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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Mon, Mar-20-2017, 11:24:09 AM   #31
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Default Re: OEM bosch headlights install

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The E36 check control is old tech. Now unless the very latest style xenon's can emulate a fillament bulb, check control either always throws a message, or in the above people's case, never throw a message.

So saying it never gives an error, is something completely different as a working check control.

@Gunner: yes the other connector is for the headlight aim. Which unless you're a Eurofapper, is pretty much useless. I've never used it in 11 years of E36 ownership.
It's not luck of the draw. I specifically bought ballasts that pull the proper power to negate a check control message. The vendor and manufacturer test them and confirm this, then you buy them. It's as simple as that, and it's the difference between buying the right parts, or buying the wrong ones. If you buy the right ballasts, you don't get a CC warning. If you buy the wrong ballasts, you do.

I researched this stuff 10 years ago when I did my retrofit. The right parts were available then, and are even easier to obtain now. It's been functioning without flaw since I put it together. Not because of luck, but because I did it right.

You're just plain uninformed on this subject.
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It's not luck of the draw. I specifically bought ballasts that pull the proper power to negate a check control message. The vendor and manufacturer test them and confirm this, then you buy them. It's as simple as that, and it's the difference between buying the right parts, or buying the wrong ones. If you buy the right ballasts, you don't get a CC warning. If you buy the wrong ballasts, you do.

I researched this stuff 10 years ago when I did my retrofit. The right parts were available then, and are even easier to obtain now. It's been functioning without flaw since I put it together. Not because of luck, but because I did it right.

You're just plain uninformed on this subject.
Ok that is good to know then.

Yes that is very true that I am uninformed. I fitted the xenon's in feb 2008, using a set of (then) popular Pilot brand set.

After that I haven't dug into the subject at all. And when the M3 came, I found the H7 units to be adequate enough for my personal needs, plus that I wanted to keep these units stock and not mess with fitting ballasts and stuff.

So there was no need for me to dig into the subject anymore.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-2017, 12:07:46 PM   #33
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ok so there are 2 connectors on the back

1st is the 4 prong connector that goes into your retrofit then into your connector end on the car.

There is another 3 wire connector on the rear, what are those for, you can see it in the attached image, are those for the adjustment of the electric motors ?
correct. Those are to adjust the aim up and down when there is weight added to the trunk. You can buy posts that remove those motors and keep it in a fixed position or you can wire them up (gets complicated and have to run wire to the cabin)
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