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Old 06-08-2006, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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a couple of questions for the wise

ok maybe just the ppl who actually know these basic knowledge

1. i have a e36 coupe, 97 328is - what kind of hid's do i need?

2. are polyeurothane bumpers good?

3. can you really get OEM not (oem fit) clear tails?

4. whats the avg lifetime of a normal bmw hid kit

thanks in advance again
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3) im pretty sure but not possitive, that you can get oem clears... for like 150?? price might be off but im almost possitive you can get oem...
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ok maybe just the ppl who actually know these basic knowledge

1. i have a e36 coupe, 97 328is - what kind of hid's do i need?

2. are polyeurothane bumpers good?

3. can you really get OEM not (oem fit) clear tails?

4. whats the avg lifetime of a normal bmw hid kit

thanks in advance again
1. First you need to purchase European ellipoidal headlights. Basically you need those headlights with the little focusing glass in it. Some brands that are popular are ZKW , DJ Auto, and DEPO's. I'd recommend staying away from DJ Auto. My friend has had quite a bit of problems with them.

Then you'll need an HID kit. Good brands include XTec and Apexcone. These include a bulb, a ballast, and an ignitor. Some brands have the ignitor built into the ballast unit.

Then you need to decide what temperature you want. This decides what color HID and usable light output.

3000K - alright, very yellow
4300K - best output, whiteish blue
6000K - bluish
8000k - purple
anything above 8000K should nto even be considered. In fact dont even pick 8000K


2. Polyurethane is great. If you're looking for a M3 bumper made of polyurethane make sure the sport lip isn't integrated, unless you never plan on having it removed.

Stay away from fiberglass bumpers. They'll chip and crack faster than you can say hippopotamus.


3. Yes you can. They were original parts on European e36's.


4. Shit if I know. The bulb I believe should last about an average of 7000-8000 hours. Flicking the HID's on and off often does decrease the lifetime of the bulbs, although I couldnt tell you the quantitative amount on that.
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1. First you need to purchase European ellipoidal headlights. Basically you need those headlights with the little focusing glass in it. Some brands that are popular are ZKW , DJ Auto, and DEPO's. I'd recommend staying away from DJ Auto. My friend has had quite a bit of problems with them.

Then you'll need an HID kit. Good brands include XTec and Apexcone. These include a bulb, a ballast, and an ignitor. Some brands have the ignitor built into the ballast unit.

Then you need to decide what temperature you want. This decides what color HID and usable light output.

3000K - alright, very yellow
4300K - best output, whiteish blue
6000K - bluish
8000k - purple
anything above 8000K should nto even be considered. In fact dont even pick 8000K.

does all this need to be bought from specialists shops or do normal car parts stores have HID kits? and is this the same as angel eyes? im lost when it comes to lights, thnx!
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www.umnitza.com got clear tails for $129 usd. Sides for $39 and front turns for $70. Those prices are fairly cheap. Bimmerworld.com. 6 piece clear set (sides, turns and tails) $350 bavauto.com $235 for tails, $70 turns, $40 sides. autowerks.com $321 for all six. autotechnic.net $190 -230 tails, $40 sides, $72-80 turns.

You'll need a HID kit. Some kits only work with either high or low beams. the more expensive will deal with both. costs usually around 350 bucks or more. bimmian.com got some on sale for 275. They also got the Xenesis Tru Match bulbs for $40 a pair. while your spending I have my eye on the Xenon interior light kit.
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does all this need to be bought from specialists shops or do normal car parts stores have HID kits? and is this the same as angel eyes? im lost when it comes to lights, thnx!
I would imagine some car parts stores would stock HID kits.

This is not the same as angel eyes. Angel eyes are circles of light that go around the edge of the headlight. HID's are a kind of bulb for your headlights. Most people get angel eyes and HID's at the same time because it's easiest to install them if you're getting a new headlight housing for the HID bulbs anyway. And yes, you do need ellipsoid headlight housings if you want to have HID's. Using HID's in your stock headlight housing blinds oncoming drivers because the light is unfocused.
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