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Old 02-04-2010, 05:35 PM   #21
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I changed mine to 6000k today and the passenger side's rubber boot is a PITA to put back on. Like 2" between the ignitor and the wind shield fluid reservoir. I'd have taken the whole thing out but I don't have my tools at school
Same here, 6000K from JLevis. Putting the rubber boot(s) on was the most difficult part of the install.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:16 AM   #22
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ok so i did the drivers side bulb in like 10 mins... or less.

the passenger side took me 2.5 hours!!!!!!!!! wtf?!
not only was the damn cover so hard to remove, but whole ballast/bulb complex was totally different. what a pain in the ass.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:50 AM   #23
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Nice Write up. I just purchased an 04' M3 with after market 8000k lights. When I am parked in front of a wall the left head light looks more focused, than the right. Is there a way to adjust that? The previous owner said that he put those bulbs in about a month ago. keep in mind both have the same output in color, just not as focused. any suggestions?
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:13 PM   #24
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Nice DIY... Have you ever changed the D2-S bulb with a DDM bulb? will it fit ok?
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:21 PM   #25
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Nice Write up. I just purchased an 04' M3 with after market 8000k lights. When I am parked in front of a wall the left head light looks more focused, than the right. Is there a way to adjust that? The previous owner said that he put those bulbs in about a month ago. keep in mind both have the same output in color, just not as focused. any suggestions?
when you say more focused, do mean more intense? because i can't see how one can be more focused. unless of course, when he swapped the bulb, the bulb wasn't properly secured.

other than that, i would say that the headlights are not aimed correctly.

or he got used bulbs and one is dying already.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:21 PM   #26
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Nice DIY... Have you ever changed the D2-S bulb with a DDM bulb? will it fit ok?
it fits fine as long as the DDM bulb is D2S as well.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:23 PM   #27
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btw, javis, what color is your m3? just wondering if i've seen your car around lol
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:57 PM   #28
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Nice Write up. I just purchased an 04' M3 with after market 8000k lights. When I am parked in front of a wall the left head light looks more focused, than the right. Is there a way to adjust that? The previous owner said that he put those bulbs in about a month ago. keep in mind both have the same output in color, just not as focused. any suggestions?
Probably the bulb is not inserted/seated correctly. Since these are projection lights, any slight deviation from the designed focal point will dramatically defocus the beam.

I had a HID bulb go out today and was swapping bulbs to see if it was the ballast or bulb. When putting the bulb back in, I didn't have it aligned correctly ( tabs left and right and the "bulb wire" facing down) and it didn't go in all the way, BUT it still did kind of click and hold itself in.

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Old 10-14-2010, 02:26 AM   #29
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normally if you have the bulb inserted upside down, you end up breaking the return wire thus severely diminishing the bulb's lifespan.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:20 PM   #30
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Thanks alot you got some real help full information here
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:45 PM   #31
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awesome!

What is the difference between types of D2 bulbs?

I've seen the price range from $200 a bulb ( Hella) to $5 a bulb on eBay.

Does the range in price reflect bulb quality or seller's greed?
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #32
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d2s = xenon bulbs for xenon projector type setups. d2r = xenon bulbs for reflector based xenon setups (i.e. 2000 is300) there are other d series bulbs too, but i wouldn't touch them since they don't work on our cars.

the price does reflect bulb quality to an extent. but it's not entirely dependent on it, it's more dependent on the brand. you want to stick with OEM brands like Sylvania and Philips, but there are other good brands like GE, Hella, etc. Philips being the top of the line.

for all other no-name brands, just go with the cheapest bulbs. they are all the same, and their quality sucks. the color does not match the advertised color, you lose lumens faster, they typically last about a year (OEM or other well know brands last about 5+ years).

usually OEM bulbs are around 150-200 a bulb. but you can get them else where for less. depending on the place it could be 150-300 for the pair.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:33 PM   #33
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i bought $25 bulbs.....
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:46 PM   #34
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this is good info. btw AutoZone finally have these in stock now (as of last week)... so you dont have to buy it online anymore..
I believe they carry sylvania d2s'
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:21 AM   #35
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:16 PM   #36
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:07 PM   #37
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this is basically the same thing as a facelift coupe, same general idea, however you are able to do it from the back of the bulb which must make it a lot easier

I have to do mine from the top

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Old 12-27-2011, 11:00 AM   #38
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I am going to swap my bulbs for 6000K soon, so I am subscribing. Thanks for the DIY!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:06 AM   #39
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I would think it is the same for a sedan and coupe. Great diy. I was able to it without removing or moving my lights fairly easily and I have big hands
Now, that is what i want to hear!

Will attempt, when the weather outside improves.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:48 AM   #40
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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.
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