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Old 01-24-2010, 09:37 PM   #61
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:06 PM   #62
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Sorry for the old thread bump, but in regards to losing your locked high-beams, there is an alternative 3rd solution that no one mentioned yet. You can get your turn-signal stalk re-wired. That's what I did, and it works great, but it's a tad weird in that when you lock your high beams on, the low beams stay on too, so you get a ton of light. I was friendly with one of the senior techs at my old stealer, and he did it for me with a great break on the price.

FWIW, I loved my P46s, but both ballasts died within 2 years, and they both died within a week of one another. Umnitza was more than willing to help, but I got ultra lazy and just re-installed my halogens with new headlight lenses. I still have the P46s though, and I might re-install em some day with better ballasts. They were a LARGE jump in quality and usable light over the stock halogen lights, and I live out in the country where there aren't any street lights. The P46s cast MUCH more light out to the sides of the road, which is crucial when you're trying not to run over skunks/deer/racoons/etc. I lost count of how many times I picked up animal eye reflections on the side of the road, and managed to slow down in time to see a cat jump out in front of me.

The P46s are worth every penny.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:27 PM   #63
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Sorry for the old thread bump, but in regards to losing your locked high-beams, there is an alternative 3rd solution that no one mentioned yet. You can get your turn-signal stalk re-wired. That's what I did, and it works great, but it's a tad weird in that when you lock your high beams on, the low beams stay on too, so you get a ton of light. I was friendly with one of the senior techs at my old stealer, and he did it for me with a great break on the price.

FWIW, I loved my P46s, but both ballasts died within 2 years, and they both died within a week of one another. Umnitza was more than willing to help, but I got ultra lazy and just re-installed my halogens with new headlight lenses. I still have the P46s though, and I might re-install em some day with better ballasts. They were a LARGE jump in quality and usable light over the stock halogen lights, and I live out in the country where there aren't any street lights. The P46s cast MUCH more light out to the sides of the road, which is crucial when you're trying not to run over skunks/deer/racoons/etc. I lost count of how many times I picked up animal eye reflections on the side of the road, and managed to slow down in time to see a cat jump out in front of me.

The P46s are worth every penny.
very interesting, i actually never thought about rewiring the stalk. So you just switch around the wires so that pushing forwards engage the 'flash-to-pass'?
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:32 PM   #64
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Nice man I did the same thing retrofitting the orion v2 into the depo projectors, mine turned out great!
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:31 AM   #65
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very interesting, i actually never thought about rewiring the stalk. So you just switch around the wires so that pushing forwards engage the 'flash-to-pass'?
I'm not exactly sure how it was re-wired. Sorry I can't provide the specifics. I didn't ask for the details.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:36 AM   #66
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I highly doubt your stalk was re-wired. Sounds like you had the vehicle order changed on your LCM. (programming)
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:40 PM   #67
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I highly doubt your stalk was re-wired. Sounds like you had the vehicle order changed on your LCM. (programming)
I was there when he had the stalk pulled apart. It was re-wired for sure. I was also flashed for bi-xenons, which is why I needed the re-wire in the first place.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:50 PM   #68
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Umnitza sent me the wrong ballasts. After working with them over email, I was told the ballasts I had were the more expensive, most durable ballasts available...but they lack the error-cancelling ability of the standard ballasts. At first I was very annoyed, but I decided to work with what I had to make things right.

Umnitza told me there were 2 solutions:
1) LCM reflash/Capacitor Method
2) Swap ballasts for the ones I was supposed to get.
I hear this all the time why dont they fix it
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    Old 03-16-2010, 01:53 PM   #69
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    I was there when he had the stalk pulled apart. It was re-wired for sure. I was also flashed for bi-xenons, which is why I needed the re-wire in the first place.


    Quit talking out of your ass. You do NOT need a "stalk re-wire" to flash your car.

    There is TWO part numbers for that stalk. One with and one without the on board computer. Another point - it would be too expensive for BMW to make individual stalks for halogen/xenon, they just code the module differently.

    Again - to you.
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    Old 03-16-2010, 03:14 PM   #70
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    Quit talking out of your ass. You do NOT need a "stalk re-wire" to flash your car.

    There is TWO part numbers for that stalk. One with and one without the on board computer. Another point - it would be too expensive for BMW to make individual stalks for halogen/xenon, they just code the module differently.

    Again - to you.
    I believe bartacus is trying to say that he rewired the stalk so he can keep his high beams locked-on. If that's the case it makes a lot of sense to me. Reversing the stalk functions lets you lock it in when you push it towards the dash. I'm pretty sure everyone knows you just need an LCM reflash at minimum, the stalk mod is purely optional.

    Am I right bartacus?
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    Old 03-16-2010, 04:07 PM   #71
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    Quit talking out of your ass. You do NOT need a "stalk re-wire" to flash your car.

    There is TWO part numbers for that stalk. One with and one without the on board computer. Another point - it would be too expensive for BMW to make individual stalks for halogen/xenon, they just code the module differently.

    Again - to you.
    I never said that dumbass. I had the car flashed for bi-xenons AND had the signal stalk rewired to keep the high beams locked on. to you for being such a moron. I know exactly what was done to my car. I was THERE to see the stalk pulled apart.
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    I believe bartacus is trying to say that he rewired the stalk so he can keep his high beams locked-on. If that's the case it makes a lot of sense to me. Reversing the stalk functions lets you lock it in when you push it towards the dash. I'm pretty sure everyone knows you just need an LCM reflash at minimum, the stalk mod is purely optional.

    Am I right bartacus?
    You are right sir, unlike the above moron with no reading comprehension skills.
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    Old 03-17-2010, 11:13 AM   #72
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    Chill Mr. 320i

    Learn how to properly convey your points.

    "flashed for bi-xenons, which is why I needed the re-wire in the first place."

    fails. hard.
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    Old 03-17-2010, 12:04 PM   #73
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    Chill Mr. 320i

    Learn how to properly convey your points.

    "flashed for bi-xenons, which is why I needed the re-wire in the first place."

    fails. hard.
    You picked it man. I thought that was pretty clear. To anyone who understands how your lights are affected when you get your LCM flashed to bi-xenons from halogens, it's crystal clear. Anyways, fights over, let's kiss and make up, sweet lips.
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    Old 03-23-2010, 09:14 PM   #74
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    those cutoffs of the p46 isnt bad at all
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    Old 03-29-2010, 10:09 AM   #75
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    oem Halogen to OEM bi xenon ?> ZKW or AL which fits?

    i thought i would try to keep this question within this thread but it may just become lost in the pages of yada so i may need to post a new thread question as i have not come across this understanding through reading yet.

    If a facelift three series originally came with Halogens for some reason....can i retrofit OEM ZKW or AL bi-xenons plug and play style?

    i understand that there ultimately need to be a reflash to gain functionality....but will it all connect up with either ZKW or AL or do i have to determine the appropriate connector and discover which manufacturer is the plug and play fit?

    make sense ?
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    Old 03-30-2010, 11:28 AM   #76
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    i thought i would try to keep this question within this thread but it may just become lost in the pages of yada so i may need to post a new thread question as i have not come across this understanding through reading yet.

    If a facelift three series originally came with Halogens for some reason....can i retrofit OEM ZKW or AL bi-xenons plug and play style?

    i understand that there ultimately need to be a reflash to gain functionality....but will it all connect up with either ZKW or AL or do i have to determine the appropriate connector and discover which manufacturer is the plug and play fit?

    make sense ?
    Everything should match up just fine. Make sure the OEM units are complete and have all the components like igniters and ballasts. On the outside the connector plug to the power source should look the same.

    With halogens, the power connector goes straight into the bulb. With xenons, the ballast will go between the housing and the power connector.

    If you can get OE, it's the best quality of course so go for it.
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    Old 03-30-2010, 12:20 PM   #77
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    well i managed to pick up a pair of AL bi-xenons hope it works out !
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    Old 06-21-2010, 07:47 AM   #78
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    can someone who knows a great deal about orion v2 led's please pm me. As i have a couple of questions and dont want to make you guys regergitate info over and over. Im having trouble understanding how this works, i purchased the orion v2 leds last night for $200 to my door compliments of umnitza. I want to know if these interfere with my xenons or my driving lights. If someone could just help explain how it all works it would make me feel better about my purchase. If i have it correct the v2s will cancel out my halogens but not my xenons. Also they will run all the time replacing the halogen driving lights. If someone would please help i would maybe not have to pull my hair out wondering if i just messed up big time.

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    Old 06-21-2010, 10:55 AM   #79
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    Angel eyes, if installed with the ECU tap, will not effect any of your current headlights and setup.
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    Old 06-22-2010, 06:22 AM   #80
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    How has everyone sealed the back of the low beam DEPO where the HID and Angle Eye wires come through? (ie. you can't get the rubber cover back on)

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