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  DIY-PIAA/BREX angel lights
calvino
09-03-2006
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...
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By edy74 on 02-22-2007, 01:34 PM
THX E90POST and all of U just installed PIAA angel eyes today (and M pedals) .....
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By edy74 on 02-24-2007, 06:33 AM
why cant you see the angel eyes on a sunny day? are there any angel eyes bulbs that can be seen on the day time?
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By worlina on 03-11-2007, 04:39 PM
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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

I tried installing my PIAA and I had a hard time installing the 2 torx screws with the PIAA unit. It was not screwing right. Does the PIAA unit go inside the old OEM light adapter (with the lens removed)? I was installing it without the adapter. Please advice. Thanks.
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By Chesmu on 03-11-2007, 04:51 PM
check out post 18 of this thread. Maybe ksfrogman's pics/tips will help.
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By milehigh5000 on 04-04-2007, 10:25 PM
once i get my new bmw whether it be the e90 or e92 im definitely doing this..the only problem is that im not really handy with this kinda stuff lol..id have to find someone to do this for me!
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By Chesmu on 04-04-2007, 11:11 PM
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once i get my new bmw whether it be the e90 or e92 im definitely doing this..the only problem is that im not really handy with this kinda stuff lol..id have to find someone to do this for me!
angel eyes for the e90 and the e92 are different....
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By milehigh5000 on 04-05-2007, 06:00 AM
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angel eyes for the e90 and the e92 are different....
I know that i was just saying im not sure which car im getting yet..but when i do get it..im gonna make the OEM angel eyes to a brighter white like this
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By simp0man on 04-15-2007, 11:38 PM
Glad the E92 isn't that difficult...
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By oneshare325 on 04-21-2007, 08:02 PM
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My cousin is building a set of new LED angel eyes with higher output for E90/E92. It is visible even you turn it on during the day. I got a set of it from him and put it on my 2006 E90 the other day.

Anybody interested?? We are thinking of bringing in 10 to 20 sets to test the market interest and sell on the forum. We tested and compared with PIAA and PIAA is totally out of story. Here are some pictures:


PIC 1: High quality LED
PIC 2: Testing in the room
PIC 3,4,5: Testing on my E90
I see you are fairly new, this is not the thread for a post like this..there is a member here who offers the exact same product (mds82) and his product is called Lux. Very popular...doubt you could get into this market, but best of luck.. (plus the e92, is a completely different lighting system)

This is a DIY thread, and if you wanted to get anyone to see it you would post in the marketplace forum as its own thread. hardly anyone would see your post ... You also would need to get permission from the moderators before doing a large product sale.

Look Through these...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42001
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40358
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41894

And he is about to start production of version 3. Here...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56836

He provides specs and usually sells them around 150!
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By Geoff on 04-30-2007, 12:48 PM
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can someone list all the tools needed for this DIY? I'm also wondering if my toolkit has the correct torx sizes for this, I think I have T15 and T20. Thanks.
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By g9sBMW on 05-04-2007, 07:04 PM
Installed mine this past Monday. I found it hard to get into the passanger side from top of car. Took of the right front fender, made it 10x easier.

did both in about hour.
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By g9sBMW on 05-04-2007, 07:09 PM
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can someone list all the tools needed for this DIY? I'm also wondering if my toolkit has the correct torx sizes for this, I think I have T15 and T20. Thanks.
Having just done this, i needed following:

Flathead screwdriver (pop out clip on housing)
Size 8mm socket
Size 10 mm socket
1/4 " drive wrench
$10 torx bit set from Kragen

think i used T15

http://www.partsamerica.com/productd...egoryCode=3405

Jack (cut a small block of wood to fit jack point)
Jack stands (safety)

dunno what else

hope this helps
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By Geoff on 05-29-2007, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by g9sBMW View Post
Having just done this, i needed following:

Flathead screwdriver (pop out clip on housing)
Size 8mm socket
Size 10 mm socket
1/4 " drive wrench
$10 torx bit set from Kragen

think i used T15

http://www.partsamerica.com/productd...egoryCode=3405

Jack (cut a small block of wood to fit jack point)
Jack stands (safety)

dunno what else

hope this helps
sweet thnx. I just got my set of PIAAs a couple days ago, I'll be installing them this weekend hopefully.
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By Geoff on 06-08-2007, 02:50 PM
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how in the world did you guys access the passenger side angel eye container through the engine compartment, there's barely any space to even stick my arm down there to touch the container.
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By Chesmu on 06-08-2007, 04:58 PM
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how in the world did you guys access the passenger side angel eye container through the engine compartment, there's barely any space to even stick my arm down there to touch the container.
calvino apparently has tiny hands. I took off the wheel and the wheel well liner... makes it MUCH easier.
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By calvino on 06-08-2007, 05:12 PM
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calvino apparently has tiny hands. I took off the wheel and the wheel well liner... makes it MUCH easier.
the space is really small it was a little hard to remove the angel light.

BTW: I'm a 230 pounds guy I don't have tiny hands
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By 335i4u2nv on 08-04-2007, 08:55 AM
sweet i was lookin for this.
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By douger on 09-17-2007, 10:34 AM
I installed the PIAAs on my car today -- could not have done it without this DIY -- thanks to all who contributed. Two comments: (1) I am disappointed in the lack of brightness, these are really no brighter than stock, just a different color. Had I known that, I probably would not have done this mod. (2) I love driving and looking at BMWs, but the Germans could sure learn from the Japanese in terms of common sense. I cannot believe you have to jack up the car, remove the wheel, and remove the wheel well liner -- just to change a light bulb. What rocket science engineer though of that? Must have been the same guy who designed the cup holders!
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By scooby9 on 10-01-2007, 10:57 PM
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It is crazy how much work is involved to change bulbs. I just picked up the PIAA bulbs on cardomain.com. They were insanely cheap at just over $100 with free shipping:

http://www.cardomain.com/item/PIA19432


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I installed the PIAAs on my car today -- could not have done it without this DIY -- thanks to all who contributed. Two comments: (1) I am disappointed in the lack of brightness, these are really no brighter than stock, just a different color. Had I known that, I probably would not have done this mod. (2) I love driving and looking at BMWs, but the Germans could sure learn from the Japanese in terms of common sense. I cannot believe you have to jack up the car, remove the wheel, and remove the wheel well liner -- just to change a light bulb. What rocket science engineer though of that? Must have been the same guy who designed the cup holders!
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By 335ievo on 04-04-2008, 09:00 PM
Hey guys, i installed my PIAAs
2 questions though..

1. Is the PIAA Angel Eyes supposed to be pretty bright? Mines not bright at all, its almost like little lighter than stock and white.
2. One of my "halo's" seems to work half the time. What could be the problem? I checked today and everything was fine on the install, but after like 10 minutes of leaving my angel eyes on...one of the halo stops working. And after couple minutes of driving, it starts working again. So what could it be?
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By calvino on 04-05-2008, 12:28 AM
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Hey guys, i installed my PIAAs
2 questions though..

1. Is the PIAA Angel Eyes supposed to be pretty bright? Mines not bright at all, its almost like little lighter than stock and white.
2. One of my "halo's" seems to work half the time. What could be the problem? I checked today and everything was fine on the install, but after like 10 minutes of leaving my angel eyes on...one of the halo stops working. And after couple minutes of driving, it starts working again. So what could it be?
mines are really bright

I have had my angel on for a long time and they have never turn off.

you got a bad pair, get them exchange

good luck
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By trip08 on 04-25-2008, 06:11 PM
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Help!?!

I seem to have the worst luck possible ...
I decided to install my piaa's today and here is how it went ...
I never jacked up my car before and had no idea what to do with the plastic thing where you would think you would need to jack it up ... So i used a hydrolic jack and busted the plastic piece off ... But who cares cause its under the car anyway ... I spend all the time to take off everything get down to the exchange which should go smoothly, the easiest part i would think ... When I put in the piaa and tightened the screws as far as they would go, there was still a quarter of an inch that would not tighten ... so after trying to force it ... i think i stripped the torx, gave up, and put the original one back on and wasted an hour and a half of my life ... now with all that being said ...

Is there something that Im not doing right, cause i looked everywhere and i seem to be the only person with this problem that the screws wont tighten all the way. I have a 2008 328xi if that has anything to do with it ... Please Help Me!!!
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