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post #141 of 274 Old 16th October 2017, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Nice work. Definitely an upgrade.
What is your plan for the old stock units?
Thanks. Not sure...I could try to sell them, except they'll be missing the ballast bracket, LEDs for the angel eyes, and have broken adjusters. And lenses that need polishing from the inside, but I guess if you're gonna separate them to put in new adjusters, may not be that bad.

I don't know what level of interest people have for them but unlike the tensioners for the timing chain guide and oil pump chain, I probably won't be adding it to my collection. A collection which includes shift knobs from my old Focus and GTI, a taillight and stock supercharger pulley from my old S4, a distributor cap from my old MR2, and the side markers from the Cayman.

They're bulky to ship too, but at least I can re-use the boxes from the new lights.

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I've been following your thread and it's been a pleasure to read.

Good job on the headlights. I personally prefer to rebuild stock Hella headlight units myself, I've done it 2 times so far with great success.
You just get EVO XR or Hella G4 projectors that bolt on and are million times better than the old stock projectors. Throw in some new DJ Auto headlight lenses and you get fantastic headlights. One of my favorite mods you can do on an E39.

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Did that DINAN intake come with the car? Interested in a before and after comparison of that intake compared to stock... Am seriously considering buying one at some point..
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ahh just saw that the DINAN intake came with the car... disregard my comment then, but feel free to add notes related to it if you can. Did the kit relocate the temp sensor on the passenger side? Any thoughts you have on intake sound would be great. thanks!
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I've been following your thread and it's been a pleasure to read.

Good job on the headlights. I personally prefer to rebuild stock Hella headlight units myself, I've done it 2 times so far with great success.
You just get EVO XR or Hella G4 projectors that bolt on and are million times better than the old stock projectors. Throw in some new DJ Auto headlight lenses and you get fantastic headlights. One of my favorite mods you can do on an E39.
Appreciate it.

Yeah I was aware of the possibility of swapping out the lights but I was looking more for a plug & play option this time around. Be careful what you wish for.

What about the angel eyes, what did you do for those during your previous swaps? The previous owner put in a new LED for them which gave it more of a blue tint, but the current ones are significantly brighter and not as blue, so really like how they came out.

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ahh just saw that the DINAN intake came with the car... disregard my comment then, but feel free to add notes related to it if you can. Did the kit relocate the temp sensor on the passenger side? Any thoughts you have on intake sound would be great. thanks!
Yeah the IAT sensor was relocated with new wiring into the DME. The Dinan is definitely more involved than a simple intake swap with having to add additional brackets, swapping out the fog light surrounds, and all the sheet metal to prevent water from hitting the filters. I'm assuming you read about how I took all that out...

Anyway, as for sound, I'd be lying if I told you I could tell a difference between my car and the only stock M5 I drove. Honestly, with the mufflers removed, the exhaust noise is more audible than anything else. Perhaps with the stock exhaust system, you'd hear an increase in intake noise. The power gains are negligible though it does help the engine bay look nicer.

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Appreciate it.

Yeah I was aware of the possibility of swapping out the lights but I was looking more for a plug & play option this time around. Be careful what you wish for.

What about the angel eyes, what did you do for those during your previous swaps? The previous owner put in a new LED for them which gave it more of a blue tint, but the current ones are significantly brighter and not as blue, so really like how they came out.
Sorry I'm slow to reply, I just got back from Italy where I picked up my 2nd M5 (sold my Le mans '00 few months back).
It's '01 TiAg on heritage black leather with just 46k miles. Can't wait for it to arrive in Deutschland.

Both times I left the stock angel eyes in there as I feel that they are enough bright for me. I just add new LED's to give it that white blueish look.
I would have to see the aftermarket angel eyes rings in person before deciding to replace the stock ones, but yours look very nice on the pictures.

I already ordered new projectors for the new M5 and I won't be replacing headlight covers since the original ones look like new.

Here are some pics when I was retrofitting Hella G4 projectors last time. I ended up with '03 headlights so it was a lot of fun.



Left is the Hella G4 projector and on the right old prefacelift headlight.



And the cut off from Hella G4 projectors.

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Damn love those internal headlight pics. Was it difficult or sketchy to get the lens separated? Did you bake them and/or use special tools to remove?

Did you turn these into quad projectors?
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Did you turn these into quad projectors?
I didn't put quad projectors, but I just wired high beams with the projector shroud so that you get like quad high beams. It's like a collapsed sun at night.



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Damn love those internal headlight pics. Was it difficult or sketchy to get the lens separated? Did you bake them and/or use special tools to remove?
Depends on how you look at it, for me not really since I love doing stupid sh*t like that.

I was facelifting my M5 and I bought a set of used Hella headlights. Seller kinda screwed me over and one of the headlights was from a 2003 model while the other one was '01-02 that's not glued shut and was fairly easy to open.

I didn't have proper tools at the time either, so I improvised and used a $1 flathead screwdriver, $1 cutting knife, $1 pliers and a heat gun.

I used a heat gun to heat up the headlight lens along the edges to the point where it would become soft enough so that I can cut it open with a cutter. All that it's left then is to remove the rest of the lens from the housing by cutting the black glue and pulling it out with pliers. That's that messy picture I posted above. Tons of fun.

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Awesome roadtrip and great looking car, Congrats and welcome from another relative newbie.

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I just got back from Italy where I picked up my 2nd M5 (sold my Le mans '00 few months back).
It's '01 TiAg on heritage black leather with just 46k miles. Can't wait for it to arrive in Deutschland.
Hey no problem, excited for your new ride!

I actually just got back from a road trip myself and have over 800 photos to go through before updating this thread with some good ones and interesting stories.

The cutoff on your projectors looks fantastic! It's hard to tell with mine because the angel eyes are so damn bright. They illuminate the ceilings while driving through parking structures.

I was mostly driving during the day but on a couple occasions I was out in the middle of nowhere at night with no streetlights or oncoming cars so I could really assess how well the new headlights perform. Definitely an improvement over what I had but nowhere near as bright as yours. But I'm OK with it since 95% of my driving is in the city and given the price point and effort it took to get them hooked up, I'm content.

So are the '03 lights much harder to disassemble? That may make selling them more difficult.

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