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Old 01-20-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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hid question help please!

i ordered a set of hid for my high and low beams. i already installed the low beam and i am super happy with the result i am worried about the high beams since my daytime running light is thru the high beam. is there anyway to over ride the day time runners? i have a 2000 323i sedan and obviously not with the xenons. thanks for the help!
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #2
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Don't run HIDs in halogen housings. It's really dangerous to other drivers and just looks tacky. Get some projectors.
A dealer or someone else with an equivalent tool has to code your DRLs off. As I just said in another thread, some dealers will try to over charge you for it, even though it's a quick process. I'd see if any indie shops around you can do it first.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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Not to be ignorant but how does a hid kit in my car make it dangerous to another driver?
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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HIDs in halogen bowls reflect REALLY badly. A projector style headlight focuses the incredibly bright light of an HID into a beam, where as with a halogen bowl, all of the HID's light is just reflected in every direction, including into the faces of other drivers.

90% of the time, when you're blinded by "HIDs," it's someone who just put HID bulbs in a halogen housing, because with properly aimed HIDs in projectors, the light doesn't blind other drivers.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:34 PM   #5
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HID kit in halogen reflector:




OEM with some slight tweaks:


You tell me which one looks better.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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That makes sense unfortunatly I got a little carries away with window tint (5% all around and 35% windsheild) so the added light was a asap must. Ill look into the projectors just never been a fan of there looks. Do you know if the dlr issue can be solved w a higer end scan tool? I own a small repair shop intown and it'd be embarassing to have to take my car the the dealership lol
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:40 PM   #7
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Those pictures really helped. Thanks for the info guys
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:45 PM   #8
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I'm not sure what tools can do it. Have a look around the software forum on bimmerforums. You'll be able to find all the coding information you could dream about there.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...play.php?f=233
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