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    hi there. recently bought my 320 coupe and absolutely love it. now that i've been paid id like to upgrade the dipped beam headlights to hid's or xenon (don't know the difference really). can anyone tell me exactly what i'll need to buy and how to fit them? thanks
     
     

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    just go on e-bay, and type in HID kit for your make and model, and there should be loads, try get one from this country, go for a mid range one, i got mine for about £60 plus postage. Everything you need will be in the box, pretty simple to fit if you can follow instructions and are confident enough, mostly just plug and play except finding somewhere to mount your ballast boxes. Only thing you will then need to do is pick your colour temperature, the norm is 6000k which are about the brightest in the range, then 7k 8k etc up to about 12k. The higher the number the more of a colour tinge there is to the look of the light. So they basically look more blue the higher you go, also 6k have the best light spread onto the road,the higher you go the brighter they 'look' but have less spread on the road. I would also recommend you get yourself some LED sidelight bulbs at the same time, coz your really gonna notice how yellow they really are once the HID's are fitted, its a top mod with the lights, and you prob wont ever go back to normal bulbs again, good luck ;-)
     
     

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    type this number into e-bay have a look, its for your car, there are plenty more, but this will give you an idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by chopperharris77 View Post
    type this number into e-bay have a look, its for your car, there are plenty more, but this will give you an idea
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    cheers for that really appreciate it. only other thing i've noticed is that there seems to be a ot of bulb holders for sale on ebay aswell. do i need this?
     
     

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    not sure about that mate, the bulbs you get in the kit should be a direct replacement for the ones you have in yours, but with yours being a 2006 model, they may have changed ? though i cant see why ? best thing to do is to send a few people with the kits on e-bay a question asking if you need a bulb holder, and see what kind of replies you get. Though like i say, i think all you need will be in the kit.
    Oh and if you do get them, take care when fitting the bulbs, dont touch the glass with your fingers, and take care not to break the filament that runs down the outside of the bulb. There not just going to break if you sneeze on them, but best to take care ;-)
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopperharris77 View Post
    not sure about that mate, the bulbs you get in the kit should be a direct replacement for the ones you have in yours, but with yours being a 2006 model, they may have changed ? though i cant see why ? best thing to do is to send a few people with the kits on e-bay a question asking if you need a bulb holder, and see what kind of replies you get. Though like i say, i think all you need will be in the kit.
    Oh and if you do get them, take care when fitting the bulbs, dont touch the glass with your fingers, and take care not to break the filament that runs down the outside of the bulb. There not just going to break if you sneeze on them, but best to take care ;-)
    thats great bud thankyou. one last question, i see that the slightly more expensive kits say 'can-bus' what does this mean and is it worth the extra money?
     
     

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    again mate im not sure,,, but with the link i sent you, it has all the newer chips to stop niggly faults that older kits use to produce, ie throwing a bulb failure light on the dash, or random flickering of the lights when switched on, so if it was me i'd be happy to go for something like that :-)
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_p View Post
    thats great bud thankyou. one last question, i see that the slightly more expensive kits say 'can-bus' what does this mean and is it worth the extra money?
    Can-Bus will be the data system used to communicate to the ECU and provide warnings/faults/indications/handshakes to the computer. I fink
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    I just found this after a search so I was not far off:

    CAN Bus is a multiplexed wiring system used to connect intelligent devices such as Electronic Control Units (ECU's) onto vehicles, allowing data to be transferred in a low-cost and reliable manner.

    CAN means 'Controller Area Network' and was developed by Bosch in 1980. Most new vehicles use this system and it is becoming increasingly difficult to install after-market products without using a CAN Bus Interface.

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