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Old 02-11-2013, 10:07 PM
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I'm reluctant to do this as the new lights w/xenons are $1500 if I screw this up. That and it's my wife's car (already did my E46 successfully 5 years ago) and I can't have the car without headlights for more that a few days. That means I really need to plan this well in advance, and have a DIY for reference. I will be more than happy to do a pictorial DIY after but that means ill need to gather a lot of reference materials before I start. Can we start posting relevant links here?
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:21 PM
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lets start with the items...

You have the CCFLs inside the headlights.

When the CCFLs are activated, the front PDC is constantly beeping, (and the rear one probably is not reacting to any obstacles)

The CCFLs are aftermarket items that were inserted into the headlights by baking them open.

The CCFLs are using ballasts, one per each headlight.

The ballasts could be 1. inside the headlight, or 2. outside the headlight

Regardless of where the ballasts are, the require 12 VDC in order to operate.

The voltage can be supplied to the ballasts by many different ways - can you specify how exactly the ballasts are fed?

Depending on your particular setup, you might not need to open the headlights...

give us a detailed rundown, i am a lettle bit slow, so i like the details... lol...
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Here's a starting point :

DIY Facelift Coupe Angel Eyes - E46Fanatics

and a good video : BMW Angel Eyes Installation Video (Part 1 of 3) with Projector Headlights - YouTube

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:54 PM
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according to your link, and the further link to FastM.com (2003.5 BMW M3) - DIY Guide for CCFL Angel Eyes, there is a relay that feeds power to the igniters/ballasts.

Is this the case in your installation? Do you have a relay that is described in that link?
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:57 PM
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Yes, I bought the wiring harness/relay and installed it on my e46.
I imagine the X3 install will need the same and remote lighting hookup to the footwell , under the glove compartment.
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so, according to the write up, there is a "trigger" wire that goes from that relay to the ECU, in order to ignite the CCFLs when the engine is running.

That "trigger" wire is THE wire of interest.

If you confirm that particular setup applies to your install, we can take it further to get the PDC issue resolved...
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Yup, this trigger wire exactly applied to the E46 I installed. I used the trigger wire exactly as shown in the fastM posts and the FastM DIY you have posted here.
I don't have PDC in the X3.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by lwc1986 View Post
Hi everyone, Just installed CCFL angel eyes found a couple of ways to wire them up and they light up and look good. The problem I have when they are switched on they interfere with the front parking sensors by making them constant beep.

I have tried wiring them up to the accessory wire and through the headlights and still it interferes with the front PDC. As soon as I disconnect them the pdc is back to normal.

Any ideas would be great!

Thanks

ps I have a 2004 2.5se x3

hahaha...

i was running off the OP post, where he was complaining about the PDC and the CCFLs...

I guess, none of my responses apply to you... I do not know about baking the X3 lights but the wiring is probably the same
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