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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 10-03-2013, 06:48 AM
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I believe I've found a viable option for LED headlights. But it's expensive...

First of all, hi everyone! I recently acquired a 1991 318is with an S52 powering it (limited slip and all) after having my E46 totaled out. I still hang around the E46 forums, but I do intend on coming here more often.

Now... onto the topic at hand...

http://www.jwspeaker.com/other/new-9...tor-headlights



I know there are projectors available for the E30 platform that are suited for HID bulbs, but LEDs seem to be on the rise throughout luxury brands. So what's wrong with a good old fashioned retrofit?!

The specs claim they put out... brace yourselves... 17,500 maximum candela (1 candela = 1 lumen, from my understanding). SEVENTEEN THOUSAND. A typical D2S bulb throws out ~3,500. Since these units are fairly large (a bit larger than FX-R projectors), I believe they would work quite nicely in the E30 headlight assemblies.

The downside? The price. I've found the low beams for $216 a piece and the high beams for $262 a piece. With that said, you're looking at roughly $1,000 for all four assemblies (assuming you want high beam LEDs as well).

Light output from the Model 8700's seems to be pretty good (there are videos on YouTube), so I can only imagine these would be significantly better.

Just figured I'd toss 'em out there!

NOTE: I am not affiliated with JW Speaker in any way. I always thought it would be awesome to have LED headlights.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:59 AM
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Grote Industries makes some also. I know I saw there brochure the other day and they listed some LED Headlights. I know there much less expensive too. I work at a Autopart store so I see this kinda stuff. I'll see if I can find a number for ya.
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i wonder how they do during a rainstorm....
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:44 AM
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i wonder how they do during a rainstorm....
What do you mean? Glare and reflection? I figure it wouldn't be any different than an HID setup.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:36 PM
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What do you mean? Glare and reflection? I figure it wouldn't be any different than an HID setup.
i had a set of HIDs that if i was out in the country during a rainstorm, only thing i can see were the reflectors on the posts. couldnt see the lines or road. so no more HIDs for me
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That's one reason why I got rid of mine too. They were great up until it rained or snowed. I have phillips crystal visions in my car now.. i think 9008's. I'm wanting to go with a yellow beam to cut glare down.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:33 AM
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I scored a free HID kit at 4ngiefest this past weekend. I've found DEPO Euro Smilies on eBay for $170, so I may go that route. The only thing that concerns me is that the ones off eBay say they take H1 bulbs and the ones from ECSTuning.com take 9006 bulbs.
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