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MY2000 w/xenon

I've read and heard so much about upgrading to Angel eyes (w/xenon). The range of answers vary from "plug and play, period" to splicing and faults with the sensors. :confused2

From what I've learned, I would buy the headlight assemblies and I would also have to get the wiring (is it a splitter?) to get power to the halo lights. The only part of the upgrade that makes me nervous is the splicing part. I really don't want to cut wires if I don't have to.

What's the easiset (and best) way to do the upgrade and is it possible to install the Angel Eyes without cutting wires?
 

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Bill, I got my Angle Eyes from Bekkers. I think they are having a special for the E39 light upgrade. The process is very straightforward, however you might need to bend a metal harness or hose to accommodate the ballast. Try www.bmwtips.com they have all the list and procedures on the upgrade.

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I got mine last month from Bekkers. Great service, arrived in a couple of days, harnesses and direction included, very easy install.

For about $75 extra you can get the Euro Clear Corner ones, in my mind worth the money for the upgrade from the US DOT Amber corners.
 

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Does anyone have a before and after pic of their lights? It'd be cool to do a side by side comparison..
 

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Hey Bill,
This was the first mod that I wanted to complete when I got my 99MY. I purchased the OEM Hella units, along with some OEM rear Celis units, plus some pedals. Out of the 3 things that I was going to change I thought the front units would be hardest to install, I was wrong they were the easiest. The exchange is pretty straight forward, a bit of common sense with some delicate handling and you should be able to swap out both sides in about 2 hours. One hint, be really careful when removing and replacing the unit, there is a little strip that bolts onto the headlight and fills in the gap between the light and the bumper, this strip has a clip on the end that hooks into your wing, I snapped this clip, not entirely off but enough for it to not do its job correctly and I notice the strip sits slightly proud compared to the other one, no-one else would notice but I know its there and it was my fault.......damm......

I too read about having to re-bend some air conditioning pipes and splicing etc etc, but with the OEM units there was none of this, all the loom interface cables were provided and the instructions were clear and precise. I appreciate the Hella Xenon Angel Eyes are expensive, I paid about £550 but I offset £150 by selling my original units on E-bay, they sold immediately, no hassle.

So, I am well pleased with the upgrade, makes the car look a bit more modern and has a classy BMW look to it, wether you choose OEM or other its up to you, I'm glad I went this route as this was a hassle free modification.......hope this is of some use to you........

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Mike
 

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Big difference between old and new, would that have been the lens cover being pitted?
Did you notice if the cover was the same between both units; I'd like to get fresh covers for mine but I can only find ones for the older headlamps. Mine are the angeleyes ones.
Is there a noticeable improvement in the lights?
 

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Don't recall the old units being pitted beyond average, the guy that bought them was quite happy with them. Can't say if there were much difference in light output. What about polishing your original lens's, there is plenty of info on this board about polishing the covers.....
 

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Might I ask Mr. Devere (Mike) here above, where you bought your Hella lights from as well as the pedals? The price seems good to me, especially compared to the price in Sweden.

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Hi G,
See link below, guy's name was Simon, really helpful and good to deal with. I bought them less than 12months ago so price should be good, remember tho I bought the front, rears and pedals all together so he gave me a bit of discount. Hope this helps....

Mike

C3BMW Ltd : C3 BMW : BMW M3 Parts & Accessories Specialists
 

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Big difference between old and new, would that have been the lens cover being pitted?
Did you notice if the cover was the same between both units; I'd like to get fresh covers for mine but I can only find ones for the older headlamps. Mine are the angeleyes ones.
Is there a noticeable improvement in the lights?
Lens covers are NOT the same between the old and new style. Unfortunately they do not sell just the lens cover for headlamps with the angeleyes. It is also not easy to take apart the ones with the angeleyes as compared to just unclipping a few clips on the older style and the lens cover seperates from the housing.

As mentioned, you should try polishing your lens to remove pitting. Here is a DIY... from the original poster of this thread no less. :) Bump for a 5 year old thread! http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/88349-headlight-polishing-before-after.html
 

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If you are purchasing new ones, buy the plastic covers that go over them. You really need them for the fog lights because of the distance to the ground. I have had them on for three years and they are still as clear as the day I purchased them. Yes, they do get markings, but nothing compared to the hard plastic of the lights over time.

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Hi G,
See link below, guy's name was Simon, really helpful and good to deal with. I bought them less than 12months ago so price should be good, remember tho I bought the front, rears and pedals all together so he gave me a bit of discount. Hope this helps....

Mike

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Hi Mike

Silly question time. Did C3BMW sell the kit in pairs? And did you have xenon headlamps on your car before the conversion?

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Alright Mate, I think he'll sell you whatever you want, don't think you have to buy a pair of fronts, but the rears come in pairs.......and yes my car had Xenon's previous to this upgrade.............
 
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