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Old 12th May 2022, 04:08 PM
ulfilias ulfilias is offline
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Default D2S Bulb ???

Hi There,

Got a bulb out warning light. WHOOP

Drivers side, so airbox out, i'm missing a wheel arch cover and it was gritty so bit of cleaning, and managed to pop the projector beam bulb.

Philips D2S, tested out and the bulb dead. I had a spare Osram bulb from my D2 of years back and popped in the ballast and BINGO lights on.

Alas there were some slight differences, mainly a notch. Did a bit of a search and some cheap bulbs come up and BOTH fitment. 5 mins filing a tiny circular notch and BINGO it fitted. Bit of cotorsion later and bulb in holder!

Tried to put the power cable on the ballast, NO go. Odd, was easy when testing. What's that bit of plastic fouling. Tries with dead bulb and it's some sort of safety thingy that needs the bulb it to work (also just found this thread)

Bulb, Ballast, Cable it is then!

Fitted, airbox back in (i hate that thing) and I have lights!!!

However I'm guessing they're temporary (so years then) and I should swap them for a proper D2S bulbs

Any recommendations now i don't need 'em like yesterday ???

And how MUCH swearing is required to do the passenger side one
Current :
2005 A8 Sport 4.2 V8 D3 - LPG working!

Previous :
1998 S8 PF 4.2 V8 D2 - Gearbox died ~120k
2002 S8 FL 4.2 40v V8 D2 Prins LPG - Engine valves met pistons ~230K

Also :
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0l (Post Apocalyptic makeover)
2003 Brabus Smart FourTwo (should sell)
2003 Mazda Rx8 2.3 (might sell)
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Old 12th May 2022, 07:36 PM
ainarssems ainarssems is offline
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Philips X-treme vision or Osram Nightbreaker seem to get top reviews but there are a lot of fakes out there.

I have a unused pair of Philips gen2 vailable that I bought for D3 but never fitted. Bought them from Amazon. Amazon itself and not a 3rd party seller on Amazon and using Philips online checking tool and uploading pics it says that they appear to be genuine so I do believe they are not fakes. Let me know if you are interested.

Let me know if you are interested, they are like these https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LZNT5...V0164QXB1B80QN
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2011 Q7 S Line 3.0TDI, 2016 Tesla Model S 90D

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2006 A8 Sport 4.2TDI quattro SOLD,
1997 S8, reached end of life with gearbox failure
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