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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Jul-09-2014, 07:01:01 PM   #131
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Im sorry, but I have to question the results. Many times we have compared bulbs and the Osram CBI bulbs are always brighter vs Morimotos.

I havent used any official light meters, but visually with the human eye you can see the difference when comparing.
The ones they used are the next-gen XB35's. Notice how the color temperature is different than the currently selling ones. They will be releasing in the fall I think.
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Old Thu, Jul-10-2014, 03:37:36 AM   #132
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Should be out towards the end of september, I have seen them in person. The new bulbs are seriously bright.

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...lb-test-inside!

That being said, there are some great points brought to "light" in that thread on HIDP. It really is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone sees light just a little bit differently, and that has to be factored in to any real world applications.

Bang for the buck there is really nothing else available that can touch a Morimoto. Long lasting, great bulbs; backed up by some of the absolute best costumer service in the country.
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Old Fri, Jul-11-2014, 04:33:35 AM   #133
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The stock 4300k D2S bulbs look a little yellow compared to newer cars. What color temperature bulbs are all the newer cars with Xenons using? 5000k?
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The stock 4300k D2S bulbs look a little yellow compared to newer cars. What color temperature bulbs are all the newer cars with Xenons using? 5000k?
No, 4300k. Newer Mercedes models use (if I remember correctly, I think it's the s-class) the Osram CBI (5000k). 4300k is standard. E46 projectors do make them look a little yellow. Projector technology is getting better and as a result, makes the light look whiter. Some projectors look whiter than others. I have the XB35 5000k in my M3 now and I love it. It's perfect to me. Not too blue where it doesn't look OEM - but white enough so it makes the car look less dated.
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Im sorry, but I have to question the results. Many times we have compared bulbs and the Osram CBI bulbs are always brighter vs Morimotos.

I havent used any official light meters, but visually with the human eye you can see the difference when comparing.
+1. The hot spot just seems bigger on the CBI compared to other bulbs out there
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+1. The hot spot just seems bigger on the CBI compared to other bulbs out there
They used newer XB35's that aren't out yet. No-one has seen the new hotspots of the XB35's.
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Lights are subjective and some will spend hundred of dollars to pursue what they consider the best and some make it into a project and spend a couple of thousand for all the trimmings.

I have used the highness and i have used the low end and there is always a middle ground.

I have used the 6K D2S bulbs from GPThunder and have been completely happy with them. I put them on all my cars and I have recommended to all of my friends and they have been extremely happy with them. Are they the best? Thats an opinion. I like them and they output the necessary lumens to light up the road as well, if not better, than OEM which is my baseline. I have had friends comment on how well my E70 X5(D1S) lights up the road and how white the lights are. It has a small tinge of blue but thats okay. The projector lens of many of these cars can cause a little tinge of color. Audi's to me seem a little purple.

For $50 bucks or so for a pair buy them and see for yourself.
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Lights are subjective and some will spend hundred of dollars to pursue what they consider the best and some make it into a project and spend a couple of thousand for all the trimmings.

I have used the highness and i have used the low end and there is always a middle ground.

I have used the 6K D2S bulbs from GPThunder and have been completely happy with them. I put them on all my cars and I have recommended to all of my friends and they have been extremely happy with them. Are they the best? Thats an opinion. I like them and they output the necessary lumens to light up the road as well, if not better, than OEM which is my baseline. I have had friends comment on how well my E70 X5(D1S) lights up the road and how white the lights are. It has a small tinge of blue but thats okay. The projector lens of many of these cars can cause a little tinge of color. Audi's to me seem a little purple.

For $50 bucks or so for a pair buy them and see for yourself.
At $50 you might as well the XB35. Morimoto is a top notch brand, and their quality is going to be as close to OEM as you can get.
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Got mine and will start the dyi soon. From research, it seems like some folks are bending the RV shield and some suggest leaving it alone. What's the best route here? How much bending is necessary?
Bump... I've got this question as well.
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Xb35 is an H1 bulb no?


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