Headlight relay and wiring.

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Headlight relay and wiring.

Postby ben01328 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:59 pm

Hi guys got a bit of a query,I'm looking to tidy/hide most if not all the wiring in the engine bay and get rid of the old continental fuse box to replace it with something newer.

I've found this on eBay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16-Way-Blade- ... 1438.l2649

Now i was wondering can i get rid of the original headlight relay and replace it with some of the new smaller ones that would fit in the relay part of the item from eBay. (i'm using the outer lenses as side, dipped and mains and the inner lenses as side and dipped)

I'm planning on running as much of the wiring in the wings as possible in some flexible plastic copex.

Any advice on what to use and how to do it would be much appreciated

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Re: Headlight relay and wiring.

Postby Taff50ish » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:24 pm

Hi there,

I would say that if your replacing the whole of the Loom, then yes, this Fuse / Relay box is ideal and you should be able to do away with the existing Relay quite easily... You would need a Switch Over Relay which looking at this Box will fit, I've just done a conversion, but I was using all the old wiring, so I can go back to standard easily. If you're doing this from scratch, you could use a Single NO Relay to trigger the Power for the Main Flash through the Switch Over Relay. I fitted a 30a NO Relay and a 30a / 40a Switch Over Relay, so there is plenty in reserve even with all 4 Units lit for Dip & Main. Also use the Diode Relays, just saves any nasty feed back!!!

Hope this helps... Best of Luck. Which Light units are you using for this as a matter of interest??? Cheers,

John...

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Re: Headlight relay and wiring.

Postby pbar » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:04 am

ben01328 wrote:Hi guys got a bit of a query,I'm looking to tidy/hide most if not all the wiring in the engine bay and get rid of the old continental fuse box to replace it with something newer.

I've found this on eBay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16-Way-Blade- ... 1438.l2649


Hi. That's horrible. Why not stick with the original, if yours is in a bit of a state then I'm sure that Martin at CapriGear or one of the other suppliers will provide a replacement which you can spruce up if needs be.

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Re: Headlight relay and wiring.

Postby Not_Anumber » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:04 pm

Its a tidy unit and i can see the advantages of resiting the relays beside the fuses. I would have been happy to use it on the kit car I used to have but I personally wouldn't choose to use it on a Capri unless it was mounted inside the car, under the dash etc.

Though the electrical system on a Capri is basic I feel it is reasonably tidy and well designed compared to a lot of older cars. Im in the midst of replacing an after market fusebox on my 2.8 with the original fusebox and cover. Though I am planning a headlamp upgrade I will keep the additional relays I need for this out of sight.

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Re: Headlight relay and wiring.

Postby ben01328 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:43 pm

Taff50ish wrote:Hi there,

I would say that if your replacing the whole of the Loom, then yes, this Fuse / Relay box is ideal and you should be able to do away with the existing Relay quite easily... You would need a Switch Over Relay which looking at this Box will fit, I've just done a conversion, but I was using all the old wiring, so I can go back to standard easily. If you're doing this from scratch, you could use a Single NO Relay to trigger the Power for the Main Flash through the Switch Over Relay. I fitted a 30a NO Relay and a 30a / 40a Switch Over Relay, so there is plenty in reserve even with all 4 Units lit for Dip & Main. Also use the Diode Relays, just saves any nasty feed back!!!


I'm not planning on renewing the loom just moving and extending everything out of sight, i'm not worried about being able to return it to standard, Im either going to do something in the engine bay or possible put it under the dash somewhere.

pbar wrote:Hi. That's horrible. Why not stick with the original, if yours is in a bit of a state then I'm sure that Martin at CapriGear or one of the other suppliers will provide a replacement which you can spruce up if needs be.


Not intending to have this on show and just want something a bit more modern and easy to use.

Not_Anumber wrote:Its a tidy unit and i can see the advantages of resiting the relays beside the fuses. I would have been happy to use it on the kit car I used to have but I personally wouldn't choose to use it on a Capri unless it was mounted inside the car, under the dash etc.

Though the electrical system on a Capri is basic I feel it is reasonably tidy and well designed compared to a lot of older cars. Im in the midst of replacing an after market fusebox on my 2.8 with the original fusebox and cover. Though I am planning a headlamp upgrade I will keep the additional relays I need for this out of sight.


Plan is to hide this away somewhere and tidy everything up a bit.

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Re: Headlight relay and wiring.

Postby Not_Anumber » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:45 am

Sounds good to me. You could even retain the original fuse box to keep it looking original.


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