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E46 Bi-Xenon (budget) retrofit

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Old Dec 11th, 2018, 16:46   #51
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it was but thanks for the tip off on needing a New 12v feed from somewhere thats ignition switched. as that Was the plan, all lights off Other than the halo's as drl, halo's off and dipped or mains on , leaving sidelights "as is".

i Was hoping to get a bit longer life span out of the reflectors by turning the drl 60% headlight bulb off.
OK, gotcha. Yep, the POS0 (halo only) was my ultimate goal but I gave up after realising its too much hassle to run ignition 12V to inside of the lamp. Plus (and I will really highlight it) unless you mount the halos on TOP of the plastic beziel, not behind it, it wont serve its purpose during bright daylight.

good luck with retro, make sure to share pics and your thoughts!
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ontop... might look a bit stuck on after thought, i liked your behind the bezel for neatness, but if the light outputs not sufficient,

68.09 inc vat for the drl=off , its a ponder,,, for that i might just not fuss with it and cross fingers the E46 units dont suffer the same as the volvo ones have with 60%dipped/drl on
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ontop... might look a bit stuck on after thought, i liked your behind the bezel for neatness, but if the light outputs not sufficient,

68.09 inc vat for the drl=off , its a ponder,,, for that i might just not fuss with it and cross fingers the E46 units dont suffer the same as the volvo ones have with 60%dipped/drl on
putting it on top will look weird when off, but very good when on. Some people take the beziel completely out but the headlight still looks weird when off.
My way is best for OEM look and still serves the purpose, but that plastic defract loo much light.
Good thing is, you can test the halos yourself and experiment with it on your kitchen table. When your projector is out, just put the halo into headlamp and see how it looks when you put it behind beziel vs how it looks outside of lamp and you can decide. Also, experiment with distance from the beziel as closer you put halo to it, the less defracted light will be (but will look less unified). Find your sweet spot and voila
For powering up halos on the table you only need small 12v power suppy, either something ready-to-go or if you have none - use PC PSU as I did.

DRL Off - up to you, but price is defo reasonable :}
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Just had a reply from retrofit labs, out of stock on the H7's but offering me D2S units instead,which is nice of them to advise and offer.
you havent had a word have you to get them to tempt me to the "light side" hehehe. 4weeks restocking then its "project h7 lights". I was the tempted as D2S do give the best light going, but mot and all that,, changing headlight units is easy enough but,,, H7 takes all / any worry out for me
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Just had a reply from retrofit labs, out of stock on the H7's but offering me D2S units instead,which is nice of them to advise and offer.
you havent had a word have you to get them to tempt me to the "light side" hehehe. 4weeks restocking then its "project h7 lights". I was the tempted as D2S do give the best light going, but mot and all that,, changing headlight units is easy enough but,,, H7 takes all / any worry out for me
No, swear it wasnt me :P pity with stock out, but maybe I can interest you with alternative? I cant say much about them but I have feeling quality-wise is just the same as RHL's "aharon" brand. Dunno, maybe Im wrong, but I bet all of those are China made and similar quality.
There was a thread here with someone doing retro mod on chaep 40e projectors from Ebay (Mini D1 version, i think it was Tannaton?) with really good results so maybe worth a shot with H7 version?
dunno, just giving you ideas
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tbh with the 4ish weeks wait, it is what it is, retrofit labs seem to have a good rep and i can wait,

like you i suspect they are all "MiC" and of about the same quality, having bought far more from china than the uk for a couple of hobbys alibabba isnt an unknown, ill stick with retrolabs , they appear to have decent customer contact (so far), so "if",, then there maybe chance to Telephone and talk rather than,,well the CS i have had from Some china vendors ,,, "customer Scare" more than service,,,

But that listings photos have shown me what the bi-xenon filter thingy is , and the small electro magnet to twiddle (adjust) the shutter,, thats SO getting wired to the highbeams when they arrive and get fitted.
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But that listings photos have shown me what the bi-xenon filter thingy is , and the small electro magnet to twiddle (adjust) the shutter,, thats SO getting wired to the highbeams when they arrive and get fitted.
exactly. When current is applied, it just "snaps" with the small lever making shutter go down and expose full beam that is normally half-obstructed.
You will soon get used to hearing weird robotic "clank" when putting high beams on and you will learn to love it :}
I get hat you say ref RFL, if you are not in panic - wait for reputable seller.
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4weeks ish, Should put it firmly in the "its Brrrr cold" weather slot, perfect to headlights out , on the table in the warm and play , then 10mins (yeah right) to refit to the car.
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Looking to improve the lights on my C30 (beams already adjusted up, lenses clean... just a bit weak).

Assuming I want to stick to stock (H7 halogens) am I able to just fit these projectors and go?
Do I need to do anything with the shutter or can it just be left inoperative?
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Looking to improve the lights on my C30 (beams already adjusted up, lenses clean... just a bit weak).

Assuming I want to stick to stock (H7 halogens) am I able to just fit these projectors and go?
Do I need to do anything with the shutter or can it just be left inoperative?
if you can take the projectors our to clean them fitting the new ones is That easy,
the shutter, its up to you,
to connect them use the High beam wires, a simple splice will do the job or not use them as Highbeams on these are Outstanding , it wont harm anything to Not connect it , or indeed to connect it,
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