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Old 06-27-2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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Angry Front Clear Corners are melting!! Need help.

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Need some help trying to figure out why my front clear corners are starting to melt . I have a '04 330i ZHP and changed the OEM Front corners to clear ones. First set I bought were from ebay (DEPO) clear corners. Bought some silver bulbs from AUTOLUMINATION that blink super white. Anyway stupid things started melting a few weeks later (normal operation of vehicle) I suspect from turning them on at night time (what the hell was I thinking using my lights at night). The chrome backing started melting first and then the plastic behind the chrome part followed. I figured that it was either the bulbs that were burning too hot or the crapy DEPO lights, so I went on to BIMMIAN and bought the OEM 325i clear corners and the solaris bulbs, thinking that would do the trick. Well....it didn't, now the OEM clears are starting to bubble at the chrome part. What the heck is going on! I have not heard anyone post a similar problem out there. Is anyone else having the same problem?? Look at the pictures it is also making the chrome part above the bulb hazy.

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Old 06-27-2006, 03:35 PM   #2
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I would guess its your bulbs, if you want to keep them, do the corner delete mod. I have regular amper bulbs in my clears from ebay, never had a prob. but I am thinking about doing the mod myself.
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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As a matter of fact a friend and I are working on the corner mod.
I just can't believe a higher end product like the Solaris bulbs would melt the lights. Have they done any testing on these bulbs? I can't believe I am the only one with this problem. It has to be due to the coating on the bulbs making them burn hotter.
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:56 PM   #4
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yea sucks, im sure someone on hear has to have exp. this problem. btw how much is it costing you? and is it pretty easy? I saw the diy and looked simple, wouldnt know tho, havent really taken a good look at the car.
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:56 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear about the corners....

I found similar posts with the Solaris bulbs melting the Depo housing. I planned on getting the smoked Depos for my M3. But I have solaris bulbs on my OEM corners. No issues with the OEM corners. However, I did notice the bulbs burned hotter then my stock ones. I was told that the coating on the solaris bulbs made them burn hotter.

Just do a search on depo housing and see what others are using for an alternative to Solaris bulbs.
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Old 06-27-2006, 04:03 PM   #6
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Maybe a dirty contact or loose connection? Either one will give you more resistance at the contacts = voltage drop = heat generation.
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Old 06-27-2006, 04:11 PM   #7
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We will look into it immediately although, we have not heard of such a case. I've had the Solaris Niveus running in my car for over year with OEM clears and now aftermarket black clear corners, and no bubbling or melting issue. Team Premier who's sponsored by Bimmian also runs the Solaris bulbs, and no issues have come back.

Perhaps a DEPO quality issue? We will look into it. Thanks.
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:48 PM   #8
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It's a Depo issue. A lot of people with Depo corners with Solaris bulbs had them melt.......seems it's not just an issue with the Solaris bulbs, but with pretty much any bulb that puts out heat with the Depo corners.
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Old 06-28-2006, 02:34 AM   #9
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Use the OEM brake light bulb. They are clear, and blink white at night. Amber in the day. Also it doesn't run as hot as the one you just mentioned.
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Old 06-28-2006, 02:38 AM   #10
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maybe you should order a new set of solaris bulbs, maybe you got a bionic pair. I think itll be alright if you do the corner delete.
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:14 AM   #11
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I wrote in to the guys at Bimmian and they are looking into it. It just seems strange that the OEM clear corners I bought afterwards are melting as well. They should be of a higher quality. What bugs me is I finally got my car looking the way I want it and the darn things are melting.
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maybe you should look into getting leds, that sure won't melt the housing.
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I bought a set of invisibulbs from the dealership and haven't had any problems with my DEPOs. I think they're the ones that go with the 2000 3 series clear corners. I got the idea from this thread http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=depo+melted with the same problem as yours. Just be sure to get the correct offset for the bulbs. Good luck!
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damn mines starting to bubble up and haze up now. these are going to be my second pair of melted ones if it continues.
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Old 06-30-2006, 03:59 PM   #15
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Now I will actually believe everyone when they spout off "OEM, OEM, OEM you get what you pay for"
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:24 PM   #16
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Now I will actually believe everyone when they spout off "OEM, OEM, OEM you get what you pay for"

Penny-wise but pound foolish my friend....

Had both Solaris and OEM silver bulbs running in my OEM clears for 2+ years.

Actually had an OEM BMW bulb melt into an OEM bulbs holder. Ha, thats the worst of it though. I made the dealer buy me a new one.
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well it melted my depos so i got oem, now the oem is starting to melt. may be i have bad luck or something
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well it melted my depos so i got oem, now the oem is starting to melt. may be i have bad luck or something
I seems obvious that the bulbs are the cause. Try switching back to your OEM bulbs for a bit to be sure.
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On my old F-150 I had a set of "Hyper White" headlight bulbs start to melt a set of Crystal-Eyes headlights. I put regular, boring, white/standard voltage bulbs inand they stopped melting. Of course the lense started to yellow after about si months so I ment and bought OEM Lightning ones which never gave me an issue over the next three years.

To be sure that it is or isn't the bulbs, make sure that they are the OEM wattage. Most of the aftermarket bulbs have a higher wattage which will lead to higher temps and melted plastic housings.
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Old 07-01-2006, 01:09 PM   #20
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they are the same wattage. i'm pretty sure its the bulbs, i just put them on a couple of weeks ago after bimmian sent me the replacements for the other ones that melted and broke. before i change them to solaris, i was using the oem ones for a couple of weeks and they were fine
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