Let's start with price. When you compare prices of replacement signal lenses there are lenses available at at least four tiers of pricing, sometimes an indication of quality, sometimes not.
(1) Everyday cheap reproductions. These are cheap and that's the only good thing about them. OK on race cars
(2) URO Parts. These are made in China and are of good quality. We were surprised because URO has had a reputation of producing cheap parts but they have taken things to another level with these.
(3) EuroLens s.r.l. These are made in Italy and are of outstanding quality in every way, which you will read below.
(4) Porsche lenses. These are , predictably, very expensive and most feel they are not as good as the lenses manufactured by URO Paarts or EuroLens.
Our choice? EuroLens by a nose over URO Parts mainly because the EuroLens products are thicker and heftier. The two are comparably priced and we recommend the URO lenses if the EuroLens lenses are sold out.
Why Eurolens? Time to discuss quality.
We’re the #1 restoration shop in the U.S. of air cooled Porsche turn signals and taillights. Our customers, many of whom own high end concours cars, depend on us to deliver lights restored to the highest standard. That demands that we use the highest parts available, including lenses. The way we do that is by continually buying and evaluating everything that is available. We then grade them based on a number of factors including authenticity, color, shape, fit and overall quality.
Fit - We are really particular about fit and these are precise. For example, the SWB lenses have the small tabs that protrude through the housing and it’s a real pleasure to feel these click perfectly into place as you as you mount the lenses.
Colors - Colors are accurate and brilliant.
Quality construction - These are of heavier construction than most lenses. You can feel the thickness and heft in your hand. For example, our black trim U.S. taillight lenses weigh 19.8 grams while another popular lens weighs 15.3 grams, a 30% difference. This is where the EuroLens lenses stand out.
Price - Price is the cherry on top. These are not only the best, they are priced at very attractive prices, lower than inferior competitors in some cases.