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Originally Posted by BMW_Bowtie
I just finished this purchase and install. I followed the advise of Hawk2100n from a post in another BMW forum. Here is the excerpt from his post:
"I ordered my headlights from www.partstrain.com. I ordered the Halogens with amber turn signals, as these are the cheapest. The link shows that the car these are for is a 2001 BMW 530i, but these will fit all e39's. There was no change when the E39 was facelifted in the headlight size or shape. The headlights are genuine Hella original equipment replacements and come with the bracket and screws that holds them in. Adjusting them is fairly easy, though you need an allen key because these new ones do not come with a knob to turn. There are 4 screws to remove for the old ones to come out, then you remove the bottom bracket with 2 more screws. Replace this with the bracket that comes with the light and use the screws provided. Then insert the headlight, which takes a little finnesse to slide it into the socket, and use the existing screws and you are done. It takes about 15-20 minutes per side. The passenger side has the AC filler tube that has to be bent about 1 inch out of the way, but that is the only modification. The metal is soft and this can be carefully done by hand. The wiring is very simple too. You can either buy a wiring harness from a BMW parts dept or online. I went to BMW and spent way too much. I think that bekkers.com or mabey eurosportdesign.com sells these for a lot less than BMW. I had to modify these to adapt to the AE's, but this only involves cutting and splicing 2 wires. All of the sockets are ready and dont need to be modified."
I ordered the headlights from partstrain and the wiring harness from eurosportdesign. My total for the install was $588. This seems like a lot, but you do get all new bulbs (4 each) with the new headlights. My old lights were sandblasted on the outside with condensation and very broke adjusters. I had added zip ties to get the beam infront of the car, but this install gave the car a major youthful look with a much better low and high beam light output.
Originally Posted by BMW_Bowtie
Here is a before and after pic of the headlights. Sorry both days were rainy when taking the shots.
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