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Old 01-11-2011, 02:49 AM   #101
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@ sillieidiot,

I will try to find that seal. Is there anyone with a photo from the seal?

For new bulbs I`m thinking about Osram Xenarc Cool Blue D2s Intense 5000K. They schould be very good.
I hate it there is so much imitation philips and that kind of stuff...
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:00 AM   #102
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:16 PM   #103
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Ah That seal. I will check him. Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #104
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So is it possible to replace the ballast and test before doing the auto-leveling and taking out the ignitor? Also for cars that have headlight washers do you have to clamp off the hose that connects to the light or empty the washer container or is that part not attached to what is removed? Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:47 PM   #105
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yes, that is what i always suggest people to do. this DIY was just to show how to identify and take each component out as necessary

on my diy to take the headlights out, there are instructions for those that have headlight washers
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:21 PM   #106
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Thanks I've tested the bulb and am now testing the ballast so far. A lot easier than I thought.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:19 PM   #107
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Super DIY. Thank you for taking the time to put it together.
Any chance some is looking to sell a good ballast and ignightor for the passanger side at a reasonable $? I need the passanger side for "AL 1 307 329 074" lights.
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:05 AM   #108
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there are some for sale on the classifieds. the going rate for them is around 100
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:53 AM   #109
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there are some for sale on the classifieds. the going rate for them is around 100
I got one for $100 Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:58 AM   #110
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Hi,
Anybody know what BMW part number the ignition xenon have?
I have exactly the same ignition, and mine is defective.

AL 1 307 329 - But my BMW dealer canīt find this number.

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Old 06-22-2011, 10:29 AM   #111
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Very nice write up. Is this a normal problem in the bixenon wiring harness? Do you think rewiring is possible?

After a little snipping and soldering the light is functional again. The condition of the dynamic HID lights might be something to check when looking at a car, because those aren't cheap to replace.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:15 PM   #112
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Hey sillieidiot, I have a question regarding the adjusters. On the xenon headlights, the adjusters and screws are different due to the auto-leveling motors. How can I get the xenon assembly into the halogen housing and still be able to use the adjusters?
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:08 PM   #114
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@ sillieidiot,

I will try to find that seal. Is there anyone with a photo from the seal?

For new bulbs I`m thinking about Osram Xenarc Cool Blue D2s Intense 5000K. They schould be very good.
I hate it there is so much imitation philips and that kind of stuff...
i know this is kind of late in the thread but

GET THE OSRAM CBI's!!!!! i just got them in and they are so bright! samae stock 35w ballast and people actually ask me at the gas station what i'm running! (i'm talking like 55+ year old guys with stock, non-modded bmw's and audi's). just goes to show how bright they are. I don't know how osram increased light output with the same 35w input, but they are certainly brighter! deer light up like tin foil on a black background.

a user actually did a test with the 85122's and the cbi's actually threw 55% MORE light than the 85122's! it was something like 2700 lumens vs 4400 (arbitrary measurement, but the relative difference is what makes the reading)
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i know this is kind of late in the thread but

GET THE OSRAM CBI's!!!!! i just got them in and they are so bright! samae stock 35w ballast and people actually ask me at the gas station what i'm running! (i'm talking like 55+ year old guys with stock, non-modded bmw's and audi's). just goes to show how bright they are. I don't know how osram increased light output with the same 35w input, but they are certainly brighter! deer light up like tin foil on a black background.

a user actually did a test with the 85122's and the cbi's actually threw 55% MORE light than the 85122's! it was something like 2700 lumens vs 4400 (arbitrary measurement, but the relative difference is what makes the reading)
normally you want to compare them with 85122+. the 85122 will lose lumens after break in because it color shifts. the 85122+ does not. but even then, the CBIs are brighter. the lumens is closer to 3400 btw
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:54 AM   #116
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awesome write up

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thanks for your help with which brand I had. I finally got the new ignitor and just replaced it with the help of this DIY. It took about 30 minutes start to finish. I found the hardest part was removing that final 'ball and socket' to release the inner reflector.

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thanks op for the write up. very helpful
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:02 PM   #118
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In the disassembly you talk about spinning the adjustment knobs all the way in one direction, but then there is no mention of reassembly. Do you just spin them up to somewhere in the middle and then go through the alignment procedure?
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