Have I been waiting for this! The old-style, dull looking, pre-facelift headlights have finally made way for some updated, clear lens units. The new headlights started life as original halogen equipped Hella's. Before I took command of them, some LED bulbs had already been installed to give the angel eyes some more brightness.
That's a cute mod, but nothing like what was in store for them. I'm a sucker for projector headlights. They can really make or break a (modern) car for me, just like a set of wheels and springs can. The by now 30 year old BMW 325i E30 had these things fitted as standard, so why are reflector headlights still around today?
I don't know either, but I can get rid of the dated look of these main beams by high-jacking the projectors out of the old units and refitting them right in here.
After some struggling around, and getting everything to fit nicely, the lights were ready to be sealed and mounted back together.
To me, this takes the car to a whole new level. Mind you, BMW chose to only offer quad projectors from the F10 5-series on.
To match the front, some "facelift" replica tail lights were installed. Unlike the pro's of choosing originals for the front (such as the shroud and halo design), the con's of original facelift tails were mighty. To me, hammering out the body to make them fit, was not an interesting proposition.
These replica's do look a bit plasticky in real life. I'm currently looking into a way to hide that, such as a tint spray or foil. The side markers were also swapped for some clear ones, to match the clear indicators in the headlights and taillights.
Finally, the license plate lights were updated too. I went with some LED versions that have a relatively subtle blue-whiteish hue to them.
To see the modding of the headlights and the installation of all these parts, we made this little video:
I started work on getting the wheels off and to see how we can get this thing to sit a bit nicer.