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      03-08-2012, 01:08 AM   #1
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Clear Corner Conversion possibility, maybe save some money?

I tried looking around the forums but couldn't really find anything like this, so I decided to share it. Sorry for the iPhone photos. I've had a broken 1 Series headlight sitting in my garage at my disposal for over a year now and it wasn't until last week that I wanted to figure out how we could maybe do our own homebrew clear corners. So our silly testing began.



Pried open the light with force since we could care less about the seal at this point. But once we got it opened, I was a little surprised to say the least.





As you can see, the amber is of course one solid plastic piece. Notice in the third picture above that the piece clips into the silver housing, making it easy to take out.






I'm not too keen on what it takes to produce plastic, but essentially couldn't an aftermarket company who was willing enough be able to manufacture a clear plastic piece matching these dimensions?

I'm thinking about taking it somewhere by a shop and getting their input, but I wanted to share all of this with you guys first so I could see what you all thought. Could there be a not so terrible solution instead of paying for the quality of those oem Euro lights?

I don't know too much about production and materials, but could it really be possible?

I only hope
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Essentially this is what BavarianX on the forums does. It takes a lot of work, and would essentially void your headlight warranty (costly if anything were to go wrong) due to not sealing properly etc...

Cool finding never the less.
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Essentially this is what BavarianX on the forums does. It takes a lot of work, and would essentially void your headlight warranty (costly if anything were to go wrong) due to not sealing properly etc...

Cool finding never the less.
Correct, it would be pretty cool if a side company developed said pieces and teamed up with BavarianX, but I can only dream right?
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Did u try to put the lens back without that piece to see how it look?
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Did u try to put the lens back without that piece to see how it look?
without the piece, the corner bulb is MUCH MUCH too bright for street use. the cover acts as a light diffuser making it bearable to look at it when it's lit up, without the piece however, the light is as bright as the sun haha
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When I had my 06 STi, I baked the headlights, painted the orange black or whatever color you want then put it all back together then put epoxy around edges and put it back in the oven for a min and sealed it together... I'm a little hesitant to try that with my 135i headlight.. hahah but looks promising..
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Did you kill three people during the process of removing the headlight front cover? Haha a lot of bro legs everywhere.
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Did you kill three people during the process of removing the headlight front cover? Haha a lot of bro legs everywhere.
The bro legs actually helped me pry this god forsaken light down and pry the front cover off of its silicone material haha
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