Broken Cibie Driving light..

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Hi All
Just back from a brief 3-week trip including the Darling River run, Border Track & Murray/sunset N/P, Wyperfield N/P, and back home via the Murray.
Anyhow, during the trip I had to remove one of my Super Oscar lights, as the mounting bracket had developed metal fatigue and was about to snap !!!
I was wondering if I should complain to Cibie.......after all I purchased the lights back in 1976 !!!
It had been fitted to many vehicles continuously all that time- with many '000 km of rallying including the Repco Round Australia in '79, a Australian Safari and a few Southern Cross rallys. And many more '000 km of 'off the blacktop' outback travelling.
Not quite a grandfathers axe, it has had a couple of new lens/reflectors, about 10 globes, but the original housing that has just failed. It's mate looks OK at this stage.

37 years of faithful service !!!
I'm gonna get the crack welded up and get another 37 years out of it (if I'm around that long).

Cheers
Wombat
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Reply By: bruce b2 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:54

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:54
sounds like they are about as old mine, but i have retired them (and the little brother Oscars), but i reckon that Cibie should replace both of them to save any "brand damage" to their company. Threaten to go to "Today Tonight" or ELSE !!!!!

good luck - bb
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Follow Up By: pepper2 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:11

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:11
I had super oscars for about 35 years they were retired a while ago after collecting a duck at about 100klm per hour.....Do they make HID super oscars these days ?
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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:19

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:19
Hey Bruce
You wouldn't happen to have an ole Super Oscar 'body' laying around???


are you an ex-rally person?? We have got an entry in for this years Alpine Rally. We will be running Colin Bonds ex-Repco Rally Cortina!!

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:23

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:23
Pepper

Yes you can get HID Super Oscars - factory upgraded for around $700 to $800. Sometimes a bit cheaper (cheapest I have seen is $650)

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:25

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:25
HID Cibie Sper Oscar's - $695

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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:33

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:33
Pepper
I have seen Super Oscars retro-fitted with the HID transformer thingos. they are fitted remote of the light unit, Check on ebay- you may find something there.

Wombat

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Follow Up By: bruce b2 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:37

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:37
g'day wombat - i don't think so but when i get home, later this week, i'll have a look for them. No i'm not a rally person although we used to spend some cold nights by a roaring fire (with internal Stones Ginger Mac insulation) in some of our forests watching them in the middle of the night. brilliant views of spotties piercing the dark and the occasional 360 oops moments. Ahhhh - memories and probably would have seen Bondy going past. I can't say that i'm too keen on the 2 prices that are above on them.
cheers - bb
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Follow Up By: J&V - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 15:33

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 15:33
Pepper,
I have Super Oscars fitted with HID purchased from ebay. The ballast fits in between the lens and the housing and is held in place with sikaflex. Somewhere on this forum there was a discussion about fitting HID to Super Oscars. This is where i got the info from. The HID kits was not overley expensive and although i cant remember exactly, am confident to say less than $300 to do the pair.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:18

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:18
I'm with Bruce on this one Wombat.

Absolutely disgusting! Where is the quality in things you buy these days. I too have experienced poor build quality in my Cibie Super Oscars.

When I purchased them, I was told that they were "the duck's nuts" of driving lights. But all it took was a single wayward stone to render it useless.

You would think that after a few (hundred) months of normal (4wd) use they would hold up.

Bugger Today Tonight - there's enough evidence for a class action.....

I bought mine in 1984 and all I ever had to do was change the vehicles they were attached to, and also a couple of globes. Unfortunately a new set of HIDs has taken their place. Where is the loyalty.

RIP Cibie Super Oscars

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Anthony
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