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    Thumbs up ZKW Lens in AL Housing

    Hey Guys,

    I have been suffering from terrible light output from my ZKW's. Thanks to the information i found here and over at e46 fanatics I am swapping over my ZKW lenses into AL headlights. I already got a pair of AL headlights and just had a questions for the experts over here. Because I am swapping the ZKW lense and not ZKW-R lense from TRS, Do i need to bend the RV shield or remove it?

    Any input would be greatly appreciated as I am looking to start this project tomorrow!!!!

    cheers.

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    No.

    Just remove the AL frosted Lenses and install the ZKW clear lenses.

    His - 2004 Imola Red / Alcantara 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

    Her's - 2005 Black Sapphire Metallic / Black Leather 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vas View Post
    No.

    Just remove the AL frosted Lenses and install the ZKW clear lenses.
    thank you VAS! also for your help in the other thread as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by e46zhpm3 View Post
    thank you VAS! also for your help in the other thread as well!
    No problem.

    I would suggest starting to take apart the ZKW headlights first so you can have a better understanding on how to remove the lenses.

    His - 2004 Imola Red / Alcantara 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

    Her's - 2005 Black Sapphire Metallic / Black Leather 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vas View Post
    No problem.

    I would suggest starting to take apart the ZKW headlights first so you can have a better understanding on how to remove the lenses.
    i have a set of lenses from my friend Slater . Will not need to take apart the ZKW headlights

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    Quote Originally Posted by e46zhpm3 View Post
    i have a set of lenses from my friend Slater . Will not need to take apart the ZKW headlights
    He was just recommending you take apart the ZKW's so you can familiarize yourself with taking the headlight apart before you tear into your permanent AL housings. The process is similar for both. A practice run, if you will.
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    Performed open heart surgery on the new AL headlights today. Hardest part was getting the stupid ball joint out of the retaining clip. Otherwise pretty smooth ...

    Going to be putting in the zkw lense tomororw and swap over my angel eyes. Looking forward to being able to see at night finally !!!

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