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Old 06-14-2012, 07:14 PM
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Lightbulb 2007+ Xenon Headlamps on a 2004 X3 for special LED Angel Eyes Project?

Hey everyone I have the idea of doing a special project that mainly involves getting angel eyes put on my X3 but I'm wanting to use special LED bulbs so I can control them to any color. I'm trying to research if those headlight housings would fit my 2004 X3? I saw one topic just recently where it was mentioned in a post slightly that it would but i'm curious if anyone else knows or if it has done this since I hate to spend the money and to discover it wouldn't work Another small issue I'm keeping in mind is if I need to use Xenon components to my year since the 2007+ will not work which if they don't installing the 04s to the LCI housing probrably won't be a big deal for me. Anyones help is appreciated!
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:15 AM
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UPDATE 8/8/14: I have since installed The Xenon 2007+ LCI headlights and they are perfect! Fitment for them are excellent. Also for bonus I ended up going beyond and added LED Color Angel eyes, They are changeable to any color I choose with the choice of cool white and warm white LEDs for some street legal options. I can't believe how much this improved the look of my X3 with it being a 2004. It took a long time to install everything but it was worth it.

Installing LCI Xenons for 2004-2006: If you are interested in installing Xenons that are LCI based for you X3, I will detail the install that I did for mine. There will be some wire work involved along with reprogramming. If you don't know how to do this stuff or don't feel comfortable, I don't recommend doing this. You could try asking a friend to help who knows how to wire.

Have a 2007-2010? You can follow along with these instructions and you should be fine but there might be a few procedures that are different.
Warning! While I have tried to make sure that everything I describe for my install is accurate, there are no guarantees if a component of yours is damaged or doesn't work! Do your research and make sure you cross check every wire to make sure it goes where it belongs. I am not responsible if your car turns into a Smore Blizzard! Ok being serious, I'm not responsible if you get injured by your Xenons. Remember they are high voltage!! You can get shocked badly by them. Be safe!

Ok now that the disclaimer stuff is out of the way. You'll want to figure out what parts and components you will need. This will help you figure out how much it will cost you and help you decide if doing this install is worth spending money on because it is not cheap. Part requirements might vary with each year X3. I'm basing this guide on my 2004 Halogen X3 with a default non sport bumper. Your price for parts could vary by state or country.

Note that it may not be possible to get the Adaptive feature working! There are 2 additional modules required and it is unknown if the one under the dash will interface with the 2007+ adaptive module located under the headlight and I don't know if a 2004-2006 Headlight adaptive module can even connect with a LCI headlight. That means that if you have 04 to 06 xenon's already and you have the adaptive feature, you might run into a problem with not being able to have adaptive working if you install the LCI headlights. If anyone has this feature already, please share some pictures and information on the connections and modules. I'll also look over wire diagrams and check anything that's different.

Required components:
A Pair of Headlights. The best deal I could find for these was for $411 for each side on eBay from the seller start245 (Auto Leveling Up and Down is standard with Xenons Adaptive or not).
Xenon LCI headlights non Adaptive 63123456043 and 63123456044 $411 Each side
Xenon LCI Headlights Adaptive 63123456045 and 63123456046(Adaptive is where the lights move Left and Right with your Steering wheel.) I found them on eBay for $1000 for both pairs
*If the headlights you buy do not include the Bracket headlight that slides on the bottom, you will need to order that separately as the halogen ones will not fit.

Bracket Headlight 63126939199 and 63126939200

The 2007-2010 Xenon retrofit kit. Non-Adaptive 63130443702 $589.52 From ECS Tuning
Xenon retrofit Kit. Adaptive 63130443704 or 63130443703??
If you plan on doing adaptive, make sure you find out which Kit is the right one. There are two different ones. One might be for adaptive with just halogens only? Your dealership might be able to find out.
*By the way for an interesting side note as of 2013, you can't order and buy the Xenon retrofit kit that was meant for Pre-LCI 2004-2006 X3's in the US anymore, That means in a way that you have no choice but to use the LCI retrofit kit but I'm not sure how long that will be kept available in the US so for anymore mulling on doing this install I would do as soon as you can. The LCI headlights are nicer anyways
The Retrofit Kit will include
A Pair of Ballasts
A Pair of Xenon 1DS bulbs( Thank goodness they included these)
New hardware( Screws for mounting the headlamp tracks that the headlight slides on)
Complete Wire harness for the Xenon Headlights and the auto leveling sensors( Adaptive will likely include additional wires.)
Sensors with mounting hardware for auto leveling.
Tie wraps

Headlight Control Module Unfortunately 2004-2006 will need a new Light module for all the Xenon features to work properly. My auto leveling do not work as of writing this How to because my LCM does not appear have the circuits that allow it to work. That does mean when you get the new one you need to get it coded. You can still use Xenon's but if your lights are not in a ok position you'll need that new LCM to get them moving to center. From what I looked up there are 3 different modules,
The normal Halogen Non- Xenon Module, 61313448670
A Xenon LCM with auto leveling only 61313448672 ,(This might have been used with halogens that use manual leveling but I can't confirm. Not sure if this feature was ever offered in the US.) If you have Manual leveling you might not need to replace your LCM
Xenon LCM With Auto Leveling and Adaptive Headlights 61313448672
It is very important that you know what LCM, Retrofit kit and which pair of headlights you choose because it will depend on what options you want. If you want adaptive then make sure you get the components that support it. Getting a LCM that supports adaptive but not the headlights will cause issues as your LCM will be looking for the left and right motors!
• Adaptive headlights need the adaptive head light control unit and the Adaptive control unit that's located near the headlight. However it is not known if these will work with the 2007+ headlights. Make sure it's included in the adaptive Retrofit kit. If it's not, it needs to be ordered if doing Xenons with the adaptive feature. 61356934837 (Located under dash?)
• Adaptive control unit near headlight 63126939069 or (63123448962 2007-2010 module)
As I stated above the new LCM you buy will need programming done since it holds the VIN number and I'm pretty sure the mileage even. So if you know how to the EasyDIS or GT1 tools then I think that will work or you'll have to have the Dealership or a independent shop do it. If you don't get it programmed and you plug it in your car will not like it.
Headlight Switch supporting Xenon 61313405709 (used with adaptive or not)
Pin Wire ELO contact sockets So BMW thought they do something special when the LCI X3 came out…...…...not just a new different engine but pretty much they changed the shape of the damn plugs for the headlights! That pretty much means that our round connector plugs used on our original headlights are no good. Halogen or Xenon, the connectors and the round plugs must be changed to the new ELO ones. This to me was the biggest PITA of the retrofit project since I had to find the right plugs and it took me a full month to get them.
ELO Pin Wire 1.5 61138364836
ELO Pin Wire 2.5 61138364846
• You might need new rubber boots for these contacts too. Otherwise you'll have to reuse and trim your existing ones.
2 Headlight socket Plugs This plug was hard to find!! 61136931864 around $13

So here is a review of what is needed.
A Pair of Headlights
Possibly new Headlight Brackets
The 2007-2010 Xenon retrofit kit
A new LCM
Programming the LCM
Pin Wire ELO contact sockets
2 Headlight socket Plugs

I will post up the tear down and where I ran my wires soon.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:15 AM
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:16 AM
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UPDATE 8/8/14: I have since installed The Xenon 2007+ LCI headlights and they are perfect! Fitment for them are excellent. Also for bonus I ended up going beyond and added LED Color Angel eyes, They are changeable to any color I choose with the choice of cool white and warm white LEDs for some street legal options. I can't believe how much this improved the look of my X3 with it being a 2004. It took a long time to install everything but it was worth it.

Looks very nice! Can you detail on what you had to do the conversion?

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