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sandman0615's Avatar DEPO projector90 upgrade DIY - courtesy of the sandman
sandman0615
07-02-2010
So I just got my depo projector headlights from jlevisw, and because it's such a new product i thought i'd share my full experience and make a DIY for all my fellow e90post members. I won't have time to install these for a few days (working all weekend) but i will certainly keep you updated with...
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By sandman0615 on 08-21-2010, 12:36 AM
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also id love to know if it would be feasable to bake these open and install a CCFL angel eye kit. they must be easier to get open than the OEM units, and with a little elbow grease itd be well worth it. These angel eyes are ok, but lacking when compared to CCFL or proper LED AE.

maybe this sounds a bit crazy, but if the old rings are easily removable it would GLADLY risk it
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By Euro_man on 09-05-2010, 12:46 AM
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NP, we will post a new thread probably once we get this figured out. Initial results are promising
Hey Cal,

Are the white LED AE's close to being available?
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By SV Concepts III on 09-05-2010, 09:09 AM
We just finalized the bulb type, they are on order and will be here in less than 2 weeks.
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By orangedawg on 09-05-2010, 11:12 AM
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Nick, will you have diy instructions on how to replace the AE bulbs that are in there now with the LED ones for us early adopters?
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By Euro_man on 09-18-2010, 04:49 AM
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We just finalized the bulb type, they are on order and will be here in less than 2 weeks.
Sweet any pics or idea of how they will look?

I found this on ebay...guy has DEPO p39 headlights with led bulbs.

Will the e90 AE's look this bright white?

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By wmb0000 on 09-30-2010, 09:14 AM
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This is sweet .. since I am not good with these stuff .. anyone in Boston, MA can give me a hand????
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By Euro_man on 10-01-2010, 09:13 PM
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are the white led AE's available yet?
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By OdomPHD on 10-02-2010, 10:03 AM
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Euro, I picked up my DEPO 90's with a lifetime warranty (8k HIDs installed, 60 LED's per AE ring) on ebay. I know, I know..it's ebay. But, It is a lifetime warranty, it is legit DEPO, and it's prewired into a relay. Total package just under 600 bucks.

But Jlevi seems to be a great service, so if you want to support their business I'd hold out 2 or so weeks until they stock the better AEs.
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By OdomPHD on 10-02-2010, 10:05 AM
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Link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...Q5fAccessories


I'm pretty sure they are the same product as umnitza offers. 600 bucks is 600 bucks, so if they work they do..and if not..I'll call Jlevi to rescue me with a new set!
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By misterba on 10-02-2010, 03:49 PM
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Euro, I picked up my DEPO 90's with a lifetime warranty (8k HIDs installed, 60 LED's per AE ring) on ebay. I know, I know..it's ebay. But, It is a lifetime warranty, it is legit DEPO, and it's prewired into a relay. Total package just under 600 bucks.

But Jlevi seems to be a great service, so if you want to support their business I'd hold out 2 or so weeks until they stock the better AEs.
Cool looking lights. Will you show us the difference before and after? I assume you're upgrading, right? Thanks.
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By Euro_man on 10-02-2010, 07:52 PM
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Euro, I picked up my DEPO 90's with a lifetime warranty (8k HIDs installed, 60 LED's per AE ring) on ebay. I know, I know..it's ebay. But, It is a lifetime warranty, it is legit DEPO, and it's prewired into a relay. Total package just under 600 bucks.

But Jlevi seems to be a great service, so if you want to support their business I'd hold out 2 or so weeks until they stock the better AEs.
Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate it. How are you finding them? any faults or cheap build quality? They look like the best ebay lights I have seen!

Please post some pics I really want to see them.

At this stage I will be waiting for Jlevi as they have great customer service and support. Been really helpful. But if all else fails by xmas I may try these out
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By OdomPHD on 10-03-2010, 11:09 AM
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Yeah, Jlevi was my first choice, too. And I still order otherp arts from 'em!

But, I ordered them Tuesday and UPS says they'll be here Monday (tomorrow).

Considering it's all pre wired, I should just be able to pop them right in. I'll take a few picks for this thread as well.
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By misterba on 10-03-2010, 12:19 PM
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Yeah, Jlevi was my first choice, too. And I still order otherp arts from 'em!

But, I ordered them Tuesday and UPS says they'll be here Monday (tomorrow).

Considering it's all pre wired, I should just be able to pop them right in. I'll take a few picks for this thread as well.
I like the full LED angel eyes. Looks beautifull. I'm thinking about buying this too, let us know.
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By OdomPHD on 10-03-2010, 01:56 PM
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Will do.

I just took my freind up to the videogame store (full Florida daylight, not a cloud in the perfect blue sky) and while we're stopped at a red light he's staring at a E92 accross from us (w/ CCFL) and says "hey, his lights look cooler than yours. They're..circular or something.."

Since at this point I knew he had zero knowledge concerning highend headlights, I quized him on various looks and brands of LED front ends while pulling up pics of each on my iphone (Audi lights, Benz + Porsche LED bars etc). I assumed he had no bias, but he chose BMW's AEs because they actually looked "natural" (his words), not simply a bar of LEDs or a bent-bar of LEDs installed in the headlight assembly (Audi). This only made my anxiety about getting these puppies installed all the more palpable in the air haha.
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By misterba on 10-03-2010, 02:03 PM
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Will do.

I just took my freind up to the videogame store (full Florida daylight, not a cloud in the perfect blue sky) and while we're stopped at a red light he's staring at a E92 accross from us (w/ CCFL) and says "hey, his lights look cooler than yours. They're..circular or something.."

Since at this point I knew he had zero knowledge concerning highend headlights, I quized him on various looks and brands of LED front ends while pulling up pics of each on my iphone (Audi lights, Benz + Porsche LED bars etc). I assumed he had no bias, but he chose BMW's AEs because they actually looked "natural" (his words), not simply a bar of LEDs or a bent-bar of LEDs installed in the headlight assembly (Audi). This only made my anxiety about getting these puppies installed all the more palpable in the air haha.
I can't wait to see that. Thanks for sharing.
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By wmb0000 on 10-04-2010, 08:42 PM
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This set from ebay is $600. Isn't it cheaper to order everything from Jlevi? I think I calculate for everything include the error canceler for like $500 plus shipping.

I have halogen on mine now and planning to switch to xenon and is looking around. It seem that Jlevi is most affordable and so far I only hear good things about them ... so leaning toward them.
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By misterba on 10-04-2010, 10:31 PM
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This set from ebay is $600. Isn't it cheaper to order everything from Jlevi? I think I calculate for everything include the error canceler for like $500 plus shipping.

I have halogen on mine now and planning to switch to xenon and is looking around. It seem that Jlevi is most affordable and so far I only hear good things about them ... so leaning toward them.
I'm on the same boat, but those 60 LED's and nice white AE's are tempting...
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By Euro_man on 10-05-2010, 01:28 AM
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I'm on the same boat, but those 60 LED's and nice white AE's are tempting...
x3 those ebay LED look like they will be way brighter. Just concerned about build quality. After all we dont want cheapo looking headlights on a BMW. May as well have bought a civic
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By misterba on 10-05-2010, 10:11 AM
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x3 those ebay LED look like they will be way brighter. Just concerned about build quality. After all we dont want cheapo looking headlights on a BMW. May as well have bought a civic
You are absolutly right. I'm waiting for feedback from odomPHD about the quality of the lights. They claim it is from Germany but the company is acually Taiwaneese. That makes me worry, although it is a big company. But the EA's are looking so great....And I soooo hate my halogen headlights...
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By slade on 10-05-2010, 11:53 AM
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OdomPHD, please post a picture of the beam pattern against a wall after you install them. The ebay ad says they're using a high quality projector lens made in Germany. I'm wondering if the beam pattern will look better than the other depo90 lights'.
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By OdomPHD on 10-06-2010, 09:17 AM
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Don't buy DEPO!

I'll post up some facts here in a few hours, but let's say the Tiwaneese were never very high on my list of "Trusted Manufacturers." They should stick with baby shoe and paper plate production to be honest. Best to keep it simple and not taint my beloved Bimmer.
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By misterba on 10-06-2010, 09:35 AM
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I will see and wait for the results from OdomPHD. There is lots of stuff made in the questionable countries and the stuff is good. It depends on the supervision and final control of the original company. For example all the Iphones are made in China, CPU's are made in Malaysia and so on.
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