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Old 09-08-2018, 01:11 PM   #1
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2004 330ci Facelift coupe Headlight Lens Replacement!!!!

Hey Folks,

I bought some replacement lenses from bimmerjakes.

note about delivery: the package was lost in shipping and ended up taking 3 months to arrive. Better late than never.

They have the AL logo on them and fit perfectly, I honestly think they are from the OEM. I will update you guys if there is any super fast wearing out on the lenses.

Here are some photos of before and after

Install was super straightforward.

1) Preheat over to 250F. Non-convection mode.
2) There are two torx screws that are holding the lens on. Unscrew them. They are about .8 inches long, you don't remove the ones that are super deep in the housing.
2.5) I removed the simple trims, and a rubber gasket thing where the lens meets the fender of the car. I largely kept all electronic components on there. NOT SAYING THIS IS THE SAFE WAY, JUST THE LAZY WAY.
3) place entire assembly into the oven. Wait about 3 minutes. Pull it out and check. Check about every minute after that. YOU DON"T WANT TO MELT THIS. The glue softens surprisingly fast.
4) Pull headlight out of the oven. Stick a screwdriver between lens and plastic and twist in about 3 different locations around the lens. It will slowly begin to pry open. don't be afraid to use force here.
5) Once separated, there are 3 more screws holding on the internal trim to the lens. They are the same size as the other two torx you removed.
6) Install internal trim onto new lens. during this time (no longer than a minute) place the housing of the headlight back into the oven so that the adhesive remains nice and soft to reapply the new lens. Note here: the go slowly torquing down these screws. You are screwing into some fresh plastic, so don't be over-forceful and crack anything. Slow and steady.
7) Take headlight out of oven. Line up the new lens from the area where the headlight meets the fender, and PUSH!
8) Don't forget those two screws from before! Those really complete sealing the new lens on the old housing.
9) install in car and admire!
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:37 PM   #2
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Great pics and DIY. Thanks for sharing. I've had my headlights out and am not sure what 2 screws you are referring to though.
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so tempted to order them but its going to take a while to get delivered! do they offer a tracking number?
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I usually bake them at 200* for 10 mins. No need to keep checking every minute.


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where did you get your lenses from????
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^^^ That is where I got the headlights. I recommend opting for a more expensive shipping option because my was lost in shipment and was recovered by usps and took two months to arrive.

I did not need the glue they recommended. The glue still in my headlights was fine as long as you keep it warm.

Those are the two exterior screws you need to remove.

Hope this helps you guys!
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Also, this is what happens if you put your headlights in the oven and walk away. DO NOT DO THIS.

I have this one headlight for free... just pay USPS shipping (PM please). The inside parts (projector are still fine). Just the outside is... well... melted.
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so tempted to order them but its going to take a while to get delivered! do they offer a tracking number?
Yeah they offer a tracking number, but mine was lost once it hit NYC customs...
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Yeah they offer a tracking number, but mine was lost once it hit NYC customs...
I been emailing them and they said till December they'll get more lenses. but I could have sworn they were $119 for the pair, says $179 . how much did you get them for?
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