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Old 01-29-2015, 01:02 PM   #1
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E46 facelift headlights

I have a e46 coupe with the facelift and I removed my headlights so I can paint the high beam housing yellow but the headlight cover looks like it's glued on, how and what do I do to remove the clear plastic cover without damaging anything?
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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Bake the housing for 15 minutes at 250F. Remove the ballasts, any sort of rubber, bulbs or anything else that could be damaged by baking the headlight. Just look up facelift coupe angel eye install DIY.
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:29 PM   #3
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upon removing the headlights from car

- remove the ballast under the headlight (two silver blocks holding in by torx screw)
- there should be two screws around the headlight in the back, remove those also
- remove all bulbs
- 250F oven, make sure to put it on a AL sheet
- wait 15 minutes (make sure to turn on your oven light to see if anythings is melting/burning etc. at 250F your headlights would NOT burn/melt. its safe

- use oven to take it out after 15 minutes
- this is the tricky part, you have a limit of time before the glue sets back and harden. upon removing the headlight from your oven, use oven mitts and some sort of flat blade and pry around the housing *the glue is very very sticky and messy haha*

installing is literally reverse order. back in the oven then press the housing together to get a firm seal

you can also use a heat gun but its not effective as a oven, plus the glue would be even messier if you use a heat gun due to unbalanced heat

good luck! show us some pictures after wards
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:46 PM   #4
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OP, wouldn't be easier to stick to some yellow bulbs? Facelift headlights seem a real PITA to mod, I gave up the idea since I found out they are far more difficult to work with, than pre facelift ones.

The main issue would be if you will not properly reattach the front part, as you might end up with future condensation, if the glue will not stick in an uniform manner.

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Old 01-29-2015, 01:52 PM   #5
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OP, wouldn't be easier to stick to some yellow bulbs? Facelift headlights seem a real PITA to mod, I gave up the idea since I found out they are far more difficult to work with, than pre facelift ones.

The main issue would be if you will not properly reattach the front part, as you might end up with future condensation, if the glue will not stick in an uniform manner.
that's a easy way but if you were to turn on your headlights the inner bulbs will turn off unless you do mad coding. also when the ignition is off the yellow bulb isnt lite meaning you have the old chrome stock look

about the part about "not properly reattaching front part" its very hard to mess up the glue. once it dries, it dries! you can always reheat and play around with the glue to get a even coverage around the housing but most of the time you shouldnt have to do that. as long as you reheat the headlight then press the housing to the back housing you'd be fine
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:27 PM   #6
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The more you screw with these headlights, the easier it gets. Ive had mine opened at least 20 times now
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:58 PM   #7
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Gotta love the snap on lenses on the face lifted sedans
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The more you screw with these headlights, the easier it gets. Ive had mine opened at least 20 times now
this. i think the hardest part was trying to remove the headlights out of the car lmfao! scratched a my headlight bottom trims a few time, and broke the side clips


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Gotta love the snap on lenses on the face lifted sedans
sometimes it makes me wonder why BMW made the coupe headlight one piece...
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:21 PM   #9
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that's a easy way but if you were to turn on your headlights the inner bulbs will turn off unless you do mad coding. also when the ignition is off the yellow bulb isnt lite meaning you have the old chrome stock look
Well, I think I am not quite clear about the targeted look, you are referring to.

You can, somehow, have your high beam reflectors lit by yellow light, in the following ways, too, I guess:
- install amber wy5w parking light bulbs and code your car to use them, as in EU (ironically, I have installed these, for a more US-like look, as I hate that warm white of EU OEM parking lights and cool white LED are still quite a cop magnet)
- replace those inner parking lights (which, I presume, anyway, you don't use them on US cars) with yellow LED and hardwire them, through a relay (as used in DRL kits), so they will be permanently lit, only when ignition is on, same as any DRL.

Of course, now, just removing that cover might seem much easier

This was a feature of older France-registered cars, where yellow headlights or yellow light bulbs used to be mandatory, for both low and high beam (I believe until early 90s). As far as I know, they are illegal, nowadays, everywhere in Europe.
I admit I like that "French" look, especially on older BMWs, compared with all this recent frenzy about LED-based cool white being the new "black"


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Old 01-30-2015, 12:00 AM   #10
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NOT worth the risk to possibly have oem facelift coupe headlights destroyed in the oven. Do you know how much they cost???? Just get some Nokya 2500k bulbs instead.
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I never baked mine. Mostly the heat from being in a hot engine bay driving around was enough. Just takes some prying, cutting the silicone, and maybe some heat gun
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NOT worth the risk to possibly have oem facelift coupe headlights destroyed in the oven. Do you know how much they cost???? Just get some Nokya 2500k bulbs instead.
I've honestly never heard of that happening. I believe your bulbs get hotter than that anyway.
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i baked mine, no problem so far. two of my other buddies baked them..so far no problem

its fine if you keep an eye on it
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:49 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and help, and what website is a good place to get led angel eyes?
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