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Old 08-08-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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going from Euro RHD to Euro LHD headlamps

My 1990 325i M Technic from Japan has E-code headlamps, but the beam pattern is for RHD market.

Will the fitment of E code lamps designed to be retrofit to North American-spec E30s be suitable, or do I need to source lamps from Europe?
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:58 AM   #2
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I'm not 100% sure but I think you can rotate the metal plate behind the projector.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Wow! That would be excellent - thanks for the tip. I'm researching it now.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:30 AM   #4
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Haven't has the elipsoid projectors apart in a while, used to have trouble with moisture when running HIDs. I remember I had to check the reflector was correct because there is 2 or more positions. The optical lens reverses light by the way.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:14 AM   #5
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Funny I have exactly the same problem on mine, also imported from Japan. I never thought to see if anything can be flipped around, I figured I'd have to replace the lights. @Stirling if you make any progress please post back
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You don't need to flip or swap anything, just rotate 25 degrees. Both lights should angle up on the curb side. Your bigger problem is drive through windows and left hand turns. Lol
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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In my case the car itself is LHD, it's just the lights are set up for being in an RHD country.

Apparantly there's an enthusiast community in Japan who like LHD German cars, just like the RHD JDM guys here...
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Oh, western style?
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Oh, western style?
In Japan you could buy LHD or RHD version of Europan cars from an official dealer. Back in the 90-s LHD cars were outselling RHD cars.


Anyway, I don't think there is a lever on E30 and there is definitely no lever on the E36.

The lever thing was introduced on E39 and I believe it is on Xenon cars only. Also as far as I know, it doesn't actually switch from RHD to LHD mode it just flattens the beam.
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In my case the car itself is LHD, it's just the lights are set up for being in an RHD country.

Apparantly there's an enthusiast community in Japan who like LHD German cars, just like the RHD JDM guys here...
I've always found this strange. In fact there are some models that were Japan-only (one version of the 840Ci) that were only available as LHD. And the Japan-only Alpina B8 4.0 were also all LHD.
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Given all the crazy restrictions their government puts on cars, I also find it very strange.
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