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This is the place to show off your BMW to other members of the community. Post pictures and videos of your car and the modifications you have done to it. If you need a picture of something on a coupe, sedan, convertible or touring you will probably find it here!

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Old 09-11-2019, 08:42 AM   #201
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As far as the lights in your E34, the key is that there were ballasts in the equation, regardless of how they were placed. As far as your car, the OEM solution is having the ballast screwed onto the bottom of the headlight. There are aftermarket solutions, sure, but depending on the shape of the ballast, you may be able to get 1 or 2 screws in so it can fit into the OEM slot or you'd have to zip tie it somewhere in the car, such as on the metal wheel arch.
Yeah I'm probably going to go OEM at this point. There's a facelift coupe with Xenons that arrived at the local yard last week. May see what I can pick off that this weekend... Thanks for all your input.

In other news, I installed some new specs last night. Before:



And after:



It's ridiculous how easy BMW makes it to switch out the lenses. 30 minutes in and out, and I was going slowly...

Also I got them from FCP (they're Magnetti-Marelli brand; perfect fit) so I basically have new lenses for life now.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:28 AM   #202
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Yeah I'm probably going to go OEM at this point. There's a facelift coupe with Xenons that arrived at the local yard last week. May see what I can pick off that this weekend... Thanks for all your input.

In other news, I installed some new specs last night. Before:



And after:



It's ridiculous how easy BMW makes it to switch out the lenses. 30 minutes in and out, and I was going slowly...

Also I got them from FCP (they're Magnetti-Marelli brand; perfect fit) so I basically have new lenses for life now.
The lenses were much needed. Not sure if you can extract anything from a facelift coupe. Maybe the igniter and ballast but I'd check RealOEM and cross reference part numbers
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:31 AM   #203
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The lenses were much needed. Not sure if you can extract anything from a facelift coupe. Maybe the igniter and ballast but I'd check RealOEM and cross reference part numbers
Hmm, per RealOEM, the "control units" (the ballasts?) are the same but the igniters are different. When I had the headlight assemblies out I confirmed that there are mounting points for the ballasts on the underside of the halogen housings (the black plastic "base" everything bolts to), so I guess they're common.

I'm not in a terrible rush on it; may just wait until a sedan with xenons pops up in the you-pull-it yard...
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:03 PM   #204
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Hmm, per RealOEM, the "control units" (the ballasts?) are the same but the igniters are different. When I had the headlight assemblies out I confirmed that there are mounting points for the ballasts on the underside of the halogen housings (the black plastic "base" everything bolts to), so I guess they're common.

I'm not in a terrible rush on it; may just wait until a sedan with xenons pops up in the you-pull-it yard...
Good to know that the ballasts are the same. You could even find a decent set on eBay or Facebook Marketplace
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