View Full Version : opening E36 headlight assembly

07-15-2003, 12:51 AM
I know I asked this before, but can someone tell me please, how to open the headlight? Everyone says it can't be done without breaking it, but I know that somebody has to know how, thanks.

07-15-2003, 03:52 AM
NOPE, can't be done, its plastic one piece, thats one of the reasons why the european headlight assembly is better!!

07-15-2003, 04:26 AM
it can be done..it just has to be heated up really hot so the silicone melts i guess..the risk of breaking it is extreme i've been researching about this for awhile.

i think somebody on this board has done it

y do u want to open them up? if ur trying to clean them then that's not the way to go.

r u trying to add demons?

07-15-2003, 04:34 AM
I'm going to spray the highbeams yellow. (NOBODY COPY)

07-15-2003, 04:49 AM
Originally posted by low_bmw
I'm going to spray the highbeams yellow. (NOBODY COPY)
wouldn't worry too much about people copying THAT idea, since most members here DO NOT like to RICE out their BM's!!

07-15-2003, 04:59 AM
how is that RICED out. That's pure european super touring shit.

07-15-2003, 03:25 PM
It's not worth the hassle. You risk warping the headlight lense when baking it at low temperatures. It may never fit on the housing again. Your best bet it just to buy euro ellipsoids. I'm sure you can afford them if you can afford to fix all the damage to your car from being too low.
They're only $300 shipped, and look great.

07-15-2003, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by low_bmw
how is that RICED out. That's pure european super touring shit.
in that case, i'm gonna give it a try too, since it IS pure "european super touring shit" :cool: !!
Hey contra, where can you pick up ellipsoids for $300??
Is that US, or CAN.?!
And are they Hella's or the knockoff's?!

07-15-2003, 03:50 PM
Soldomatic: actually they're ~$250+shipping CDN.
R_Jay just bought some as well from ebay.

Here's another one for $260 for buyitnow or $240 if you risk bidding.


07-15-2003, 03:57 PM
So you got em off EBAY?!
And what kind are they, they OEM hellz/zkw?!

07-15-2003, 03:59 PM
They're by djauto. They're almost identical to hellas, and have a very clean and sharp cutoff. They're not blurry like some ZKW's i've seen.

07-15-2003, 04:10 PM
blurry like ZKW?!?!
i thought HELLA and ZKW were the best ones!

07-15-2003, 04:37 PM
I just read about issues people had with certain batches of ZKW's. But I guess it could happen with any company really. ZKW took over making the lights for Bosch I believe, but the Bosch ones were better made.

For $250, you can't really go wrong. If you're still skeptical, then pay more for a better name. I know I'm happy with mine, and the HID's even work great in them too. They were also cheap enough to risk doing some extra mods I have planned too.

07-15-2003, 04:49 PM
right on, hey, this is the third thread i'm askin you, so if you don't wanna repeat yourself, just link the thread you originally posted the answer, if you did, how much for the ballasts for the hids?!

07-15-2003, 04:52 PM
It varies. I get them usually for about $75 to $150 a pair depending on if they come with bulbs or not.
I never pay more than $150.

07-15-2003, 04:53 PM
WOW, so your tellin me, it'd cost me TOPS 150 to get a XENON upgrade, how, are the ballasts used?

07-15-2003, 05:02 PM
to break it down, roughly it will cost you:

Hard Way:

$250+shipping for ellipsoids
$150 shipped for ballasts+ 4300k bulbs
$50 for adapter rings (if you didn't get any) to fit the ellipsoids
Total = $450
*requires some modification if you don't get adapter rings*

Easy Way (the route I ended up going after much experimentation)

$250 for the ellipsoids
$100 for ballasts without bulbs
$150 for H1 6000k HID bulbs
Total $500 (or $550 if you got more expensive ballasts w/ bulbs)
*plug and play baby!*

Was it worth it? Definately! The car not only looks newer with the ellipsoids, but the HID is amazing!
The ballasts and bulbs should last the entire time you own the car, so the cost is alot less than halogens in the long run.

07-15-2003, 05:04 PM
Alright, i'm actually REALLY considering those ellipsoids you linked me to ebay with, and if i get those, you mind helpin me out with the whole HID process in the near future?!
I know what i'm doing with most mechanics, but electric wires and things isn't exactly my specialty!!

07-15-2003, 05:06 PM
Sure I can help. I highly recommend the H1 bulbs though. They made it sooooooo easy that I kicked myself for not getting them earlier. It's worth not getting the headaches I had modifying the bases of the regular bulbs, even though they still worked in the end.

p.s. I know of a way to let you CHOOSE the colour your bulb emits as well with ellipsoids. It's so easy you'll laugh when I show you.

07-15-2003, 05:21 PM
awesome, if i do get the ones off ebay i'll be coming to you soon enough, THANKS MAN, appreciate it!