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      06-20-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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Lightbulb IDEA FOR E90 AMBER BLINKER / DIFFUSER???

Do you guys think it would be possible to open up the light casing and tinting the amber part to be black instead of the yellow color?????
lmk what you guys think

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      06-20-2005, 10:32 PM   #2
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im not that knowledgable when it comes to cars tuning and modification, but that sounds like a really good idea.......anybody?
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Unfortunately I think this isn't a possibility. The reason that the only option for getting rid of the orange diffuser part so far is to swap out the whole headlight for an eurospec headlight is because nobody has been able to open up the headlights, or else you'd be seeing just clear diffusers for swapping already.
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i didnt know that was the case i just thought the orange was affixed to the whole headlight, and not removable.either way the orange has to go



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i didnt know that was the case i just thought the orange was affixed to the whole headlight, and not removable.either way the orange has to go



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What is the tint vlt? is it 50% or 35% ?
Are they different % front and back?
They loook goooooood
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      06-21-2005, 02:20 PM   #6
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35% all around, thank you
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One way I can think of, without changing the whole housing to Euro spec, is by "opening up" the housing. I mentioned this before, S2000 has the same type of headlight as E90 as well. It has the orange reflector inside the housing. I knew S2K owners were able to open up the housing and take the orange part out, but this required cutting the seal of the housing and "baking" the headlights. Its kinda complicated. I am sure someone on this board knows about this. Anyone owned a S2K??
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      06-21-2005, 04:21 PM   #8
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how would the xneons hold up to the baking prosses?
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how would the xneons hold up to the baking prosses?
I would assume we take out the xenon bulb while baking. S2K has xenon standard too, so it gotta to have some way to do this.
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I would assume we take out the xenon bulb while baking. S2K has xenon standard too, so it gotta to have some way to do this.
I baked my S2k lights when I had the car and left the xenons in there (just like everyone else). The xenons get hotter than the temperatures you bake at so they're fine.
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      06-21-2005, 07:38 PM   #11
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I baked my S2k lights when I had the car and left the xenons in there (just like everyone else). The xenons get hotter than the temperatures you bake at so they're fine.
Since you have the experience of taking out orange reflector on your S2K, do you think the same theory works for E90's headlight too?? Are you going to try it??
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what do use to put the headlights back together?
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Since you have the experience of taking out orange reflector on your S2K, do you think the same theory works for E90's headlight too?? Are you going to try it??
I've done some inspection/work on an E90 headlight and I can confirm that the E90 headlights are not like the E46 - you cannot simply snap the front clear cover off to access the corner diffuser.

The clear cover is glued tightly to the rest of the headlight assembly using butyl glue. There's definitely a lot more glue than on the S2K headlight and it seems like it's not possible to get the E90 headlight open using the baking method (I've tried). There's so much glue and it's so thick and abundant that it's hard to get any portion of headlight open without damaging the assembly itself. Also there's so much glue that by the time you bake the headlight for a long enough period and high enough temperature to get the glue to a soft enough form to work with, you're at a temperature/duration that is starting to destroy the plastic headlight assembly itself. You could probably crack open a part of the assembly somehow but I don't know how many owners are willing to do that. This seems like a highly desirable mod so I'm sure there will be many others out there who try to bake and open the headlight and maybe someone will be able to get it open, but based on my experience it may be too difficult a job for most people to try (too much risk of damaging or destroying the assembly).

I don't know if BMW made the headlights like this on purpose to prevent every owner from switching to non-DOT approved clear diffusers, but in any case that's the effect.
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Since the "baking" option isn't working, I guess we have to wait until aftermarket ones come out. Sighhhh
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Hrm is there such thing as smoked or semi-clear film you can tape over the amber diffuser areas to tone down the orange color? Seems like that'd be a way to dealing with it.
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What is the tint vlt? is it 50% or 35% ?
Are they different % front and back?
They loook goooooood
Def not 50 or you wouldnt be able to see , its 35
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Def not 50 or you wouldnt be able to see , its 35
I hope that guy found the answer by now, since it's been 11 months and all.




















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I hope that guy found the answer by now, since it's been 11 months and all.

You mean 23 months. The question was posted in June of 2005.

It's fun to see this old thread. I didn't realize LWL was a member way back then. Wow, Elaine, you're old. Heh.
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not this again
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this thread is awesome!!!!

Yes you can open the headlights - not easily.... not recommended. and not for the faint hearted.... you VERY easily could ruin them. be carefull
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haha, but I prefer back-from-the-dead threads over people not searching
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