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Black 330d Sport Touring

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2clubsp   

Wait. You took the heatsink off the LED bulbs? They won't last long if that's the case.

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haha no “to take the heat sink of the led bulbs” they come with a plastic cap with an earth receiver and wire on it. I removed that and drilled a 16mm hole for the heat sink to poke through and sealed with silicone. 

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thanks momo, I’ve seen the diy’s I was wondering if anyone active on the zone had done it and could say whether it’s worth it. I don’t want to trash my halogens and end up with an expensive mot fail. 

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momo   

Hold up - what do you have now? Factory halogens?

So you mean you want xenon's instead of halogens or the full quad projector setup?

If you have halogens and want xenon's then why not just get some depo headlights?

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yeah halogen reflectors at the moment, i’m not a fan of the quad look. I’m gonna be, if I do it, running H7 LED bulbs in projector housings which are rated for halogen bulbs. just after an angle or opinion on whether it’s gonna make the lights an MOT problem. 

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momo   

I think technically, according to the letter of the law if you have OEM xenons then you need to have the level sensors and headlight washers fitted.

BUT what if they're not present to be tested? I think that's how most get around it..

I think you'll be fine tbh.

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This evening I have installed a wash stalk out of an E53 X5 with the additional S button wired up to the GM5 module (pin 12 of the 54pin plug) to activate the headlight wash. it’s not quite what I was expecting, I assumed a single press would activate the cycle. It’s not, it’s on for the duration you hold the button in. I wired in a kill switch as the circuit is constant live and my kids are challenging! I’m going to fix this in the near future with a switching relay on the accessory circuit. and bonus, I’ve now mastered disassembling bmw module plugs! think I’ll take on the power fold mirror retrofit next! 

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ah I’m such an idiot! in my defence I was a bit tired when I wired the switch in, just realised I could have avoided putting a hole in my dash and just wired a switching relay up to the headlights!

The“S” button on the stalk will now only activate the headlamp wash when the headlights are on, just need to find something else to run off the surplus dash switch now! probably an isolator for the rear screens so I can punish the kids for kicking the back of my chair!!!

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first problem with the led headlight bulb upgrade is the bulb holders are completely  wrong. fortunately you can get adapters which click in to the lamp housing and allow the heat sink to pass out the back. the original holder remains in place tucked out of the way as the wire from the led bulb plugs in to the original holder. 

next problem is going to be the halogen reflector, I’ve read enough about it now to know that I’m going to need projectors for a legal beam pattern. I’ve found some, nice and cheap, but I’m worried about my ability to reverse the procedure. 

also im going to have to replace my yellow AE’s with white to tie it all together! 

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Have a look at the retrofitsource for projectors in halogen reflector bowls. What I did is buy a set of e46 xenons from a pre-facelift and swapped the internals across to my facelift lamps. Easyish to do, then just need to code it in.

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I got them from wish.com, H7 Nighteye 6500k at least that was what I thought I was getting, what turned up was unbranded in an unbranded box but they work fine and seem well built. 

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