bmw projector headlights

Discussion in 'Gen 1 & 2 - Electronics & Audio' started by silverknight, Aug 4, 2005.

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    Thats one of the things discouraging myself... maybe I'll just polish them and clean them up...
     
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    manySHOs, with the suvlights.com harness kit, are you still using the stock headlight switch, and can you still keep the auto lamps feature?
    (i blanked out and cant think of the exact name, but im talking about the sensor that turns the headlights on and off depending oh how light/dark it is)
     
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    Yes and yes

    The harness draws power directly from a source that you pick (battery or in my case, the fuse box on the firewall). However, it knows when to turn on and off because its triggered by the factory switch and autolamp circuit via relays. One of the factory bulb sockets plugs into the harness to provide those signals for the relays on the harness. It's a great setup. The only issue is the lamp out indicator but that's not really a big problem.

    Ian
     
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    Well, i don't know if it's chep enough but I know someone one who is making me an E55 bi-xenon set-up for my 98 SE and he says he can make other sets for gen3 if people want. The price is $650 and you will need to provide the headlight assembly and a wiring harness (from suvlights.com $60) and shipping both ways. He has the rest.

    I also have a S2K HId kit in my other 98 SE, thanx to a former member Tom :thumb: .
     
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    That's not too bad depending on the quality of the work. Does he make provisions for retaining a halogen high beam? Not neccessary with bixenon E55's but technically I think it's required by law (not that any of this is actually legal except for off road use) :)

    The gen3 would be so much easier to retro vs gen 1 and 2.

    Do you have pictures?

    Ian
     
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    Ian, I've seen the s2000 retrofit in the gen 3 housing and it is schweet! :thumb:

    How's yours coming BTW?


    Adam
     
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    Here is a link to hidplante where this guy mainly hangs out. he posted this topic just to show pics of his set-up to show people he can do good work.
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12823
    Their are pics of my S2K kit in their also
    And yes a gen3 is much easier than a gen 1 or 2 cause of the lense on the head lights.
     
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    Hey Adam

    I bought those TL headlights that you showed me. While they were in transit I found out their true dimensions (too large for gen2 SHO housings). I sold them on ebay shortly after I got them. Too bad; they are awesome projectors.

    I ended up with a pair of e46 single xenon/TT's like the ones in your Accord. The project is on hold as I run around trying to get my 3.2 in while my 3.0 is out of the car. Borrowing a car really sucks! I ordered new Gen2 SHO specific headlights meanwhile. When I pick up on this project again, I'll get Sable headlights to modify the way I want to and then swap the fishtanks over from my new SHO headlights. With a harness, silverstars and new headlight housings, the light output of the gen2 is actually not bad at all which means I'm no longer in a rush to get this done. I'm hoping to have the 3.2 installed really soon so I might work on the retro this winter when its too cold for anything else.

    I have quite a collection of shiny objects to use as shrouds and shields though. I found these great serving things in an Indian grocery store that fit over the E46 projector. I have the E46 rings from hidplanet.com and the stove top trays that fit under burner elements on a kitchen stove to use as shields. :)

    Ian
     
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    You have taken the approach that I was cooking up in my mind. Looks good so far....
     
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    Does that mean that the L/O Indicator is on all the time, or doesnt come on when a headlight is out? :confused: Id like to get one of these harnesses before spring time comes around..
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    Always on. You can disable it, remove the bulb or put tape over the bulb lense in the dash. With my LED tails it was on anyway so I think I put tape over the indicator from behind the plastic bezel. (cutting various wires for the bulb out indicator never fixed the problem so I just used the tape method. It's a cheesy fix that I'm not proud of but I didn't have much time to play around with it. Someone has a diagram that I have somewhere of how to splice certain wires together so the indicator doesn't light up with the harness. My situation was unique with the LED tails so I didn't bother.)

    Ian
     
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    Thanks for the info.. Couldnt you just unplug the lamp out module? :shrug:
     
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    Do you have any pics of the install or design of the led setup?
     
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    The picture in Ians sig has the LED modules in the tail lights. I might have a few of his under construction pics as well.

    Yes, the easiest thing to do is pull the "Light Out" bulb. Thats the method I'll be doing.
     
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    I have more pictures on another computer. I need to do a writeup on this one of these days. There are a lot of different ways to do this with different outcomes but this is the way that I chose (3" LED arrays with LED flasher)

    Any wire taps that you see were used for testing purposes only. The final product is soldered, heat shrunk and wrapped in electrical tape.

    Ian
     
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    If you could send pics of the process to [email protected] that would be very help full. I bought 200 leds and have had them just sitting around with the idea of doing taillights.
     
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    im int he process of mounting j30 projectors in my stock gen2 housings, they fit rather well besides the fact that theyre about 2inchs deeper than the stock ones so the headlight bracket will have to be cut, alot, but thats off the car right now so thats easy enough. the j30 uses a projector for the lows and a different projector for the highs, theyre the same width as the gen2 housing butwitht he depth issue they have to be mounted as far towards the outside of the car as possible to clear the radiator support, so im gonna have to relocate my turn signals to the inside of the assemblies. just for added frustrations i decided to add in e46 bmw angel eyes to make the car look even more confusing coming down the road.

    angel eyes=bmw
    projo heads and bright yellow fogs=lexus
    i deff wont look like a ford coming down the road.
     
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    Any updates Ian? I love your tail lights and am patiently waiting for more information :dribble: :thumb:
     

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