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jsoto 10-10-2018 12:20 PM

Multi LED Amber Turn
 
Rice or Not
Up close, IMO does not look good

If only it could be dark 24/7 cause I think from a distance, it would look sharp

Everything just short of the corner turns will be deleted

https://www.ebay.com/itm/UHP-LED-Ang...1167%7Ciid%3A1

Ricky Bobby 10-10-2018 02:13 PM

I personally like the "traditional DEPO" ones better than the LED amber turn -



https://www.ebay.com/itm/DEPO-LED-An...8AAOxytdlQ~NUk


Although, they are $120 or so less if you want the "new look" LED turns -


Could always buy the halogen Depos separate for $250-275 and buy the LED rings $180 from fishcake321, then just retrofit your projector of choice, something TSX or FXR size should work well -

jsoto 10-10-2018 02:37 PM

Oh boi.
The Irony. Literally in spring of 2018, I put in the trash a huge box - 2 OE Hella E53 headlights, misc. light parts , etc. This was my backup to a backup per se.

Now I start from ground zero, to some degree

Ricky Bobby 10-10-2018 02:46 PM

I hear you on that - I tossed my OE E53 lights, 2003 made, because of the "permaseal" which was near impossible to get open without hours and hours of baking and labor and razor blades, back in 2014.


Now I go on Lightwerkz website and he is opening Permaseal lights with a needle tipped chemical applicator, Morimoto or TRS came out with a chemical that literally eats the permaseal adhesive so they can be opened.


Really wish I would have had them now that the permaseal can be addressed easier - I still have a slight rotation issue which is barely noticeable on the road, from my retrofit. I have EvoXR projectors though and the better optics and xenon high beam were well worth the effort, using the popular "Spyder" housings which can be found on Ebay (they look like facelift lights)

Ricky Bobby 10-10-2018 03:44 PM

You should take a trip to Lightwerkz in Oakland NJ - dude knows his stuff and the game is much different than 5 years ago, but he is definitely not the "cut a hole and JB weld it" type, they always use mounting screws and nuts on the bowls and double and triple check alignment before - he aligns well off or on the truck, marking the reference points on the housing and he told me 99.9% of the time its spot on, save for your adjustments.


Hard to explain I'll have to post up a pic, but Lightwerkz did tell me when he was doing the install that the aftermarket housings on the Spyder lights were not as precise as OE and he knew without finishing the install I might have a slight rotation issue, its never bothered me enough as on the road its barely noticeable unless you know what you're looking for.


Almost like when looking out at the beam pattern at 25-30 feet the DS projector is twisted a bit counterclockwise, around 2:00 if you will, while the PS projector is about 3:30 - I've used the adjusters to take most of it out, so its about 90% and drivable, but one of those things -



I may send the pair back to him and pay him for the upgrade to the new EvoXR 2.0 along with replacing the ring (I'm getting too old to spend half a day hemming and hawwing with lighting adjustments and baking headlights), and hopefully he can adjust them to have the rotation be 100%



The light housings have bolt on mounts for the Hella E55 style projector so it was different than a traditional install using screws on the reflector

Ricky Bobby 10-11-2018 09:22 AM

Depo's sound like the way to go if you are "starting fresh" - I know the rings have proved reliable and are super bright - its just I don't think the xenon projector that comes in them is very good, would rather have something better in there

mr_robot 10-11-2018 10:04 AM

I don't like the projector shrouds they use, all those lines ::smh::

Jsoto I see you live in NYC. I have some used leftover parts if you want for good cheap price.

I have 2 D2S Morimoto 3" projectors, 2 Mishimoto OE Ballast and Osram or maybe Philips D2S bulbs if you are interested.

jsoto 10-11-2018 10:22 AM

Hi MR. R -

Got pics. I'm sure me and RB are curious.

LOL, I did the amber part probably looks good at night (if not cold flicker, which I'm sure there will be)

itsbrokeagain 10-11-2018 06:01 PM

so nice you older guys have a solution for your headlights. Us facelift trucks have to deal with crappy looking aftermarket or just spend loot for xenons. My lenses are starting to cloud and they need to be polished and clear bra put over them to keep them from hazing again.

Guess I'll stick to my halogens for a while.

jsoto 10-11-2018 06:21 PM

IBG - they have chems that will work to soften up the glue

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/mo...permaseal.html

crystalworks 10-12-2018 11:50 AM

Just cut them open. Much "easier." That's a relative statement of course. ;)

mr_robot 10-12-2018 12:04 PM

On the E70 the lens getting so messed up they sell just the clear lenses for $150 or so.

Also being permasealed people cut the lens off with a dremel/oscillating tool.

Once the lens is cut off you can then take a screw driver or chisel and remove all the seal.

But I haven't seen anyone who sells replacement lenses for the e53.


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jsoto 10-12-2018 12:15 PM

We're working on 10, 11, 12, 13+ year housings.

IMO, the correct recourse is just buy new shells and redo from there.
Aged mounts, nice new clear lenses. In my current one, the leveling rod is broken so my DS is dipped.

If you're going to the trouble of cracking it open to install something, these are the Pro's that I would consider by going with new shells

crystalworks 10-12-2018 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mr_robot (Post 1144042)
On the E70 the lens getting so messed up they sell just the clear lenses for $150 or so.

Also being permasealed people cut the lens off with a dremel/oscillating tool.

Once the lens is cut off you can then take a screw driver or chisel and remove all the seal.

But I haven't seen anyone who sells replacement lenses for the e53.

I did find a seller once... and wish I would have ordered them when I did. They have been NLA for about a year from that source. There were ~$120/pair if memory serves. For removal I found that heating up the housing plastic and cutting with a razor blade is the fastest and cleanest method of removal. Then you can use a hook/pic tool to dig out all the adhesive from under the lens. When you reassemble it looks almost undetectable if done well.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsoto (Post 1144043)
We're working on 10, 11, 12, 13+ year housings.

IMO, the correct recourse is just buy new shells and redo from there.
Aged mounts, nice new clear lenses. In my current one, the leveling rod is broken so my DS is dipped.

If you're going to the trouble of cracking it open to install something, these are the Pro's that I would consider by going with new shells

I'd totally agree if new shells weren't $1400 for Xenon with ALS. :wow:

crystalworks 10-12-2018 12:46 PM

Well... BimmerJakes has the facelifted lenses at the moment. But at a premium. $329!!! Yikes. Really wish I would have bought them when they were cheaper.

https://www.bimmerjakes.com/en/home/...eft_right-pair

jsoto 10-12-2018 12:50 PM

Alibaba !

mr_robot 10-12-2018 12:57 PM

Right now I have EURO lights just sitting in my living room. Debating to open them to mod or not but don't want to mess something up as these are worth it's weight in GOLD lol.

Plus its RHD but I found that there is a lever inside to switch them to LHD which I thought was pretty cool

jsoto 10-12-2018 01:07 PM

Mr Robot - if you can find the right buyer - which I doubt. That very narrow market has sailed already. I have the underride guard with my tile saw sitting on top of it. Always considered flipping it but decided I'm keeping it till the truck is out of my possession. I know I would have sellers remorse with that.

crystalworks 10-12-2018 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsoto (Post 1144047)
Alibaba !

They only have the prefacelift. :(

jsoto 10-12-2018 01:10 PM

Heh. Are you constantly searching fleabay with a search alert.

YEARS ago, I scored some OE seat skins - the right ones too, color and sport !
AFAIK, RealOEM only offered full seats.
That was a godsend of a golden unicorn purchase right there. One of the better buys I've done....well, aside from the upholstery shop. Good upholstery shops cost $$$ The price is the price per se.

mr_robot 10-12-2018 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crystalworks (Post 1144052)
They only have the prefacelift. :(

https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...6030cf79aeO5AK

crystalworks 10-12-2018 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mr_robot (Post 1144054)

Wonder why that didn't pop up with my search... better than bimmerjake's price for sure. Though I've never purchased off Alibaba before, I've heard it is pretty reliable as long as you vet the seller.

Edit: 5 set minimum purchase!!! :wow:

mr_robot 10-12-2018 03:18 PM

But is min 5 set order so maybe start a group buy.

Alibaba is more for wholesalers, Aliexpress is more for consumers.

jsoto 10-12-2018 03:18 PM

Iíve only done 1 purchase with them myself but alibaba tracks the package etc etc

I did use a one time digital CC card but it was all good as far as how alibaba confirms both sides of the transaction per se - I was a skeptic as well !


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