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Old 03-04-2009, 06:19 PM   #41
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So why do BMW sell a Xenon enabled headlight switch at $300+ as the correct part to use with retrofit Xenons?
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:29 PM   #42
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they are just trying to swindle you. you don't need the part at all. just a reflash, however you will lose your high beams if you do, unless you do some extra wiring to make the bixenon function work. getting that LCM still does you no good as far as highs go
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:48 AM   #43
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When you say Bi-Xenon, do you mean normal and high beam Xenon?

My Xenons are bi-xenon, in that they have the shutter - so what do have to do in the end to make it all work as if fitted from factory?
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yes as in the shutter. there's a DIY somewhere, where you basically use a relay and the trigger wire connects directly to the LCM pin that activates the shutters
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:29 AM   #45
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Man, this was supposed to be Plug and Play and now it's a mission!

I'll check it out- cheers for the tip.

I don't suppose there's BMW part use to make it simple.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:33 PM   #46
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If I may suggest in this picture pushing down is not the best way as you may damage the auto leveler, you need to spread those tabs apart to get the ball to come out of its socket. just put a Flathead in there rotate it and pull on the shroud from the front and it will pop apart

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Old 03-20-2009, 06:20 PM   #47
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If I may suggest in this picture pushing down is not the best way as you may damage the auto leveler, you need to spread those tabs apart to get the ball to come out of its socket. just put a Flathead in there rotate it and pull on the shroud from the front and it will pop apart

i didn't tell them to push down. pry it up. there are several different ways to do it. i've been meaning to add to this post several other ways lol for instance, after unscrewing everything what you can do is pull straight up on the reflector bowl. if you do it hard enough, it will pop right out with no problems. that's been the easiest way thus far. i never would have tried that if i didn't lose my screwdriver lol
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:57 PM   #48
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Installed my Xenons and the fever has gone lol!

I went to my BMW Indy who have a computer and they said they cannot flash the LKM
to accommodate Xenon lamps as they say you must have a 'Xenon Ready' Headlamp / LKM?
Can they do it to a normal LKM / Headlmap Switch?
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:27 PM   #49
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If I may suggest in this picture pushing down is not the best way as you may damage the auto leveler, you need to spread those tabs apart to get the ball to come out of its socket. just put a Flathead in there rotate it and pull on the shroud from the front and it will pop apart

I wish I would have read this 30 minutes ago, because it appears I just damaged my auto-leveler. I'm pissed.
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lol yea i was supposed to show other ways to doing that, there's 3 total. but tim/mods say i can't change my post.

anyways, if you are in need of one. let me know, i got one i could sell you depending on what headlight you have
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:54 PM   #51
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Excellent DIY on headlight removal... I'm stuck on how to detach the headlight washer hose undernath the HID housing? Any advice? Thnx!
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Uh i think you posted in the wrong diy, but the washer hose isn't connected to the headlight at all. It's completely separate
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:21 PM   #53
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Hey sillie, I crack the white nut that holds the vertical level aim arm, so where can I get a spare???

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What white nut? Usually everyone breaks the white thing at the end of the autoleveling arm
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Where can I purchase that white thing @ the end of the autoleveling arm?
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you can't. you can only get them from old headlights. seems a lot of people keep breaking them. i've only broke once off the thousands that i've opened. i should start keeping stock and selling them to you guys LOL
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Sillie, let me know when u have a spare handy... Thanx!
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How bad is your's broken? If it's not bad i'd just glue it
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:49 AM   #59
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how bad can it be. most of the time when you break it, it's the other side going into the rectangular hole. the piece that holds it in that is broken. pm me a picture?
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