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E46 Bi-Xenon (budget) retrofit

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Old Mar 14th, 2019, 18:31   #71
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In a bit of a rush as I type this but here are some pics of the D2S projectors with LED bulbs, mind you they were aimed at the clouds but the light output was much improved - further tweaks are to be had but one of the ball and socket joints is slightly broken on the right headlamp (so pops off and aims high, need to glue this) and the left one's horizontal adjuster just snapped off like chocolate... :'(

WORD OF WARNING - if you have facelift headlamps >07', then you WILL have to cut the corners off the bottom base mounting plate with a Dremel and smooth back as much as possible, this will make fitting just better all round using just the two top screw which are adequate enough.
Before removing the old projectors you may need to create a sufficient gap to remove the hidden screw by clockwise turning the vertical adjuster otherwise you may damage the socket joint.

You can see some pics here and I should note - the light output pics were taken last night before I chopped the bottom base corners off (also pictured):

https://i.ibb.co/BB5SyhG/D2-S-LED-Off.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/BCX1P4h/D2-S-LED-Low-Beam.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/t85FS6q/D2-S-LED-Full-Beam.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/gT7xL1x/Ball-and-Socket.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/S5d0yQr/D2-S-Mod-1.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/f0DnTWZ/D2-S-Mod-2.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/McpcC7Y/D2-S-Mod-3-Cut.jpg
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Old Mar 15th, 2019, 16:25   #72
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You can see some pics here and I should note - the light output pics were taken last night before I chopped the bottom base corners off (also pictured):

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thanks for pics, nice!
can you shot 1 pic in front of a wall, when you get a chance?
want to see the pattern and cutoff on vertical surface (road lightup looks interesting)...
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Old Mar 15th, 2019, 17:26   #73
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I failed to get a close to wall cut off pattern but it's not bad -
The cut off shows the staggered slant of the shutter quite clearly, but what I have done is matched up the lower level of the left side to the higher level of the right side. I don't seem to have any artifacts either which after 2-3 days of fiddling is nice - I discovered that anti-clockwise on the black hex adjuster lowers the beam and clockwise raises it, not sure about the horizontal one as the side I want to adjust doesn't have an adjuster anymore!
It feels like playing Russian roulette in terms of snapping the adjusters but quite happy with the pattern and output as it is right now, can't see any further need do anything to be honest.

I've got 6 more images from last night on the same road.
Using the beam adjustment dial I go through Low, mid, and high aim on the low and high beam.

https://i.ibb.co/7KnGmcr/1-Low-Beam-Low.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/5Tv60cN/2-Low-Beam-Mid.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/pRjvhgC/3-Low-Beam-High.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/4WNnNGF/1-High-Beam-Low.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/g4hYw7q/2-High-Beam-Mid.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/b7C2s66/3-High-Beam-High.jpg


EDIT - HIGH BEAM SHUTTER NOT WIRED IN YET
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wow, to be honest THATS the max level you should have it on at dipped beam, atleast thats how it looks from photos. When you do all 3 pics one by one (like GIF) it looks like you are raising up the lights towards tree crowns...
maybe pic is misleading, dunno

those 2 empty "holes" just below the car looks a bit weird also... wall pic will reveal if there are any issues or not, but just doday I was discussing this pic with a friend (s40 2008 with LED H7) and I am baffled how bad some applications can be...

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Yobbo, just to compare - my low/high beam and wall pics, maybe will be handy to see.
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Old Mar 15th, 2019, 18:28   #76
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Yobbo, just to compare - my low/high beam and wall pics, maybe will be handy to see.
My battle scarred iPhone 5 is not the best for pictures haha...

Yeah, the majority of the time I have my beam adjuster set to the lowest or a couple notches above, I never get flashed at all.
Though the other night when the sockets popped off a guy in front flashed his hazards, turned his lights on and off, then pulled along side and verbalised something like "Nice f**king Volvo mate!" or at least that's I'm telling myself...
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