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Thread: ZKW Lens in AL Housing

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    Quote Originally Posted by 330itoy View Post
    Is the wiring plug and play from ZKW to AI headlights? I want to buy a set of AI headlights and try this. I am tired of the burned out ZKW’s and not seeing at night.


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    The external wiring is the same but the way it's set up internally is not.

    If you buy a whole headlight housing then you can plug & play, electrically speaking. If you have the AL bracket, then you're good to go, but if you're reusing your ZKW bracket then you'll need to cut out a section of it to make it fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 330itoy View Post
    Is the wiring plug and play from ZKW to AI headlights? I want to buy a set of AI headlights and try this. I am tired of the burned out ZKW’s and not seeing at night.


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    If you want the zkw projector lens in your Al headlight the easiest thing to do is to actually just swap the Glass lens part from the zkw into the AL light. This requires no internal wiring changes and no external wiring changes so everything remains plug-and-play but you get the crisp clear zkw projector lens in the AL housing. Best part is you only need to remove the front plastic outer lens and some of the reflector bowls from the back to be able to get the Glass lens and housing out to swap them. You do not need to disassemble all of the parts like you seen so many threads. I was able to do the swap on mine fairly easily. Then sold the ZKW lights with the AL lens to someone who needed parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    The external wiring is the same but the way it's set up internally is not.

    If you buy a whole headlight housing then you can plug & play, electrically speaking. If you have the AL bracket, then you're good to go, but if you're reusing your ZKW bracket then you'll need to cut out a section of it to make it fit.

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    Thank you very much


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    Quote Originally Posted by racer2086 View Post
    If you want the zkw projector lens in your Al headlight the easiest thing to do is to actually just swap the Glass lens part from the zkw into the AL light. This requires no internal wiring changes and no external wiring changes so everything remains plug-and-play but you get the crisp clear zkw projector lens in the AL housing. Best part is you only need to remove the front plastic outer lens and some of the reflector bowls from the back to be able to get the Glass lens and housing out to swap them. You do not need to disassemble all of the parts like you seen so many threads. I was able to do the swap on mine fairly easily. Then sold the ZKW lights with the AL lens to someone who needed parts.
    Thank you and that sounds like the way I will do it.


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