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Difference between American SAE and European light requirements explained

Hi Folks,

I have been looking into this issue for my car. I will be coming over to Zurich in a couple of weeks.

This article seems interesting:

http://www.motivemag.com/pub/feature...n_Lights.shtml

I have a Toyota MR2 Spyder (2001). I love it because of its nimble handling and do not want to let it go. In this economy, I won't even get a good value for it.

I have been looking at the details about what things need to be changed for moving from Portland (OR) to Zurich. My car is stock (no changes made on any parts after I bought it. I have compared it with pictures of the same model being sold in Switzerland and I do not see any differences (the car was sold only in one trim type, so that makes it a little manageable).

Two things come to mind
1) My car does not have turn indicator lamps on the side walls. The cars in Switzerland seem to have them. Front and rear turn indicator lights are amber, so no issues there. How much might it cost to wire up a couple of these to the side panels?
2) This article talks about the driving lights being a certain type. Do I have to change the whole assembly when I come over? The assembly looks exactly like the ones I see in Switzerland. So, not sure if I will get tripped up in the process of getting Swiss license plates.

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Old 27.08.2009, 23:45
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Re: Difference between American SAE and European light requirements explained

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Two things come to mind
1) My car does not have turn indicator lamps on the side walls. The cars in Switzerland seem to have them. Front and rear turn indicator lights are amber, so no issues there. How much might it cost to wire up a couple of these to the side panels?
2) This article talks about the driving lights being a certain type. Do I have to change the whole assembly when I come over? The assembly looks exactly like the ones I see in Switzerland. So, not sure if I will get tripped up in the process of getting Swiss license plates.
1) Easy, even DIY. Hard part is deciding where to mount, and determining what side lights will comply. Remember toi fix the paintowrk if drilling through side panels! But check the Euro MR2 - it probably uses the bumper sidelight as the indicator light. Change the light fitting and wire to indicators = easy!!

2) The entire headlamp assembly needs replacing, if yours is DOT only. Replacement headlamps should be obtainable from a wreckers yard in CH or Germany. Of course, if yours says DOT / ECE then you'll be fine.
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