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Old 10-26-2002, 12:30 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Orciari look-alike (wannabe) dual beam light = CRAP!

So I bought a set of these cheap headlights on eBay. Total cost of around $150 or so. I didn't expect a whole lot, but even so, I got far less than what I expected.

The good:
- they were easy to install and just plugged in
- they look cool when they're turned off and not used for lighting stuff

The bad:
- cheap plastic (understandable, given the price)
- hardly adjustable, and via three loose wingnuts
- high beams don't work, and actually when turned on, all of the lights glow very dimly (like a cheap flashlight with nearly-dead batteries)

The ugly:
- the beam pattern is horrible - even with the best possible adjustment, it still blinds other drivers, who cheerfully blind you back
- the bulb plugs are super-cheap, that is to say, the wires come out easily, which initially causes flickering of the light, and could at best result in blown fuses, or at worst, an engine compartment fire
- the wingnuts come off with vibration, so they get lost, and are likely to eventually let the lamps themselves fall out
- the lamp bolts will eventually carve out the thin-plastic mounting holes through which they pass, causing more problems and eventually, failure

I tried just about everything under the sun (short of modifying the housings) to get these to work, to no avail. Needless to say, I'll be returning these POSs promptly.

Here's a "stock", pretty pic (I'll include the real-world pics later):
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Old 10-26-2002, 12:35 AM   #2
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Old 10-26-2002, 06:13 PM   #3
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Lo and hi beam. For some reason, the lo/hi were a little brighter than when I first put them in. Maybe because I managed to improve the connection by wiggling the connectors.
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Old 10-26-2002, 06:16 PM   #4
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And here is the rear. Note the connector (took about 0.5 seconds to remove with a very light tug), the wingnuts, the thin plastic, and the three post "adjustability" of the lamps. Garbage.
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Old 11-03-2002, 07:00 PM   #5
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Hi 2OHOH2WRX:

Would you mind just clarifying --Did you purchased Orciari headlights or headlights manufactured to look similar to Orciari headlights?

Here's a link to one of the Orciari headlights:

http://www.cc-b.com/GDA_Pages/wrx_wrc_hl.htm

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Old 11-04-2002, 12:47 AM   #6
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Hi 2OHOH2WRX:

Would you mind just clarifying --Did you purchased Orciari headlights or headlights manufactured to look similar to Orciari headlights?

Here's a link to one of the Orciari headlights:

http://www.cc-b.com/GDA_Pages/wrx_wrc_hl.htm

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Fixed link: http://www.cc-b.com/GDA_Pages/wrx_wrc_hl.htm

Your picture should answer your own question.

I bought IMITATION/wannabe/knock-off/replica/rip-off/etc headlights. It was an experiment, and one that failed. Bottom line, if you want the real deal you'll have to pay for it.
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Old 11-12-2002, 05:45 PM   #7
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Sure hope this has saved some people money, time, and frustration...
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Old 11-12-2002, 08:39 PM   #8
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Old 11-12-2002, 08:57 PM   #9
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These are sold by several vendors, as well as on eBay. Not their fault that the product is crap, but they'd probably do well to quit carrying it. Buyer beware...
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Old 12-26-2002, 01:54 PM   #10
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damn shame i didn't find this post soon enough i get mine the 30th of december. Hope i have better luck but i got mine for 119 shipped.
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Old 12-27-2002, 09:04 PM   #11
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I too got these headlights, my girlfriend bought them for me for christmas and they dont really do much of anything they look good but thats about it. I would probably be better with maglites for headlights than those.....
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Old 08-28-2003, 01:51 AM   #12
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has anybody installed these correctly?
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Old 08-28-2003, 10:55 AM   #13
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you get what you pay for. . . ..
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:11 PM   #14
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Wow this thread is old. Anyway I bought 2 pairs of these headlights and I experimented with them. Here is what I came up with.



As you can see, I smoked the turn signal covers and actually installed the blue auxiliary driving lights for my high beam. I angled them so they are right in front of me so I can see alot better than the low beam. Although the low beam sucks REALLY bad at glare, I am installing some HIDS in them soon. Hopefully It will turn out nice.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:29 PM   #15
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Getting ready to convert the projectors to HIDs and sand the housings down more.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:45 PM   #16
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Looks nice! I just bought a pair of these on ebay myself - where did you find the blue driving lights and how did you mount them?
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:25 AM   #17
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I just bought them at pepboys lol. The mounting bracket is on the lights and all you gottaq do is drill into the housing. Very simple process
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:20 PM   #18
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Any update on your project? looking to buy these myself, but not if they give crappy light.
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:00 PM   #19
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where can i find a set of these lights?
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:38 PM   #20
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:38 PM   #21
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actually I changed them quite a bit from that picture. Here they are now.







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Old 08-07-2009, 02:02 PM   #22
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #23
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those look great. makes me wish I still had a bugeye. I would gladly buy a cheap ebay pair to go to work on.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:39 PM   #24
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Can you take a better photo on what you exactly did to the turn signal?
Looks great by the way.
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Any updates? I have these headlights.
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