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Old 04-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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headlight question

I just picked up a 01 M3... I was checking the passenger side bulb... i was told that the bulb blew so I swapped it to the driver to verify... the bulb is ok so I think the ballast is shot; however I realized that it has two different headlight setup just now... passenger side is bixenon driver side is regular xenon? can i just get a bixenon driver side headlight unit and a working ballast for the passenger side? (regular ballast ok?) I just want to match them on both side bixenon...



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Old 04-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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yes you can. but your year didn't come with bixenons stock. it was the single xenon. you can't even use the bixenon function.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Wow, even the halogen bowls are different. I would check everything else out about the car to see if anything else is funky.

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i guess my question is the bixenon ballast different than regular xenon ballast?
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i guess my question is the bixenon ballast different than regular xenon ballast?
yes it is. but it sounds to me from what you said is that you are planning to buy a bixenon driver's side unit (which includes the ballast ignitor). and you need to replace the passenger side ballast which would also use the bixenon ballast. you can't swap the old xenon headlight (which is currently in the working headlight) one over as it uses different number of pins.
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sillieidiot, so in order to match both side bixenon unit and working HID, seems like aftermarket HID kit is the only way to go?
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sillieidiot, so in order to match both side bixenon unit and working HID, seems like aftermarket HID kit is the only way to go?
no, but it's the cheapest way.

but you just need to buy 1 driver's bixenon headlight unit (that comes with the ballast/ignitor). then you need 1 ballast for the bixenon unit that you currently have that isn't working.

you need to buy that ballast regardless for the non working side.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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I just found a set of used D1S hid kit that was used on my S4 before... I have searched on the forum and I get different information on whether you can fit D1S bulb into the stock housing... can someone please confirm this please? I would like to just get a driver side bixenon headlight and then put on my used D1S hid kit.
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they wont fit on d2s sockets, at least the one i had didn't
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it's not going to work.
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another headlight related question.... are the corner lens for bixenon headlight different from the single xenon headlight? because the passenger corner len seems not aligning properly with the bixenon headlight... if so is there a specific corner lens for the bixenon headlight?

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corners are based on cars model, not on xenon or bixenon differences. they are either not position correctly or they are cheap aftermarket ones.
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another headlight related question.... are the corner lens for bixenon headlight different from the single xenon headlight? because the passenger corner len seems not aligning properly with the bixenon headlight... if so is there a specific corner lens for the bixenon headlight?

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yeah, slightly. the bixenon units use screw in corners. while the single xenon uses push in. obviously, screw in corners are better.
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