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Old 03-06-2017, 04:21 AM   #141
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Originally Posted by fumigator View Post
struggling with my 18year old xenon myself. trying to get in to replace the igniter the level adjuster knob has separated itself from the assembly and the mating teeth are now toasted. i was close to trying to get the auto level ball released but after seeing part of my 18year old plastics start disintegrating i was fearful of going forward. daily driver and i need to get resolved. do i break down and buy a used working assembly and find a carcass later to fix the level adjustment? or consider move to a retrofit replacement assembly? sounds like the DEPO retrofit isn't so great long term. any thoughts are appreciated.
it will just be a downgrade if you stick with the DEPO projectors. But I'm sure you could just find a used working headlight and not even have to go through the trouble of taking your current one apart to fix it. It'll be cheaper than the DEPO new I'm sure
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Old 03-17-2017, 06:31 PM   #142
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ok, so question. since i bunged up my level adjustment gear drive, what are some likely sources to acquire another? is it replaceable? safe to assume i should successfully disassemble the lamp assembly, (I.E. the ball joint for the adjusting arm) replace it and get the lamp assembly back together? i was in a jam, so i picked up a working complete lamp assembly off ebay (from a 330 coupe built a month before mine) if the vin that was posted was accurate... in the long run i would really like to have the original lamp assembly back in if its somewhat practical.
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center trim, remove ballast, remove igniter, take apart headlight, xenon

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