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Old Yesterday, 10:28 PM   #1
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Smoked headlight housing ?

I just blacked out the headlight housing in my 325i what do you guys think ? Click image for larger version

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Old Yesterday, 11:41 PM   #2
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Isn't the whole purpose of the housing to reflect the light from the bulb forward so you can see while driving? What does blacking it out accomplish other then looking "cool"?
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Old Yesterday, 11:46 PM   #3
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Yes that's the purpose of the reflective housing . But I only use my cheap angel eyes with the fogs at night and they are positioned right in front on the reflective chrome . I get good lighting never been pulled over
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Old Yesterday, 11:47 PM   #4
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So you're admitting they look cool?
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Old Today, 01:20 AM   #5
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lolwut? That's not the housing genius, that's the reflector. durrrrrr

Anybody got a katana I could borrow?
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Old Today, 01:53 AM   #6
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This is dangerous; if you had xenon projectors it wouldn't be as big a deal, but this is just unsafe.
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Old Today, 06:34 PM   #7
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Angel lights don't use the reflector and I see fine at night . They are pretty bright at night. Anyway I'm planning on getting real angel eyes headlights
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Old Today, 06:49 PM   #8
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Can confirm that my high beams became nonfunctional after doing this years ago. OP is rahtarded

Good look on your "getting real angel eyes headlights" goals of 2015
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Old Today, 06:52 PM   #9
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Can confirm that my high beams became nonfunctional after doing this years ago. OP is rahtarded

Good look on your "getting real angel eyes headlights" goals of 2015

How can your high beams become nonfictional after doing this ? Then we are both retarded for doing the same thing . Great minds think alike

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Old Today, 06:55 PM   #10
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I think you pretty much made your headlights nonfunctional.
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Old Today, 07:04 PM   #11
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I think you pretty much made your headlights nonfunctional.
This^.....Painting your reflector bowls is only OK if you have bi-xenon lights. That way you have functional high-beams and low-beams; the only thing that suffers is the "flash to pass" function. In the setup you have, both the low-beams and high-beams are now severely degraded in performance. This is not safe AT ALL; Please fix this.
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How can your high beams become nonfictional after doing this ? Then we are both retarded for doing the same thing . Great minds think alike

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Nonfunctional in the sense that very little light is reflected off of the housing after it is painted black.

We did not do the same thing because I have HID headlights in a projector housing and considered this consequence prior to doing the modification, unlike you coming on the forum and pretending like you still have sufficient light output. You don't. Trust me. I'm not a retard.

Wait until the night you run into bad weather or are on the highway, or both! Then come back to this thread and admit how you done goofed
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Old Today, 07:50 PM   #13
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I've had them on for about 7 months now and I haven't had a problem on the freeway and streets .
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Only problem here is I forgot to put the washer on the oil plug underneath after I drained my engine oil. Now I will have to loose some oil again trying to put it back on .
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I just blacked out the headlight housing in my 325i what do you guys think ?


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I've had them on for about 7 months now and I haven't had a problem on the freeway and streets .

So you just blacked them out seven months ago?
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Old Today, 08:38 PM   #16
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Just the lights . I painted the housing couple days ago
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Old Today, 10:23 PM   #17
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Not only do I agree with everyone above regarding the decreased light output, and safety aspects, but I also think it actually does look like ****.

Im sure you thought it was a great idea at the time, but sadly its not. I have had some shitty headlights in various vehicles I have owned, and I hate not being able to see in bad weather, or even good weather for that matter. My bi-xenons in the E46 have been the best headlights i have ever had. I don't ever plan on changing them.
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Old Today, 11:02 PM   #18
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Not only do I agree with everyone above regarding the decreased light output, and safety aspects, but I also think it actually does look like ****.

Im sure you thought it was a great idea at the time, but sadly its not. I have had some shitty headlights in various vehicles I have owned, and I hate not being able to see in bad weather, or even good weather for that matter. My bi-xenons in the E46 have been the best headlights i have ever had. I don't ever plan on changing them.

I still think it was a good idea . I rarely drive at night in this car anymore and i like how the headlights look . My car my style your opinions won't make me run out there and start removing the paint lol if I decide to change something it's for my personal taste . You should see all the heads this baby turns on the street and I'm not even trying
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Old Today, 11:20 PM   #19
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I still think it was a good idea . I rarely drive at night in this car anymore and i like how the headlights look . My car my style your opinions won't make me run out there and start removing the paint lol if I decide to change something it's for my personal taste . You should see all the heads this baby turns on the street and I'm not even trying
LOL. All the heads it turns? Bro, its not a Lambo. Its a 10 year old E46. You don't have to remove the paint if you don't want to, but please fix your grammar.

Also, modifying the light output of your lights is actually a serious offense in many places. Not only can you be cited, you could also be held liable in the event of a crash. Just an FYI.
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