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Old 03-08-2013, 03:18 AM   #41
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We ship the 'xenon' part numbered lenses, and to me, they are both the same. We've been selling the same ones for years with not a single issue from anyone regardless of halogen or xenon, they are what you would get at the dealer. Realoem pricing is what (to my knowledge) BMW prices their parts at 'list' cost, there is dealer cost and list cost, most dealers will say oh BMW says its 120 but i will sell it to you for 110, but the dealer cost is only 40.. but hey, how else are the dealers supposed to pay for those shiny new buildings
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:25 AM   #42
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #43
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+1 on the 3M kit

It works great, there is enough for multiple uses. Take your time, follow the instructions.....results will be very good! For the price it is a great fix.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:57 AM   #44
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Why do you think this is a permenant solution? The new lenses will get sandblasted, and look like Sh!t within a few years,
I put LaminX protectors on my lenses when my car was new.
Lenses still look close to new now nine years later.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #45
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My brother swears by this product. Says he applies it once month to his headlights. Figure I might give it a try after I fix the yellow haze on my Civic's headlights.

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Old 05-06-2013, 12:27 PM   #46
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I've used Lamin-x for years, too. It seems, for lack of a better description, "softer" than the lenses. But, with waxing whenever the paint is waxed, they keep the lenses looking like new. As a side benefit, they add quite a bit of impact resistance to cracking.
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The lens material itself gets cloudy from UV and heat damage. I've tried using the Turtle Wax restore product and while it got the rock chips out, the material itself was still the same because it degrades through and through.

Personally, for the $64 a pair (AutohausAZ free shipping no tax; Bosch brand), I just got new ones. They'll last another 10 years and another 100k miles before they get scruffy again.
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Personally, for the $64 a pair I just got new ones. They'll last another 10 years and another 100k miles before they get scruffy again.
Easy to say for pre-facelift headlights. Can't replace the lenses on facelift cars.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:44 PM   #49
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Easy to say for pre-facelift headlights. Can't replace the lenses on facelift cars.
That sucks, because they really look nice when the lenses are changed. Sucks that BMW didn't make the lenses replaceable for the facelift coupes and convertibles because the sedan got them.

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:26 PM   #50
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:30 PM   #51
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Polish then use Opticoat or preferably Optilens. Optilens has better adhesive and more UV protection than Opticoat.

Spar urethane if you have more time.
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Easy to say for pre-facelift headlights. Can't replace the lenses on facelift cars.
if this was the sedan vs coupe topic this is a win for sedans cus they come apart like a champ dont even have to bake/heat them up. i feel like you should specify your comment as," cant replace the lenses on facelift coupe cars." just messing with you bro, but sorry to hear that aswell.
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There's this kit from sylvania i used it on my x5 and it works wonders it comes with a liquid that works as clear coat and its really easy to use.. It's not like the others that u buff and the haze comes back within months..bought it at autozone for around 25$..
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"cant replace the lenses on facelift coupe cars." just messing with you bro, but sorry to hear that aswell.
I'm kinda myopic with regard to coupes. They're the only e46 I see. If there were only sedans, I'd not own an e46.
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Unless the kits come with a UV resistant paint coating (not sealant) they are worthless and you should buy new lenses. It's not worth the time. Having said that, I had my headlights done (non-replaceable lenses) with one of the professional kits that has a coating guaranteed for three years.

When I had my sedan, it was new lenses no question. I tried one of the amateur kits and the results were not even close.
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Personally, for the $64 a pair (AutohausAZ free shipping no tax; Bosch brand), I just got new ones. They'll last another 10 years and another 100k miles before they get scruffy again.
Hi there. They DO look great.

Just a couple of questions:

1. You said $64 for the pair? When I go to their website, http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...adlight%20Lens) it shows the LEFT lens (part #63126924045) at $64.12...the RIGHT (#63126924046) at $82.57.....and the gasket for mounting at $21.16 EACH. What's up with that?

2. When I try to phone their 800 number for clarification, I get: "The number you have reached is not in service." Ooops.

Is there more than ONE lens brand? (I only see the one listing.....shown as OEM)

Are they still in business?

Enquiring minds want to know! :-)
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This is wrong. The lenses are the same and interchangeable. Khoalty only sells one, and this is the reason why.
You might be right about Khoalty, bud, but AutohausAZ sells two different ones.....two different part #s...two different prices!!
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Update on sourcing replacement lenses

Dear cvx5832,

AutohausAZ informs me that they no longer sell the Bosch version which you bought.....only the OEM's....which are considerably more $. (See my previous post with separate pricing for LEFT and RIGHT lenses.) Kohalty, DOES still have the Bosch product....but not quite as low a price as cvx5832 paid. They're $72 for the pair...plus another $44 for a new pair of "gaskets".

Anybody know if these gaskets are critical? Or are the old ones recyclable?

Also, a word of advice for any other Canadians wanting to talk to AutohausAZ on the phone, their 800 number gives a "no longer in service" msg when you call from Canada. Just use their "local" number and you'll get through.

Oh, and one last comment: Forget about trying the Mother's PowerBall refurbishing kit. I got one from Canadian Tire and polished and sanded my little heart out.......and, in the end, decided Mango is right: BUY NEW!!
(Gonna try and take my Mother's kit back for a store credit.....toward some nice WAX!)
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Dear cvx5832,

AutohausAZ informs me that they no longer sell the Bosch version which you bought.....only the OEM's....which are considerably more $. (See my previous post with separate pricing for LEFT and RIGHT lenses.) Kohalty, DOES still have the Bosch product....but not quite as low a price as cvx5832 paid. They're $72 for the pair...plus another $44 for a new pair of "gaskets".

Anybody know if these gaskets are critical? Or are the old ones recyclable?

Also, a word of advice for any other Canadians wanting to talk to AutohausAZ on the phone, their 800 number gives a "no longer in service" msg when you call from Canada. Just use their "local" number and you'll get through.

Oh, and one last comment: Forget about trying the Mother's PowerBall refurbishing kit. I got one from Canadian Tire and polished and sanded my little heart out.......and, in the end, decided Mango is right: BUY NEW!!
(Gonna try and take my Mother's kit back for a store credit.....toward some nice WAX!)
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