Dismantling and packaging of essential features
The total right hand drive conversion processes involves many major changes. It is not just a matter of swapping a steering wheel over.
Our right hand drive conversion processes begins with the removal of the vehicles interior, the front end sheet metal, radiator, headlamps, grille and bumper. As each part is removed it is safely stored in a protective and purposely designed storage system.
Professionally manufactured housings & Jigs
Once the vehicle has been prepared. Our qualified technicians then utilize a variety of specially designed Jigs to ensure both a professional finish and ISO accredited uniformity of production.
We take great care in our Right Hand Drive Conversion design process to ensure that the serviceability of our completed vehicles either matches or improves on the factory units where possible. This new dash is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.
The transformation process
Autogroup International opt to use a brand new one piece right hand drive dash housing. Which provides excellent rigidity and a factory type finish. While retaining driver ergonomics with the steering wheel centralized to the driver’s position.
Our conversion teams consist of specialists in welding, fiberglass, sheet metal, auto electrical, motor mechanics and pattern making.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CONVERSION
Expand the below sections for some important advice when making your Right Hand Drive Conversion decision.
If you require further information relating to the finer details of our conversions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office here.
- What international design rules are use in the conversion?
- Is this company ISO (internationally approved)?
- The right hand drive conversion of a motor vehicle is a complex procedure. It is not a matter of changing a steering wheel over from the left to right.
- The safety of the conversion must be the same or better the OEM.
- When converting a vehicle there are a range of compliance issues (ensuring the conversion is to the same or better level of safety to the original manufacturer)
- This goes to the level of material used in the right-hand conversion. For example steel parts that are manufactured must be the same or stronger than the OEM supplier.
- The primary issue you should consider is safety. The old expression “you get what you pay for” applies.
- RHD conversion process is all about engineering. Look for a company that is well established with a proven history of doing this specific product. The operating standards that are ISO approved and comply their work with acknowledged authorities and most important they are certified to do the vehicle you want converted.
- Feel confident they can deliver what is required and that it is safe.
- Good engineering relates to steering, electrical, interior finish and functioning interior such as lighting standards for your country, the list goes on.
- Any supplier will be happy for you to visit their facility and see the work first hand.
- Make sure you can import your required vehicle and that it complies to your local standards.
- Check your duty levels and other taxes.
- Check if you need a special import approval.
- Work with a local freight forwarder and check for any issues you may not have thought about.
- Check these issues before you buy anything
- First question is the obvious one. Does the supplier you are talking to have approvals of any type to convert the vehicle I want to buy.
- The conversion of brakes and steering (rack and Pinion or steering box) must perform the same or better standard
- Windscreen wiper sweep changed over?
- Door switches changed for window, door locks, memory seats changed to new driver’s side.
- Brake booster to be moved?
- Is the welding on the vehicle to standard – how do you prove this?
- How do you manufacture your dashboard, how is it trimmed, does it look like original?
- What about the wiring? Is it coloured code to match original, do the wires get soldered, are the heat shrink protected are they fire retardant enclosed?
- Is the air flow same or better for AC etc?
- Is the instrument cluster Metric or MPG
- The list goes on and on.
- Ask for images inside and out of previous vehicles and make sure they have proof they actually did that vehicle – is very easy to take pictures from web and suggest that it is their work
- Ask for approval types on vehicles
- Are they ISO approved – this ensures they work to a standard and more importantly they have have approved suppliers to them.
- Proof they have experience and that they have the knowledge to do this engineering process.
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