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Old 05-16-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Headlight lenses

Our 02 headlights are not only cloudy but appear to be cracking. They are smooth on the outside. Can I remove the lenses? If the damage is too severe, can I replace just the lensrs?
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:27 PM   #2
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Yes you can remove the lenses. Plenty of DIY's exist. Purchase the lenses at any other the website sponsors.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:09 PM   #3
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It looked that way but I wanted to be sure. Is this a common problem?
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:16 PM   #4
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Should I anticipate replacing the seals too
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:16 PM   #5
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Yes, plastic doesn't last forever. Khoalty has replacement lenses for about $100 or there are plenty of DIYs involving polishing or clear coating. If they are cracking it's probably time for new ones. http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html Wouldn't hurt to change the seals too.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:05 PM   #6
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Go to fcpeuro.Com for lenses with a Lifetime warranty.

If you want to save some money, you can reuse you gaskets.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:32 PM   #7
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you can get OEM AL lenses for around $100 for the set.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:49 AM   #8
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I bought my 2004 in February and the lenses looked cloudy and cracked, but I wanted to spend my money on PM instead of cosmetic stuff. So I bought this 3M headlight lens restoration kit from Amazon for $13.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headl...ilpage_o02_s00

I was blown away by the results. I simply followed the directions carefully and the lenses came out looking brand new!! Doesn't take that long either. Maybe 20 minutes per side. There's enough stuff in the kit to do at least 2 cars. I wish I had taken before/after pics but I didn't. Sorry. But my lenses looked horrible - completely clouded over with apparent cracks before I used the kit. They looked "off the shelf" brand new after I used it.
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Do it, replace weather strips and gaskets too. One of the easiest DIY and with great impact.
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I get the ones from khoalty. No issues
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Serious question to add to this thread. There appear to be two OEM lense makers: ZKW and AL.

I have ZKWs on my '04 330i and replaced them once already. They're in need of replacement again.

ZKWs are like $155 a lense from Pelican Parts. ALs are like $50 a lense. Going with the latter would be a savings of at least $200.

Are the ZKWs really superior lenses? Or is it just a gimmick?

For the record, I have Halogen headlights, not xenons.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:16 PM   #13
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Serious question to add to this thread. There appear to be two OEM lense makers: ZKW and AL.

I have ZKWs on my '04 330i and replaced them once already. They're in need of replacement again.

ZKWs are like $155 a lense from Pelican Parts. ALs are like $50 a lense. Going with the latter would be a savings of at least $200.

Are the ZKWs really superior lenses? Or is it just a gimmick?

For the record, I have Halogen headlights, not xenons.
Id like to know this too
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:50 AM   #14
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Same crap. I highly doubt there is any optical change in the plastic to make a difference.

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Old 05-20-2016, 12:51 AM   #15
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you can see the before and after's on our page (which was already linked above: http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html ), there really is no difference between the brands, except COST. there used to be maybe 3 (?) OE manufacturers making the lenses, i honestly can't remember now but some were like 3x the cost of the others, yet retail was all about the same..

i've installed and ran with each, no difference at all, now we make our own for some fitments due to the ridiculous cost that BOSCH/ZKW/AL/ETC wanted for them, haven't had a single issue with fitment, longevity, or initial appearance.. only good things said and shown to us!
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