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    Question Rear Light Cluster options

    Just something that has been mentioned before on various forums and IMO the Caterham rectangular rear light cluster does not match the styling of the rest of the car.
    I think it makes it look like a Kit car (yes, yes I know) taking away from the old school styling.

    I want something more retro but as the rear CF wings have been fitted with the rectangular boxes (and the holes are already there) I have only found this option
    http://https://www.carbuilder.com/uk...-housing-black

    And fitted with these
    http://https://rimmerbros.com/Item--i-AMR6526LED
    https://rimmerbros.com/Item--i-AMR6527LED

    I still think the above lenses are incorrect and something in this style would look more authentic

    https://rimmerbros.com/ItemList--Ser...Lamps--m-17000

    But I can't find a housing that would work with the above lenses

    Anyone have another option?
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    I felt the same way when I rebuilt my car and went with the Land Rover lights in your last link. I don't have a good picture on this laptop, but this will give you an idea. Obviously this is a Westfield not a Caterham, so some visual differences, but also Westfield molds a flat spot in the rear wing to take the standard tail light -- i.e. no mount needed to match the back of the light with the curve of the wing as on a Caterham. As for housings, I could swear someone did a carbon fiber block for the standard lights that would work. I'll look around to jog my memory. Happy to send you a better picture if it's helpful.

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    Here is the carbon fiber light block. The copy states they are handmade to order, so my bet is they could supply it without the pre-drilled holes for the standard Caterham rectangular light.

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    -John
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    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
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    Default Rear Light Cluster options

    Donít bother ordering from that carbon fiber supplier. They have a reputation of taking money and never supplying.
    Mike
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    Ya thanks I think I will go for the Carbuilders option and Landy LEDs not exactly the look I wanted but better than the Caterham Block
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    I got a set of rear roadvision R8 clusters from https://ultimateledlights.com.au/ they work great but one thing...
    You may need to insert a pair of diodes into your wiring loom: My car was set up with the internal resistance of the incandescent bulbs serving as ground {This explanation is a little dodgy since i'm no electrical engineer}. Substituting the rear LED's activating the turn signal would power all the lights simultaneously. A pair of diode's and separate ground fixed this.

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    I used these on my car for brake light and turn signal. There are some other good options in both LED and regular.
    https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/led-...and-tail-pair/
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    I'm still not positive if I'm going to do it or not, but I picked up some Lucas L594 light assys that I might utilize instead of the stock Caterham lights/blocks. I bought (4) red assys to use as stop/taillights, (2) orange assys for the indicators, (2) clear that I'll use for the reverse lights, and (2) matching red reflectors. I think the reverse lights will mount on the rear body panel in place of the rectangular reverse/fog units that come with the kit. They just barely cover the existing holes and I bought the flush mount because I didn't think there'd be enough clearance for the regular version with the proximity of the gas tank to the rear panel. The rest will mount on the rear wings and should look similar to the Super Sprint model but with the extra brake/tail light to make up for the extra width of the normal S3 rear wing. I haven't drilled the rear wings yet, but I think I can space it properly for the Lucas lights and still be able to use the original Caterham lights if req'd. I'll be using LED bulbs for all the lights to hopefully maintain some kind of visibility from the rear. The Lucas L594 look like this:

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    I'm still about a week away from completing my 'big' garage project, so I should be starting the Caterham soon.
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    I've long been a fan of the look of the taillights on various Donkervoort cars. They look better and more integrated than do the box of lights on my Caterham's rear fenders.









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    I actually like the standard Caterham rear lights. Their rectangular shape matches the rectangular shape of the rear of the car, unlike the round lights. Also, I think they are the only remaining part of the Caterham that was also on the original Lotus Seven Series 3? Croc can correct me on that. And I think Lotus sourced them from a pop-up camper (caravan?) in wide use back in the late 60's.
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