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    I'm looking at buying a 55w HID kit for my 1997 323.

    I have read something about ecu errors which may occurr? Canbus?

    Also, is my car H1, and can I get bi-xenon's for it?

    There are some 55w, 6000K H1's on ebay for £60 in the UK.
     
     

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    I think the best person to talk to is Joe...I will point him to this thread
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    I think the best person to talk to is Joe...I will point him to this thread
    Thanks mate!
     
     

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    Hi Cooper

    Firstly you need to check what bulb type your car is, there's a bit of confusion when you check Halfords etc - it will either be H1 or H7. Get your bonnet open, unclick the headlight cover on one side and have a look at the bulb.

    Now I have an '99 E36 and I have H1, but yours might be different.

    H1 bulbs look like this;



    This one is H7



    Now, I don't think you will receive any error codes or any problems as it seems to be the E46's and newer that have these problems so you should be fine
    However if you have an 18-button OBC I might need to ask someone to double-check on that.

    Now you mentioned getting a 55w HID kit. I would consider getting a 35w HID kit instead.
    The most popular and easy to buy is 35w, this is what I have have and what most people on here also have that have converted to HIDs. I have seen someone in my village with a 55w HID kit and they were so bright they were painful - I would recommend staying away from this as you're likely to blind oncoming drivers as well as draw more attention from the Police etc.

    6000k is in my opinion the best colour temp to go for - I have these are they really look the business. They give a pure white light with a slight bluey tinge. Any lower than 6000k and you'll have white-looking lights but a tinge of yellow. Any higher than 6000k, such as 8000k and you'll have noticeably bluey headlights - these give out less light and are more likely to attract trouble from the police, since you are only allowed white or yellow headlights.

    Bi-Xenons - You could convert your high-beams to HID as well, but I don't think it really necessary and can be a bit more tricky to install - installation is plug and play with the wiring, however you have to mount one ballast for each bulb, and if you were converting to Bi-Xenon then you'd possibly struggle to find space for all 4 ballasts.

    Also, HIDs take a few seconds to warm up, and if you have the need to flash oncoming traffic they don't work so well. This is because when you turn HIDs on they flash very bright for a split second, then dim right down before taking a few more seconds to light and warm up fully.

    I got my kit off eBay last year and my kit is still going strong (touch wood). If you want piece of mind then you could purchase a kit from Hids4u which are around £100 mark but have a warranty as they are a proper retailer.

    I have written a How-To guide in the link below which should help give you an idea on installation etc. Hope this has helped, best of luck and let us know how you get on

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...how-to-t10732/
     
     

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    Good write up Joe, only thing I would add is the bi-xenons are a single bulb and when going to high beam it moves a shroud away from the bulb to increase light, the 2nd bulb is used only as a light to flash other motorists etc. A hid bulb used as high beam in a non bi-xenon unit is illegal and will get you pulled and fail mot
     
     

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    Cheers mate!

    Cleared up just about every query i could imagine!
     
     

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    Hi Cooper,

    Incase you didnt fancy buying from ebay... i have been pointed at these from Rightclick...

    LINK

    I havent bought them myself because i get enough trouble in my town from the police (dont know why) so i dont want to provoke them!

    I thought about ebay ones... but was always wary... but with right click you can at least talk to them first.

    Hope that helps!

    Cheers,


    Tom
     
     

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    Cooper, just to add to my post before, if your car as check control it will probably display a warning message, although there are components you can get to cancel this.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe9087 View Post
    Cooper, just to add to my post before, if your car as check control it will probably display a warning message, although there are components you can get to cancel this.
    Dont think it has to be honest.

    It hasnt got a trip computer or anything. Just an a couple of useless functions, like ambient temperature gauge, a memo and a seemingly useless mpg gauge! Lol
     
     

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    In that case you should be fine and not receive any warnings
     
     

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