| Originally posted by HardStep@Aug 2 2005, 08:18 PM |
Also will Hella Celis rear lights fit my car? They say in ebay, that installation will be simple job but read somewhere, that they will need drilling additional holes to the body to fasten them etc. So has anyone put them on '97 e39?
I've done the Hella Celis rear tails on my '99 540, which will be the same deal as on your '97. There is a Celis "Kit" made by Hella specifically to retrofit onto E39's up to MY2000. This kit is not cheap, but includes the all-important ballasts to power the L.E.D. stype of rear running lights and avoid dash display warnings. Plug-n-play cable adapters are also included and are necessary, as are the included bushings/spacers and washers. Using the kit I found the job to be low-to-medium diffculty, requiring about 3 hours (I work slowly). I would not recommend trying to retrofit 2001-later tails to your car unless it is via this Hella kit!!
Yes, some additional holes need to be drilled and some existing holes enlarged, but with a dremel I found it to be do-able. Hella's instructions are available on-line (try bmwtips.com), so preview them if you have any concerns. After my hole-drilling, I was VERy careful to re-paint the cut metal areas to prevent corrosion.
All in all, I am TOTALLY pleased with how they look!!
See my profile photo to judge for yourself. Also do a search for a recent post here where I shared before-and-after photos of not Celis tails on my car, as well as the M5 front grills.
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