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Old 01-27-2013, 04:34 AM   #21
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I got an AL brand when I ordered my lenses, almost a year with no issues. Make sure you regularly clean your lenses too, check for any oxidation
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:20 AM   #22
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for our generation cars bosch = AL. bosch owned AL and sometime during near the end of the e46 era they split into separate companies. the zkw xenons are the only replacements that you can't get because they are made of glass. all other lights use plastic lenses
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:26 AM   #23
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So I've got one zkw and one AL headlight.

Can I use the Bosch lenses on both?
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:39 AM   #24
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not sure. i've never tried a plastic lens on a zkw xenon headlight before.

but bosch lens will work for the AL headlight. though they are normally labeled AL for facelift sedans.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:16 AM   #25
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all you need to know is all E46 headlights are plastic, PERIOD, the Bosch ones will work on all the headlights no matter what make they are, just order the correct ones from khoalty and youll be set
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #26
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all you need to know is all E46 headlights are plastic, PERIOD, the Bosch ones will work on all the headlights no matter what make they are, just order the correct ones from khoalty and youll be set
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I ordered these from Khoalty and they are fine. Def worth new ones over polishing. We luck out with our cars, most japanese cars etc you have to buy the whole housing and it can be over $1000 each. At 70 bucks you can't go wrong
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Got a set from Khaolty and they are awesome. Highly recommended.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #28
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #29
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Just get the new ones from khoalty. Totally worth it.

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Hi. I'm the OP. I should prob chime in here. I did! I did! I listened! They arrive on Monday!
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #31
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Hi. I'm the OP. I should prob chime in here. I did! I did! I listened! They arrive on Monday!
Hey did you have ZKW lights or AL headlights ? What brand lenses did you get ?

I am wondering if the AL lens will fit ZKW and vice versa?
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I have one on each size. I'll know Monday night! I hope so. According to everyone on here they are unisex.
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I have one on each size. I'll know Monday night! I hope so. According to everyone on here they are unisex.
Ok, I originally had AL halogens and then retrofitted ZKW Xenons. So i had the AL Halogens in storage. Pulled them out just now and swapped the lenses and they fit perfectly. They are exactly the same, BMW and even pelicanparts are listing the AL lenses as if they wont fit ZKW. ZKW lenses are priced double. What a rip off! but in a way no one will know until its tried. Hope my experience will be useful to someone.

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:54 AM   #35
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glad you chose new lenses instead of BS polishing
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Hi. I'm the OP.

Khoalty sent me lenses. They are NOT Bosch. They were DJAUTO.....

Not cool....... Wtf..

So back to the origion conv... Use DJauto not perfect fitment lenses or have my OEM lenses polished....

Kicking rocks. Everyone was so confident but what a fail.
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well you can polish them if you want, but you'll need to clearcoat them after. if you don't, it'll start to haze up like crazy each time
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #38
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Will lamin-x prevent hazing?

What kind of clear coat? Spray paint grade? Or body shop grade?
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So is the fitment really off? Or why not just use the DJAUTO lenses? The khoalty lenses should be OEM quality either way.
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Its so frustrating. They said that only the 02-05 sedans are off brand.... Wtf... They could be more clear about that.........

So I'm wondering what the best move is next.
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