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Old Sat, Mar-27-2004, 04:09:42 AM   #11
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When I bought my car, they had them pre-installed from the previous owner. But he happned to give me all the reciepts and old parts from the car in a big box one day, nice of him.

Anyways... they came from hids4less.com I belive, which is now out of business, however

Go here:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...UCT_ID=HID9006

Thats one place I have seen that sells a full 9006 kit for hids.
Will repeat that you shouldn't waste your money on US lights, but if you want, we've got 2-3 9006 6000K sets "lying around"
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matt, i didn't realizxe you patented the dde.
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Will repeat that you shouldn't waste your money on US lights, but if you want, we've got 2-3 9006 6000K sets "lying around"

Roger that. Thing is "I" didn't waste my money on the us lights.. that was a pre-install for me. I do plan up upgrading to euros in due time. I just gotta find the right lamps and the right beam pattern, cause I am anal that way :P

More specficaly, the headlamp pattern produced by all the newer BMWs.
Looks kinda like this:

___________/----------------

Get my drift?
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Roger that. Thing is "I" didn't waste my money on the us lights.. that was a pre-install for me. I do plan up upgrading to euros in due time. I just gotta find the right lamps and the right beam pattern, cause I am anal that way :P
Hey Sirius, I love those gauge rings. Where did you get them and were they a hard install?
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Old Sat, Mar-27-2004, 04:42:25 PM   #15
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I got them from ebay for $40 bucks actually. The install was fairly simple. They said the rings are self adheasive, but they didn't fit 100% correctly, and I ended up using glue, if you look closely you can see where I messed up. I actually got glue all over the clear plastic, but I was able to clean it up.

You have to remove the cluster, so first you have to take your steering wheel off.
To do that, you first have to remove the airbag, so unplug your batt. Theres two screws that hold the airbag to the wheel, which are size T25 torx bits. Once you remove the airbag, unplug it and set it aside. Then you need to yank the wheel. I believe, if I remember, its a 12 or 13mm socket. Before you take the wheel off, mark where it sits with a marker or something so when you put it back on, its straight.

After you take the wheel off, remove the cluster: The cluster is held to the dash using two T-15 torx bits. Unscrew thoes and pry, carefully, the cluster out of the dash board. Then you need to unclip all the connections. Theres three of them. The way bmw does their connectors is weird, but you have a locking bracket that holds them in place.. you slide that down and they pop out. Once you get the cluster out, you need to disassemble it.

The cluster is held together with 5, t-10 torx bits [marked by the red arrows].
See pic below:

[Mind you, this is an older e36 cluster I borrowed from work for practice, but the m3 cluster is the same. The newer ones have a coding port, which this one is missing]

Back of the cluster

You're going to have to cut the sticker that connects to the blue and black part of the cluster, doing so will void any warrenties. Thats said.. cut the sticker, and gently pull the blue away from the black. Once done, you come to what the pic is below. Now you have to pull the gagues out. They are held on by these supports that rotate to hold the glass in place. Twist them until the glass is free, a closer look and you'll be able to see how its done, they are marked with red arrows:

Gagues inside

Pull them out and it should look like this:

Gagues out

Take the rings, and place them inside, they should have self adheasive. Heres what I learned from doing it. Don't use superglue. Its gets all over the place, and tends to leak where you don't want it. I had to take some rubbing compound from work to get the glue off the clear plastic... that didn't make me happy. I ended up putting a small bit of silicon glue on the backs of them and letting that dry, which helped support them. You can get that at Home Depot. Putting the cluster back together is the oppostie of removal, as is the install back into the car with the wheel and airbag.

If you have more questions, or need more pics, email me.

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that pattern you want is easily achieved one of three ways:

DEPO headlights.
ZKW with modified metal reflector.
ZKW with bixenon projectors.
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that pattern you want is easily achieved one of three ways:

DEPO headlights.
ZKW with modified metal reflector.
ZKW with bixenon projectors.
Ahhh thanks. Ill deff keep that in mind
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one additional noted.

That pattern is actually the stock pattern by all HIDs. --------/--------

The only difference is that the driver's side high beam is a shorter parabola than the passenger side one.
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we did some fun testing yesterday.

A poorly installed HID, is no better than a wandering eye.

Here's why:
Standard H1


Poorly aimed HID


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Ahhh. Very very nice. Ill deff have to get some in the near future.
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