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Thread: The Official FX-R Retrofit Lighting Solution Thread

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    The Official FX-R Retrofit Lighting Solution Thread

    I'm hoping that this thread will aide others in the quest for brighter headlight output.

    What I'm hoping to accomplish with this thread:

    • Reliable sources for the FX-R Xenon Projector kits:


    1. Where are they manufactured?
    2. What are the specifications on them?
    3. What Ballasts do you use?
    4. Most importantly, who sells them?


    • Adequate information regarding the retrofit from existing AL/ZKW*/Bosch Xenon projectors
    • Adequate information regarding the retrofit from existing H7 lights (will require recoding the LCM)
    • Tools necessary to complete the retrofit
    • LCM coding information

    *ZKW projectors are notorious for dim output due to scorched housings.

    **I'm well aware of snowcat's diy on e46F, but I feel like it is lacking in many areas, and only accounts for retrofitting the P46 xenon replacements from DEPO.

    Please add any and all information you have regarding the topic.
    Let's make it happen!
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    Any way to keep the stock xenons and fix the scorching issue? Mine are extremely dim and I practically have no light output from the passenger side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 808ZHP View Post
    Any way to keep the stock xenons and fix the scorching issue? Mine are extremely dim and I practically have no light output from the passenger side.
    No way to fix. Replacement is the only option.
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    Subscribed to this thread. The xenons on my wifes ZHP SUCK !!! I have not time to dig into it yet but it is on top of my list .

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    Buddy of mine just had this done for his e46 m3. i will get the specs and what not from him and post it up asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    No way to fix. Replacement is the only option.
    Now that's not completely true...

    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=332078

    now if I can only find some headlight reflector bowls on ebay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 808ZHP View Post
    Now that's not completely true...
    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=332078
    now if I can only find some headlight reflector bowls on ebay...
    Keep in mind, it's not a permanent fix as the bowls will succumb to the same burning issue from the heat of the xenon bulb over time.

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    I think that's the biggest problem. No permanent fix.

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    3 options that I know of;
    - get new or used oem
    - get some p46 and have Lightwerkz swap out for FXR
    - have lightwerkz swap out for FXR on your stock but it requires downtime.

    I am not too familiar with that electrical stuff and do not want my lights messed up so I will have to go the FXR lightwerkz swap in the next year or so. I am luck that I have one goor Al headlight
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    Quote Originally Posted by 808ZHP View Post
    Now that's not completely true...

    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=332078

    now if I can only find some headlight reflector bowls on ebay...
    Note that it says the word "replacement" in the DIY title.

    Quote Originally Posted by spencers View Post
    Keep in mind, it's not a permanent fix as the bowls will succumb to the same burning issue from the heat of the xenon bulb over time.
    This. The problem will just come back after a couple of years or less if you drive a lot in the dark.
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