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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:02 pm    Post subject: DIY Litronic sensor arm Reply with quote

As part of the winter preservation project on my car I needed to replace the front sensor arm for my litronic headlight level sensor. I was stunned to find out that the part is close to £50. Not really wanting to spend that on something that simple I set about looking for alternatives.

Ideally I would have liked to use nylon and brass ball joint to keep weight down but couldn’t find any with boots on.

I eventually bought some metal/nylon ball joints(Ref AMG6) off eBay for £6 apiece and then a couple of pounds on m6 stainless rod and nylock nuts.

It weighs about twice as much as the original but should be a bit more serviceable as well. This will also work on the rear with a longer length of rod.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea... someone has bodged the rear one of mine with some cable ties, which could probably do with sorting properly.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you wanted to go lighter and (probably!) more dirt resistant you could do worse than an IGUS rod end:



https://www.igus.co.uk/product/315

We use these a lot at work and one of the reps bought in the gear linkage for a 981 which is a moulded IGUS part.

Very light weight too, and not bad price either, actually.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something of a hijack, but hopefully close enough that you can forgive me:

I have litronics in a car that came with Halogens originally, therefore I don't have the level sensor and associated gubbins - if I got them from a wrecker/OPC are they hard to integrate, or is it all plug-in stuff?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’m not sure, you’d have to check the wiring diagrams to see if the sensors feed a bcu which then tells the headlights how to set or if the sensors feed directly to the lights...
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