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      08-22-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Question About Headlights

Ok, so I myself and not a huge fan of the orange reflectors in the corners of the headlights. My question is, should the euro headlights be a direct swap for the US car? I know there's no real way to tell, since the car hasn't come out yet. I'm just new to BMWs and didn't know if anyone had done this with previous models.

While I know it is illegal to drive without orange reflectors in the headlights, I'd like to be able to swap in the clear corner headlights for pictures, car shows, etc.

Thanks for any input, just trying to keep the site going :thumbup:
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      08-22-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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Yes, they should fit, but nobody can tell you for 100% sure, since the car isn't even released.

I know they are a direct swap on the 3 series though, albeit a very expensive swap. There are also people that bake and open the headlight assembly on the 3 series, and remove the orange reflector. The effect is not the same as with the Euro-clear version, since the EUro version has a clear reflector (as compared to no reflector at all), so you see the bulb.
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      08-22-2007, 01:23 PM   #3
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Yes, they should fit, but nobody can tell you for 100% sure, since the car isn't even released.

I know they are a direct swap on the 3 series though, albeit a very expensive swap. There are also people that bake and open the headlight assembly on the 3 series, and remove the orange reflector. The effect is not the same as with the Euro-clear version, since the EUro version has a clear reflector (as compared to no reflector at all), so you see the bulb.
Ok cool thanks

Yah I really don't wanna bake open my headlights, I'd rather just get a new set. It's certainly not gonna be the first mod to the car, other things are way more important :headbang:
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      08-23-2007, 12:48 AM   #4
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remember - that headlights are often set for which side of the road you drive on. Switching left hand drive with right hand drive may not be the best thing!

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      08-23-2007, 02:11 AM   #5
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Ok, so I myself and not a huge fan of the orange reflectors in the corners of the headlights. My question is, should the euro headlights be a direct swap for the US car? I know there's no real way to tell, since the car hasn't come out yet. I'm just new to BMWs and didn't know if anyone had done this with previous models.

While I know it is illegal to drive without orange reflectors in the headlights, I'd like to be able to swap in the clear corner headlights for pictures, car shows, etc.

Thanks for any input, just trying to keep the site going :thumbup:
Unfortunately, the headlights will not be a direct swap for the US car. Because the Europeans drive on the left hand side of the road, the cut-off on the headlights are positioned differently. The cutoff on the US versions look something like this:
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European cutoff looks like this:
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Sorry if it doesn't look like much but that's the best I can come up with on this board. Hope it helps. The right side of the light is higher than the left on the US cutoff so that it can illuminate the signs on the road on the right side. For the Europeans, the left side is higher because all the road signs are on the left hand side. So if you swapped a US version for a Euro version, you'd be blinding alot of people in the oncoming traffic.
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UK is left drive, while the rest of Europe drives on the right.
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Just plan on opening up both of the casings, and removing said reflectors. DONE!

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Germany is not left drive, only UK. No worries, but will probably be expensive.
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