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Perc

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I have been thinking about getting the same "laser" branded LED bar that Adrian has on the Tesla. It would hide behind the grille very nicely, wiring might be a bigger problem, though.

As long as there's an analog wire somewhere that goes live with +12V when you turn on the highbeams, you're set. All you need is a relay, or preferrably a "CAN bus compatible" €50 ish wiring kit that really only is a slightly fancier relay that draws so little current the car doesn't know you've tapped into it.

If your car is like mine and doesn't have said wire, you will need a little brain box that wiretaps the CAN bus to detect when the highbeams are switched on. It then outputs a 12V signal for the relay kit.

http://www.canm8.com/can-bus-interfaces/lighting-control-interfaces/canm8-highbeam.html
If you don't want to splice and physically wiretap the CAN bus, there's this thingamajig:
http://www.canm8.com/cannect-contactless-reader/canm8-cannect-contactless-reader.html

After you've figured out where to get the signal, just use the actual car battery as the power source for the relay kit and you're done.
 

IceBone

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Small update, 2 weeks ago the automatic headlight height adjustment spat out an error and the lights started pointing straight into the ground ala

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Had it diagnosed, the fault came up with the front arm sensor. OEM importer wanted €140+tax for it, at the notion of which we all laughed (including the importer) and they were more than happy to provide me with the part number so I could find it somewhere else. Good news, ebay had a plethora of them with the most reliable seller offering one for €36 delivered. Bad news, it took 2 weeks to get here, but after 30 minutes on a lift, the faulty one is in the bin and the lights work again.

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Perc

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Mitsubishi, being Japanese, wants €500 or so for the entire sensor assembly when the little drop link between the control arm and sensor snaps. OEM parts are ridiculous sometimes.
 

IceBone

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I seem to be spending money on the most inappropriate things, but having a steering wheel that both looks and feels brand new completely changes the feel of the car.

Plus, it was only €120, including alcantara and custom stitching. I probably wouldn't have specced it like that, but they had one already waiting so it was just a 15 minute swap job, no need to wait.
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