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Old 10-06-2018, 03:57 PM
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Custom Headlights - Just wanna scream

These are the Depos - the forum consensus loves and raves right ?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/00-03-BMW-E...xa85V2&vxp=mtr


I'm looking at older threads. Can anyone confirm if the inside shroud is larger ....aka, larger ring



You guys now how much the E53 needs servicing so for sure. Headlights get removed for access, etc. I think one or 2 of the wires coming off the headlight pigtal is shot. And its short stubs - going to be a trick to solder/splice repair.

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Old 10-06-2018, 04:30 PM
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fug it. Am I asking for a world of hurt if I do a round 2 with DTM eyes and the works....
sh1t - I should not even be considering this...
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Recent repair of relay where the pins were broken off completely. Send pics of the pigtail I'll help you figure out the best repair.
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Did you do custom Depo's or OE lights yourself? Would love to see some pics



And yes the Depo's have a larger ring on the middle (inside) they are staggered sizes - they are slightly different sized than the OEM lights 128/160mm sizes -
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Just bought these DEPO headlights.. contemplating if i want to break the seal and install LED rings instead of replacing all those T5 bulbs. Seller stated there are 4-6 in each ring..
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:20 AM
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^Bake the Depo's and buy the LED rings from fishcake321 on Ebay - you can add some sealant to them and retrofit a projector if you want at the same time -



The T5 bulbs look spotty and replacing the bulbs will not make them look less spotty -
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Trent -

If you have the means, put some PPF on it from Day 1. It defintely keep [email protected]

For everyone else, for the Wiki, YMMV, but if one decides to have it professionally done, them having the car IMO is the only proper way to have it done, as the cutoff alignment IMO cannot be properly done with them physically having it on the car and confirming this at 25-30 feet.

I can go on and on about things to look out for, but just apply the general rule in life - research the f*&^ out of it.
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Interested to see what you land on.

I'm still happy with mine but I will need to replace the lenses soon. Will be much easier to open this time around as I removed all the permaseal goop at the first retrofit of the led rings and deleting of reflector.
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True, a ton of options for sure. I went with the ones I've used for years (10+) and haven't had any ring failures. They are the semi with the flat top. I forget the diameter. I know RB and I talked about it extensively before I did them so I could probably look at the old communique.

I'm more curious to see what you do with the projectors themselves. The e53's are okay, especially with some nighbreakers in them, but I've seen much cleaner and sharper cutoff lines for sure.

Funny thing, the jinx is real. Went outside awhile ago to load something into the X5 and noticed the rings did not illuminate upon unlock but still worked upon ACC/run position. Investigated a bit and found that the 5pin relay I used had crapped out after 2 years. Have many on hand so easy fix... just funny the timing having just replied saying I was happy with mine.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:26 AM
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^I agree with you - sometimes the newest best brightest technology takes some time to become proficient and reliable, think about the old days with the original few versions of Morimoto rings, they were NEVER reliable -



that seller in Hong Kong who sells the semi circle E53 ring sets, with the relay harness, for E53, seems to be reliable and for the price it looks "period correct"
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