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Re: HID upgrade using BMW headlamps (long read)

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Originally Posted by Alan F View Post
I admire your work and ingenuity. Congratulations!

However, those are not projectors. They're just a receptacle for an old style halogen light (with a pronounced cut off on the low beams), which was a big step up from US spec sealed beams of the day. They used to be outlawed on the grey market cars and had to be changed to meet DOT.

For comparison, here's a projector beam in a current housing.
http://blackflamecustoms.com/service/images/retro2.jpg

You could also have bought Cibie's that would be a direct drop in for the same result. They also have 7" versions. http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html
Yes, I know they are pricey and you are proud of your savings and should be. However you had to make some significant modifications to get them in there. Again, not trying to take anything away from you but offer an alternative to others who may desire the same result.

For my Yukon Denali I bought new replacement headlight housings and had projectors installed and bought the conversion wiring harness from these guys: http://blackflamecustoms.com/services/

They are Acura projectors and make all the difference in the world but were not cheap.

Thanks again for your well documented conversion.
From what I was reading about these headlamps before I decided to buy them, was they are a halogen projector and not designed for HID's, tho HID's will work just fine.

Can you help me and others understand the difference between projectors and receptacle headlamps?


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Originally Posted by todztoyz View Post
I think it was a 1994 BMW we had and I can tell you one thing....I've never drove a car with better lights! The high beams were amazing. Good idea and nice write-up.
These came off of a 94 BMW . I'm very happy with the lighting. Even with the basic bulbs its much better lighting then when I had the clear glass with diamond cut background and 100w bulbs in them!

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