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      11-27-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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ZKW or STI Clear Lenses?

Anyone know which clear lens work best for the e82 headlights? I have adaptive xenon headlights. I know have researched and know they are made by VALEO. Anyone had their lenses swapped by OSS, ONEighty, LightWerkz, etc.?
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      12-05-2015, 08:12 AM   #2
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Silly question: Why do you want to do this?

If your lenses are dull just get them restored professionally.
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      12-05-2015, 08:31 PM   #3
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Contact The retrofit source. I believe ZKW will be lens to have. Good luck!
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      12-06-2015, 04:15 PM   #4
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Silly question: Why do you want to do this?

If your lenses are dull just get them restored professionally.
I'm referring to the projector lens not the actually headlight plastic cover lens.

I'm planning to retrofit some LED angel eyes in my headlight and thought I might as well do a clear lens while I'm at it. A clear lens provides a better light output and sharper cut off line.

Here's a DIY thread about it
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=847884
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Contact The retrofit source. I believe ZKW will be lens to have. Good luck!
Yea I did but unfortunately they didn't have a solid answer =\
Asked a few companies but I got different options

Finally took a leap of faith and went with the STI lens since the E90 headlights are more similar to the E82
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Good luck. Here's my video explaining (not showing) how to open up housings.


Also, be sure to use paper spacers to tune the output to get that intoxicating colour flicker!
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Good luck. Here's my video explaining (not showing) how to open up housings.


Also, be sure to use paper spacers to tune the output to get that intoxicating colour flicker!
Thanks man! This actually helps alot, haven't been able to find much info about the E82 headlights.
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Np. Feel free to pm me if you need further help.
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Yea I did but unfortunately they didn't have a solid answer =\
Asked a few companies but I got different options

Finally took a leap of faith and went with the STI lens since the E90 headlights are more similar to the E82
So did STI work?!
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Yea I did but unfortunately they didn't have a solid answer =\
Asked a few companies but I got different options

Finally took a leap of faith and went with the STI lens since the E90 headlights are more similar to the E82
So did STI work?!
It's neither. Valeo projectors are hard shut.
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You mean the Valeo projector lens is hard glued or something?

Seems like it is also 3", but maybe Valeo have different focal length than e90's Hella? https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...-2011-bmw-135i
It's not clear to me if Valeo projector lens can be swapped with anything on the market. Did you try?
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I'd have to dig around for the thread on HIDPlanet, but I think the issue is that the lens carrier on the projectors used in the E82 is plastic, and the lens is more or less cast into it. No swapping. The next best thing is either finding a retrofitter willing to polish the lenses while they're still attached to the projector assemblies or just bolting other projectors into the housings.
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