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Old 01-11-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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E46 headlights preface lift vs facelift.

Hi I was just curious if anyone knew if the two headlights were able to interchange? Is all that's required just a change in the lenses?

Thanks! Been hearing things so was just curious
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:45 AM   #2
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yes, you change swap the inner and outer lenses between 99-01 sedans, 2000-2003 coupe and 2002-2005 sedan headlights but you cant swap the lenses between 2004-2006 coupes
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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Thanks although I'm still sort of confused. When you speak of lenses are you talking in regards to the clear plastic piece? What about the entire housing itself?
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:57 PM   #4
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The housings are the same, the inner and outer lenses are different but are interchangeable between headlights
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:58 PM   #5
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So the outer lens... Would be the cover of the housing? And the inner is? Do you happen to have a part number? May help clarify things better.

Thanks again! Appreciate it
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:01 PM   #6
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Don't have the part numbers but where the bulbs go in is the housing. The outside lenses and the inner bezels transfer able, the bezels sit right behind the outside lense
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:33 PM   #7
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Hmm so with that being said... Is using a preface lift xenon headlights a direct transfer into a face lifted e46? Are there any additional parts I will need? Or is it simply an adjustment of parts from the old headlights
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:34 PM   #8
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Simple swap, I would say take your headlight and ask the guy to swap it to show you and it's also plug and play, it's honestly the easiest swap you can do lol
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