the surface of the lens , my suggestion is to use lamin_x clear

I've done the sand\buff\lamin x to my crap Skoda, and the lights are still 100% clear where the lamin x has sat on the lens. The bits where I didn't have enough lamin x, faded back to milky within 6months !

So whatever you do, protect the surface with some lamin x or similar plastic stick on clear stuff

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:17 AM

Should have said, i did it like 5 yrs ago, and the lights are still like new where i applied lamin x

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:21 AM

or you just change the front to a golf front ...

it could make it look like this with some extra cash chucked in ;)

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but this look for a bora is my favorite... 

 

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ps not my cars but if i owned a bora it would end up a Gora r32 look :D



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:15 PM

ive had loads of glass headlamps cracked or chipped over years but polycarbonate is very tpugh indeed so my preference. Scratches chips or dulling can be polished out quite cheaply with a little effort.

As others have mentioned though if you want a lasting job that wont start going opaque in a short time it is vital that you spray the restored lens with a clear UV resistant laquer and they will then last years

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 06:58 PM

ive had loads of glass headlamps cracked or chipped over years but polycarbonate is very tpugh indeed so my preference. Scratches chips or dulling can be polished out quite cheaply with a little effort.

 

 that is why you can get headlight protectors (clear covers)... first thing i got for my golf ;)



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:10 AM

I just took mine out and mopped them with G3 compound for ages then polish came good

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:29 AM

I just took mine out and mopped them with G3 compound for ages then polish came good

I'm beginning a rebuild of my crashed Mk5 and did the headlamps a couple of days ago whilst they're off the car. They were not bad, just beginning to go matt in some areas. G3 applied manually with a cloth and then a wax brought them right back to as new

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:46 PM

Thanks to everyone for their comments and useful advice.

I think i'll try the quick fix and attempt to polish them.

The two examples with the mk4 golf headlights look bloody amazing.

This is one of the many reasons i love vw's.

You can have them looking so unique!

Golf and Bora; aren't they just the best!!

Thanks again guys.

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#16 barrym381

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:06 PM

Thanks to everyone for their comments and useful advice.
I think i'll try the quick fix and attempt to polish them.
The two examples with the mk4 golf headlights look bloody amazing.
This is one of the many reasons i love vw's.
You can have them looking so unique!
Golf and Bora; aren't they just the best!!
Thanks again guys.
Regards.


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