E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Lighting Forum

Lighting Forum
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!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-24-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
Noxas
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Markham Ontario
Posts: 8
My Ride: 2002 325xi
Facelift vs non facelift headlights? Help please!

Hi guys so my e46 facelifted has halogens. I've been told however that pre facelifted headlights will fit; so id like to swap in some xenons... Is this true? Someone said all I had to do was change the lenses but I'm still a little confused. Are there any diy if this is possible?
Noxas is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 01-24-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
nike001
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: NE Pennsylvania
Posts: 987
My Ride: Fergo
Not sure if pre-facelift sedan lights swap.. ( don't think they do) but pre-facelift coupe lights do swap over to facelift sedans. The pre-facelift sedan lights aren't anything worth swapping over IMO, they're uglier and aren't bi-xenon.

To swap pre-facelift coupe (or M3) headlights, you need the AL mounting bracket below the headlight. After that, just disassemble the new-to-you xenon light and take off the outer lens and inner bezel & swap your sedan bezel & outer lens.
__________________

330i ZHP 6MT | H&R Sport Cup | BMW Performance | OEM Clears | Coby Wheel
nike001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #3
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virgo Supercluster
Posts: 8,003
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
Retrofit some bixenon projectors into your halogen bowls. Find user Solidjake, look at his signature, and follow his retrofitting guide. It's good and he got great results. It'll probably cost you ~$350-$400, which is much less than OE bixenons will cost you. The E46 sedan headlights are very easy to work with too.
__________________
fa·nat·ic
Noun
A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal

BMW VIN Decoder
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2014, 07:59 PM   #4
Noxas
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Markham Ontario
Posts: 8
My Ride: 2002 325xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by WDE46 View Post
Retrofit some bixenon projectors into your halogen bowls. Find user Solidjake, look at his signature, and follow his retrofitting guide. It's good and he got great results. It'll probably cost you ~$350-$400, which is much less than OE bixenons will cost you. The E46 sedan headlights are very easy to work with too.
Aren't bixenon roughly going for 500? I was honestly just lookin at regular xenons. Someone was telling me you could swap directly the sedan headlights which I was confused about considering everything seems differentp
Noxas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
Noxas
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Markham Ontario
Posts: 8
My Ride: 2002 325xi
As well doesn't bixenon require extra wiring? That's what I was told; that it wasn't a plug and play
Noxas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 08:05 AM   #6
Cavi Mike
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,637
My Ride: 2000 328Ci
Send a message via AIM to Cavi Mike Send a message via MSN to Cavi Mike Send a message via Yahoo to Cavi Mike
Obviously. HID's have ballasts.
__________________
Cavi Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 11:08 AM   #7
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virgo Supercluster
Posts: 8,003
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Noxas View Post
As well doesn't bixenon require extra wiring? That's what I was told; that it wasn't a plug and play
Only a little. You can either add a pin to the LCM connector and run a wire, or you can tap the high beam with a splitter and run that to the bixenon shutter.

Do more reading on this before you buy please. There's a lot to know. Clearly you need to do more research first.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________
fa·nat·ic
Noun
A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal

BMW VIN Decoder
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 11:08 AM   #8
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virgo Supercluster
Posts: 8,003
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cavi Mike View Post
Obviously. HID's have ballasts.
They plug right into our stock connectors.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________
fa·nat·ic
Noun
A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal

BMW VIN Decoder
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use