Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

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Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by dragonflyjewels » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:53 pm

Just back from another club's meet on the continent with excellent news. This is the club president's car, with reproduced rear cluster lenses and centre panel.

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They were made by a man who runs a business making one off prototype lenses for the design departments of various car manufacturers. It is an entirely hand-made process, and he has very kindly agreed to remake our rear cluster lenses in his spare time for a fraction of his normal price. The only difference is that the name Hella and Made in Germany is not moulded into them - obviously he cant put false information on them. The first batch were brought to the meeting for some very happy members. Once their own club members all have their orders, they will offer them to other clubs, including ours. I believe the cost to us will be 3-400 euros for the pair of light clusters and 1-150 euros for the centre panels. As it is a slow process to make them and the moulds are only good for about half a dozen castings, it isn't going to happen tomorrow but it is on the way. I have put my name down for a set and will bring them to the October meet if I have them by then.
As it is only the lenses we will have to pry broken ones off old clusters, same as with Joep's drl lenses. Anyone who only needs one side will need to think about how they want to do it. I suggest that the repros are fitted in pairs in case the colour is slighlty different, in which case people who buy a pair will need to source a duffer so they then have an odd good one to sell - hooray ! I foresee a surge of interest in damaged rear clusters as well as a trickle of decent clusters for sale.
I will keep in close contact with the other club to make sure we are not forgotten. If they want someone to collate the orders/take delivery etc I'm happy to offer my services, or it might be our Belgian friend Michel, who speaks good English who acts as go-between.

NB PLEASE DON'T SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS I DON'T KNOW IF THEY ARE WILLING TO SUPPLY NON-CLUB MEMBERS
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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by mathrock » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:59 pm

:hopping: :hopping:

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by edie_fox » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:04 pm

Excellent news. I can have live with a little less stress/fear! I chipped a corner off my last 480’s set. 🤢
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Post by jamescarruthers » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:10 pm

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by jifflemon » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:15 pm

I’ll happily have a set.

This news pleases me more because it may stop people breaking a car to make a quick bit of cash from the lenses.

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Post by Murf » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:14 pm

Happy days! :D

Not a bad price too considering the work that must go into making them.
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Post by dcwalker » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:43 am

Brilliant! :D

Never thought we'd see the day, tbh…

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by cranna21 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:19 am

Fantastic News!

put me down for a set (excluding centre section) when the time comes and you hear more! :D
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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by MisterH » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:40 am

That is Spectacular!

They look really nice, shame about the lack of period Hella branding, but understandable.

I would only use them as a last resort however, mine are OK, but I would like to keep the originals if possible

that 480 of the president's is VERY shiny...
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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by 100 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:34 am

This looks great, I'll be putting my name down for a full set when the time comes!
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Post by Norm57 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:07 pm

Great news, mine are ok at the moment but I may invest in a spare set as with most things the price will only go up!

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by mathrock » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:12 pm

I'd be interested in having a set. Also interested in seeing pics of the procedure to separate the existing/old lense covers and installing new ones.

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by dekkb » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:01 am

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, exciting news.
I'll definitely be up for a set of these as my passenger side has a chunk out of it courtesy of a little oik with a stick :angry: good work sylvia, keep us posted :hopping:
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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by Martin Mc » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:48 am

Hello Sylvia,

Great news and thanks for posting such a positive development!

I must be a bit thick, though, as I couldn't quite grasp what the pricing information meant. Please could you lay it out in simple terms for me, as I'm not sure what '3-400 euros for the pair of light clusters and 1-150 for centre panel' meant.

Many thanks :)

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by Murf » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:20 am

From what I can ascertain a pair of rear light lenses will cost between 300-400 Euros.
The black centre panel that sits between the rear lights will be between 100-150 Euros.

This is for just the lenses, you will need to remove the lenses from your existing light clusters and silicone the new lenses in place.
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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by nicklee » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:44 am

Great news :)
thanks for getting out there and doing the research!

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Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

Post by justtank » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:01 pm

I too would sign up for a new set of lights!
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