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Old 05-29-2012, 07:42 PM
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Any Feedback Pleeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need to know... This is going to be my huge summer project I just want to make sure I don't f.....ck everything!!!!!!!!!!
Yes!!! Worked out perfectly. Dremil cutter- A must. A small tool set from home depot that looks like dentist pick set ($4) - helped a lot, specially the hook and straight angle pick.
Sealed with clear gasket sealer silicone. When it cures its gummy and flexible, heat and water resistant. $3 - autozone

Polished glass with plasticX compound "cleaner and polish" (Autozone $8) using 1800rpm drill with sponge attachment from 3M Headlight restore kit.

And yea, sorry no detailed pic walk through, I started at 4am and finished at 11am, taking pics was the last thing i wanted to do. So only before and after, not the best iPhone pics i took, but it is what it is.

Just follow the original guys notes and pics, that is what I used, once headlight is in your hands - it'll all make sense.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:45 PM
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Took couple pic with iPhone.dont know how to upload.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:25 AM
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Yes!!! Worked out perfectly. Dremil cutter- A must. A small tool set from home depot that looks like dentist pick set ($4) - helped a lot, specially the hook and straight angle pick.
Sealed with clear gasket sealer silicone. When it cures its gummy and flexible, heat and water resistant. $3 - autozone

Polished glass with plasticX compound "cleaner and polish" (Autozone $8) using 1800rpm drill with sponge attachment from 3M Headlight restore kit.

And yea, sorry no detailed pic walk through, I started at 4am and finished at 11am, taking pics was the last thing i wanted to do. So only before and after, not the best iPhone pics i took, but it is what it is.

Just follow the original guys notes and pics, that is what I used, once headlight is in your hands - it'll all make sense.
Thanks a lot for your answers...The result was awesome. I think it`s worth every single minute of your sleepless night!!! Congrats. I understand you followed all the steps from the first post. Was it very difficult? Did you cut the plastic around the glass with the dremmel? Again thanks for posting...
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:30 AM
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Took couple pic with iPhone.dont know how to upload.
1. Sign up on 'photobucket'
2. upload your pics
3. copy the 'IMG' on photobucket and paste it in the reply block

This is one of the possibilities but I know there are more... Waiting to se your pictures....

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:30 AM
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You know if you guys put em in the oven for about 10 mins at 350 they pull apart with ease

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:35 AM
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You know if you guys put em in the oven for about 10 mins at 350 they pull apart with ease

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Are you sure? I'm asking that because I remember someone who tried this before without result and posted here that this sealing wouldn't come off so easily... Have you tried by yourself in this precise headlight model? Thanks....
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:41 AM
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Are you sure? I'm asking that because I remember someone who tried this before without result and posted here that this sealing wouldn't come off so easily... Have you tried by yourself in this precise headlight model? Thanks....
Yea I used to do custom work paint matching headlight bezzles removing orange reflectors etc. It cuts the time in half. I haven't done any BMW's but I've done a whole bunch of cars and it is the best method for pulling them apart you just need to be careful and not over cook them because you'll ruin the headlight

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:44 AM
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Here's a write up on how to do it
http://www.celicahobby.com/forums/ub...he-Inside.html


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Old 05-30-2012, 01:31 AM
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Yea I used to do custom work paint matching headlight bezzles removing orange reflectors etc. It cuts the time in half. I haven't done any BMW's but I've done a whole bunch of cars and it is the best method for pulling them apart you just need to be careful and not over cook them because you'll ruin the headlight

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Thanks for your answers... I've been searching and finally I found the post from someone who tried to bake them without result in his e65 headlight...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=349588


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i tried baking mine yesterday for my e65 and no luck. i went from 175 degrees for 15 mins, to 250 degrees for 15-20 mins to 350 degrees for 10 mins and the glue doesnt melt at ALL!!!!!!! i already bought a pair of new ones so i didnt really care for the old ones. i also tried it with a heat gun, but that gets too hot and start melting the lens, the glue still doesnt melt thou.
i believe those people who do it, but i dont know if it actually works on the e65.

does anyone have any ideas on this?????
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:18 AM
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Thanks a lot for your answers...The result was awesome. I think it`s worth every single minute of your sleepless night!!! Congrats. I understand you followed all the steps from the first post. Was it very difficult? Did you cut the plastic around the glass with the dremmel? Again thanks for posting...
Difficult - not very. Once you start cutting and then breaking off pieces - yea, there was a thought "Oh $#!%, there is no way back", but keep on, it'll work. Yes, I cut the edge around the glass and stripped top piece with screwdriver, and separated the bottom edge with box cutter and angle picks.

Here is another tip if you go the "cutting way" - see pic: View of glass edge inside housing - side view

Housing= blue
Glass edge = green

Whenever possible, i tried to cut with dremel (see 1) there. That way I did not even need to use the angle tool afterwards to separate rubber from glass. Box cutter blade went stright in and cut was nice and fast.
Try to leave about a 1mm of that verticle edge, this way it'll stop/position the glass evenly when you put it back on.

There will be places where you might not be able to cut at (#1), so cut at #2 angle, and you see that thats where you'll need an angle cutting contraption to get between housing and glass.

Also, at some places there will be either a bolt housing piece, or some other non regular shape - so I cut through those too.

There will be 1 place, I think at the bottom/middle of the housing strip, where an irregular line goes across the housing strip. There is metal inside, going from the aluminum square. Dont cut that.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:34 AM
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Thanks for your answers... I've been searching and finally I found the post from someone who tried to bake them without result in his e65 headlight...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=349588


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i tried baking mine yesterday for my e65 and no luck. i went from 175 degrees for 15 mins, to 250 degrees for 15-20 mins to 350 degrees for 10 mins and the glue doesnt melt at ALL!!!!!!! i already bought a pair of new ones so i didnt really care for the old ones. i also tried it with a heat gun, but that gets too hot and start melting the lens, the glue still doesnt melt thou.
i believe those people who do it, but i dont know if it actually works on the e65.

does anyone have any ideas on this?????
Yea, if you actually cut the headlight open and cut off a piece of that sealing that glues the glass to housing you will quickly realize that its not glue - its rubber, yea, like tire rubber. No way that will ever melt before your headlight does.

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:34 AM
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Not sure if this was answered or not, but is taking off the bumper absolutely necessary? I love DIYs when the part isnt friggin $800 to replace. Major props at the courage to take on the task. This would be a great money making service! Im willing to pay... Time and Money are the same, i have more of the latter!
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:44 AM
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Not sure if this was answered or not, but is taking off the bumper absolutely necessary? I love DIYs when the part isnt friggin $800 to replace. Major props at the courage to take on the task. This would be a great money making service! Im willing to pay... Time and Money are the same, i have more of the latter!
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:24 AM
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looks great,

I would have painted the corners black while I was in there for that Euro look but I see your point about having a little color since your car is black already. Black corners would look better on a silver car or white.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:44 AM
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Difficult - not very. Once you start cutting and then breaking off pieces - yea, there was a thought "Oh $#!%, there is no way back", but keep on, it'll work. Yes, I cut the edge around the glass and stripped top piece with screwdriver, and separated the bottom edge with box cutter and angle picks.

Here is another tip if you go the "cutting way" - see pic: View of glass edge inside housing - side view

Housing= blue
Glass edge = green

Whenever possible, i tried to cut with dremel (see 1) there. That way I did not even need to use the angle tool afterwards to separate rubber from glass. Box cutter blade went stright in and cut was nice and fast.
Try to leave about a 1mm of that verticle edge, this way it'll stop/position the glass evenly when you put it back on.

There will be places where you might not be able to cut at (#1), so cut at #2 angle, and you see that thats where you'll need an angle cutting contraption to get between housing and glass.

Also, at some places there will be either a bolt housing piece, or some other non regular shape - so I cut through those too.

There will be 1 place, I think at the bottom/middle of the housing strip, where an irregular line goes across the housing strip. There is metal inside, going from the aluminum square. Dont cut that.
Nothing else to say... Very well explained! Now I'm sure this is going to be my next summer project. I think is worth the risk. On my last e38 750i it made a huge difference, so I guess in this car will be awesome.

I'm thinking about painting the black plastic interior in grey to match the colour of my car, but it's just an idea...

Again thanks a lot for your detailed answer!!!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:52 AM
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:10 AM
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Can somebody make this a sticky, so its a readily available reference, kinda like the angel eye sticky.

Check out this Euro Headlight, im in process of having my housing cleaned, but while i have it off, im thinking of changing out the amber part. what would be best route to go? just paint this part metallic silver or what. i havent seen a EU headlight up close. any suggestions?
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I retract my statement about black corners looking to black on a black car, look at this B7 pre-facelift with the Euro corners in black. I think it looks great



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I retract my statement about black corners looking to black on a black car, look at this B7 pre-facelift with the Euro corners in black. I think it looks great



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Hey guys. New here and glad I found this forum. Just bought a 745li and the dirty, foggy inside of the headlights are driving me crazy. Thanks for the DIY tutorial, I think it is above my pay grade. Anyone interested in performing this service? For money of course. Thanks again all and glad to be a part of he forum!!
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Nice DIY! Love the Black corners too!
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I retract my statement about black corners looking to black on a black car, look at this B7 pre-facelift with the Euro corners in black. I think it looks great



Gorgeous. Might want to take apart the lenses on mine. Will it work the same for 2006's ?
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Tackling this mod today. Headlights out, dremel ready, looking at his pics a few more times before I start to cut....
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Holy $hit that was a PIA! On a scale of 1-10, that is a 7. They are back together and the adhesive is drying. They will be re-installed in the morning. I have about 6 hours into the whole project. You really hack up your lights, but its in areas that are not going to be seen. I also found Black adhesive RTV at Autozone for $10. I took a couple of pictures that I think will help explain a little more. I blew out my dremel and it took about 4 cutting blades to get through both lights.

Soapy water doesnt get rid of the haze on the inside. I tried clay bar with spray polish, everything I had in my arsenal. What ended up working the easiest and best was an "all purpose adhesive remover". This applies easily and wipes clean. I took a high speed buffer and polished the outside of the lenses too while they were off. I painted the corner lense (was yellow) black and I removed the tint over the outside of the lenses. I will post finished pics later this week. START THIS PROJECT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING! Buy everything first..
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