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      01-07-2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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Opening Headlight Housings?

Does anyone know how to open them? I heard that the oven technique doesn't work.
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Before Canucklion gets here and yells at you... it's been discussed. Oven is a no-go. No feasible way to open the light, and presumably, get the orange reflector out.

Some claim they can do it...
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      01-08-2006, 12:36 AM   #3
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haha moocow, relax dude!

qwert, I remember some guy saying that it was possible (but he did it on other cars, never on E90), so far, the best solution is to buy the Euro-spec headlights, which will run you aroun 2k.
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      01-08-2006, 12:42 AM   #4
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2k? Is that 2000.. whats? Or is 2k different from 2K?
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2K=2g=2k=2000
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2000 for lights? oh forget it and deal with the orange!
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^^^^ LOL I wanted to do euro headlights so bad before I saw the price now they have dropped about ten spots on my list of things that I want for my car... Still there just not in the will get taken care of anytime soon list yet.
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2000 dollars?...Those orange trurn signals are starting to look a whole lot better
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Impossible to open. BMW uses a special glue to keep everything together now. Its why they cut down on using nuts and bolts.
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in other words, theres no way to replace the stock bulbs with the hyperwhites or w.e their called?
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To change the bulbs you have to open the hatches on the back of the housings. To get to the low beams and turn signals, there is a door in the wheel well, and to get to the high beams, just go in from under the hood. (Check out your manual for more detailed instructions )
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Impossible to open them. Tried it, failed, lost alot of money in the process.

Not only is the glue a special type that doesnt deform with heat in the oven (the actual plastic housing gave way before the glue did), it is also layered in a stepwise fashion in the housing seams so that you can't dremel them off or pick at them really. Its pretty much impossible.

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Does anyone know how to open them? I heard that the oven technique doesn't work.
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How did you get yours open? Elaborate so the rest of us can experiment.
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If I were you, Long, I would've bought the euro lights for ~$600 since yours are not xenon.
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I negotiated $1,300 for the euro headlights. I didn't bit on it thought, cuz I still think its too high. Would still need to get xenon bulbs and harness, and god knows what to make the dde rings work? Maybe nothing i guess...
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