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Old 06-01-2014, 07:43 PM   #981
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so after doing this retrofit which angel eyes would we need? The halogen ones or the xenon ones. (all 4 same size or 2 big ones and 2 smaller ones)
Or it doesnt matter? its for a facelifted 4 door
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:43 PM   #982
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so after doing this retrofit which angel eyes would we need? The halogen ones or the xenon ones. (all 4 same size or 2 big ones and 2 smaller ones)
Or it doesnt matter? its for a facelifted 4 door
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:48 PM   #983
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That shouldn't matter. The difference between the halogen ones and the LED ones are the color temperature. The setup should be the same for any color angel eyes for that matter, actually.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:55 PM   #984
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so after doing this retrofit which angel eyes would we need? The halogen ones or the xenon ones. (all 4 same size or 2 big ones and 2 smaller ones)

Or it doesnt matter? its for a facelifted 4 door

For a facelift sedan, you should by the halogen ones with different size for high/low beam. Although in mine case they are not perfect fit. But using xenon ones will definite give you serious trouble. Perhaps a $200 angle eyes will give you a perfect fit.


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Old 06-01-2014, 07:57 PM   #985
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That shouldn't matter. The difference between the halogen ones and the LED ones are the color temperature. The setup should be the same for any color angel eyes for that matter, actually.

Size matters, you can choose different color temperatures regardless of halogen or xenon.


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Old 06-01-2014, 08:06 PM   #986
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For a facelift sedan, you should by the halogen ones with different size for high/low beam. Although in mine case they are not perfect fit. But using xenon ones will definite give you serious trouble. Perhaps a $200 angle eyes will give you a perfect fit.


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Isn't it on the facelift coupe where size matters, not sedan?
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Old 06-01-2014, 11:14 PM   #987
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Isn't it on the facelift coupe where size matters, not sedan?
I am not sure about coupe, but on my sedan the high beam and low beam have different diameters.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:04 PM   #988
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If you're looking for a budget H1 Mini retrofit we recently received a shipment of the H1 MiniMoto units and are running a special on them for $55 off.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:04 PM   #989
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If you're looking for a budget H1 Mini retrofit we recently received a shipment of the H1 MiniMoto units and are running a special on them for $55 off.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:54 PM   #990
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I bought the Umnitza Minimotos and their Xenon HID kit (Canbus unit). Works great. They also included some shrouds (not E46 specific, but they were free so who can complain?). The shrouds were the biggest headache of the whole project. Just a lot of sanding/cutting to get it to sit right. They press fit onto the projector and require no glue/adhesive. I did sand the back of them extra to get them to be "pushed back" a bit just because I like the look better.

Overall, very happy with the results. I have no errors on my dash. The projectors are very bright. The cutoff might be a tad bit crooked, but it's not enough to pull the headlights apart (IMO).

I wired up the bi-xenon feature. I just tapped into the high beam wires. Cut and splice/solder. No vampire taps for me, never had good luck with those things. If anyone wants a picture of what I did, I can take some for you.



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I bought the Umnitza Minimotos and their Xenon HID kit (Canbus unit). Works great. They also included some shrouds (not E46 specific, but they were free so who can complain?). The shrouds were the biggest headache of the whole project. Just a lot of sanding/cutting to get it to sit right. They press fit onto the projector and require no glue/adhesive. I did sand the back of them extra to get them to be "pushed back" a bit just because I like the look better.

Overall, very happy with the results. I have no errors on my dash. The projectors are very bright. The cutoff might be a tad bit crooked, but it's not enough to pull the headlights apart (IMO).

I wired up the bi-xenon feature. I just tapped into the high beam wires. Cut and splice/solder. No vampire taps for me, never had good luck with those things. If anyone wants a picture of what I did, I can take some for you.



Looks great. As the deals grow for different projectors we'll start getting more and more shrouds as well.
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Just an FYI for those following this guide and the items.

Fitting the shrouds over the projectors will make your projector point downwards. The shrouds I ordered fits fine, no gaps between the shroud and the bowl and they sit on the reflector bowl, not on the edge. BUT the shrouds do not line up with the bulb hole, hence why the bulb points downward. I test fitted the shrouds before putting the projectors in. I thought the shrouds were perfect size since I didn't need to trim off any of it. BUT after I installed the projects, that was a different story.

If you do decide to trim off some of the shrouds to make it fit, you will have a noticeable gap (space between the edge of the shroud and the bowl). I'm still trying to figure out what is the best thing to do so there won't be any gaps.
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Just an FYI for those following this guide and the items.

Fitting the shrouds over the projectors will make your projector point downwards. The shrouds I ordered fits fine, no gaps between the shroud and the bowl and they sit on the reflector bowl, not on the edge. BUT the shrouds do not line up with the bulb hole, hence why the bulb points downward. I test fitted the shrouds before putting the projectors in. I thought the shrouds were perfect size since I didn't need to trim off any of it. BUT after I installed the projects, that was a different story.

If you do decide to trim off some of the shrouds to make it fit, you will have a noticeable gap (space between the edge of the shroud and the bowl). You also won't be able to adjust the direction of the light via the rotating screws or whatever you call them that is attached to the housing.

yes, I did order 4 shrouds just in case I was to make a mistake with them.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:07 PM   #994
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Which do I get from my 2003 325i 4dr, when it asks for the wire harness, do I get the "canbus h7, or relay h7" and what halos would I order for best fitment? Also are "H1" right bulb size??

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:26 PM   #995
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Which do I get from my 2003 325i 4dr, when it asks for the wire harness, do I get the "canbus h7, or relay h7" and what halos would I order for best fitment? Also are "H1" right bulb size??

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...l#.U-GZ3snD_qA

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If you are willing to code your LCM to accept xenon bulbs, then no relay or canbus harness is needed. Otherwise you'd better get the canbus H7. I bought with relay H7 and sold the relay on eBay because after coding the original H7 harness works just fine with the HID/ballast. As for angel eyes, I don't recommend TRS halos, as you see, the drop-down list only allows you to choose a single size, but your high-beam and low-beam are actually of different diameters. Also, TRS halos are full circle, rather than the eclipse shape of dedicated E46 halos. You also need to use thin metal wires to fix them onto your headlight housing, which seems a hassle to me. In contrast, the dedicated E46 halos have plastic clips to clamp onto the housing. Actually TRS used to sell dedicated E46 halos through basement special. They are probably sold out on them. I ordered a set of of them when I bought my retrofit kit last year, I never put them on and am selling it right now. Let me know if you are interested, you will need to source the clips and harness separately though.

And yes H1 is the correct bulb size.
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:48 AM   #996
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Thanks for the help, yeah I thought the same for angel eyes, other kits listed differnt sizes for your lowbeam and high beam and they didn't have that option available. But thanks alot, as for purchasing your angel eyes, I think I'll pass on it, but thanks for the offer man

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That's ok. Glad you find it helpful. As for the angel eyes, I have already retracted the sale, so never mind.


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So Im a little confused about the bulbs and wiring when doing a projector retrofit, say using Morimito projectors. H7 halogens wont work in the projector (obviously) but does that mean you have to remove the H7 connector and wire up a Xenon bulb to the stock wiring? In all the guides I have come across I feel like the wiring is somewhat left out, maybe its just me.



Is it street legal to have a projector for highbeam use?
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So Im a little confused about the bulbs and wiring when doing a projector retrofit, say using Morimito projectors. H7 halogens wont work in the projector (obviously) but does that mean you have to remove the H7 connector and wire up a Xenon bulb to the stock wiring? In all the guides I have come across I feel like the wiring is somewhat left out, maybe its just me.



Is it street legal to have a projector for highbeam use?
Yes, you see some cars like Audis or Benzes that have just a single projector when it comes to high/low beams and they are called bixenons. There are other cars as well from other continents that have the same setup
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So Im a little confused about the bulbs and wiring when doing a projector retrofit, say using Morimito projectors. H7 halogens wont work in the projector (obviously) but does that mean you have to remove the H7 connector and wire up a Xenon bulb to the stock wiring? In all the guides I have come across I feel like the wiring is somewhat left out, maybe its just me.



Is it street legal to have a projector for highbeam use?

The factory H7 socket will work with the H1 plug that comes with the Mini H1 retrofit kit. They are not meant to be compatible, but the dimensions are the same. You still need to force them to connect though. I trimmed the locking hook on the H1 plug a little bit to make it "click" in. You will know when you try it.

And yes, the high-beam is supposed to be through the projector, the Bi-Xenon feature. If you want factor look and function, then go with the Bi-Xenon and wire up the project shutter to your LCM, keep the inner halogens for flash-to-pass.
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