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      10-31-2010, 08:54 PM   #23
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Wow, some great pointers on how not to fuck up in this DIY.. I'm guessing those are all mistakes that you made along the way. How much did it cost you to buy a new set of LEDs? would you say your mistakes cost as much as it would to just send your HL's to umnitza or OSS?
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Wow, some great pointers on how not to fuck up in this DIY.. I'm guessing those are all mistakes that you made along the way. How much did it cost you to buy a new set of LEDs? would you say your mistakes cost as much as it would to just send your HL's to umnitza or OSS?
I did make quite a few mistakes during this project, but I wouldn't really say it cost me anything in a monetary sense. Time - yes, a perfect result - yes. For example, I touched the reflector surrounding the turn signal bulb accidentally and it fingerprinted. I tried to rub it off, it smeared. So I put a bit of rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip to clean it. Oops, that chrome coating was GONE instantly. But it's behind a textured clear lens when you reattach the side reflector, so I was able to fix that with just a small piece of chrome tape over it. You literally can't see it at all.

I punched through the groove in the housing while removing the front lens in several places, it's kind of hard to avoid. It just took a lot more time to reshape those areas and I had to seal them from the back as well.

The LED rings I bought from Umnitza were $250. For another $250 (plus shipping cost, probably about $30-40 each way) I could have sent them down and had them do all the work. Originally I decided against that because after speaking to Matt, he made it sound like mounting the rings would be easy. That turned out not to be true, and I quickly began to wish I'd just sent the lights to Umnitza. But like I mentioned in my conclusion, I'm glad I didn't because my preference for ring size was different than their standard selection. I would have taken their recommendation, only to receive my lights back with rings that I felt are too small. That's why I posted so much detail on the available rings - for anyone who sends your lights to a shop for LED ring install, make sure you know what sizes you want first.

On a side note, I'm happy to say 10 days and a couple of very rainy Seattle drives later, no leaks in the headlights and they're looking great!
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I did make quite a few mistakes during this project, but I wouldn't really say it cost me anything in a monetary sense. Time - yes, a perfect result - yes. For example, I touched the reflector surrounding the turn signal bulb accidentally and it fingerprinted. I tried to rub it off, it smeared. So I put a bit of rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip to clean it. Oops, that chrome coating was GONE instantly. But it's behind a textured clear lens when you reattach the side reflector, so I was able to fix that with just a small piece of chrome tape over it. You literally can't see it at all.

I punched through the groove in the housing while removing the front lens in several places, it's kind of hard to avoid. It just took a lot more time to reshape those areas and I had to seal them from the back as well.

The LED rings I bought from Umnitza were $250. For another $250 (plus shipping cost, probably about $30-40 each way) I could have sent them down and had them do all the work. Originally I decided against that because after speaking to Matt, he made it sound like mounting the rings would be easy. That turned out not to be true, and I quickly began to wish I'd just sent the lights to Umnitza. But like I mentioned in my conclusion, I'm glad I didn't because my preference for ring size was different than their standard selection. I would have taken their recommendation, only to receive my lights back with rings that I felt are too small. That's why I posted so much detail on the available rings - for anyone who sends your lights to a shop for LED ring install, make sure you know what sizes you want first.

On a side note, I'm happy to say 10 days and a couple of very rainy Seattle drives later, no leaks in the headlights and they're looking great!
glad to see that they came out okay.. u got some set of cojones and time to be doing this mod yourself lol. if the chrome was coming off anyway, why didn't you just black them out? they really do look great though, and the fact that you can see the electrical housing isn't really a big deal. nice job!
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Looks awesome, Glad you got the silver CF reflectors on!!!
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if the chrome was coming off anyway, why didn't you just black them out?
I like the black out look, but I like the chrome better. Call me crazy. Also, taking the interior trim off the projector/DRL housing just seemed like another chance for things to go wrong. I considered it, but I was so ready to be finished with the project. And actually the part I messed up is here. Once the lens goes back over it, you can never tell:

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Good job!!
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I have been looking all over for a DIY thread. I sent you a PM on some questions! Thanks for the write up!
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Holy crap! I talked to Matt a couple of months ago and was considering this mod myself. I hand retrofitted Acura TSX projectors in to my Euro E36 headlights so I wasn't worried at all. Matt implied it would be downright easy in comparison to my retrofit. This looks like while it requires a _little_ less creativity, it would be just as difficult, if not more so!


I would happily pay OSS after reading this!
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the broken ring could have been glued with acetone ...
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This is why E90 lights are significantly more difficult than E92. That looks like a complete pain in the ass! Well done though, lots of hard work went into those!
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This is why E90 lights are significantly more difficult than E92. That looks like a complete pain in the ass! Well done though, lots of hard work went into those!
They use a much different glue then the E92's. This glue is more of a solid rubber that isn't affected by heat. Simply put these are a PITA to open.
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