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Old 01-20-2012, 08:29 PM   #41
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Does anyone know how to install angel eyes on a prefacelift sedan?
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:33 PM   #42
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It's the same as doing any other car, except fl coupes.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:57 AM   #43
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Thanks Sillie, very helpful,

One start to flicker and do the swap, lets see what happends, thanks again
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:55 AM   #44
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Very helpful sillie. I just did mine for the sake of putting a new color to it, but I rather stick with oems. It took less than 20 minutes to do both. The soft cover is a pain to put it back on, but I used a flat screwdriver to snap the bottom then the top.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #45
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For the passenger side, moving the windshield washer reservoir slightly out of the way makes the job much easier. Just 1 10mm bolt.
^This. Made it super easy. 5 minutes driver side, 10 minutes passenger, and I'm not very good at figuring stuff out the first time! Thanks sillie!
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:54 PM   #46
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Do you need to disconnect any fuses or the battery? I got told to do so but if the key is out the ignition there wouldn't be a current right?
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:57 PM   #47
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No fuses need to be removed, just make sure your lights are turned off.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #48
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #49
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Ok what happened there. Lol thanks.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:26 AM   #50
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If my 2005 doesn't have factory xenon bulbs, how hard would it be to install them? I've installed HID's on my Benz before but what made me concerned here is the bulbs you have are way smaller than the after market HID's, would they fit fine? or is it gonna be more complicated to do so?
Great video! Never got to look under my hood cayse I live in WASHINGTON!! It never stops raining and I don't have a garage
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:27 AM   #51
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If my 2005 doesn't have factory xenon bulbs, how hard would it be to install them? I've installed HID's on my Benz before but what made me concerned here is the bulbs you have are way smaller than the after market HID's, would they fit fine? or is it gonna be more complicated to do so?
Great video! Never got to look under my hood cayse I live in WASHINGTON!! It never stops raining and I don't have a garage
it would be a lot harder. the halogen bulbs are held on by a metal clip. taking it out will be easy, but putting the bulb back in and into the correct position and then clicking the clip back in will be a chore. the halogen bulb will be even smaller than the xenon bulb in my video lol but if you have small hands, then i think you will have a better chance of doing it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:34 AM   #52
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Thanks man! Ill look into it and see what I can do about it.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:20 PM   #53
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Thanks for the great write-up. Reading all of the posts, and seeing how tight it is in there, I am very happy that my 2001 330xi has the rubber dust cover/seals rather than the rigid plastic you show. There would have been a whole lot more disassembly with the plastic covers.

Now, I've swapped bulbs side-for-side -- let's see if that's my problem.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:39 PM   #54
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Thanks for this DIY.. Like the previous poster, my 2001 330ci has rubber covers so I just had to pinch it and pull it off. Replaced both bulbs, and there is a huge difference in output! Only thing is when I had the car against a wall I noticed that there is a slight yellowness at the cut off, im assuming burnt projector bowls. oh well. But thanks again for this!
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:56 PM   #55
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Thanks for this DIY.. Like the previous poster, my 2001 330ci has rubber covers so I just had to pinch it and pull it off. Replaced both bulbs, and there is a huge difference in output! Only thing is when I had the car against a wall I noticed that there is a slight yellowness at the cut off, im assuming burnt projector bowls. oh well. But thanks again for this!
yeah, this diy was mainly geared towards the 02+ cars. but it was the same process for all the rest.

Anyhow, glad it was able to help you. The yellow on the cutoff is normal. The burnt bowls only happen with ZKW headlights (you should have AL/Bosch single xenons).
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:19 PM   #56
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Quick question. What are the numbers on the back of the ignition unit that connects to the D2S?

Mine both have different digits. And I replaced the bulb on one with the lower digits and the bulb did not come on but blew instantly as the small ball type thing in the bulb was grey, the inside of the innovation connector was burnt from the previous bulb that when but I cleaned it out. Any ideas on this also? Thank you
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:12 AM   #57
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sillieidiot, thanks for putting this together. Super simple process with all of the pictures and detail you provided.
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:12 PM   #58
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Same here, I put in 2 new Philips Colourmatch bulbs and immediately replaced my city light bulbs (EU car ;-)) with SMD LEDs :-)

Super simple process, thanks for your guide!

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Old 05-10-2014, 07:53 PM   #59
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Wish my phone hadn't been dead when I needed this at the store parking lot. Guess tomorrow. Its the same thing for the xenon projector retrofits?

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depends on the projector used. some projectors use a clip. but if you have the factory xenon then it should be the same.
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