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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 06-25-2014, 05:41 PM
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Euro Style Replacement Headlight Covers (for Hella headlights)

We have acquired a few sets of these today. We also had to purchase separately the chrome reflectors so we'll be assembling these for everyone in the next 24 hours.
We don't have a set quantity available, when we run out, we run out.


Random delivery arrived - unplanned.

http://www.umnitza.com/hella-euro-st...es-p-6130.html (all parts included, rubber trim, washers, chrome reflector, and lenses)
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:56 PM
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Silicon is a metal at room temperature. Not a good sealant. GE may supply the metal for semiconductors, but not for headlights.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:53 PM
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Koito sealant is expensive but admittedly a better material.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:45 AM
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This is confusing, in that the thread seems to be about headlight "lenses" and yet, a 'sealant' is discussed even though a sealant doesn't appear to be in the parts list of what is being sold.

Would the OP clarify what is being sold?
Is it the lens that is being sold? Or the whole headlight?

Would it fit an OEM Hella, or an aftermarket headlight?

The reason I ask is that many people complain about "foggy" headlight lenses, e.g.:
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & replacing just the headlight lens (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

So, if this thread is about replacing the lens, that would be great for those users!
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:03 AM
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This is an inexpensive way to upgrade your Hella headlights (or DJ Auto) that is far more time efficient than refinishing the lights.

If you click on the link, you get the information you need for the replacement.
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This is confusing, in that the thread seems to be about headlight "lenses" and yet, a 'sealant' is discussed even though a sealant doesn't appear to be in the parts list of what is being sold.

Would the OP clarify what is being sold?
Is it the lens that is being sold? Or the whole headlight?

Would it fit an OEM Hella, or an aftermarket headlight?
You need to supply your own sealant.

The photo shows that just the clear cover is being offered. The statement is that this will fit both Hella and DJ Auto headlights.

There are certain MYs, using a "permanent" sealant, that cannot be opened. It would be good for Umnitza to provide a DIY for this operation, esp when the headlight in question has to be "baked" apart.
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This is an inexpensive way to upgrade your Hella headlights (or DJ Auto) that is far more time efficient than refinishing the lights.
Ah, I see.
It's easier than polishing the lens, and it's cheaper than replacing the entire headlight.


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You need to supply your own sealant.
That's not too bad, as long as we know what sealant to use.

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There are certain MYs, using a "permanent" sealant, that cannot be opened.
For the E39, I think what that means is there are three different cases
(based on information in this thread: - A list of your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1))
  1. E39s built before September 2000 (pre-facelift)
    • They open up easily, right?
  2. E39's built after September 2000 but before ?? 2003
    • They can be baked open
    • Covers the post-facelift 2001-2003 model year with either the Hella HID (aka xenon gas-discharge low beam with self-leveling motor) or Hella conventional (aka halogen headlights with the H7 base, 9005 holder, 9006 connector, no ballast, no self-leveling motor)
  3. E39s built after ?? 2003
    • They can't be baked open
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:42 PM
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Clarification. Most 2001 headlights can be baked open, the sealant changed in 2002, it's not entirely clear if the build date for the lights is 10/2001 or thereabouts for when the sealant changed for Hella lights only.

DJ Auto headlights can be baked no matter what year.
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the sealant changed in 2002
My build date 11/2001 BMW is a 2002 model, and my Hella headlights were opened (on the car) simply by baking in the hot California sun.
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Can you show me on this pic where the headlight adjusters are?
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The build date isn't the car, it's the headlight that's important.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:13 PM
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The build date isn't the car, it's the headlight that's important.
Understood.
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This link...CLICK HERE FOR INSTALL STEP BY STEP PICTURES...went nowhere and I'd like to make sure I do this 100%
Here's my build date and headlight option...Production date: 12.02.2001...
S522A Xenon-Licht Xenon Light...so it looks like I'm good-to-go there. I tried to identify the actual date of my headlight, but couldn't decipher the alpha-numeric code...if you know, perhaps you could tell me
I figure that the headlight restoration kit and all the ancillary items needed would be at least $50...a couple hours per headlight...having to do it again every few years would potentially weaken the original...seems like a no-brainer at $130 and you get the clear corner to-boot

Hopefully, baking them open doesn't affect the xenon gas or any other functionality.

How quickly do you ship once purchased?
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This link...CLICK HERE FOR INSTALL STEP BY STEP PICTURES...went nowhere and I'd like to make sure I do this 100%
Here's my build date and headlight option...Production date: 12.02.2001...
S522A Xenon-Licht Xenon Light...so it looks like I'm good-to-go there. I tried to identify the actual date of my headlight, but couldn't decipher the alpha-numeric code...if you know, perhaps you could tell me
I figure that the headlight restoration kit and all the ancillary items needed would be at least $50...a couple hours per headlight...having to do it again every few years would potentially weaken the original...seems like a no-brainer at $130 and you get the clear corner to-boot

Hopefully, baking them open doesn't affect the xenon gas or any other functionality.

How quickly do you ship once purchased?
We ship on Monday - order today and tomorrow, you will get by Wednesday.

Usually you have to remove the headlight and look for the mold stamp on the back, it has a year/date on the back (looks like a little clock with an arrow in the middle).
Best way to determine it is 20 minutes, cookie sheet, bake, 200 degrees F.
If the headlight feels like it's easy to open or the seal is gooey, then you are fine.
It will not affect anything on the headlight or in the headlight.
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Has anyone broken the lenses on 2003 headlights and then replaced them with these repl lenses? Seems like it should work and would save me having to buy another set of headlights to do a retro?
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Excellent, watch for my order this afternoon...thx


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Has anyone broken the lenses on 2003 headlights and then replaced them with these repl lenses? Seems like it should work and would save me having to buy another set of headlights to do a retro?
we've done it for a customer, worked great, but requires a lot of work.
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The Headlight Covers arrived on Saturday...I must say these are spectacular! Night and day difference...I can't tell how much more light bathes the road cuz it doesn't get dark until @ 9:45p this time of year and I'm tucked-away by then, lol

I snapped a bunch of pic's and I'm composing my 1st DIY...will post in a few

Thanks for a great solution to an obvious need...makes the whole front look fresh and new
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