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Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by udokpuenyi(m): 6:57pm On Mar 21, 2011
Before you import those righty drives, I think it is very important you make some basic enquiry concerning the conversion of the car when it arrives Naija unless you want to sell it as right drive. But if you planning to convert it to left drive, this below information might be of help.
1. Make enquiry about the availability of the car dashboard in the Nigerian market, if the dashboard cannot be sourced locally and you are not willing to import from abroad, save yourself the stress of importing such car. DO NOT CUT YOUR RIGHTY DASHBOARD AND FIX IT BACK TO LEFT DRIVE, IT IS RISKY. Recently a customer brought two Nissan laurel 2000 and 2002 model for drive conversion and I searched for the dashboard for one good week without getting them, presently those two cars are now abandoned pending when their dashboards are available.
2.Do not allow the person converting the car to use the old righty dashboard and steering in converting to left drive. This has severe implication on the alignment of the wheels and balance of the car after conversion
3. make sure that the persons converting the car knows about auto rewiring very well, this together with panel beating work are the two most technical aspect of drive conversion. Most operations of modern day cars are electronic based and during drive conversion, all the wiring connections in a car are disengaged. It takes an auto technician who is well grounded in art to accurately fix those wires together without the car having code problem in some cases. Check inserted pictures to understand what I mean.
4. Finally, try and get the cost and duration it will take to convert your car especially for those who are always in haste to carry the car. The cost of converting a car can range from 150k to 600k.

Example 97-99 Peugeot 406 can go for 180k while 2000 model can go for 190k,
a Toyota picnic manual drive can go for 250k while the auto drive goes for 260k, there reasons for this price  variation of the same car
  A Toyota harrier can go for 340 to 360k while Toyota Hiace Bus (hummer bus)  go as high as 450k etc.
Freelander 1999-2001 goes 160k,
Avensis 1992-2001 goes 270k
Peogeout 607 goes for 285k
Peogeout 307 goes for 190k
1999 -2001 camry: 180k
1999 -2001 honda CRV: 265k
2002 -2003 honda CRV: 250k etc
1999-2001 Rav4 :235k
1992-2001 Nissan xtrail: 230K ( make enquiry for dashboard availability)

Rover 75 : 240K with clean console



The price of the dashboard has a lot to do with the conversion cost though not in exclusion with other parts like AC evaporator, steering rack, gear selector and door mat cover where needed.

Make sure the conversion is handled neatly and professionally. Contrary to some people belief, there is no much difference in terms of car performance between a normal drive (left) and one converted from right to left. If you go down the chasis of some cars, you notice that even when the car
may be a right drive, a provision has been made to use it as left drive also, it all depends on how the conversion was done.
If we can get the dashboard, we in Naija, can convert the car in such that it will be difficult to find out that it was formally a right drive. Trust me

For mor information contact
saincollin@gmail.com
8 shotinoye str , papa ajao
Ladipo Spareparts Market Mushin Lagos

Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by r231(m): 7:02pm On Mar 21, 2011
good
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Riot5000: 8:57am On Mar 22, 2011
STOP CONVERTING.
Get your cars from USA, and leave ANTIQUATED BRITAIN alone.
They will always live in the DARK AGES, while the whole world moves on without them.
They will be NOTHING today WITHOUT the USA.
Too much ARROGANCE born of EMPTINESS.

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Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by TayoUK(m): 10:14am On Mar 22, 2011
Good points!
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Bese: 11:13am On Mar 22, 2011
Though it does worth converting a drive by the owners but 9ja tried to get it done here. It's looking good. keep the technological skill up.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by udokpuenyi(m): 11:51am On Mar 22, 2011
Thanks Bese and others who aired their opinion, all nigerians abroad are not living in USA and moreover the best country to import vehicle from is Japan because they phase their car within 2 to 5 yrs and unfortunately it it is righty
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Abayomin70(m): 12:07pm On Mar 22, 2011
nice one
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by sonety2k(m): 12:45pm On Mar 22, 2011
And how long does it take you to do Conversions
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by kabna(m): 2:28pm On Mar 22, 2011
Riot5000:

STOP CONVERTING.
Get your cars from USA, and leave ANTIQUATED BRITAIN alone.
They will always live in the DARK AGES, while the whole world moves on without them.
They will be NOTHING today WITHOUT the USA.
Too much ARROGANCE born of EMPTINESS.

ah bro i so much second u. i live here in the uk and what you so can not be further from the truth. they love to control you and when you resist they blacklist/ blackmail you. very arrogant. always believe their reasons for doing things are justified. truly its America that contributes greatly to their status and the europe in which they are. the other europeans know they are close to USA so by entertaining them, they get to be favoured with the us and this is how its been all along.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Segzy23: 2:58pm On Mar 22, 2011
kabna:

ah bro i so much second u. i live here in the uk and what you so can not be further from the truth. they love to control you and when you resist they blacklist/ blackmail you. very arrogant. always believe their reasons for doing things are justified. truly its America that contributes greatly to their status and the europe in which they are. the other europeans know they are close to USA so by entertaining them, they get to be favoured with the us and this is how its been all along.

It is good strategy if you cannot develop yourself to move close to someone who can develop you/ help you develop. Nothing is bad about that, I think you should try to live in Russia. Your thinking of the UK might be different after spending 1 year there. The same America you are talking about is a police state, if you are not happy where you are, why don't you move to somewhere else where you would be happy?
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by xcapade: 3:23pm On Mar 22, 2011
Segzy23:

It is good strategy if you cannot develop yourself to move close to someone who can develop you/ help you develop. Nothing is bad about that, I think you should try to live in Russia. Your thinking of the UK might be different after spending 1 year there. The same America you are talking about is a police state, if you are not happy where you are, why don't you move to somewhere else where you would be happy?

[b]
You have said it all, everyone living in U.K has a choice to put-up or move on.
The United kingdom has one of the strongest economies in the world, hence the
power of the British pound and if that is achieved through "arrogance" then it is worth it.

Left hand Cars are sold all over europe and if anyone decides to import from the UK, then
it is their choice and nothing to do with the UK policy to stick with right hand drive.

what should be questioned is the need for ppl to import used cars in a country with such abundance of resources as nigeria.[/
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Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by kshow1(m): 4:48pm On Mar 22, 2011
Please what is the price difference for purchasing a left hand and a converted hand
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by omafones: 10:33pm On Mar 22, 2011
Right hand drive countries
UK
Ireland
Jamaica
South Africa
Zimbabwe
India
Pakistan
Japan
Australia
China (I think)
Kenya
some Middle East countries
these are just a few,
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by gabng(m): 3:43am On Mar 23, 2011
@Op
Pls clarify particular vehicle brand that have their chassis built for both left & right hand drive.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by udokpuenyi(m): 6:56am On Mar 23, 2011
@sonety2k

And how  long  does  it  take  you  to  do  Conversions  ?

approximately 4 - 6 days

1st day: Removing the dashboard, the car ac components and steering rack
2nd day: The panel beating work
3rd day: painting and ac work
4th day: rewiring the car
5th day: Fixing back the removed components, alignment and testing the car

some cars like new model hiace bus, new model BMW and Benz, and Compact SUVs (called jeeps in Nigeria) may require extra days work while some cars like toyota picnics,corolla and 406 peugeot may be 4day work
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by afrokarma: 12:27am On Mar 24, 2011
When I first saw this topic it grabbed my interest as it's something that makes me marvel at the ingenuity of Nigerian auto mechanics and electricians.However it's gradually being turned into that old UK vs USA rivalry. There is no need for that as this topic could be so much more interesting as we all learn from each other and the original poster who seems to be an expert in this field and stop claiming to be Americans or British.When it comes down to the nitty gritty the Americans will tell you that you have an accent while the BNP will tell you to go back to your country. Please let's go back to the original topic.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by kabna(m): 3:17am On Mar 24, 2011
people need to read well posts before they comment. my response to a poster who said he thinks is arrogance that made britain keep its driving prefernace should not be misconstrudede with my choice of place of settlement. its an observation that i have mad and as it is, no situation is perfect but some are better than others. seconding what someone has observed is no indication that one necessarily is unhappy with where he is. I can easily handle people with differnet personalities. I have such an adaptive nature however it does not mean i cant form opinions shaped by experiences.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by gbagudara: 6:07pm On Mar 24, 2011
I support Riot5000 I am not even aware of the continued existence of right handed vehicles. It is amazing how some civilizations are seriously dragging behind. I am truly shocked that there are still right handed vehicles around. Those belong to the sixties.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by fabienjoe: 11:56pm On Mar 26, 2011
Britain may have a good economy but it is an economy based on fickle fundamentals - hedge funds, services and commerce - and that is why they were badly affected by the financial crises. The strength of the currency is not necessarily an indicationn of the strength of the economy. For example the Japanese economy is very good but their Yen is deliberately being devalued to promote export which is very important to the economy. The German economy is very strong but they use the same currency (Euro) as a host of countries in the Euro zone, with widely varying economic strengths. Britain imports almost everything from China and India and therefore a strong pound favours them. What you can't take away from them though is fiscal discipline and almost zero government corruption which is how they have managed to keep going on revenue based mostly on taxation. The flip side of it is a country of people taxed blind by the government, very tight-fisted people, where every penny matters to everyone. It may therefore be of interest to Nairalanders that most of the cars in the UK are small, low fuel consuming cars, that is in comparison with the US where expansive gas guzzling cars, trucks and 4x4s are the norm. Of course, Britain also has a very robust welfare system. A great achievement. I sometimes wonder how they manage it.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Riot5000: 9:08am On Mar 31, 2011
You have said it all, everyone living in U.K has a choice to put-up or move on.
The United kingdom has one of the strongest economies in the world, hence the
power of the British pound and if that is achieved through "arrogance" then it is worth it.

PURE NONESENSE.
WITHOUT the USA, the queen would be speaking German today.
Without the USA, London would be in economic crises every day.
Forner colonies have gained their independence and there is not much to loot from anymore, and so, the sun has been setting on that land for a while.
ARROGANCE, minus the USA, equals NOTHING.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Siena(m): 10:29am On Mar 31, 2011
Guys, please let's keep this thread clean, and on track. Let's not digress into politics, and the old US vs UK debate.

With regards to RHD to LHD conversions, I also carry them out here, but will only convert cars that have the chassis / bulkhead built for both RHD and LHD applications. I will not cut / panelbeat / weld a RHD bulkhead, to install LHD components! A new bulkhead requires a jig to install, and the tolerances between getting alignment 100% are very fine. I wonder then, how the fine tolerances can be maintained, with a "modified" bulkhead?

If I had to convert a RHD car to LHD, and the bulkhead didn't support LHD applications, the only way I would take the job on, would be to remove the entire RHD bulkhead, and spot weld in place a brand new LHD item. My policy is, I will only convert a car, if it will look like it left the factory as a LHD vehicle. This is mirrored in my charges for early cars, and some later Japanese models, whereby a factory conversion entails replacing the entire bulkhead. Not a cheap exercise, but with 100% integrity.

A jig cost in the region of £90 + VAT to hire on a daily basis, and about £4,500 to buy!

I will also not complete a LHD conversion in 4 days. I take my time - typical time is 7 - 12 days. For cars that require a bulkhead replacement, add at least a week. Setting up the jig alone will take the best part of a day, and that's before you even drill out the first spot weld. Yes, you can't just cut out the old bulkhead. You have to drill out the spotwelds. I converted a 2001 Toyota Camry back in 2008, and from memory, there were 244 spot welds to drill out. Time consuming, and labour intensive. Without the jig to support the car, the frame will twist and deform, if you remove the bulkhead first! The car will be written off, as it'll never run true again. The most time consuming aspect is the wiring harness. On a modern car, with CAN BUS, there are no less that 60 wires to extend. On older cars pre-CAN BUS models, there will [/i]be considerably more wires to lengthen.

My slogan? [i]Measure thrice, cut once.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Riot5000: 11:53am On Mar 31, 2011
If you want a Car already built for Nigeria, I can hook you up with a reliable vehicle, cheaper than you can get CONVERTED vehicle; TOYOTA, HONDA, NISSAN, or the Asian built cars.
No need to start converting anything, because, there is nothing more genuine that the ORIGINAL.
Those after market tinkering do affect the intergrity of the vehicle, NO MATTER how good the Mechanic is, and you do not need car problems in Nigeria, where it will cost you an arm and a leg to repair
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by ikeyman00(m): 9:31pm On Mar 31, 2011
^^^^^^^^^^

and u think we are silly angry

but i still think they are not doing a bad job at ladipo

however conversion takes up to 2 wk as against 4 days?
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Siena(m): 2:42pm On Apr 04, 2011
I thought 4 days was pretty optimistic too. Especially on a Peugeot 406, which doesn't have the bulkhead stamped out for combined LHD and RHD use.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Bisiwar: 9:55pm On May 25, 2011
[color=#006600]Hi

Siena, i read through you explanations on converting cars and i suppose you are good at what you do but you did not leave your contact details on how someone could connect with you.

However, i have an Honda Accord vtec(2001) here in London which i will prefered converting before sending it down to Nigeria, and i will like to know if you can convert such car and the cost pls.

Also, please i will like to have your contact details to have a chat pls.Thank you waiting to hear from you soon.

Kay.
07930307943
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by Vipermann: 10:12pm On May 25, 2011
Udokpoenyi,

Keep up the good work. cool
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by rulemart: 10:25pm On Jul 09, 2011
Mad American freaks,,, you should have stayed way back home. The english you mock taught you the language you speak, and write, ingrades!!!! guess you couldnt make it to uk. thats why most of you envy, That brings me back to American, fools we taught them the language they speak but they are always ignorant to understand it, English call it pavement, American fools call it walk way coz they dont know which is different, English call it horse ridding, they call it horse back ridding wha!!! stupidity, We call it BIN, Americans call it waste collection basket, because they will never understand, fools, we call it lift, they call it escalator cos it escalte up, so when next you wanna talk silly about Britain watch it , pricks, why do Americans still pay tax to th Queen, if she not thier Goddess.The roschild Business firm that owns the finance of America were from where, they are British who migrated to America to rule them, in case you fools dont know, bring it on lets gooo, am here!!! cool
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by fabienjoe: 11:13pm On Jul 09, 2011
@rulemart: You accuse Americans of poor understanding of English but you don't even seem to master the language either, if your post is anything to go by. You obviously love Britain and claim to be British. Goodluck to you but your post hardly oozes Britishness. In addition to your poor English, your post was rude which goes against the traditional British politeness. And what is that about America paying tax to the queen? In all honesty, that is a very new information to me.
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by rulemart: 7:11am On Jul 10, 2011
Sorry mate am English not British guess you wernt taught that? Can one have poor knowledge of mother Tongue? I know your problem we've taught you too much that you seem not to understand anymore. And google and dictionaries have been helping you it's obvious. I don't need them at all I speak my language and I stand corrected quote me anywhere. I can create my own English and Phrase. Great Britain !!! Have you heard of great America , a country without culture and history. Fat gays with benches at McDonalds coz theyr too fat to sit on chairs in Texas . And remember it's football not soccer , Lol . You said am rude, the topic on here is about converting cars why would someone introduce dissing, Well when it comes to that we r equals. Or even more better. Tell Americans to pronounce Bottom , lol what a race!! White people complanning racism in their own country. What a country!!! Bring it on, Lol I can't wait, Faggs, oops sorry Americans ,
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by akiesony(m): 5:41pm On Jul 14, 2011
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Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by nnaobodo1: 11:03am On Jul 21, 2011
@udokpuenyi,
i have been calling your nos but not going thru.

please i wanna confirm abt our last discussion on my Peugeot 607 cos the car will be available on the 10th of august.

pls i need to hear frm u.

and guys on this thread,i went to his workshop and saw the conversion he's done with my eyes.he's really good @ it.

well done bro
Re: Right Hand Drive To Left Hand Drive Conversion by nnaobodo1: 9:21am On Sep 12, 2011
Hi NLders,

poster is not lying on his good job,attached is his job and i can recommend him to anyone.

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