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Originally Posted by soundq2
Great editorial, lots of info, but one IMPORTANT note you failed to mention. Maybe you didn't know about the different wiring layouts for different years. You'd think that any E46 would have the same wiring layout so everything would be plug and play. Wrong, or at least that's what my dealer told me. I installed a set of OEM xenon headlights into my 99 323i. The headlight plug were identical and the proper color for high and low beam. Since these are not bi-xenon, there's only 1 ballast. Anyway hooked them up, they didn't work, and my indicator on the dash said the bulbs were burnt. I pulled the bulbs out and checked them on another ignitor/ballast system I had on a Nissan and the bulbs worked. OK so I thought I needed my computer to know I had xenon and no longer halogen bulb. Took it to the dealer and he say's BOTH ballast/ignitor modules are blown, because my FACTORY WIRING IS BACKWARDS. The ground is on pin 1 instead of 12V possitive.(or I may have that backwards) Anyway so now I've got to buy two more ballasts or sell the lights w/out ballast on E-bay. Maybe in 2000 BMW changed the polarity of the plugs? or maybe I've got '98 wiring? Anyway it cost me $100 for the dealer to tell me I've got 2 wires reversed, plus the cost of the ballast!
So a word to the wise, please check to see which pin is supposed to be hot and which one is supposed to be ground. It's a costly error! Hope somebody reads this and saves some money and a headache!
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Originally Posted by Ocean02
I just installed the Luminics Pure Blue bulbs. They are 6000K and 55W-130W. Here's a good comparison photo to show you the difference from stock bulbs. This photo was taken from my Cannon S200 Digital Elph and is not enhanced in any way. I personally love these bulbs, and for less than $40.00, I'm happy. Tell me what you think...
Originally Posted by BMWERKEN
Looks great, we do have Predator Xenix bulbs which will accomplish the same effect for $15 less
Originally Posted by RavenwulfeM3
Hi guys i need help on how i can wire my new CCFL angel eyes. i have a 2003 m3 coupe with xenon projector headlights. I ordered this set of angels eyes and im suppose to hook it up to my running daylight plug. problem is i dont have a running daylight at all and i dont see a plug for it. is there any other way i can hook this up as a running daylight or can it only be hooked up to an aftermarket ignition wire? any advice would be great. thanks in advance.
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