Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

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Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by GCooper » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:36 pm

Title says it all really, might look good in the empty area on the front, but I don't know because I can't find any pictures online! I guess it's harder to do because you'd have to drill into the bumper, although the previous owner of mine has already given the bumper a bit of damage.
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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by GCooper » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:43 pm

I'm not saying I'd do it :wink:
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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by jifflemon » Sat Jan 29, 2022 11:08 pm

GCooper wrote:
Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:36 pm
I don't know because I can't find any pictures online! .
Probably a good reason for that! :rofl:

The question would be "why?"

You've already sufficient additional lighting from the inner driving lamps. Additional lighting low down is not really going to provide additional illumination (because driving lamps have a pencil beam type pattern).

You'd also obstruct airflow to the radiator (remember that's its ONLY source of incoming air)

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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by GCooper » Sun Jan 30, 2022 2:23 am

Why? Because nobody else has :D

Mostly aesthetic for a classic car rallye, plus I meant above the bumper not below.
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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by jamescarruthers » Sun Jan 30, 2022 4:55 am

You’ve got enough lights as this absolute horror shows!

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1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2006 Citroen C6 Exclusive 3.0 petrol/LPG
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by jifflemon » Sun Jan 30, 2022 9:38 am

GCooper wrote:
Sun Jan 30, 2022 2:23 am
Why? Because nobody else has :D

Mostly aesthetic for a classic car rallye, plus I meant above the bumper not below.
Well, you could make a mounting bracket that clipped over the rear of the bumper and bolted in using the plinth screws; that’d save drilling the bumper.

Still think it’s going to look “wrong”; it’d work on a 440/460 as they’re a little more flat fronted.

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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by GCooper » Sun Jan 30, 2022 9:55 am

Yeah, you're probably right but I wanted to see if there were any photos of out there
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Re: Has anyone tried fitting rally lights?

Post by GCooper » Sun Jan 30, 2022 10:10 am

jamescarruthers wrote:
Sun Jan 30, 2022 4:55 am
You’ve got enough lights as this absolute horror shows!

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That's enough to cause nightmares :lol:
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