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  1. #1
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    Headlight Retrofit to replace burned reflectors

    For a while I had an issue with my ZKW Bi-xenon headlights being too dim. I bought new xenon bulbs but that didn't fix the issue.
    I then read about headlight retrofit kits and decided to give RetrofitLab a try.
    Here's the video to my retrofit process. I encountered a few hiccups but overall, I was very happy how much the light output improved.

    ZKW Bi-Xenon Headlight Retrofit
    https://youtu.be/07D5xNIFmVo

    Version en Español
    https://youtu.be/PJ4DUiv4cTw

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    I remember looking into the Morimotos but I was a little confused with their options. I wasn't sure which ones were right for my car and the price was a little higher than the retrofitlab. Do you currently have these in your car?

  4. #4
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    Another option would be to do a swap with OEM units thru this forum member.

    ZKW Burnt Bowl OEM Replacements
    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...ink_source=app

    This will probably be the route I go one of these days. I like that I don’t have to do any permanent changes to the headlight unit like drilling holes etc.


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    2004 Imola Red over Black Leather. 6-MT, Navigation, Cold Weather Pkg (the wife loves them seat warmers!), 3.46 Diff, UUC Short-Shift Kit, Tranny Mounts, CDV Delete and iPod mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGraphic View Post
    Another option would be to do a swap with OEM units thru this forum member.

    ZKW Burnt Bowl OEM Replacements
    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...ink_source=app

    This will probably be the route I go one of these days. I like that I don’t have to do any permanent changes to the headlight unit like drilling holes etc.


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    Nice. I wonder why BMW or third party manuf never sold replacement bowls.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenoch View Post
    Nice. I wonder why BMW or third party manuf never sold replacement bowls.
    BMW would rather sell you an complete headlight assembly!
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenoch View Post
    Nice. I wonder why BMW or third party manuf never sold replacement bowls.
    BMW would rather sell you an complete headlight assembly!
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenoch View Post
    Nice. I wonder why BMW or third party manuf never sold replacement bowls.
    So BMW can sell you an overpriced item that will eventually burn out again.

    I tried a cheap/quick fix a few years ago by just replacing the bulbs. If you have headlight washers, removing and replacing is a pain in the rear. Now, the headlights get water in them.


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    2004 Imola Red over Black Leather. 6-MT, Navigation, Cold Weather Pkg (the wife loves them seat warmers!), 3.46 Diff, UUC Short-Shift Kit, Tranny Mounts, CDV Delete and iPod mount.

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