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  1. 2001 E46 318i touring - Anyone used Projector bulbs with HID built in? 
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    I bought my self a set of http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HID-XENON-CONV...713.m153.l1262HID to fit to my motorbike, then thought I'd try them on the Betsy first.

    Yeah Yeah, law law ,legal legal, wrangle wrangle yapity yapidy. Go on devil take the HIDmost . Fitting the units was a mini faf which would have been much easier for a good set of instructions. The starters more or less mount in the slots which BMW designed into the headlight moulding for HID starters. And my new starters slipped right in on custom made brackets, (yup the kid done good).

    Having completed the job, I now appreciate:
    1 I would have been wise to buy two purpose made HID bulb holders off flea bay rather than modifying standard Beemer kit.
    2 I knew that Betsy had been in a minor prang when I bought her. The front near side wing had been replaced, but a nice repair job had been done with original parts. What I didn’t know is that the bumper had been left bent upwards out of position by about 10mm, making removal of the headlights a struggle and replacement…. phew tighter than a Mallards water tight orifice.
    3 The starters are supplied as a pair and I installed them rr's about face, so I had to stop, have a cuppa before swapping them over.

    I did have one real problem, one of the connectors on the HV supply was not home in the connector housing and the cable dropped out, thankfully after I worked out which way the connector fitted in the housing, it just slid in and a tug with a long nose pliers saw it seated neatly.

    I took Betsy out Sunday night, filthy weather, heavy rain, high winds, standing water falling leaves all in all ideal stay indoors weather, or ideal test your headights conditions. As a driver the HID light was great being both brighter and a better colour, cutting through the dark to pick up cats eyes and white lines like never before. Night driving was soooooo much clearer. BUT the levels of light spill were quite high, much higher than I’d consider acceptable. I taped off the top of both headlight lens with black electrical tape and this made a huge improvement but this is not a long term solution and I was still less than 100 % happy with the spill.

    Three hours later and my hands were bleeding, my fingers raw, and I had got yellow spots in front of my eyes. No I’d not just watched a HD porn film staring Keira Knightley No. I spent all evening trying to adjust the light spill. I moved the bulbs forward nah no good, shrouded the bulb (a bit better but nah still no good) recessed the bulbs back and the end result? Carp. Total and complete Carp, the light spill was quite unacceptable with bright banding at a number of spots and loads of light above the cut off. So out they came ready to fit to the bike.

    I’ve not given up on Betsy yet, any one tried these bad boys???

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-Hid-Bi-xen...1%7C240%3A1318
     
     

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    Don't know if this is helpful or not, as I haven't tried the HID projectors. I have an e36 and have put HID kits in my lows, highs and fogs, The lows on an e36 use a projector lens and have a sharp cut off.

    So, my question is, why not just buy the HID kits with the right bulbs and use the existing optics in the BM headlight units???
     
     

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    they'll suck on your bike too
    when you say projector bulbs...do you actually mean headlights?
    projector headlights have a lens not a reflector
    like mine
    the h7 bulb works great with these,but you'll need h7r bulbs to put in a std headlight.
    so,if your bike has non-projector headlights you'll have the same problem.
    h7r bulbs have the forward facing portion of the glass blacked out to prevent just the type of light spillage you mentioned
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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    when you say projector bulbs...do you actually mean headlights?
    projector headlights have a lens not a reflector
    Cheers mark.

    My headlights have reflector housing. I've tried H7 HID's (as per the top link), and with or without shields I had a big problem with light spill above the cut off (mind you if youve got a patent method of shielding please let me know).

    The product I'm asking about is a projector bulb. Just try the second link in the first post.

    Other than that anyone know of a sensible and cheep way to get HID's in an E46 facelift?
     
     

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    my bad...didn't see that one
    no idea how easy they would be to fit in a facelift headlight...they dont come apart as easily as pre.
    these are the bulbs i was on about http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/H7R-6k-35w-HID...3A1|240%3A1318
    they stop forward transmission of light and let the reflector do all the light output.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    facelift headlight...they dont come apart as easily as pre.

    I've split the headlight when the units were out, to clean inside the lens.

    Other than taking the head light out its an easy job, and it may be possible with the headlight in place.
     
     

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    Help still needed. Anyone tried these, or know of a suitable link ?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-Hid-Bi-xen...1%7C240%3A1318
    Last edited by lostagain; 16-11-2008 at 13:37. Reason: link updated
     
     

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