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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 03-11-2007, 04:30 PM
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Predator Chromium Install Pics

Installed the Predator Chromium AE rings (4500K) on my stock 2000 528i headlights 2-3 weeks ago. i promised a few on here to post a few install pics. Not great, but may be of some help. hopefully it makes some sense.

ae1 = daylight pic-rings mount on outside of inner glass lense. - must remove plastic tabs on ther fro e46 applications.
ae2 = daylight pic - rings on- mine are wired to park lamps.
ae3 = relay, ground and 12V power run
ae4 = driver side ballast/harness
ae5 = shrink wrapped white small wires from AE ring out of small exit hole drilled in back of headlight housing
ae6 = harness run to pass side. ran over plastic spacer in front/top of radiator.
ae7 = passenger side ballast,etc.
ae8 = gratuitous Cash photo....
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:31 PM
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nice

and is that a submariner you're wearing.. that i can see in 2 of those pics...

or is it a GMT master
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:33 PM
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nice

and is that a submariner you're wearing.. that i can see in 2 of those pics...

or is it a GMT master
Submariner with date.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:37 PM
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Yes, T series - Sub with date. Looking for a Vintage GMT 1675 however...
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:38 PM
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Looks good Greg !
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:40 PM
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thanks Jeff. i still like your "color" better...
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:44 PM
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Yes, T series - Sub with date. Looking for a Vintage GMT 1675 however...
I have a GMT I and II, great watches. In addition to a Seadweller.......I'm personally looking for a Steve McQueen Explorer II now, and also a stainless steel white face Daytona for under $10k. I deal directly with the GM of my local Tourneau as I've bought many watches from them, so if you want a watch contact, let me know, he'll be more than happy to take care of you if I refer you. If you're interested, just PM me.
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Just noticed your fogs are amber ? did you change them or buy the car that way ?
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:51 PM
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Just noticed your fogs are amber ? did you change them or buy the car that way ?
Looks like Lamin X film?
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:59 PM
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Jeff, wwb4 is correct. i bought the pre-cut lamin-x film. I like it as, i can easily switch back to clear if i want and the stuff works great. no chip or cracks. It was $20-30 bucks IIRC.
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A heads up...you might want to pull the inline fuse that came with the AE harness to make sure it cuts power to the AEs...mine didnt so I repositioned the wires in the relay so the fuse would actually do the job intended...
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Old 03-11-2007, 07:04 PM
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Interesting. I read on here that some folks actually upped the fuse from 5a to 10a, to cure a cold weather issue. So, if i read you correctly, you suggest a live test with AE rings on- pull fuse to make sure they turn off? I am gonna guess you had a problem, and the fuse didn't melt/terminate power, hence the warning? Do tell more..
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Interesting. I read on here that some folks actually upped the fuse from 5a to 10a, to cure a cold weather issue. So, if i read you correctly, you suggest a live test with AE rings on- pull fuse to make sure they turn off? I am gonna guess you had a problem, and the fuse didn't melt/terminate power, hence the warning? Do tell more..
I read that somewhere too.
But looks good Glocati!
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Old 03-11-2007, 10:48 PM
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Interesting. I read on here that some folks actually upped the fuse from 5a to 10a, to cure a cold weather issue. So, if i read you correctly, you suggest a live test with AE rings on- pull fuse to make sure they turn off? I am gonna guess you had a problem, and the fuse didn't melt/terminate power, hence the warning? Do tell more..
Yeah, I had a ring go out so I pulled the fuse because I didnt like driving around three-eyed...well, the lights were still on after removing the fuse...so, I checked out how the relay was wired because the fuse is inline with that and the relay was wired a little unconventionally so I changed it around so now if you remove the fuse the AEs dont work (as should be)
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:39 PM
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Did you take them completely apart or just enough to fit the rings in? And how are they held in place?

BTW, you did a good job, they look good.
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Did you take them completely apart or just enough to fit the rings in? And how are they held in place?

BTW, you did a good job, they look good.
That's what i was going to ask.

Any chance you took some pics of the head light dismantling/AE installation?
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I just got some angel eyes too, I can't figure out how they're supposed to be mounted. What size diameter are those rings to just make sure I got the right size?
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:55 AM
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Thanks to all for the kind words on the install. Appreciate it.

utgrad, thanks for the info. definitely check that out, and may PM you for details on how you did the mod to the relay.

stika, freestyler and 2slow4u, I wish i would have taken some pics while i had them apart, but wife had the dig. camera that day.

Anyhow, taking the headlight assembly out and apart was really straightforward. Check out the tutorial on bmwtips.com for details but basically it is 4 bolts that hold the assembly in and once you get the headlight assemby out, it is just a series of clips that hold the front and back halves together. Once that is done, you pull 2 clips (per lense) that hold the inner glass lense in place and then remove the glass lense. Carefully mark/plot on the the glass lense where the AE ring will go and use clear RTV silicon to adhere them to the front of the glass lense. The rings are sized so that they fit snuggly inside the black housing opening, so use that as your template to mark where to silicon them to the glass.
Once you get them open you will see what i mean. My Umnitza Predator Chromiums came with plastic clips at the top of them. This is for an E46 application, and you have to carefully remove them before silconing them to the glass lenses. Once the silicon is dry- i put mine in the oven @ 200 degress for 15 minute to quicken drying. (DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK) you put the assembly back together. There is just enough room at the top of the housing when you fit the glass lense back in place to feed the small white wires coming off the rings out the back. Lastly, you will drill a small exit hole to route the ring wires out the back of the black housing. Sounds harder than it really is. Go ahead and PM me and we can go over any details if anyone desires.
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Thanks for answering our questions, I can't believe I didn't think of that. I'm gonna try to do it again tonight.
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Thanks for answering our questions, I can't believe I didn't think of that. I'm gonna try to do it again tonight.
cool. keep us posted on how it goes. I actually did my install in 2 parts. I installed the rings first (and had the wires on the rings routed out the back of the housing) and then the following weekend did the wiring harness. I was short on time the first day, so that is why i did that way, but all in all it doesn't take too much time for the overall install.
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I've done them as well...need help let me know...I wired mine thru the ECU, they come on when the key is in POS 2. Act like DRL's...the best wiring instructions are at the link below.

http://www.fastm.com/m3/angeleyes.html
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