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Old 07-24-2005, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hmmm, I was just wondering if you can put an HID kit with the regular plastic headlights. Now Now, I AM JUST WONDERING. I know that I'll be accused of being chessy and cheap. But again just wondering if you can put an HID kit and use it with your stock plastic headlights.
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Old 07-24-2005, 09:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm, I was just wondering if you can put an HID kit with the regular plastic headlights. Now Now, I AM JUST WONDERING. I know that I'll be accused of being chessy and cheap. But again just wondering if you can put an HID kit and use it with your stock plastic headlights.
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I heard it's been done before...but the drawbacks are the bulb can melt the plastic because it reflects hot off the reflectors of the regular E36 headlight package.
However, I'n not sure of this because my HID bulb is alway cold and never hot even when its on for hours.

The second main drawback is the legality issue of putting an HID bulb in front of a reflector-lens....you will literally blind every living thing in front of you and the effect will look horrible because of a lack of a projector-lens to focus the beam of light. Expect lots of tickets for that.

Also not really sure how that is cheaper...HIDs packages tend to cost more money when you buy them alone, as to when you buy them with say a DEPO proejector package....

compare:
1. HIDs basic package = $200 to $300 + you are looking at the extra costs of labour and time of fixing them in your OEM E36 reflector lens set up.

2. Plug and Play DEPOS with HIDs = $300 to $450


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id have to agree, and disagree with del...

putting HID's in a factory headlight for the e36 isn't the worst thing u can do... but a specialist will have to slightly modify it, if u don't want to blind people, and get tickets... and that will cost $$$

as aposed to the heat... the HID bulb only omits 35w of power, as to the OEM bulb which is 55w, it will not melt the plastic or anything else...anyways, hope this helps.. good luck

your best bet is to buy some nice new Projector lense headlights...
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id have to agree, and disagree with del...

putting HID's in a factory headlight for the e36 isn't the worst thing u can do... but a specialist will have to slightly modify it, if u don't want to blind people, and get tickets... and that will cost $$$

as aposed to the heat... the HID bulb only omits 35w of power, as to the OEM bulb which is 55w, it will not melt the plastic or anything else...anyways, hope this helps.. good luck

your best bet is to buy some nice new Projector lense headlights...
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no...Crusin' were on the same page...I've only heard that HIDs can or supposedly melts the plastic E36 shell or the wiring around the reflector cup, or the cup itself. I also doubt this because my HIDs always burn cold...in fact there is more heat from the parking lights than the HIDs. But if someone said it melted wires or parts of the plastic shell...then I can't say otherwise for sure !
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Those were the tips that I was looking for. Thanks all of you for it. I think I'll go for the depo type projector lights.
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for things like headlights don't go cheap! ZKW's are OEM quality, but I heard that DEPO are decent.
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Going cheap on headlights?

I was going to get some 9006ST Silverstar Halogen bulbs for my car...

=\ (49.00) <~teh cheapness.
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