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Old 01-08-2013, 11:29 AM   #21
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If those aren't there, then they aren't OEM.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #22
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those definitely do not appear to be OE/OEM. BMW always puts quality headlights into their cars at the factory
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #23
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Those look like the shitty projector46 that umnitza and everyone else sells.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:30 PM   #24
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every headlight has adjustment knobs. Your issues aren't to do with adjustment. They are to do with, most likely, an incorrectly installed set of bulbs inside your housing. It's possible someone put in H7 bulbs into your D2S housing (most 2004-2006 cars have Xenons).
Just take some more photos with the hood open, and let us assist you - or you can email to info@umnitza.com
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I finally have some photos. Sorry for the delay....it's been a long week.
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Dude, you have both those adjustment screws. You show them in several pictures. Look harder. Those are definitely OEM.

I see a label that says D2S or H7 so make sure that is the bulb that was installed.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:19 AM   #27
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Left side is supposed to be lower as per factory settings to prevent blinding oncoming traffic. Google or the owners manual will show this.

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I was just going to same thing.

Your headlights look like pretty good quality, I cannot read the top lettering very well, but the yellow tags I believe are the warning labels for the HID ballast output??

I also see at least 1 adjustment screw in the pictures as well, they are the hex socket round screws neat the half moon cut out in your core support.

DO NOT TRY TO ADJUST THESE LIGHTS YET. Lets see the pattern first.

Also do your lights dip and then raise back up at night when you start the car?

Take a picture of your light pattern from inside the drivers seat, at night with your lights shining on a flat wall with the car 25 feet back or so.

This will show the upper level cut off of the lights.

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but I recall 2006 coupes if they have factory HID they had Active Bi-Xenon's. Also turn your high beams on at night and tell us if the inner lights turn on or now.

Bi-Xenon's only the outer lights are on when the high beams on turned on. The inner halogen lights are only for "Flash To Pass".

There were also issues with some of the reflectors breaking down and killing the light output and possibly the pattern as well. You can search and find more info on this.

Also if you look VERY carefully around the metal rim of the low beam bulbs you should be able to read something like Bi-Xenon or something should be cast into the metal trim.

You really need a light pattern shot from 25-30 feet back against a flat wall.
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Dude, you have both those adjustment screws. You show them in several pictures. Look harder. Those are definitely OEM.

I see a label that says D2S or H7 so make sure that is the bulb that was installed.
I know/see the adj screw for the up/down adj. Where would the side-to-side adj screw be in relation to that (I feel like such a noob)?

I can confirm H7s are installed. here is a pic of what's in there now (bulbs in pkg are original bulbs).
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I was just going to same thing.

Your headlights look like pretty good quality, I cannot read the top lettering very well, but the yellow tags I believe are the warning labels for the HID ballast output??

I also see at least 1 adjustment screw in the pictures as well, they are the hex socket round screws neat the half moon cut out in your core support.

DO NOT TRY TO ADJUST THESE LIGHTS YET. Lets see the pattern first.

Also do your lights dip and then raise back up at night when you start the car?

Take a picture of your light pattern from inside the drivers seat, at night with your lights shining on a flat wall with the car 25 feet back or so.

This will show the upper level cut off of the lights.

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but I recall 2006 coupes if they have factory HID they had Active Bi-Xenon's. Also turn your high beams on at night and tell us if the inner lights turn on or now.

Bi-Xenon's only the outer lights are on when the high beams on turned on. The inner halogen lights are only for "Flash To Pass".

There were also issues with some of the reflectors breaking down and killing the light output and possibly the pattern as well. You can search and find more info on this.

Also if you look VERY carefully around the metal rim of the low beam bulbs you should be able to read something like Bi-Xenon or something should be cast into the metal trim.

You really need a light pattern shot from 25-30 feet back against a flat wall.
Regarding the yellow tags; how can I confirm they are for HID output? I'm aware of the adjustment screw you're speaking of. That is for the up/down adjustment. The lights do not dip when turned on so don't think they're Bi-Xenons. I will take additional photos at the earliest opportunity (hopefully this evening). I would do it now (since it's still dark out) but my driveway is not level with the road when I back up that far.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:13 AM   #31
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I'm aware of that. I raised the drivers side as I was sick-n-tired of being able to see better at night with my '05 Civic Hybrid which have standard halogen bulbs. Since the adjustment, no one has flashed their high beams at me probably due to the friggin hole in the headlight pattern.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:57 PM   #32
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After correcting whatever physical issues you may have with your lighting components,you can have someone with NCSexpert code your lcm to allow high,low,flash to pass and fogs on all at the same time.It gives off a wall of light as if the sun itself was mounted on your grills. It makes night time back road driving a whole new experience.

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I'm just gonna drop in and compliment your near spotless engine bay.
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Hey thanks for noticing!
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I was just going to same thing.

Your headlights look like pretty good quality, I cannot read the top lettering very well, but the yellow tags I believe are the warning labels for the HID ballast output??

I also see at least 1 adjustment screw in the pictures as well, they are the hex socket round screws neat the half moon cut out in your core support.

DO NOT TRY TO ADJUST THESE LIGHTS YET. Lets see the pattern first.

Also do your lights dip and then raise back up at night when you start the car?

Take a picture of your light pattern from inside the drivers seat, at night with your lights shining on a flat wall with the car 25 feet back or so.

This will show the upper level cut off of the lights.

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but I recall 2006 coupes if they have factory HID they had Active Bi-Xenon's. Also turn your high beams on at night and tell us if the inner lights turn on or now.

Bi-Xenon's only the outer lights are on when the high beams on turned on. The inner halogen lights are only for "Flash To Pass".

There were also issues with some of the reflectors breaking down and killing the light output and possibly the pattern as well. You can search and find more info on this.

Also if you look VERY carefully around the metal rim of the low beam bulbs you should be able to read something like Bi-Xenon or something should be cast into the metal trim.

You really need a light pattern shot from 25-30 feet back against a flat wall.
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Regarding the yellow tags; how can I confirm they are for HID output? I'm aware of the adjustment screw you're speaking of. That is for the up/down adjustment. The lights do not dip when turned on so don't think they're Bi-Xenons. I will take additional photos at the earliest opportunity (hopefully this evening). I would do it now (since it's still dark out) but my driveway is not level with the road when I back up that far.
You don't have Xenons. The facelift coupes all came with lights that look the same from the outside (minus the Xenon lettering). Yours are halogens just like mine. Those quality bulbs that you bought as well so that is probably not the issue. Gimme one minute and I'll point out the adjuster screws.

+1 on the engine bay. That's very clean.

Edit: Here are the adjuster locations


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You don't have Xenons. The facelift coupes all came with lights that look the same from the outside (minus the Xenon lettering). Yours are halogens just like mine. Those quality bulbs that you bought as well so that is probably not the issue. Gimme one minute and I'll point out the adjuster screws.

+1 on the engine bay. That's very clean.

Edit: Here are the adjuster locations
So they're right in front of me and I didn't notice?! This confirms it; I am a noob. Many thanks for pointing that out and for the compliment!
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I'm just gonna drop in and compliment your near spotless engine bay.
Doesn't anyone who takes pride in their vehicle keep it in that condition? BTW, well done.
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Doesn't anyone who takes pride in their vehicle keep it in that condition? BTW, well done.
I would think that Mango probably does as well as some others on this site. It's easy to keep up really. I got it in this condition when I bought it and whenever I check my oil, I always have an extra rag or paper towel in case there's a spot or two to wipe up. So far no leaks, just a little dirty water spray from the all the rain we've been getting. Thanks for the compliment!

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