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Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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Stock Xenon's to HID

My car's headlights are in bad condition, although they are the stock xenon's that come with the power package.

They're missing the self leveling adjuster/multiple clippings to hold things into place.

I've been told to keep my Xenon setup as they are expensive as hell, but I'm sick and tired of not having light on the road at night. I still have some visibility but its barely enough to let me know whats in front of me.

In this case when an HID costs ($30.00) outweighs fixing everything with my headlights ($$$), would an HID kit be the next appropriate option?

If the HID kit is OKAY, what should I go with, they're so many numbers...5000k??
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Was it retrofitted with stock xenons out of another car?

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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First off, I've never heard of "the power package."

second, if you do have stock xenons and they aren't bright, the bowls are burnt or bulbs are old.

third, you say parts are missing or broken. are your headlights pointed down? describe the problem more clearly!
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What? You just need to adjust your headlights it sounds like (maybe new bulbs). Also, HID lights are generally Xenons. Don't go over 5000k or you'll look like a ri cer. 4300k is pure white.

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Was it retrofitted with stock xenons out of another car?

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Considering my car has gone through a facelift conversion. That could be! But the bulb/ballast is BMW OEM Xenon though. Had it checked at BMW, I do have "Xenon's"
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First off, I've never heard of "the power package."

second, if you do have stock xenons and they aren't bright, the bowls are burnt or bulbs are old.

third, you say parts are missing or broken. are your headlights pointed down? describe the problem more clearly!
Yes the headlights are just pointed down, they don't move at all when I turn them on.

Should I just grab some new bulbs, throw them in and see what happens next if it is just burnt bulbs?
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You either don't have stock lights or have a broken adjuster.
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Yes the headlights are just pointed down, they don't move at all when I turn them on.

Should I just grab some new bulbs, throw them in and see what happens next if it is just burnt bulbs?

So point them up...
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So point them up...
I don't have a leveling adjuster.

Had an independent tell me it's not even there, the physical part is missing. My headlights are in **** condition.

Can I just physically lock them in an upwards position?
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i would try to repair the problem instead of band-aiding it.

find out what you're missing (by your own observations) not your mechanics.

look for sensors at passenger (I think left could be right) rear and passenger front. should be a leveling sensor attached to the suspension. make sure connections are secure at headlights
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I don't have a leveling adjuster.

Had an independent tell me it's not even there, the physical part is missing. My headlights are in **** condition.

Can I just physically lock them in an upwards position?
Not sure. Mango would probably know this one. I thought Xenons had manual adjustments as well. You set the default level and then the suspension sensors move it from there. Pics of your lights so we can see if they are OEM would be good.

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Not sure. Mango would probably know this one. I thought Xenons had manual adjustments as well. You set the default level and then the suspension sensors move it from there. Pics of your lights so we can see if they are OEM would be good.
Yes they do have manual adjustments. as you say, the dynamic auto leveling system just compensates for load, acceleration and braking.

my friend had this problem once where the headlights pointed down. he said one of the connections to the plugs was loose.
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i would try to repair the problem instead of band-aiding it.

find out what you're missing (by your own observations) not your mechanics.

look for sensors at passenger (I think left could be right) rear and passenger front. should be a leveling sensor attached to the suspension. make sure connections are secure at headlights
DDMTuning is selling cheap HID Kits (5000k), I think I might just go with that seeing as how it's easier/cheaper then fixing all of my problems.

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Considering I have these head lights, would the HID kit be plug and play?
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Read what we told you.... you HAVE HID which is the SAME AS XENON. Did you adjust the headlights to point level?
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If those angel eyes are built in, then those are not OEM. That's not surprising though if you car was converted to a facelift. The PO likely did not want to spend thousands on headlights. You just need to adjust these. They aren't auto leveling. New bulbs won't do anything.
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It sounds like someone did the conversion to xenons on your car but didn't do the motors or level sensors.
You can manually set the level of stock xenons higher and that should help considerably.
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If those angel eyes are built in, then those are not OEM. That's not surprising though if you car was converted to a facelift. The PO likely did not want to spend thousands on headlights. You just need to adjust these. They aren't auto leveling. New bulbs won't do anything.
Angels eyes are after market. That's what I'm thinking. I'll return with the results.
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