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68autobug

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Reply with quote  #16 
 
Yes, 90/100 watt bulbs are illegal in Australia too...
I have seen many of them used in all sorts of cars,
and the plastic plug on the back does eventually melt...
 
Check out the Hella / Narva [plus other brands] PLUS 50 Xenon bulbs
these fit into normal H4 Hella Bosch replacement semi sealed beams
and have the sharp cutoff lens as is normal in Australia.
 
although USA made GE sealed beams with the USA beam pattern
are available in Australia...
 
the Hella 7 inch semi sealed beams have a flat glass...
where the sealed beam H4 hella headlamps are rounded...
 
they both look better than the original European semi sealed beam
as fitted to Australian VWs...
 
I do have a good pair of original equipment Bosch 1303S semi sealed headlamps and the glass on those is flat...
 
Again, the QH H4 Bulbs are available for all VW semi sealed headlamps
[not very common though these days...]
 
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Reply with quote  #17 

I have a Hella H4 kit.  I use 55/100w bulbs.

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Hi All,

Have a RHD mid '73 1303 i'm restoring currently.

The car had some crappy previous owners who had really done damage to the front end by slapping on bondo/putty for body repairs that weren't done properly. I've resolved most of the issues, but had to replace the front fenders in the process.

The replacement fenders are used original VW 1303 fenders- but with the triangular cut-out for low-impact absorbing bumpers.
So unfortunately it is not keeping to the '73 spec.

Question:
Research tells me that this kind of fender is for a '74+ change to the superbeetle...is this correct? This i believe, has direct implication of the kind of headlamp kit i have to order for the car...

Greatly appreciate any insight.

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68autobug

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Yes,
the Hella H4 semi sealed beam headlamps have flat glass which I really like the look of.
the Hella sealed beam H4 55/60w are probably the best but their glass lens is curved and look different..
I also have some Bosch ones H4  but haven't used them as yet.. they use the odd H4 60/55 bulbs with the wide rim as used in most VWs and common in Europe years ago...
I have seen many headlamps from non VW cars that have used the 100/90 watt QH bulbs.. and the plastic plug melts... and any other plastic things near them... lol

My H4 Hella semi sealed beams are excellent on Low or High beam..
The sharp cutoff to the Left is a legal requirement in Australia.. so, no glare on low beam.. the US made GE sealed beams were popular in Australia many years ago,, but the low beam was still very bright to oncoming cars..
As You probably know, You can buy the clear lens type headlamps now.. with H4 bulbs or sealed beams 55/60watts...

cheers

LEE




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Originally Posted by gunat
Hi All,

Have a RHD mid '73 1303 i'm restoring currently.

The car had some crappy previous owners who had really done damage to the front end by slapping on bondo/putty for body repairs that weren't done properly. I've resolved most of the issues, but had to replace the front fenders in the process.

The replacement fenders are used original VW 1303 fenders- but with the triangular cut-out for low-impact absorbing bumpers.
So unfortunately it is not keeping to the '73 spec.

Question:
Research tells me that this kind of fender is for a '74+ change to the superbeetle...is this correct? This i believe, has direct implication of the kind of headlamp kit i have to order for the car...

Greatly appreciate any insight.

Cheers




In Australia ,
the headlamps changed from Hella semi sealed beams attached to the chromed ring/rim,

 to Bosch semi sealed beams attached to the fenders.. so Your car should have the later Bosch headlamps.. but what the earlier cars had in the USA, I don't know.....
any VW parts shop should be able to confirm what headlamp should be in Your beetle..

Both types should fit Your fenders...

Lee in Australia.





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thanks Lee- i checked on various sites, and decided to go the safest path by ordering a post 74 headlight kit from the UK (which will ensure i'm getting RHD lights)- they should actually be delivered today...so fingers crossed!
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Reply with quote  #22 
Find a set of glass bosch h4 assemblies, use 55/65 bulbs in white (yellow is available). No relay needed. Look way cool, nice light pattern(previously mentioned) I got lucky and found a set of marschals and wired them in through my rear defrost relay for the extra light on low beam. Like daytime out there using the h4 on high w/ marschals on fog. They put off a yellow glow, I also bought the h4's in yellow. Have the same setup in my old powerwagon which is as sweet. 
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Reply with quote  #23 
Man I'm gonna love this site it's like a refresher course in Beetle repair.
Thanks for sharing Fellas.
Keep it coming it's been awhile but the more I read the more that comes back to me

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