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Old 12-31-2012, 10:38 AM
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2008 Halo light change.

I have a 2008 x3 with the HID option. Does anyone know if the halo lights can be changed to be led? Anywhere I read says its possible as long as it came standard with HID package, however can't find instructions.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:58 AM
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Headlights have two connectors - te big one is for the entire headlight and the other smaller one is for halos. Unscrew the small one and there is the halo bulb. If you find a led
bulb that fits - let us know
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:26 PM
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I have the MTEC 2.1s - http://www.ebay.com/itm/MTEC-Ver-2-1...543f75&vxp=mtr

They also make 3.0s that are brighter - http://www.ebay.com/itm/MTEC-Ultimat...28276d&vxp=mtr

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Old 01-02-2013, 02:38 PM
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Thanks!! I ordered the lights and will install soon. I will post pics when I'm done.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:24 PM
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Make sure you update us with pics! I wouldn't mind converting my angel eyes to LEDs.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:24 PM
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Got the led halo lights today.
They were $39 on ebay, 5w and produce no error code. Literally took me 5 minutes to install.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:27 PM
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Clear difference.

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:30 PM
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Those look awesome! What's involved to change them out?
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:11 AM
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For the passenger side i had to move the washer fluid compartment out of the way by removing one screw. Then just reach in, twist and pull. The new bulbs fit right in then plug into the original adapter. The drivers side was easier, just repeat only without moving anything in the engine compartment. One thing I will mention is that you must have the original oem HID xenons, otherwise youll need to buy a different setup from which ive heard is much more pricey and more difficult.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:27 AM
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Thanks for the tip! I didn't realize it was this easy if you already have xenons.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:20 AM
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Now all y'all have to do is code out the US-spec parking lights that look ugly and (In my opinion, and the European Safey Commission's opinion) confuse other drivers at a glance as to whether you're changing lanes.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:23 PM
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An then you have to put your halos as DRLs
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:08 PM
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Now all y'all have to do is code out the US-spec parking lights that look ugly and (In my opinion, and the European Safey Commission's opinion) confuse other drivers at a glance as to whether you're changing lanes.
This makes a huge improvement in looks at night. Best mod I have done with coding on wife's X3. The euro 3 blink turn signal is nice also
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:10 PM
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This makes a huge improvement in looks at night. Best mod I have done with coding on wife's X3. The euro 3 blink turn signal is nice also
Couldn't do the 3-blink on my 02/04 build, I remember it was a model year 2005 (post 09/04) feature.

Best feature for me was to shut off the key chime. It's something I notice almost everyday. Allowing for full beams and foglights gleichzeitig (together) is a safety boon in the mountains where fog can suddenly appear and disappear.

As for the amber parking lights, I just don't like them. Amber lights should service one and only one purpose, to indicate a turn or lane change when the indicator stalk is on. In the US, sometimes I'm not 100% sure at a glance, whether a car is changing lanes or not on a multi-lane highway when I'm slightly ahead but still next to a vehicle and turn my head to make sure we don't change lanes into each other.

Plus even without the corona rings, the older-style parking lights look cool at dusk



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Old 01-13-2013, 08:25 AM
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Off topic slightly, but has anyone switched out their low beam bulb as well to matchup better with their Xenon's ?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:49 PM
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Could someone post a pic showing where the HALO bulb is located? I tried looking for it but couldn't see it. Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:21 PM
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Just installed a set from iJDMTOY in my 2008 and worked fine. Here is the link.

http://store.ijdmtoy.com/BMW-5-6-7-S...l-eyes-s12.htm

Now I'm trying to determine the best way to enable these as DRL. Obviously I have to get the OEM DRL coded out, but not sure about the wiring. I'm thinking about a relay and wiring that to the ECU. Has anyone bought the DAEOS and installed on an X3?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:48 AM
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Now I'm trying to determine the best way to enable these as DRL. Obviously I have to get the OEM DRL coded out, but not sure about the wiring. I'm thinking about a relay and wiring that to the ECU. Has anyone bought the DAEOS and installed on an X3?
Take a look here:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...9&postcount=32

I saw how this works and I think I will do the same as soon as I get the LEDs.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:07 AM
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Couldn't do the 3-blink on my 02/04 build, I remember it was a model year 2005 (post 09/04) feature.

Best feature for me was to shut off the key chime. It's something I notice almost everyday. Allowing for full beams and foglights gleichzeitig (together) is a safety boon in the mountains where fog can suddenly appear and disappear.

As for the amber parking lights, I just don't like them. Amber lights should service one and only one purpose, to indicate a turn or lane change when the indicator stalk is on. In the US, sometimes I'm not 100% sure at a glance, whether a car is changing lanes or not on a multi-lane highway when I'm slightly ahead but still next to a vehicle and turn my head to make sure we don't change lanes into each other.

Plus even without the corona rings, the older-style parking lights look cool at dusk



Did you do the coding your self?
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:57 PM
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Did you do the coding your self?
Nah, I'm too computer-illiterate to handle that stuff. But its no different than that for a E46, same cable and operating system perimeters.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:16 AM
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When replacing angel eye bulbs do I have to install that piece of wire that comes with the bulbs or just plug the bulb in and discard the wires?
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Thanks!! I ordered the lights and will install soon. I will post pics when I'm done.






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Old 01-26-2013, 03:22 PM
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Take a look here:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...9&postcount=32

I saw how this works and I think I will do the same as soon as I get the LEDs.
Installed a Daeos harness today and got it working as desired. That harness seems to be made for the E90 with ECU box on the passenger side. My X3 has ECU on the driver side, and there is no specific ground post as the E90 has in the videos/instructions. I had to cut the wire loom of the harness to extend the ground wire to the hood strap. That was the only place I could find where the supplied ground connector ring would work. It might be possible to ground it to the body elsewhere but the ring connector would need to be a larger size.

Almost there, now I just have to code out the DRL.

The previous owner was kind enough to provide me the USB cable needed for the car so I just need the correct software. If anyone has info on where to download DIS (if that is what I need) it would be appreciated.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:58 AM
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I have a 2008 X3 with factory xenons. Which led's will fit on this model for the halos ???
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:22 PM
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I have a 2008 X3 with factory xenons. Which led's will fit on this model for the halos ???
Try a search on eBay for "MTEC LED BMW X3 Angel Eyes" The eBay page for the item should have a list of BMWs the particular bulb will work on. See post #3 above for some eBay angel eye LEDs.

These are the ones I purchased. They do go on sale on eBay every month or two.
I'm waiting for "warm" day to install them.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/120966358893...84.m1438.l2649
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