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Old 02-09-2013, 06:04 AM   #721
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You can do HIDs in a prefacelift. You should be able to follow this thread more or less exactly. Or you can buy a set of OEM HIDs and use those.

Technically recoding the LCM is optional if you use an error canceler... but I think recoding it is the best way to go. If you're willing to buy a cable, I can guide you to coding your LCM.
Thank you, Terra. It's hard for me to follow the lighting threads as there is so much terminology I don't understand, but I really appreciate your offer...that I do understand! I might take you up on that.

First for me, finally new control arms and front wheel bearings! Whoot.

Then lights.

Apropos, I know it's illegal to run with our high beams on, but I know I could tilt my lights down so they wouldn't shine in other drivers' eyes. Has anyone tried driving like this...with headlights tilted down so you can drive with highlights on. I get great light with all four bulbs shining. Would it be too obvious with cops? I do see many cars with 'fogs' on next to the regular headlights and it looks like 4 beams on...so I'm wondering if I could maybe fly under the law enforcing 'radar.' Probably not, right?
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:04 AM   #722
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Thank you, Terra. It's hard for me to follow the lighting threads as there is so much terminology I don't understand, but I really appreciate your offer...that I do understand! I might take you up on that.

First for me, finally new control arms and front wheel bearings! Whoot.

Then lights.

Apropos, I know it's illegal to run with our high beams on, but I know I could tilt my lights down so they wouldn't shine in other drivers' eyes. Has anyone tried driving like this...with headlights tilted down so you can drive with highlights on. I get great light with all four bulbs shining. Would it be too obvious with cops? I do see many cars with 'fogs' on next to the regular headlights and it looks like 4 beams on...so I'm wondering if I could maybe fly under the law enforcing 'radar.' Probably not, right?
I don't know if you can tilt them down far enough. And I don't know how much it would help, since the low beams would be pointing extremely low.

If you want brighter halogens, it might be worth considering the Osram Rallye bulbs -- they're 65W H7s (essentially an H9 burner on an H7 base). I think they're something like 50% brigher.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:05 AM   #723
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I don't know if you can tilt them down far enough. And I don't know how much it would help, since the low beams would be pointing extremely low.

If you want brighter halogens, it might be worth considering the Osram Rallye bulbs -- they're 65W H7s (essentially an H9 burner on an H7 base). I think they're something like 50% brigher.
I remember reading about the brighter lights...and about how one shouldn't use 65W where there was a 55W bulb before...but know guys have done this without issue. I think I just had a 'ethical' conflict with it, want to stay true to my stock roots!

I'll give those a try, Terra...time for new bulbs anyway, I think...as I've also read that halogens get duller over time. You happen to know if that's true?
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:22 AM   #724
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Quick question about this retro fit.

First, thanks to the OP, great write up. Second, thanks to solidjake, great video and great info here. After seven years with P46s, one of the AE'S just burnt out, so I just disconnected all of them and now the time has to come to change! With that being said, OP in the write up there is no mention of filing or altering the shrouds, yet in the video solid has to file them down. So, can someone firm this up? Thanks!
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You have to buy the shrouds regardless. See how they fit and if you need to trim them then do so. Don't know what else to say
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LOl, that's what I thought. I was already to go until I watched your video and saw something about filing. Once again, thanks SOLID. Wish i had them today, 2 1/2 feet of snow in my court, I'm not going anywhere.
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I remember reading about the brighter lights...and about how one shouldn't use 65W where there was a 55W bulb before...but know guys have done this without issue. I think I just had a 'ethical' conflict with it, want to stay true to my stock roots!

I'll give those a try, Terra...time for new bulbs anyway, I think...as I've also read that halogens get duller over time. You happen to know if that's true?
In theory they shouldn't get dimmer, but in reality they do lose some brightness over time. 65W vs 55W... it shouldn't be an issue.

If you do decide to eventually get HIDs, you could always move the 65W bulbs to the highbeam spot.
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Here's a question, I did this retrofit the other day following using a complete morimoto mh1 setup. Although I need to open them back up to rotate the projectors a little, I noticed there is quite a bit of condensation in the headlight housing. I figured this would happen as while installing, I thought it was odd that there is no water tight seal on the rear of the housing after putting in the xenon bulbs.
Is there a proper way, or even a tried and tested method to seal the rear of the low beam housing? At the moment you can visually see the wires going in to the h1 with the retaining clip into the rear of the projector and I know this can't be good.

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You can buy this

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=4649


Also make sure that the headlight lenses are put in properly. Usually the black guides on the lower right/left corners get bent inwards.
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Looks like I need a new hid kit, mine won't stop flickering. Is ddm tuning still recommended or do you guys recommend something else?
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:59 PM   #733
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:54 AM   #734
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Looks like I need a new hid kit, mine won't stop flickering. Is ddm tuning still recommended or do you guys recommend something else?
I wouldn't wish ddmtuning products on my worst enemies. I would go with theretrofitsource.

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I wouldn't wish ddmtuning products on my worst enemies. I would go with theretrofitsource.
I went with those, I've read bad reviews on DDM but they have worked in the past..

Right now I'm running on flickering lights so I don't want to deal with that again, might as well get what I should have gotten to begin with.
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http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=4649


Also make sure that the headlight lenses are put in properly. Usually the black guides on the lower right/left corners get bent inwards.
Anyone order these yet and know what size to get? Thanks!
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Thanks for the link, Solid. On this occasion I'll pass on that because I'm in the UK I don't want to pay through the nose for shipping. Instead, today I went out on a limb and made my own cover. Using the stock bulb holders I basically sawed off the rear of the holder, pulled out all the connectors, and fed through the xenon wires and finally creating a seal with the grommet that is attached. I then plugged the bulb holder into the rear of the housing.
Think I did a really good job if I say so myself and I'm impressed that an idea that popped in to my head panned out pretty much without hindrance!
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Quick question, I'm mostly likely going to order the H1 HID kit from TRS, do I need any adapters of any kind? I have a 2005 325I. Thanks!
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No, just need wire harness, ballasts with bulbs, projectors, rings and shrouds.
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