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DIY-PIAA/BREX angel lights
Published by calvino
09-03-2006
DIY-PIAA/BREX angel lights

went I got my PIAA angel ligths I figured out that the manual was on japanese only

so here is a little DIY that I did for you guys

1- wait for the engine to cold down ( I learn the hard way) if the engine is cold go to step 2

2- under the headlight housing on the passenger side there is going to be a small cover for the angel lights ( see pictures )

3- after removing the cover for the angel lights, with a torx screwdriver remove the 2 screws that hold the OEM angel light, SAVE them you will need them ( the PIAA set does not come with any screws)

4-take out the original halogen bulb ( see picture)

5- take out the lent ( if you are installing brex you don't need to take out the lents)

6- connect the new angel light ( PIAA or BREX) and turn on your parking lights to see if it works

7- if it work put everything together and put the cover back

now he hard part !!! you have two options 1 remove the intake or jack up the car. (option 2 is the quickest and easiest way )

1- jack up the car ( if you prefer to take the intake I don't know how to do it so I can't help you sorry )

2- remove all the screws ( they are not screws see pictures I just don't know how to say it in english SORRY )

3- take out the big plastic cover in front of the wheel.

now you can see the whole headlight

4- remove the angel light cover

5- repeat step 3 to 7 of the driver side.

6- put the plactic cover back and lower the car

7- enjoy your new angel lights


PD: I also did a little video here is the link you can see the video instead of reading the info above

here is the link for the video http://www.youtube.com/v/czHzO9MjUJA

sorry for my bad english
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By alpine330 on 09-03-2006, 10:48 PM
can you or someone from the forum have a pic of how it would look like with the piaa install and screwed to the torx
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By calvino on 09-04-2006, 02:16 PM
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can you or someone from the forum have a pic of how it would look like with the piaa install and screwed to the torx
sure, I just have to wait for my camera to be fully charged
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By mds82 on 09-04-2006, 02:40 PM
very nice DIY, looks about right to me
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By Jason on 09-04-2006, 08:54 PM
Thanks for sharing DIY. Added to master DIY list: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1721
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By darkcloud on 09-25-2006, 10:29 AM
I just installed my PIAA's into my euro xenons. I must tell you, it is prolly wayyy easier to install these while the housing is sitting on your lap haha.

Also in the DIY there is no mentioning of making sure the PIAA stamp(on front of the bulb) should be facing upwards. Good thing I'm not a moron and could pick that info up from the japanese instructions. Just watch out or you could put the lights in upside down if you don't pay attention. Not sure if they would work incorrectly or not but the pictures said to do it, so I did.

Anyways great install guide.
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By KL2DC on 09-25-2006, 10:37 AM
Great DIY Calvino...

I never knew you could access the angel eyes housing for the passenger side via the engine bay. I always did the fender liner-off method for both sides of the car....never thought to check for clearance from above the light housing

You learn something new everyday....
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By Hunter399 on 09-25-2006, 01:22 PM
Where are you getting the airbag from for your new wheel?
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By FlyingFinn on 10-30-2006, 07:30 AM
Do you get any error codes or warning lights after this mod?
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By acizek on 11-25-2006, 11:26 AM
how do you get to the housing on the passenger side???? I want to try the install but can't see how can I get there... HELP PLEASE!
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By acizek on 11-25-2006, 11:27 AM
also when I tried to install on the driver's side, I get to the housing, get it off and there are some wires coming out of the ending - what to do with those before I unscrew the torx screws???
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By acizek on 11-26-2006, 01:56 AM
anyone to help???
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By calvino on 11-28-2006, 03:14 AM
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sorry that I did not respond early but I had have a lot of HW for school and havent been in the forum lately. 1st to remove the angel light housing there are two click you have to push them up at the same time is a pain in the ass use two small screwdrivers to do it unclip the top and put the screwdriver in and then unclip the bottom there are two wires on the angel housing one green (+) and brown (-) unplug the wires remove the old angel light and plug them back in
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By acizek on 12-02-2006, 06:51 AM
calvino, you're the man!! thanks for all your support, changed my PIAAs today and after 2 hrs I love the difference
recommend this to anyone, if I could do it, anyone can
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By calvino on 12-02-2006, 01:26 PM
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calvino, you're the man!! thanks for all your support, changed my PIAAs today and after 2 hrs I love the difference
recommend this to anyone, if I could do it, anyone can

yeap they look great !!!
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By Not Ur Avg 3 on 12-06-2006, 11:06 PM
hahaha amzing dyi, and nice angels
UR ACCENT IS CLASSIC LOL
funny man, wat are u?
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By Ninjaneer on 01-01-2007, 03:14 AM
calvino, your pics helped on my install (my thread: Installed my PIAA Angel Eyes!)

I just wanted to add 2 pics for future DIY'ers. The 1st is a pic of the encasing and the top clip. We didn't lift the car so we had to feel for it. We found the bottom one easily, visible in calvino's pics, but the top one was harder to find.

As for the 2nd pic, I ran into a prob where one of my rings looked less bright than the other side, and it was somewhat obvious when the headlights were off. Thanks to ///Matt's advice my bro and I were able to fix the problem Turns out that during the install we reached into the encasing and shifted one of the protrusions so when we installed the PIAA it wasn't getting all the light directly. We had to go back in and set the optical protrusion back in place, then everything was equally bright and light shone in properly.

1st pic = showing angel eyes cover, and top clip
2nd pic = after removing cover and stock bulb and lens, 2 protrusions for light source to shine into
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By Chesmu on 02-09-2007, 09:45 PM
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By yesitsme on 02-16-2007, 05:14 AM
can you put these angel eyes on the halogen lights too is or is it only for the xenons?
Last edited by yesitsme; 02-16-2007 at 05:35 AM.
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By Chesmu on 02-16-2007, 10:40 AM
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can you put these angel eyes on the halogen lights too is or is it only for the xenons?
he's not snstalling the angel eyes, just the light that illuminates them. There are some aftermarket angel eye kits, but nonw worth trusting. And the e90 headlight is notoriously difficult to open.
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By yesitsme on 02-16-2007, 07:26 PM
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he's not snstalling the angel eyes, just the light that illuminates them. There are some aftermarket angel eye kits, but nonw worth trusting. And the e90 headlight is notoriously difficult to open.
darn halogens look ugly =( well thanks for the headsup
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By canucklion on 02-16-2007, 08:34 PM
why didn't you opt for the xenons?
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darn halogens look ugly =( well thanks for the headsup
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