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Old 11-09-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Best E36 headlights

Which set up is consider the best? I can't see very well at night with the factory set up, I want it to work well at night, last a long time, nothing fancy.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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Good thread. I'd like to know as well.
eBay has soo many phoney "depo" models.
Sux when the imitators have imitators
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
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If you don't want anything fancy, swapping in a good set of 4300k HIDs would work.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:05 AM   #4
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zkw's, with 75 watt hid's and whatever your preferred temp may be 6000k, 5000k, i forget wat temp projects the most lumens...
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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3500-5000 is best for luminosity, also doesn't look ricertastic. 4300k is OEM.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #6
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ZKW or Bosch euros are best if you want to spend the money.
If not Depos or DJ Auto from DDM are decent for the price.

Don't even think about those one piece piles of crap from eBay.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:03 PM   #7
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I have ZKW with 6k HID. Works well and doesn't look ricey.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:31 PM   #8
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Bosch or ZKW! There are pairs in great shape on bimmerforums all the time for $300-350. HID's are good for output but look pretty rice in an e36 regardless of intensity. I know because I had them.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:19 AM   #9
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Bosch.

Depo's are garbage.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:22 AM   #10
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Bosch.

Depo's are garbage.
Maybe, but they are still an upgrade from the us spec units.
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Maybe, but they are still an upgrade from the us spec units.
Maybe for optics. But the build quality is terrible. Depo's WILL break. The plastic is unbelievably brittle.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:35 AM   #12
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meh the only time you can possibly break depos is when you are installing them, so unless your a giant ogre with ogre hands, you should be fine, thats not to say there a high quality product, but the projectors and glass are perfect, they look and work very well
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:12 AM   #13
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all of them are prone to breakage especially old/used bosch units(old plastic is old plasitc)

moral of the story is to handle any headlight you have with care.

hid kit in any of mentioned headlights is rice because they are halogen projectors not meant for hid lighting.
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meh the only time you can possibly break depos is when you are installing them, so unless your a giant ogre with ogre hands, you should be fine, thats not to say there a high quality product, but the projectors and glass are perfect, they look and work very well
My experience with DEPO brand headlights has always been great... not sure about knock off DEPO but the real stuff is great especially considering the price point.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:59 PM   #15
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My experience with DEPO brand headlights has always been great... not sure about knock off DEPO but the real stuff is great especially considering the price point.
Where did you get yours from?
eBay is full of replica depos
If I'm gonna get a replica,I'd want the depos, not some other brand riding off the depo name
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