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Old 06-01-2004, 12:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there anyone out there who has had some experience fitting an aftermarket HID kit into a Halogen setup ? I have done some reading on this, however it would be good to hear first hand if it all goes together as easy as the sellers say it does.
From what I can gather the Philips and Hella kits seem popular.
At present I have 55watt H7 Osaram bulbs in my E39 540i (1996).
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Are you thinking about getting the full lighting enclosure? If not that is what I would recomend, I cant imagine a xenon bulb would look good through a standard halogen lens, especially without the special xenon ellipsoid lens (or whatever its called)
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I installed an HID setup in me e36 a few weeks ago. Install was pretty simple. I also had purchased ellipsoid projectors though.

If you install HIDs into a standard NA spec reflector headlamp, you will blind the hell out of people. You will have to buy a kit with shielded bulbs (denoted by D2S or X2S, not D/X2R).
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Thanks guys for your help.I do have OEM upgrade angel eyes,so I'm hoping things won't be to bad fitting it all together.
Still hoping to hear from more of you who have purchased and fitted kits.It surely could'nt be has exciting as fitting a front M5 sway bar to a 540i !!
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Yeah install is simple.. almost like swapping bulbs, but add a mix of unscrewing here and there... you get the idea. I got a 1990 BMW E34 (535i) and installed an aftermarket Phillips 8,000k HID system, looks fantastic! I do have a Euro Smiley Headset which has day-time running lights and epsilloids. Epsilloids work real well with Xenons HID system as it focuses the light directly ahead and not blind others everywhere in front of you.
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Headset...errr... I mean headlights..
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Hey Karab,
Just a suggestion, unless you knew this already and added the second post, you can press the "Edit" button in the top right corner of the box you just wrote in...
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Yep, gotcha. Thanks for the input!
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From what I understand, even if you have the OEM angel eyes (and thus ellipsoid lenses), you will not get the auto-leveling feature of the stock Xenons, and thus your lights could still blind people. That's just what I've heard, I really don't know anything about this stuff, I just wanted to make sure you considered that. You will also have to do something to your computer or else it will always tell you there's a problem with your headlights (since it thinks they're halogens). Check out http://www.bmwtips.com for more info on that upgrade.
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