Opel/Vauxhall Zafira B AFL Bi-Xenon retrofit

24 Mar

In the previous post I created guides for retrofitting headlamp washers, which are a law requirement for xenon headlamps in many countries. Now I will continue with guides for retrofitting bi-xenon AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) headlamps. This will not be some aftermarket HID retrofit, but as a xenon pack option fitted by Opel/Vauxhall from the factory.

Preliminary checks

The first thing you should check whether your UEC supports AFL headlamps. In UEC under variant configuration you should see the following options available AFL Zafira-B (Adaptive Forward Lighting). Also, AFL has it’s own telltale on the instrument cluster. To check, whether your IPC supports it, activate AFL telltale test through TECH2/GM MDI/OPCOM and the pictogram (orange headlamp with side arrows) should light up.

Wiring diagrams and connector pinouts

The following wiring diagrams will help you identify, what wires in the headlamp wiring loom need to be swapped/replaced/added/removed in order to retrofit AFL headlamps instead of halogen ones. I’ve included diagrams for both halogen and AFL headlamps for comparison. For halogen headlamps, there are eight wires going to each light connected via E119L/E119R connector. For AFL headlamps, there are eight wires going to right light, so the E119R ZFW 10-4 connector is compatible. Only one wire responsible for headlamp leveling needs replacing. For left AFL, there are 13 wires going to E119L connector, so ZFW 10-4 housing needs to be replaced with ZFW 16-1 bearing 16 pin positions. The extra five wires are for CAN-BUS and leveling sensor. The leveling sensor attached to the rear axle feeds data to left AFL and is interconnected via X3 connector (the interconnection can be omitted and the wires can run from the leveling sensor straight into E119L connector, the choice is yours).

I’ve created easy-to-follow wiring matrix, depicting which wires can be reused, what wires need adding and which wires are no longer needed in the headlamp wiring harness. Ignition voltage wire for right AFL (XE1/41=>E119R/6) can be reused, but I’ve decided to replace it with 1.0mm2 wire as documented in schematics, as the old wire is only 0.5mm2 thick. For the left AFL, you need to run a new Ignition voltage wire from XE1 connector and add a 10A fuse to position FE31 in UEC (for halogens, both left and right lights are fused via FE23 10A fuse, while for AFL, only right AFL is fused via FE23 and left AFL is fused via FE31).

Wiring matrix

Attached bellow is the same matrix in PDF document ready for printing to keep it for reference during work:
Halogen to AFL retrofit wiring matrix.pdf


To retrofit AFL headlights, you will need the actual xenon headlights [9] with control modules [1]. As opposed to Astra H, which has two control modules per AFL headlight (only one module for AHL headlight version without cornering), there is only a single control unit per AFL headlight, which provides ignition to xenon bulb [3] and does the cornering and leveling. The leveling is automatic according to trunk load, which is measured by a leveling sensor [4] on rear axle. The sensor is attached by screws [7] and nuts [8] to the body and is connected to rear axle with a bracket [5] or [6], depending on axle type (more on that further below).

Parts list for AFL retrofit.

You will also need to replace the light switch with one that does not have manual leveling of headlights control (bottom right knob). There are only two variants for xenon headlights, one without AUTO position (positions 0-1-2) and one with AUTO position (AUTO-0-1-2) in which headlights’ on/off state is controlled by light sensor on the front windshield. Both variants have front fog lamp button, as fog lamps were part of AFL headlights option. So if you do not have fog lamps fitted and want to retrofit AFL headlights, you either retrofit fog lamps first, otherwise you will end up with a light switch with obsolete buttons (either front fog lamp button if replacing the light switch or leveling control knob if keeping your current switch).

If you have Opel (LHD), search for headlamps ident NL/CH and light switch ident LE/FL. If you have Vauxhall (RHD), search for headlamps ident CG and light switch ident RD/RE. It is not possible to use CG lights on LHD vehicle and NL/CH lights on RHD vehicle as you would be blinding oncoming vehicles due to opposite light beam formation so pay close attention to what you are actually buying (the ident is printed on the bottom of the headlight along with date of manufacture).

The following table lists all the parts with corresponding part numbers, count and retail price from Opel/Vauxhall (you can usually get 10-30% discount from your local dealer). Used parts are usually much cheaper. Your choice.

List of parts needed for retrofit

#Part numberGM numberDescriptionCount neededRetail price/pc.
11315335712 32 029CONTROL UNIT, ANGLE, HEADLAMPS21196,40€
2X9318718012 18 932REPAIR KIT,HEADLAMP BRACKET176,80€
41315335662 35 719SENSOR, HEADLAMP LEVELLING1296,40€
71109486120 02 127SCREW, HEX. HD., M8 x 26, HEADLAMP LEVELING SENSOR TO REAR AXLE22,04€
Left Hand Drive (LHD)
99319040612 16 667HEADLAMP, ASSY., LH-RH TRAFFIC (IDENT NL) (FOR CHINA)11291,20€
99319040712 16 668HEADLAMP, ASSY., RH-RH TRAFFIC (IDENT NL) (FOR CHINA)11291,20€
99318768812 16 651HEADLAMP, ASSY., LH-RH TRAFFIC (IDENT CH) (EXCEPT CHINA) (PRODUCTION NO. 24451044)11291,20€
99318768912 16 652HEADLAMP, ASSY., RH-RH TRAFFIC (IDENT CH) (EXCEPT CHINA) (PRODUCTION NO. 24451045)11291,20€
Right Hand Drive (RHD)
99318768612 16 649HEADLAMP,ASSY.,LH-LH TRAFFIC (IDENT CG) (PRODUCTION NO. 24451042)11291,20€
99318768712 16 650HEADLAMP,ASSY.,RH-LH TRAFFIC (IDENT CG) (PRODUCTION NO. 24451043)11291,20€

Note: if you are buying new or undamaged headlamps, the repair kit [2X] is obsolete. You need it only in case you are buying second hand headlamps that have one or more of the holding brackets damaged or broken. In the kit there are all six brackets, three for each headlight, but only four smaller screws for upper and center brackets (bigger screws for bottom brackets are two). Therefore if you need to fix all four upper and center brackets with one kit, you will need to get two more screws from hardware shop (the upper brackets take two screws, the center ones take one screw). Images below are for illustration what damage can and what cannot be repaired with the kit.

You can download PDF document with instructions on how to repair the brackets:
Instructions for replacing headlamp brackets.pdf

Identifying the correct bracket for leveling sensor

The information in EPC is sometimes misleading on identifying what bracket you need, as the usage is identified by an engine type. For my A16XER [LDE] engine, EPC was showing bracket 13209189 as the one suitable, even though I do not have sport chassis package.

So I digged deep inside GlobalTIS and found an article about the rear axle listed among new features in Zafira B. From the article I deducted that the difference is in welding angle of torsion beam between normal and sport chassis and since the bracket gets attached to the torsion beam, there are two variants to compensate for the different angle.

Three rear axle variants are available. The basic chassis which has been tuned primarily for a high degree of ride comfort. The welding angle (I) of the torsion beam (2) is 45°; as a result, the wheels are able to comfortably drive over even quite rough surface irregularities.

The second variant is the optional “Chassis Package Sport” for higher-spec engines. The welding angle (I) of the torsion beam (2) is 25° . This welding angle gives the rear axle a degree of torsional stiffness. As a result, vehicle handling is on the whole much sportier, for example because of the higher cornering stability.

The third variant is currently only available for the Zafira-B with Z 20 LER petrol engine. This model is fitted as standard with the “Chassis Package Sport”. Here too, the welding angle of the torsion beam (2) is 25°. It differs from the second variant in that it has larger rear brakes. The following illustration shows the different variants and also describes them in detail.

[1] Damping bushing mount
[2] Torsion beam
[3] Mounting points for brake carrier
[4] Mounting point for shock absorber
[I] Welding angle of torsion beam

Welding angle of torsion beam
1) Basic chassis, welding angle 45°, size of brakes: 264 mm x 10 mm
2) “Chassis Package Sport”, optional for higher-spec engines, welding angle (I) of torsion beam (2) 25°. Size of brakes: 264 mm x 10 mm
3) Zafira-B with Z 20 LER petrol engine fitted as standard with “Chassis Package Sport”, welding angle (I) of torsion beam (2) 25 °, size of brakes: 278 mm x 10 mm

Therefore, if you are unsure, what chassis you have in your Zafira, you can always check and measure the welding angle if the torsion beam. If it’s 45°, get bracket 13220082 and if it’s 25°, get bracket 13209189.

Below are the actual photos of the parts I bought for my retrofit (LHD Zafira). Most of the parts I bought are used except the screws-nuts and xenon bulbs. I advise you not to buy used bulbs, as the replacement procedure is a real PITA and you want to carry it out as seldom as possible. Of course you don’t need to buy the bulbs from Opel/Vauxhall, but any shop that carries D1S bulbs. Make sure you buy a genuine reputable mark (e.g. Osram or Philips have holograms and codes on the bulbs AND packaging to make sure you are buying genuine product), not some Chinese fake bulbs that will last few months).

Connectors, crimps, wires and accessories

Besides the new parts, you will also need to source some new connectors with crimps, wires, and tools.

The left AFL headlamp uses 16-pin ZFW 16-1 connector, so you will need to replace the existing ZFW 10-4 connector. You can order a repair loom from Opel/Vauxhall (part n. 13422492 GM n. 12 87 302 CONNECTOR, HEADLAMP) for 98,52€. Better option is to buy the connector directly from TE or a retailer. TE part number is 1-967242-1 and requires AMP JPT SWS (Single Wire Seal) 2.8mm crimps. For 0.5mm2 and 1.0mm2 wires order 7 pcs. 2-929939-1 contacts. Next, 6pcs. seals for 0.5mm2 wire 828904-1, one seal for 1.0mm2 wire 828905-1 and 3pcs. blanking plug 828922-1 for the unused positions in the connector. The third option is to buy the whole wiring loom from a scrap yard. The connector with wires running to XE1 and X3 connector is part of headlamp wiring harness.

The right AFL headlamp uses the same connector as halogen headlamp, you will just need to swap/replace two wires. Therefore you will need 2pcs. 2-929939-1 contacts (for both 0.5mm2 and 1.0mm2 wires), one wire seal for 0.5mm2 wire 828904-1, and one seal for 1.0mm2 wire 828905-1.

To connect the leveling sensor, you will need ZFW 6-10 connector – you can buy one as a repair loom from Opel/Vauxhall (part n. 93181787 GM n. 62 86 590 CONNECTOR, LEVELING SENSOR) for 84,24€. Again, you can buy from TE or retailer, part number is 1563872-1 and requires MQS SWS crimps. For 0.5mm2 wires order 3 pcs. 5-965906-1 crimp, 3pcs. wire seal 1-967067-1, and 3 pcs. blanking plug 967056-1 for the unused positions in the connector. The third option is to buy the whole wiring loom from a scrap yard. The connector with wires running to X3 connector is part of main body wiring harness.

For X3 connector to add new wires, use AMP JPT 1.6mm series contacts, 3pcs. 964274-2 female and 3pcs. 964269-2 male contacts. For both male and female use 6pcs. wire seals 964971-1.

To add wires to XE1 connector, use 2pcs. AMP JPT 2.8mm contacts for 1.0mm2 wires 2-929939-1 and 2pcs. corresponding wire seals 828905-1 for positions XE1/27 and XE1/41. For positions XE1/36 and XE1/38 use 2pcs. AMP JPT 1.6mm contacts 964274-2 and 2pcs. wire seals 964971-1.

You will run three 0.5mm2 wires from the sensor to the headlamp color-coded as green-white, white-red, and brown-blue in total length of about 765cm. first part is 625cm long from the leveling sensor B25 to X3 connector and second part 140cm long from X3 connector to the left headlamp E119L. From right headlamp E119R you will run 300cm 1.0mm2 black wire to XE1 and 310cm 0.5mm2 brown-yellow wire to left headlamp E119L. From left headlamp E119L you will run one 125cm 1.0mm2 black wire to XE1 and two 125cm 0.5mm2 wires – twisted green and white – to XE1. If you cannot source the wires in suggested colors, use any other colors but try to adhere to the required wire diameters.

For tools, get good crimping pliers – I suggest Engineer PA-20 or PA-9 pliers. They are well worth the extra cost compared to some cheap Chinese crimping pliers and they make crimping a joy. Also, get some electrical and automotive tapes and plastic wiring tubes to protect the wires from damage.

Preparing the wiring loom for headlamps

If you want to prepare the wiring beforehand (e.g. you will need to drive to the workshop performing the AFL programming with the old halogen headlamps), it’s possible to run the wires between UEC/X3 and headlamp connectors without hindering halogen headlights.

Right AFL headlamp (E119R) requires only swapping two wires in the current wiring loom. First is black wire running from E119R/6 to UEC XE1/41, which core is 0.5mm2 thick and needs to be replaced with 1mm2 thickness (could be left in place, I guess, but I wanted to do it right). Remove the crimp from XE1/41 and E119R/6 with a tool and you can leave the old wire in the loom and run a new 1mm2 black wire (300cm long) from UEC along the front brace to E119R into the same positions. The second black-white wire in position E119R/8, which controls headlamp leveling (through knob on the light switch), and goes to XE1/57, will have to stay in place till you replace the headlamps, but you can prepare a new brown-yellow 0.5mm2 wire (310cm long) in-between E119R and E119L connector. Seal it on E119R side to protect it till the time you will do the swap of headlamps. It will control leveling of right AFL headlight from left AFL headlight, which will have the leveling sensor connected.

Left AFL headlamp (E119L) requires a new 16-pin connector (ZFW 16-1) instead of 10-pin for halogen headlamp (ZFW 10-4), since there are new connections to leveling sensor and HS-CAN needed. You can run the new wires to this connector and leave the current wires in the old ZFW 10-4 connector for now. Once you do the headlamp swap, you will unpin the remaining crimps with wires from ZFW 10-4 and insert them into new ZFW 16-1 to complete the wiring for left AFL headlamp. Run three new wires (each 0.5mm2 thick and 140cm long) from E119L to X3 connector – green-white wire (leveling sensor high signal) from E119L/12 to X3/26, white-red wire (leveling sensor signal) from E119L/13 to X3/27, and brown-blue wire (leveling sensor low signal) from E119L/5 to X3/28 position. Next, run three new wires (each 125cm long) from E119L to XE1 connector – black wire (ignition voltage) 1.0mm2 thick from E119L/9 to XE1/27, green wire (HS-CAN high) from E119L/14 to XE1/36, and white wire (HS-CAN low) from E119L/6 to XE1/38 position. Both green and white wires need to be 0.5mm2 thick and twisted together to prevent interference from the surroundings (about one twist per cm). The brown-yellow wire you prepared, when doing preparation for right AFL headlamp, put into E119L/15 position. You should have 7 wires connected to E119L ZFW 16-1 connector in total. You will add another 6 wires when doing the swap from ZFW 10-4 connector (more on that later).

Running the wiring loom for the leveling sensor

Leveling sensor is connected to left headlamp via X3 connector in engine compartment. The wires run from the connector along the main body wiring loom harness through rubber grommet under the steering wheel. To get the three wires through the grommet I used a trick – sharpened hard straw with which I created a hole in the rubber and fed the wires through the straw. Then I pulled out the straw and bandaged the wires in a self-sealing rubber tape to make the hole waterproof.

Once this hardest part was done, I continued running the wires through driver door sill, rear left door sill, above the rear left wheel arch and under REC. From under REC I continued along the back tool compartment in the floor and under the left 3rd row seat (after lifting the floor carpet). There is another rubber grommet under the 2nd row seats sealed with some white chewing-gum-like compound, through which you can use the same trick as in the front and feed the wires through the grommet.

Once you are outside under the car, you can put on the ZFW 6-10 connector. Into position 1 goes brown-blue wire (leveling sensor low signal), position 4 white-red wire (leveling sensor signal) and position 5 green-white wire (leveling sensor high signal). Tuck the wires inside the existing plastic guard tube and at the first junction, separate the three wires and use a new piece of tube to guard the wires up to the leveling sensor connector.

Attaching the leveling sensor

To attach the leveling sensor (13153356), insert two screw nuts (90575881) into the holder slots under the vehicle right above the rear axle torsion bar (check the pictures bellow, as indicated by blue arrows). Use two screws (11094861) to secure the sensor in place. Attach the bracket (13220082 or 13209189) to the torsion bar perpendicular to the lever on the sensor and snap in the lever to the ball joint on the bracket. Plug in the ZFW 6-10 connector into the sensor.

Replacing halogen headlamps with AFL xenons

Once you have all the wiring in place and leveling sensor installed, you can start swapping the headlights. Once the front grill and front bumper are removed, unscrew three screws from each headlight, disconnect ZFW 10-4 connectors, and remove the halogen headlights. Use crimp removal tools to swap a wire in right ZFW 10-4 connector E119R – from position 8 remove black-white wire and replace it with newly prepared brown-yellow wire. Next, remove six wires from left ZFW 10-4 connector E119L and insert them into the new ZFW 16-1 connector into the appropriate positions – yellow wire from position 3 to position 1, brown 1-2, black-white 5-3, grey-black 4-4, brown 7-10 and white 2-11. Install xenon control units on the bottom side of the AFL headlights and secure them with three screws. The screws have special double-thread and are not orderable separately (not listed in Zafira section, but it might be possible, that they are used elsewhere and listed in EPC – if you know the part number, please let me know). If you did not buy the headlamps complete with control units, you will have to substitute the screws with some other alternative. I only had three original screws, so I ordered screws for xenon control units in Astra H (part no. 93171843, GM no. 12 19 028), but as you can see from the pictures, they are not the same. However, they will sufficiently hold the Zafira B control units in place.

Once you have the headlamps assembled, mount them onto the car, connect wiring and start the programming. You need to program High-Speed CAN configuration and set entry AHL/AFL (Headlamp Leveling) from Not Present to Present in every unit connected to HS-CAN. Next, enter Zafira B => Body => AHL/AFL (Headlamp Leveling) unit and program variant configuration according to the features present in your car. With the car standing on a flat surface, do the leveling sensor calibration to set the reference value (in Volts) for the sensor. If everything is programmed correctly and calibrated, the headlamps should do a short sweep in-out upon startup and stay on. If you apply load to the rear axis, the light beam should by adjusted lowered according to the load (takes about 8-10s to start adjusting).

Last thing you need to swap is the light switch. Remove the old switch by setting the wheel to most left position (0 or AUTO depending on your model), pressing it down and while pressed, turn it right one position. The wheel should stay pressed in and you can pull out the switch. Disconnect the connector from the back by releasing the lever and remove the switch. On the new switch do the same – rotate to the left, press, rotate to the right (this will retract the latches that hold the switch in place). Connect the connector, insert the switch, and secure in place by rotating the wheel to the left. If you need visual guide for the procedure, lookup Astra H remove light switch on YouTube.

Final result

Now, after all the hard work, you can enjoy driving through the night with upgraded headlights. Here are a few more images and videos showing the retrofit in a full glory. I hope you enjoyed working on the project as I did.

Video showing AFL headlamps swivel check upon engine startup and transition between low beam and high beam.

Short video showing how the headlamps swivel to better light the corners during a drive.

One Reply to “Opel/Vauxhall Zafira B AFL Bi-Xenon retrofit”

  1. Hello,
    This is the most detailed retrofit that i read ever!! After read it get confident enough to think that i will be able to do this myself. I bought used AFL headlights but i have few questions which i think will be easily answered by a person with your knowledge.
    Will you be kindly enough to let me know your email so we can discuss about Zafira b retrofitings
    Best regards

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