The headlights on my BMW E60 M5 were old and having some issues. First, I decided to replace only the headlight-covers (headlight-glass) but in the end I decided to replace them completely.
As the OEM Hella's can be very expensive overhere (up to 1.200 Euro's a pair) I looked at all the different options:
1. Replacing them with new OEM Hella Dynamic xenon;
2. Replacing them with new OEM Hella non-Dynamic xenon;
3. Replacing them with new TYC non-Dynamic xenon;
4. Replacing them with something nice second hand parts.
I stumbled upon a new set of TYC non-Dynamic xenon headlights for a good price. Too good to pass on. So I went for the non-Dynamic headlights and started figuring out what need to be adjusted/modified to get these working without any errors.
In this how-to I will show you how to install them and code them to perfect working order. Please note that I am not responsible for any errors, mistakes or other troubles. Do this at your own risk, or let a professional do the work for you.
- TOOLS NEEDED:
1. Torx bits and screwdriver
2. 10mm socket, extension and wrench
3. Software: INPA, NCS Expert etc.
4. K+DCAN cable
Optional: replacement bulbs if necessary
Optional: Spray paint for touch-ups behind the bumper
1. To install the new headlights and holders as good as possible I decided to remove the front bumper. This is not absolutely necessary but it gives you a lot more space to work with, and you will be able to mount the new headlights and holders perfectly straight. Disconnect your battery.
Old tired headlight:
2. Once the bumper is removed you can touch up the radiator bars and/or radiators themselves.
3. Place your old and new headlights side-by-side and transfer all necessary parts, bulbs and modules.
Double check your connections and modules before purchasing new headlights: D1S vs D2S, pre-LCI vs LCI, non-Dynamic vs Dynamic etc.
4. Re-install your new headlights onto the car in reverse order. Connect your battery and turn on the ignition to test everything.
I found oud that basically everything works as normal, but it only throws an error for the adaptive headlight function. This looks somewhat like this:
5. Re-install your bumper onto the car in reverse order.
6. Now comes the programming and coding part. As my M5 is equipped with Adaptive Headlights (Dynamic Xenon) the vehicle order contains the option $524 (Salapa code S524A). We need to remove this from the VO and code out the car control checks for the Adaptive headlights.
Hook up your K+DCAN Cable (available on Ebay etc.) and start INPA, NCS Expert etcetera. I kept my car running, instead of just ignition position 2, in order to get the voltage up to point. You can find good working software on Bimmergeeks or BMW forums.
Now read out the VO and using FA Write in NCS Expert, remove $524 from the VO
. Then using SG codieren switch "ALC_KLS_enable" to nicht aktiv and "ALC_fahrzeug" to nicht aktiv
. This might take some fiddling around, and if you do not know what you are doing, contact an expert or local shop who can help you.
Turn off and restart your car and check if the Adaptive error has gone away.
7. FINISHED. You are know done and can admire your new, fresh, working headlights!