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Old 01-27-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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get lenses restored or buy new ones?

I got a coupon for headlight restoration for 30 bucks.

But I also saw recently somewhere that I can indeed get a Bosch lens replacement?(part numbers?)

I thought OEM quality lenses were only AL and ZKW for a facelift sedan. Anyone confirm that Bosch made lenses for these housings?

I am completing my quad xenons so I want the lenses to last and not get foggy again, esp under high xenon heat.

I promise I'll post pics when its all done

Here is one for now.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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you have a coupon to restore your xenon lenses...? i doubt that.
wait are you talking about the plastic lenses? buy new ones. they're cheap enough and will last 10 years or so. a restoration might only last 6 months to a year
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:23 AM   #3
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Lol. Damn. Yea? Any idea if the Bosch rumor is true?

Can Bosch all and zkw fit all housings? What is the best beast for the money?
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Get new lenses. This way it will be prestine and brand new. Older ones can crack and deteriorate quicker. And plus, it is only slightly more, if not equally priced. But if you get new ones, I reccomend you change the headlight gasket to prevwnt any water from entering.

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Is that gasket a dealer item?

What is the verdict on the lenses to get?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:02 AM   #6
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Buy new ones, I've restored mine once and after about a month they looked worse than before. I'm ordering a new set for mine this week. Khoalty.com has them and the customer service is fantastic!
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:03 AM   #7
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Did you diy restore? This company seems to do it the legit multi grit polish method.

What lenses r u going with?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:14 AM   #8
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A set of new lenses every 10 years is worth the price to me, compared to the $15 for a polishing kit that gives minimal improvements.

Sadly, your cheapest options for a facelift sedan that I know of are like $50 each. If you had a pre-facelift sedan you have Bosch lenses that you can get for like $19 each.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:16 AM   #9
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Anyone have links to these?

I know AL and ZKW are 90+ each side

And in don't think Hella made them for facelift sedans?

Gurus help!

Part numbers would be awesome..
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Wait, are you talking about the aspherical glass lenses for focusing light or the clear polycarbonate headlamp cover lenses for protecting the internals of the headlight and letting light out?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:28 AM   #11
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The covers made of plastic
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:54 AM   #12
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Well, here's some part numbers for ya. The deal with the lenses is that they are a maintenance item so a lot of vendors add an extra percentage to them, so definitely shop around.

Sedan:
AL Left Lens(up to 9/2001): 63 12 8 380 189
AL Left Lens(up to 9/2001): 63 12 8 380 190
ZKW Left Lens(from 9/2001): 63 12 6 923 411
ZKW Right Lens(from 9/2001): 63 12 6 923 412
AL Left Lens(from 9/2001): 63 12 6 924 045
AL Right Lens(from 9/2001): 63 12 6 924 046

Check out realoem.com for more part number info.
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So what is the deal with this:
http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html

I wasn't aware Bosch made them. (I belittle that is the 40$ ads on)
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So what is the deal with this:
http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html

I wasn't aware Bosch made them. (I belittle that is the 40$ ads on)
Buy this! I did. Perfect fitment and excellent Bosch quality. Here is my vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=mtcJ8VAE6FI
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:20 AM   #15
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Buy the khoalty one? With or without the add on???

Thoughts on this:
http://www.bimmian.com/Replacement-H...W-E46-3-Series
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Buy the khoalty one? With or without the add on???

Thoughts on this:
http://www.bimmian.com/Replacement-H...W-E46-3-Series
Well the addon is only if you need new rubber seals that go around the headlight. If you're are still fine (like mine were) then you don't need them. But if the rubber is worn out and cracking... then yes you should get it.

Edit: and why pay 132 when you can pay 72 for the same thing?

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Old 01-27-2013, 04:25 AM   #17
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So they were actually Bosch what you got? What was all the jargon on their website about "2002-2005 Sedan Headlight Lens is a private manufacturer, the quality is the same as Bosch as many of our customers have publicly stated, to keep pricing great for everyone we have to do this. The other fitment options are Bosch."

Also something in the comments about lose fitment. ThoughtsThoughts?
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So they were actually Bosch what you got? What was all the jargon on their website about "2002-2005 Sedan Headlight Lens is a private manufacturer, the quality is the same as Bosch as many of our customers have publicly stated, to keep pricing great for everyone we have to do this. The other fitment options are Bosch."

Also something in the comments about lose fitment. ThoughtsThoughts?
All I can tell you is my experience. Khoalty always had excellent products!! These are high quality lenses. Equal to OE quality for a fraction of the price. Many people have bought these and are very happy. I would highly recommend these.
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Ok cool. Were they actually Bosch?
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Ok cool. Were they actually Bosch?
Mine were. Yes. But I have a coupe. But there are others who have got them for sedans. Just search a bit and you'll find out!
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