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    2020...time for more ZKW rebuild talk

    New ZHP owner...and new to the site. Not new to the E46

    Well...here we are once again. Bought the RFS Retro Quik which now comes with Morimoto D2S 5.0 projectors. I rebuilt the drivers side light and it looks like the projector sits way too far forward in the headlight housing. It might be 15mm from hitting the clear plastic lens cover. Looks off compared to the original lights. I recall there were some spacers that get installed between the projector and the headlight housing. Not sure what their purpose is, but I suspect the are the cause of the projector being so far forward. Anyone else run into this?? Are the spacers in the RFS kit really needed??

    Side note...I pulled my passenger for a rebuild, and it's an AL light...ugh...so I can't rebuild it with the kit I bought. At this point, they look like two different lights on the car which is no bueno.
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    Last edited by Oversteer; 10-10-2020 at 06:01 PM.

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    Yeah, if I had mine to do over, I'd look into cutting the spacers in half or so. Now that they're back in on both sides, it is not as noticeable that they're further forward than stock.
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    In regards to the side note, maybe you are better off purchasing an AL headlight for the driver's side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vas View Post
    In regards to the side note, maybe you are better off purchasing an AL headlight for the driver's side.

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    I ended up buying an AL for the drivers side on eBay. If anyone needs a rebuilt drivers side ZKW, let me know! I also still have the kit to rebuild another ZKW should you choose to go that route. The rebuilt lights are superior to the AL light output...and that's using the original bulbs.

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    Install the zkw clear lens into the AL lights for a good improvement for light output. The AL headlights have a frosted projector lens.

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