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Old 05-05-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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E46 FXR Retrofit

I bought some to solve my burnt bowl problem and will post pictures of install and completion and any tips/advice here once I receive them.

I have AL headlights. I bought these: http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...l#.U2f-YdxdV8E
(with the 3" lens)

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:43 PM   #2
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When I did this 3"FXR conversion with halo lights the end results were excellent although the sharp cutoff (clear lenses) leaves you seemingly in total darkness above the line. Also establishing the exact rotational alignment of the projector is a bit tricky. The clamping the reflector and marking the beam pattern on a wall as TRS suggest is a good idea. You do NOT want to be parallel with the flat top edge of the reflector, which is about 5 off horizontal.
The FXR's get hot even with 35W bulbs.
Cheap ballasts are a waste of time too. Hopefully your OE items are still serviceable.

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When I did this 3"FXR conversion with halo lights the end results were excellent although the sharp cutoff (clear lenses) leaves you seemingly in total darkness above the line. Also establishing the exact rotational alignment of the projector is a bit tricky. The clamping the reflector and marking the beam pattern on a wall as TRS suggest is a good idea. You do NOT want to be parallel with the flat top edge of the reflector, which is about 5 off horizontal.
The FXR's get hot even with 35W bulbs.
Cheap ballasts are a waste of time too. Hopefully your OE items are still serviceable.

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This is helpful. Very helpful.

My OEM parts are all serviceable and I will retain 100% OEM parts except for the projectors themselves. Additionally I replaced the ballast and ignitor on the driver's side a few months ago with OEM original BMW parts because my ballast had blown and I was tracking down the problem why my driver headlight wouldn't turn on.

Do I need to worry about my angel eyes if the FXRs get hot?
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The version 3.0 of the FXR projectors does not have the distinctive cutout as their version 2.0 or 1.5 just have that in mind. Also make sure to test them specially the bi-xenon coil mechanism.
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Do I need to worry about my angel eyes if the FXRs get hot?
Good that you have the OE electronics. The heat dissipated in the headlight will not increase so The angel eyes should be fine. The FXR encloses the bulb more than the originals causing the body of the projectors gets hot. Its all alloy so not a problem and keeping all wiring out of contact is a good plan.

I don't have examples of the smaller or older FXR but I have 8 of the newer 3" all with the clear lens (I was considering a dual set-up). One each side is adequate. They have a sharp cutoff with a blue fringe. You will probably need the shrouds too.

Good luck with your conversion.

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The version 3.0 of the FXR projectors does not have the distinctive cutout as their version 2.0 or 1.5 just have that in mind. Also make sure to test them specially the bi-xenon coil mechanism.
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Good that you have the OE electronics. The heat dissipated in the headlight will not increase so The angel eyes should be fine. The FXR encloses the bulb more than the originals causing the body of the projectors gets hot. Its all alloy so not a problem and keeping all wiring out of contact is a good plan.

I don't have examples of the smaller or older FXR but I have 8 of the newer 3" all with the clear lens (I was considering a dual set-up). One each side is adequate. They have a sharp cutoff with a blue fringe. You will probably need the shrouds too.

Good luck with your conversion.

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Thanks this is helpful.

I will get around to this sometime soon; I've been busy with work lately.

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