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notslow 01-05-2012 03:11 AM

Ghetto headlight reflector repair
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If anyone has had their headlights get so dim they hardly light up the road, you may want to check the reflector inside the projector. Mine (stock HIDs on an 03) were the plastic reflector style and all the chrome burned off. Here is my half-ass repair to get the headlights functional again. They're not quite good as new, I would say output is still down 10-15%, but before the repair I would guess output was less than 50%.

I used aluminum duct tape. This stuff is basically heavy duty aluminum foil with adhesive backing. Cut and pasted pieces to cover the inside of the reflector. Rubbed the tape down with a microfiber to keep from scratching it while getting it pressed down as smooth as possible then hand polished the aluminum tape with Flitz on a microfiber until nice and shiny (doesn't take long). You could use Simichrome or most any aluminum polish.

I did this in August but waited to post this until they had some time on them and I was sure they would last. Still working great :thumbup:

BMW should recall these lights. For now hope this helps.

gamberroski 01-09-2012 01:59 PM

how is this still holding up?

notslow 01-09-2012 02:03 PM

Still good as when I first did it.

gamberroski 01-09-2012 07:08 PM

thats good, i'm considering checking this on my headlights to see if i can restore the light output, they are not bad but, still they are 10years old...

zeusrazvy 11-27-2016 04:50 PM

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I want to thank you for your tutorial. My headlights are back to life. For chroming them they asked 140 pounds. i paid 2 pounds for this aluminium sheet.

notslow 12-01-2016 01:54 PM

Good to hear. Nice to have headlights that light up the road.

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