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Old 03-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Headlight Lens and Low Beam Bulb

My passenger headlight lens is very hazy even after i tried restoring it with the meguires kit. I figured the best thing is replacing the lens. I see on ebay that Helix lens seems reasonable price. Anyone has experience with the Helix lens?
I also want to replace both bulbs and was thinking Philips x-treme vision or GP thunder that look blue. Any input on what kind of bulb will be bright enough and NOT look yellowish?
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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Buy these headlight lenses: http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html


As for the bulbs, you have halogen lights? Read this please

http://e46fanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=974771
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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thank you for the info solidjake..but to be honest i really dont want to buy a pair of lenses because the passenger headlight was replaced last year so it has a good lens...As for the headlight bulbs, do i need an H7 or H11? Yes i have the hologen (non-xenon HL) but looking at the link above it seems like the facelift sedans (which I have) have the H11??

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:46 AM   #4
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The h11 was for fogs. Just buy the headlight lens cover? You just said it was hazy so apparently it isn't good, an don't waste your time on colored halogens bulbs it'll still look yellow.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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My passenger headlight lens is very hazy even after i tried restoring it with the meguires kit. I figured the best thing is replacing the lens. I see on ebay that Helix lens seems reasonable price. Anyone has experience with the Helix lens?
I also want to replace both bulbs and was thinking Philips x-treme vision or GP thunder that look blue. Any input on what kind of bulb will be bright enough and NOT look yellowish?
I have halogen bulbs H7's. I put the Osram Nightbreaker bulbs on low beam. The light output is quite good. The colour does look whiteish and not yellow. Not as white (or blue) as xenon but that's not a bad thing. I also have Philips blue vision ultra in the halo rings and they match the colour of the Osram bulbs really well. Might put Philips blue vision ultra in low beams when Osrams burn out.
Not sure if that helps.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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thanks guys...yes def not looking for that xenon blue effect just something brighter and a little bit whiter so i can see a bit better plus so it says my e46 belongs in 2013 LOL...
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #7
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If the headlight lens is still hazy after the Meguiar's kit, you are doing something wrong. You don't have any photos posted, so it's hard to say- but I recently did a set of headlights that were quite pitted and worn, and they look brand new now.

I did use coarser grits of sandpaper than the Meguiar's kit includes- I started with 600, went to 1000, 1500, 2000, then the 3000 pad (all wet-sanding, rinsing very regularly, and spraying the lens very frequently) in the kit. Used the PlastX in the kit, and the lenses are spotless.

Start with 600, and spend a lot of time at this stage- the more time you spend cleaning up all the crap on the lenses at this stage, the easier the following stages will be, as the smaller grits will just be removing the scratches from the previous grit, rather than doing any 'correction'.
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