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m78



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Need euro headlight plugs/wires Reply with quote

Where can I get these?

Would they be available through the stealer?


I currently have the US ellipsoid and will be installing euro ellips.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think they are the same, or that is what I thought. I know the dealer does have them though.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the euro's may just plug in without any additional plugs or wires?


That would be very nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well got the headlights, and they do NOT simply plug right in.

The plug is a 2 prong plug, but the prongs are cylinder shaped as opposed to flat shaped, as my old headlights are.

Anyone know where I can buy an adaptor wire (preferable) or a wire with the correct harness, that i could adapt (non-preferable)?

I really do not wish to cut the plugs off both sides in order to do this. I will if I absolutely have to, but want to explore all other possibilities before coming to that conclusion.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turner Motorsport sells them, may be expensive.
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'll give them a call.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK

Turner doesn't sell just the wire harness by itself but gave me a part number for that:

63 12 8 357 401

it appears in bavauto as some kind of cover cap with no picture.

Anyone have access to part numbers and what exactly this part number is for?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since your car is an '88, I'm guessing you have the ellipsoidal headlights, and the bulbs are 5006/5001?
The car's connector is an oval plastic piece to go into the back of these bulbs.

All the Euro lights taking H4/H1 bulbs will have a USA standard 3 prong connector for the H4 on low beam, 2 prong connector for the H1 on high beam.

Go to a salvage yard for BMWs, and cut off those 4 connectors from an 84-87 E30, or 90-91, and splice them into your wiring.
Super easy, low beam is 3 wires, low beam, high beam, ground
high beam is just high beam 12v and ground.

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Oops, I think you mean this style Euro-Ellipsoidal lights.
What type of bulb do these take? Find a car sold in USA that takes the same bulbs and grab the connectors from that car at the salvage yard.

Check this article out:
http://bmw.e30tuner.com/articles_eurolight.php




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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the ellipsoids, the bulbs should be 9005/9006
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dale.

That link depicts exactly what I have.

I'll try the junk yards. Also will check with the stealer. They should sell, the wires as well.

A little disappointed though, as I thought I was receiving some headlights with replaceable bulbs. The euro sealed beams will undoubtedly provide improved lighting, but not being able to replace the bulbs is definitely a downer.

Before I go any further with this, are there any euro plug and play ellipsoids available for the 88 with replaceable bulbs?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those lights should definitely have replaceable bulbs! Euro lights have all had replaceable bulbs since the 70s, are you sure these don't?

Would you post a picture of the back of the new light assembly?
If you have trouble posting pics, email it to me and I'll put it up.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M78 - have you found the parts needed for the conversion?

I've got an '88 325iC also, and I want to use the euro ellipsoids as well. My lenses are cracked and a bulb is blown, so now would be a great time Smile I just want to make sure that this job is do-able.

Thanks,
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale,

It appears that they are sealed, or perhaps glued together on the back of the lights.




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I checked the realoem database for euro-spec E30, and it appears that the bulbs are replaceable. I think you have to heat the area with the glue, then twist the bulb out?

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