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Old 06-17-2013, 11:56 AM
fritzyz3 fritzyz3 is offline
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96 Z3 Roadster Headlight upgrade

New to forum...Can anyone offer a source to upgrade the headlights on m Z3 to a aftermarket LED/Halo assembly. Is it easy? what info do you need to proceed?

Any help or advice is appreciated.

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Old 06-17-2013, 01:45 PM
ObeyThePoodle ObeyThePoodle is offline
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I assume you want the dual halo/projector lights... Pretty straight forward replacement if you make sure your replacement headlights have the required plugs.
There are cheap'ish ebay headlights but they're about the same price as the Umnitza ones.
With Umnitza you get support and warranty though.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:39 PM
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Z3 Headlight replacements

Thank you kindly for your reply. You are correct with assumption.
If I was to proceed with Umnitza would you have a recommendation for " nothing fancy , just upgrade model"

Thank you

gj
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:00 PM
ObeyThePoodle ObeyThePoodle is offline
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They have a single model, in black and chrome for $229:
http://www.umnitza.com/bmw-z-c-73_1137_141_534.html
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:04 PM
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They also have this model which can be customized, expensive but you can choose what you want in it.
http://www.umnitza.com/projectorz-ii...es-p-1193.html
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:11 PM
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Thank you

Cheers Gj
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:19 PM
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The install is very straight forward. There was a very detailed set of instructions online here. And if i were you, go black housings as the chrome ones dont seem like theres that much but in reality its slightly tacky
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:18 PM
crappyattitude1 crappyattitude1 is offline
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I like....

the black housing, with projector beams (low only) and LED halos... they can be seen by clicking on my garage...

But this is only my opinion....

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:31 PM
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Thanks, I do agree with Black housings.

Cheers Gj
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:39 PM
ObeyThePoodle ObeyThePoodle is offline
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the black housing, with projector beams (low only) and LED halos... they can be seen by clicking on my garage...

But this is only my opinion....

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
That is what mine are (see my sig pict), but I upgraded the halos, those were too faint.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:07 PM
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nice...looks great. My Z3 is silver but the black housing should look good over chrome...
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:35 AM
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Poodle....

are you saying that the LEDs weren't bright enough? I have found them to be extremely bright... no issues seeing them at noon. From the pic in your sig, you don't have LEDs.

Crappy : )

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:24 AM
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Mr. Fritzy,
In case you wanted some photos of how our headlights look.




CLICK HERE TO ORDER



but for maximum light output:
Some additional adjusting is still necessary but you can see the value in the new H1 Bixenon Retrofit we now do for the ProjectorZ II:buttrock



LOW:


HIGH:


And some more photos:



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Old 06-19-2013, 06:19 PM
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are you saying that the LEDs weren't bright enough? I have found them to be extremely bright... no issues seeing them at noon. From the pic in your sig, you don't have LEDs.

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
Review thread as I haven't purchased anything yet..."Obey the poodle" just provided an opinion and was trying to help me during the process.
I will be pursuing an "Umnitza product" if I can figure out the actual assembly I want using their webpage to order.
I find it difficult to follow their order process without having to Add on High end options on the order menu...

Gj
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:46 AM
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Fritzy....

Just give them a call... I was having the same issue with their website. They were friendly and very helpful on the phone.
I wasn't trying to disrespect the Poodle... Just saying that the lights in their sig aren't LED's.

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:19 AM
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I will be calling them today \I hope to nail it down. Cheers to all for the assistance. Gj
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:27 AM
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we look forward to your call.
K.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:31 AM
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@crappyattitude1:
When I bought the car it had aftermarket headlights already (non-umnitza), and I upgraded to LEDs, the sig pic is from before the upgrade (I should've been more clear)

I'll update the pic later, as right now the car is also undergoing body repairs.

Oh, and I don't get offended easily, and I can see Crappy's intention wasn't that.
Cheers

Edit: Updated sig pic...
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:07 AM
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Ordered Light Kit June 20th...I have tried to contact to track or get updates on shipping details...no response.
Its been 5 weeks??? Help
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:14 AM
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FritzyZ3.....

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Ordered Light Kit June 20th...I have tried to contact to track or get updates on shipping details...no response.
Its been 5 weeks??? Help
You have tried contacting Umnitza? Did you order them online or over the phone? I had very prompt service. Try giving them a call and email both... or try a PM through this forum... they are on here. (Disclaimer... I have no connection to Umnitza, other than a very satisfied customer.)

Good Luck!

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:16 AM
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ObeythePoodle....

I like the new lights on your car... and the Roundel looks great!

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:21 AM
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Umnitza Headlight Order gone bad??

Its been about 5 weeks, they have my payment...June 20th
I am hoping for a good result but several failed attempts to communicate have not eased my mind on receiving my order.

Tried phone, email...no satisfaction so far.

I have not given up yet...and my post is not to "flame them"

I will post any result available to insure the completion of my story...good or bad.

Canada customer...Calgary AB.

GJ
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:10 AM
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Gary, sorry for the lack of communication. We will reply to your PM shortly.
It is something that we have issues with from time to time with international Canadian shipments, but the shipments to Calgary have almost all been delayed a LOT due to your floods and the train derailment.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:18 AM
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thanks for reply

My contact information is Greg Jarvis Calgary Alberta
You have my phone numbers and email on file from order # info provided.
Please have a customer service rep contact me directly to update my order delivery details.

Thank you.

Greg
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:50 PM
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Cant wait to see the results. I love the halo look on the z3
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