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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-08-2009, 05:56 AM
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///EAC - Aluminum Headlight Adjusters now available.

I know a lot of you have been asking for these. I'm happy to say we are now carrying them and have them in stock.

https://eactuning.com/e39-aluminum-h...ers-p-467.html

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Old 07-08-2009, 06:11 PM
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Great to hear, and nice that we don't have to order from the UK, which should be significantly faster. And hey, the prices are the same, no premium.

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Old 09-18-2011, 09:57 PM
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Hey I know this is really old but are you still selling them? The link no longer works and I know your website is still operational.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:38 PM
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website url doesnt work =\



Remove the 's' from your url key and and you're set
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:09 AM
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:24 AM
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It seems they only have the plastic version available for my car. Is it better than the stock plastic I can order from the dealer or are they the same thing?
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:34 AM
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It's impossible to know because you haven't told us what model year your car is in either your signature or "MeinAuto" field.

Older cars only have plastic ones but they do not fail too regularly and are easy to replace.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:35 PM
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I thought you knew what I meant cause I was comparing the plastics. I have a 1999 528i. I was just wondering if the BMW factory plastic is the same as the one that eac is offering or if the eac made them out of stronger plastic or something. I'm glad to hear it's easy to replace though because headlights pointing down is very annoying.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:47 PM
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Who said they were easy to replace?
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:44 PM
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BMW noob13 did! And I really want to believe him lol. But do you know if the eac is the same as stock?
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:18 AM
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I was just wondering if the BMW factory plastic is the same as the one that eac is offering or if the eac made them out of stronger plastic or something.
My original (2002) Hella headlight adjusters are made out of PBT plastic, which is, (obviously) the wrong plastic for the application.

The EAC Tuning adjusters for my vehicle are made out of Delrin plastic and/or aluminum (depending on which ones I would have purchased).

We covered ALL the known materials (including brass & nylon) already, so you might want to delve into those threads.

- A list of your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1)

I think what bmw_nooob13 meant was that it's very easy to replace the adjusters in the older 5-series' BMWs where you don't have to open the headlights to replace them; but it's much harder in the newer ones like mine where you end up baking the headlights open, and even tougher in the 2003 models (with the permanently sealed headlights). But all that is in the thread I referenced so please just go read it and ask questions there (or in the myriad headlight adjuster threads).

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:16 AM
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The parts for 2001-2003 cars are located on our new site here:
http://www.eaceuroparts.com/catalog/product/467

There are other replacements floating around in a variety of materials, none hold a candle to the quality and fitment of our aluminum replacement adjusters.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:34 AM
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I don't doubt for one second that these are quality parts, but does anybody else think that $85.00 is way overpriced for two small pieces of aluminum? I know that's the going rate, but wow!
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:45 AM
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I don't doubt for one second that these are quality parts, but does anybody else think that $85.00 is way overpriced for two small pieces of aluminum? I know that's the going rate, but wow!
My factory plastic HL adjusters broke after 10y/100K miles, so I figure that is OK with me.
I replaced with plastic adjusters for $10 (ordered from EACeuroparts btw).

So the options are:
- If you plan to keep the car another 8 years or so: use plastic...$10
- If you plan to keep the car another 50 years: use aluminum...$85
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:40 AM
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So the options are:
- If you plan to keep the car another 8 years or so: use plastic...$10
- If you plan to keep the car another 50 years: use aluminum...$85
In 50 years I'll be pushing up daisies!
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:11 AM
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There are not any 10 dollar plastic replacements out there for the 01-03 lights. The only plastic replacements for the 01-03 lights out there are nearly as costly as the aluminum parts. Our products are for folks who want to do it once, do it right and never worry about being able to see at night again. Getting down the road safely is well worth 80 or 160 measly bucks in my honest opinion. As with everything car related, your mileage may vary.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:02 PM
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There are not any 10 dollar plastic replacements out there for the 01-03 lights.
Thanks Mark,

I learned something new! The HL adjusters for 2001-2003 models are expensive!
Glad I have a 1998 528i, $10 for me!
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These are $15 a side, and they work fine. Shipping from Europe (free, BTW) only took 7 days. They've been in a year, no problems. Been adjusted 3 times after different D2S upgrades.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...item1c1eabef1f


...or spend $160 and get the same thing...
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:53 PM
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The HL adjusters for 2001-2003 models are expensive!
Glad I have a 1998 528i, $10 for me!
Just to be clear, you 'can' make your own headlight adjusters for the price of the plastic.

I detailed in my DIY how I made my own (with just a hack saw so they were crude), for $5 in parts cost from Tap Plastics in San Jose, and that included both headlights (a total of four adjusters).

I made one set out of Delrin plastic; the other set was HDPE plastic. For anyone with a bench grinder or a vise & dremel tool, you can make your own also.

I'm not suggesting this ... I'm just clarifying that, if you're willing to fabricate, you 'can' make 'em for less than $10 on the newer cars.

I also explained in my DIY how I explored making a mold; but that mold, in the end, would have cost about $50, plus the plastic for the first set of a few score headlight adjusters would have cost another $50 (that's the smallest amount of liquid plastic Tap Plastics in San Jose would sell me).

In the end, I bought the aluminum adjusters; but for those who have the wherewithal, it's pretty easy to make your own. (See details in the referenced thread).
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These are $15 a side, and they work fine. Shipping from Europe (free, BTW) only took 7 days. They've been in a year, no problems. Been adjusted 3 times after different D2S upgrades.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...item1c1eabef1f


...or spend $160 and get the same thing...
Wow!
Good Find!
Thank you!
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Who said they were easy to replace?
Easy job if you can follow directions. Great post on the forum or bavauto.com has a diy as well. I order these aluminum adjusters this week from EAC and they came today. Had both headlights done in about 2 hours. I have a 01 530i and was super easy to do. Best 160 spent and EAC is absolutely the best service.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:01 PM
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Better to keep pre facelift lights

Btw, do DDM headlights have issue with adjusters breaking?
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The aluminum adjusters are the way to go. Thanks EAC for super quick ship too! The attached pics are of my broken plastic adjusters. The driver side was in a few hundred pieces.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:56 AM
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The aluminum adjusters are the way to go. Thanks EAC for super quick ship too! The attached pics are of my broken plastic adjusters. The driver side was in a few hundred pieces.
Thank you!!

Glad they worked out well for you.
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