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peter030371 - 9/6/19 at 10:28 AM

Not sure if anyone on here can help but if I don't ask I will never know. This forum seems to have some clever people on it

I am trying to find a supplier of a new headlamp connector like this;

Front view
Front
Front


Rear view
Rear
Rear


Light assembly that it plugs into
Light Assembly
Light Assembly


The current connector has been damaged in a crash. The garage has been told by the car manufacture that they have to buy a complete new loom which with the other bits they will need (plus I guess the time to strip and fit a new loom) will write the car off and the car is less than a year old!

So does anyone recognise it?


nick205 - 9/6/19 at 03:17 PM

what car is it from?

Car manufacturers tend they buy bits in from other electrical suppliers so if we know what car it is we can probably work out what make of connector it is.


peter030371 - 9/6/19 at 04:35 PM

quote:
Originally posted by nick205
what car is it from?

Car manufacturers tend they buy bits in from other electrical suppliers so if we know what car it is we can probably work out what make of connector it is.


If it was a normal car i would say but it's a little over the name of this forum, suffice to say it's a hypercar from a British manufacture based in Woking !

Just wondering if anyone recognises it?


indykid - 9/6/19 at 08:30 PM

It looks like an AMP (TE - Tyco Electronics) 090/250 hybrid connector but I can't find that specific pin layout. Have you asked on the Mclaren forums? I expected they wouldn't know one end of a screwdriver from the other, but I found a thread where a guy had taken his headlight assemblies to bits to repolish the insides so just perhaps there's hope?

Closest I've found so far is this.

An hour in though, I still haven't found it, but you might have a bit more impetus to carry on. Perhaps try emailing TE tech support directly with a picture to get the model number


MikeR - 9/6/19 at 09:36 PM

I've had a search of Mouser, RS and farnell and can't find anything.

Are their any markings / codes on the connector?


SteveWalker - 9/6/19 at 09:49 PM

quote:
Originally posted by peter030371
The garage has been told by the car manufacture that they have to buy a complete new loom which with the other bits they will need (plus I guess the time to strip and fit a new loom) will write the car off and the car is less than a year old!



At the worst, they could buy a new loom, cut the connector off and graft it to the old loom, saving the labour costs of changing the whole loom.


peter030371 - 10/6/19 at 07:54 AM

Thanks for all the ideas. So far I have found that it is made by Yazaki in Japan, they have a automotive section in Germany so I am trying to see if they can supply this one spare part (with contacts and 2K seals) but I am not holding my breath

The problem with getting a full loom is 1) the cost and 2) the lead time is 2 months. The car is fully stripped and ready to go back together and they can't wait 2 months for a single connector!

Edit to add that the customer has said they are not paying >10k for the loom just to replace a single connector and I can't say I blame them, its a ridiculous waste of money and materials.

[Edited on 10/6/19 by peter030371]


nick205 - 10/6/19 at 08:58 AM

quote:
Originally posted by peter030371

Edit to add that the customer has said they are not paying >10k for the loom just to replace a single connector and I can't say I blame them, its a ridiculous waste of money and materials.

[Edited on 10/6/19 by peter030371]


A worrying world I have to say!

If it were a more Locost type car then I suspect there'd be a more find a way to sort it and get around the problem approach.


MikeR - 10/6/19 at 09:12 AM

It's probably worth looking on Alibaba for the connector now you know the manufacturer. Just watch lead times.


gremlin1234 - 10/6/19 at 03:57 PM

you say the original connector was damaged, is it perhaps repairable?
or could you use individual pins, and then hold them in place with epoxy resin of some form?
or change the connector for a different one on both loom and headlamp?
or even just solder the wires to the headlamp, circumventing the use of any connector?


peter030371 - 10/6/19 at 04:02 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
you say the original connector was damaged, is it perhaps repairable?
or could you use individual pins, and then hold them in place with epoxy resin of some form?
or change the connector for a different one on both loom and headlamp?
or even just solder the wires to the headlamp, circumventing the use of any connector?


I haven't seen it with my own eyes but I don't think it is repairable. Headlamp side of the connector is part of the headlamp molding. Not going to try epoxy or solder straight onto a multiple k headlamp assembly, it will end up more of a mess if it doesn't work


harmchar - 10/6/19 at 05:46 PM

The "Locost" way would be to find any waterproof socket and plug with the same ammount of pins, chop both sides of the damaged one and fit new one.
The juice in the wires will still feed the headlight regardless if it's a McLaren item or Chinese copy.

Just read last reply that says one part is mounded to headlamp. So my suggestion is mute.

[Edited on 10/6/19 by harmchar]


rusty nuts - 10/6/19 at 06:55 PM

Wonder what happened to the cars that were written off ?


scudderfish - 10/6/19 at 07:03 PM

quote:
Originally posted by rusty nuts
Wonder what happened to the cars that were written off ?


One hell of a donor!


rusty nuts - 10/6/19 at 08:14 PM

Id have to ask Rowan


ettore bugatti - 11/6/19 at 07:41 PM

You could have a look https://www.digikey.com/ too


peter030371 - 11/6/19 at 08:42 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ettore bugatti
You could have a look https://www.digikey.com/ too


I have looked at all the catalog distributors, current best lead is it's custom

May have found someone that can 3d scan the other side and print a replacement