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Kiemyster's Avatar DIY - Changing Halogen Low Beam Headlights
Kiemyster
10-17-2007
First, you will need a key or a coin, and your new halogen bulbs. I used a pillow to rest my head when it was on the floor. If you are not doing this outdoors, bring a flashlight.



Now, you have to access the low beams via the wheel well. To do this, get your key,...
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By jetblk328i on 10-19-2007, 02:36 PM
hey one of you doers, can you take a pic of really close up on the bulb at night with these on?

goat-lol what kind of bulbs did you get, these? if so post pics!
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By Kiemyster on 10-19-2007, 04:48 PM
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yeah i replaced my bulbs... see in the pic where i have the OEM bulb next to the aftermarket one? yeah. thats what i changed it to.

and im glad my DIY helped you out. now i finally feel that i have contributed something useful to the forum ahah

and holy crap, im trying to figure out how to take off that amber led thing.... i dont know what to do ahah im gonna try to take out the high beam housing and see what kind of light it is so i can swap it out for a blue one. ill take those pics for u at night tonight it gets dark here in about an hour
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By Kiemyster on 10-19-2007, 11:05 PM
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alright, im gonna go get those pics for u now man
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By Kiemyster on 10-19-2007, 11:50 PM
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ok. here you are lol. i hope u appriciate the effort, i had to get off my chair, actually go downstairs, roll a spliff, toke it, and then take these pics lol
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By jetblk328i on 10-20-2007, 06:21 AM
woah cool, thanks for the pics, looks like euro halogens really dont have the little chrome cover on teh bulb....i wonder how thats gonna affect the output...
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By jetblk328i on 10-20-2007, 06:21 AM
is the last pic with highs on?
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By SV Concepts III on 10-20-2007, 11:16 AM
Looks great, some very nice pictures you took!
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By makaveliisgoat on 10-20-2007, 05:06 PM
jetblk328i-
Yeah I guess the Euro cars don't have the chrome cover thingy. I replaced the low beams with PIAA H7 Xtreme White Plus bulbs. These bulbs are about $90 for a set and to be honest...I don't think they look any better than Kiemyster's. I'll try to get some pictures for you tomorrow night.

Kiemyster-
Yeah that amber light next to the high beam is going to be a real pain in the ass to get out. I took a look at it this afternoon. The driver side is really buried in there. According to the manual that bulb is a 5 watt bulb W5W. I'm not sure what the W5W means.?. I know PIAA sells some 5 watt parking bulbs...but I'm not sure if they are the same ones.


Nick-
Do you guys sell white light versions of these bulbs? (See above)
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By Kiemyster on 10-20-2007, 05:17 PM
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is the last pic with highs on?
last pic was normal low beams, i just change the camera to have a .5 second delay exposure
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By Kiemyster on 10-20-2007, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by makaveliisgoat View Post
jetblk328i-
Yeah I guess the Euro cars don't have the chrome cover thingy. I replaced the low beams with PIAA H7 Xtreme White Plus bulbs. These bulbs are about $90 for a set and to be honest...I don't think they look any better than Kiemyster's. I'll try to get some pictures for you tomorrow night.

Kiemyster-
Yeah that amber light next to the high beam is going to be a real pain in the ass to get out. I took a look at it this afternoon. The driver side is really buried in there. According to the manual that bulb is a 5 watt bulb W5W. I'm not sure what the W5W means.?. I know PIAA sells some 5 watt parking bulbs...but I'm not sure if they are the same ones.


Nick-
Do you guys sell white light versions of these bulbs? (See above)
ok, did u manage to get a picture of the w5w led? i found these:

http://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/pro...cat=597&page=1

those seem like the bulbs of interest correct?

ohh. and welcome to e90post
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By makaveliisgoat on 10-25-2007, 07:37 PM
I took some pictures but I guess my camera is crap...because the pictures didn't even come out half as bright. : (

Kiemyster-

I ordered up fogs (H11) and the 5w W5W bulbs. They are 194 or 168 wedge bulbs. They are both the same thing. Here's a link to the bulbs I ordered.

http://www.shopatron.com/product/pro...PIA19172/353.0

I actually got these today...so I'll probably try to get them in sometime over the weekend.

Anyone know how much to have the dealer retrofit in Xenons? Just curious.
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By jetblk328i on 10-25-2007, 08:50 PM
hmm i see you are in PA.....where in PA man? i dotn think many dealers wil do it for you...mine wont, and if you do everthing thru dealer... expect numbers in teh 4k range parts and labor....
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By makaveliisgoat on 10-26-2007, 10:58 AM
I live in Hilldale, it's in between Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. Wow...4k...that's bummer talk. lol

I see you have Xenons in your list of Mods coming soon. If you don't mind me asking...are you planning on buying and putting them in yourself? I wish I just got them from the start. They certainly make the car look better.
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By scanboy on 10-26-2007, 01:24 PM
I have Nokya Arctic white, I wonder how does it compare to this. Does it look just as bright as the picture when in person?
It's tempting!!!
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By jetblk328i on 10-26-2007, 02:40 PM
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I live in Hilldale, it's in between Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. Wow...4k...that's bummer talk. lol

I see you have Xenons in your list of Mods coming soon. If you don't mind me asking...are you planning on buying and putting them in yourself? I wish I just got them from the start. They certainly make the car look better.

same man, i want to buy some used ones from here and put them on myself, ill live with an error...however buyting yourself costs about 900 bucks as well and youd have to live with an error unless you spend another 150 or so on a harness thingy. I really wanna get OEMs but perhaps because its a little expensive i will either do a HID kit some good halogens like this thread or projector90s. however if i get the chance to steal me a pair of cheap xenons ill do it...hmm if we both get OEMS or hid kits or P90s you can come down here to hershey for the weekend, and install either the hid kit, p90s or OEMS..
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By Cerezo on 01-18-2008, 10:18 PM
i just bought a pair and it appears to be 80W. would there be any problems?
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By alanchan on 01-18-2008, 11:50 PM
hey Kiemyster,

Nice work, where did you get the white color euro style singal reflector in the headlights?
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By Kev on 01-18-2008, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by makaveliisgoat View Post
I live in Hilldale, it's in between Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. Wow...4k...that's bummer talk. lol

I see you have Xenons in your list of Mods coming soon. If you don't mind me asking...are you planning on buying and putting them in yourself? I wish I just got them from the start. They certainly make the car look better.
It would almost be worth while to trade up to the 335xi
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By b8b on 02-14-2008, 06:41 PM
I'm buying two pair right now, for brights as well
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By a l l a n on 02-23-2008, 02:06 PM
Great DIY. Replaced my halogen bulbs today and it was very easy. Thanks.
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By b8b on 02-23-2008, 02:55 PM
I did mine today as well, thanks. I also did the high beams while I was at it, it was easy on the passenger side, a little more of a challenge on the drivers side since there was less accessibility.
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By Kiemyster on 04-14-2008, 11:38 PM
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glad i could help you guys out yeah for me its harder on the passenger side, you cant access it from the top lol
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