The great thing about Replicar is that they are easy to get through the IVA test. Self centring steering, emissions, steering column, decibels, brake balance, light switches, speedo calibration etc etc all come type approved courtesy of Mazda. Light positions are all moulded in to the body so we know they are fine. All you need to do is make sure you have an E mark label on your seat belts, secure all pipes and wires and you should get a pass first time. Leave a nyloc nut without the bolt fully in to the nylon or a brake pipe that rubs on the tyre and you will fail though. Best to book a morning appointment and take all manner of tools and bits and bobs with you just in case. Make sure the back lighting on the speedo works and that the fog light comes on with the dip and main beam, not sides. Make sure the hazard switch is correctly labelled and that the fog switch lights up when it's on. BUT, the rear Lucas 488 style FOG lights do not comply, it must have an F and an E on it. This can be replaced with a Hella "mix and match" inner from S-V-C which are marked with the required F. They can also supply a spare 488 chrome ring so that the F marked light matches if bonded in from the rear protruding slightly.
Please not the IAC cert in the picture above shows axle 1 500 and axle 2 600. This should be the other way around.
Leave off fly screen. Pull speedo needle off and set at 10mph when static if tyre rad is larger than donor. Raise suspension so the rear lights comply, block of rubber, nylon, even ply. Don't use 5 watt indicator bulbs apart from side repeaters. Ensure fog light is vertical and marked B or F and E. Fit wing mirrors in a position you can adjust from seat. Don't stick the interior mirror on with temp glue. Check headlight angles as you may need to pack the top of the off side depending on amount of adjustment you have on the bowls. Check speedo back lights work and fog only comes on with head not side lights. Check you have a tell tale for fog. Check seat belts can be tight enough for a child when passenger seat is fully back. E marks or similar on seat belts required.
I have not done much on my ivory Replicar for a couple of years but I am back on it now. I had not paid much attention to the post by Stuart in April 2014 about Lucas rear lights because he supplied my kit including rear lights after that post, in October 2014. However the rear lenses appear to be Lucas style, L488 glass. Can anyone confirm that these will definitely fail IVA or has anyone passed the test with them fitted ? The foglight looks ok _ marked "F" & E1.
Hi Alan, mine passed fine 4 months ago with the Lucas lenses. The fog light is a different light but I got a Lucas chrome rim and bonded it around the lens and it looks very similar to the 488 lenses now. They did check I had an F mark on the fog light.
I did something very similar on my Sonic with the same (or very similar....) lights - I mounted both the rear fog and the reversing light so that they just protruded through the rear bodywork. No issue with IVA.
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It's not the lens only, the reflector part of an E marked fog light is different too as the light needs to project backwards not around the area. That is why the IVA insists on having fog lights perpendicular to the road. Non of the other lights on the car need to be E marked, just that they give the equivalent light output of an E marked light. Hence a side repeater used as a front indicator is not acceptable.
Non of the other lights on the car need to be E marked, just that they give the equivalent light output of an E marked light.
At Stonleigh those nice chaps on the Exo stand showed me their Photon headlights which they claim to have dip and main in one unit. Are they the same as what you use and are they E marked or equivalent?
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