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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-30-2004, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can I get some Xenon bulbs and just replace the ones in my 1990 325i E30 with them?
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I don't think you can....reason being that they are too bright and you'll easily get pulled over....to do that you need to get a xenon headlight conversion kit that helps filter the light, and that'll run you like $600 i think...technically, you might be able to do the switch (?) but legally, you can't. I guess its up to you.
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it works on the e34, so it will def work for the e30


http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/upgrade/HID.htm

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I know i'll need to filter them and that, I just wanna know if bulbs are possible anyway
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How would you intend to filter them without using the whole kit?
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While it's true that you can buy the complete kit for about $550 (as opposed to over $1400), that price was still a litle steep so I settled for the next best thing: H4 low beams and H1 high beams. I purchased two Hella H4 buckets, two Hella H4 55/60 watt bulbs, two Hella H1 buckets, and two Osram 55 watt high beam bulbs from the helpful people at Classic Garage for about $165. (Note: These bulbs are not legal for use on public roads in the United States. Fortunately for me, no one in California cares.)

To remove the headlights, remove the two Phillips screws on the front of the headlight grille. Pop the hood (but don't raise it) and remove the metal clips that hold the grille onto the car. Pull the grille out (don't throw it away, you'll need to put it back on later) then remove the metal trim rings around the headlights by removing the three screws that hold them in place. The headlights should now dangle loosely. Simply unplug the low beam, toss it over your neighbor's fence, and replace it with the H4 unit. (NOTE: You have to put the bulb into the bucket before installing. Also, never touch the bulb with your bare fingers unless you enjoy wasting your money.)

The H1 high beam requires two adaptor wires that come with the kit. Wire them as shown in the picture below. The power wire goes into the left connector from the main H1 plug, while the ground connects into the right connector. Remember, the ground wire is the same color as the ground (which is brown, unless you live in Antarctica). If you want your lights to work, try not to cross the wires.

Repeat the process on the other two lights, and now you're done! See, that wasn't so hard after all, was it? Now for a quick test of the lights:


fuse 1 and 2 ... try to upgrade to 10 amp

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And is the brightness the only thing that illegalizes these lights? I've wanted to do a fake HID light scheme since I got my car, and I'd like even more to not incur points for it.
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And is the brightness the only thing that illegalizes these lights? I've wanted to do a fake HID light scheme since I got my car, and I'd like even more to not incur points for it.
Xenons or HID's arent really that much brighter than the most powerful "super white" halogen bulbs. the fact that xenons get a blue-ish or purple-ish hue is a result of a higher color temp...5500k, 6000k, 7000k, etc...

i cant remember exactly, but a color temp of about 5250k is the brightest bulb you can buy which is equal to natural light or sun light, but most people go for 6000k-7000k for the blue-ish look. factory bmw xenons are 7000k.

here's a e30 hid/xenon group buy thats going on for $600 http://www.r3vlimited.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=64180
keep in mind that a E30 must have ellipsoid headlights to run hid's
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