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      12-17-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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tekarbon angel eyes

i just recently got a bmw so please cut me some slack if i ask ignorant questions haha but i tried looking for the answer elsewhere and couldnt find it so basically i imagine once i get the angel eyes from tekarbon they replace my current lights correct? with that said are they as bright or brighter than my current xenon's?

also more importantly i havent been able to find any DYI article about removing my headlights can anyone help a brother out before i break something i shouldn't?

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you send them in, and they do the delicate install. its not a DYI
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      12-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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I think he means removing the headlight housing from the car, in order to send them in.
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As Roffle says, you send yours to them, they mod them, you re-install them.

To remove you need to take off the bumper. DIY here. Can't recall if it two or four bolts that hold on the headlights, but it s/b obvious. Make sure you make several benchmarks (draw an outline with a marker) so that you can reinstall in exactly the same place. The headlights have a lot of play, and if you don't follow this step it's going to be PITA to get them back in the same position.

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      12-17-2011, 05:32 PM   #5
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I've taken the front bumper off so many times that I can do it in a few minutes, heh
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      12-17-2011, 07:21 PM   #6
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how can you take off the bumper so easy?? alway that I take off my bumper I brake the brackets, I have purchased 4 pairs of brackets
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      12-17-2011, 07:54 PM   #7
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hm i never outlined shit when removing my headlights lol i hope its not as hard as you say to re install them aligned correctly.

and yeah i've taken off that bumper at least 10 times now lol i think im gettin pretty good at it!
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hm i never outlined shit when removing my headlights lol i hope its not as hard as you say to re install them aligned correctly.
It's not bad, but it def makes it easier
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It's not bad, but it def makes it easier
is it just a matter of tightening one bolt more than another?
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      12-17-2011, 08:20 PM   #10
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not really; there's a lot of movement because the holes are so large.
The bottom outside mount has in-out adjustment that tips the whole assembly.
The main thing is to line it up with the body lines.
The lights themselves can always be re-aimed afterwards.
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how can you take off the bumper so easy?? alway that I take off my bumper I brake the brackets, I have purchased 4 pairs of brackets
they're broken, don't worry

but yeah, there's a way to grab the edge of the bumper near those brackets so they're not over-stressed
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      12-17-2011, 10:27 PM   #12
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I've had mine off at least 5 times w/o breaking the brackets.
I use trim removal tools to pop it out
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I've had mine off at least 5 times w/o breaking the brackets.
I use trim removal tools to pop it out
I need to learn that trick. Just broke both of mine at $30 a pop
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      02-19-2012, 05:47 PM   #14
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I need to learn that trick. Just broke both of mine at $30 a pop
ouch!
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I'm gonna try mine with a lot of patients, and crossed fingers.
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ouch!
How did you pack yours when you sent them to Eric?
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two separate boxes & lots of bubble wrap
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The trick is not to grab the bumper up by the fender. When you do you are also grabbing the bracket. Move your hand down about four inches and get it between the bumper and fender liner. Then pull straight out.

Works every time...

How NOT to do it:


Correct hand placement:
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two separate boxes & lots of bubble wrap
Assume insured for $2000 or so? Going to call Eric and try to get them out tomorrow. Think I might lightly smoke my clear strip. Not sure yet. Will sleep on it.
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So purty aint she? Replacing both Ducts also where tabs broken off.

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You don't have to replace the brake ducts just because the two tabs broke.

The same happened to my left duct due to the track indecent. The fix was this:

Go to HomeDept or Lowes and get two plastic bolts, the corresponding plastic nuts and two plastic washers.

Now mark the duct where the tab is and drill a hole in that spot. Now run the plastic bolt up through the duct and into the mount and tighten with the nut..

This is even better than stock because the duct does not move around anymore. I like this mounting method so much, I even did it to the other 'good' side.

The parts cost about $5.00 vs. $100 for two ducts....
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The trick is not to grab the bumper up by the fender. When you do you are also grabbing the bracket. Move your hand down about four inches and get it between the bumper and fender liner. Then pull straight out.

Works every time...
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Plus I used a hard piece of plastic (old credit card) & force it into the gap which releases the tabs.
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