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Old 09-08-2014, 08:38 AM
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Just upgraded my halo's "Angel Eyes" on F01

Ok,
I still see people posting and looking for advice on which direction they should go with their angel eyes so I figured I'd share with the group that hasn't made the upgrade yet.

I remember doing my homework on my last bimmer before upgrading and I installed the MTEC originals on my E66. They were a pain to install due to cramped space vs. hand size but well worth the aggravation.

When I got my F01 a few months back it had the original halogen H8 bulbs that looked yellowish and terrible so I knew I needed to upgrade. I ordered the new "MTEC H8 V3 26W Cree LED BMW Angel Eye Bulbs" directly from mteclightingusa.com. I ordered them this past Wednesday 9/3 and got them in the regular mail on Saturday 9/6. I paid $230.00 total. There was no tax and no shipping charge. I watched a youtube video first to see what I'd be up against and quickly realized it was nothing like my last bimmer. The install took me about 20 seconds per side. It took me longer to open the box that they came in.

They are much brighter and better looking than the stock bulbs. I figured I'd try to answer many of the questions I saw other users post.

After a little research, I found that the stock halogen H8 bulbs put out about 550 lumens. MTEC claims that their V3's put out over 1000 lumens. On ebay they claim that they test at 1800 lumens but they don't show a picture of their meter with the v3's so I don't believe it.

Yes, the HID kits are much brighter and many people state that they won't melt your headlight assemblies. For me that was an unnecessary risk so I decided to stick with the LED's.

The install was so easy with no cutting or splicing and took under a minute per side. Just plug the resister into the bulb and then connect the resistor to the factory harness. I found that I needed to stuff the resistor which is an aluminum box about 3/4" x 3/4" by 3" into the cavity first so it was beneath the new bulb in order for the moisture cap to screw back on the top of the headlight assembly.

I did not change any factory coding and I have not received any warning indicators.

They are heavy and the build quality appears to be supreme.

Yes the inner rings are much brighter than the outer rings but this is the way the assembly is designed by bmw. At night there is absolutely no noticeable difference. I just went outside and took a picture in my parking lot. It's blindingly sunny out today and my car is in direct sunlight. I didn't alter the photos at all except to crop them.

I hope this answer's the questions of all of you sitting on the fence. I highly recommend them.



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Old 09-08-2014, 08:45 AM
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I will add this note...
In the picture it appears that the outer ring isn't lit at all or barely lit. It does not look like this to the naked eye. While standing in front of the car, they both look brightly lit. My only explanation is that the inner ring is just so darn bright that the camera is doing something funny. I took the pics with my samsung s4 phone with the sun beaming on me.
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:08 PM
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Looks great... Im on the fence about a 2012 550 M-Sport versus a 2011 740 M-Sport and all of the pictures seemed to suggest the 740s lights were yellow. I guess the lights didn't get the HID treatment until 2012? If you can, will you please snap a couple pictures at night?
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:24 PM
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Sure thing TN. I'll shoot some photo's tonight and get them uploaded.
As for your car choice. I'd take that 740 over a 550 any day. After getting in a 5 as a loaner a few weeks back I quickly realized that I'm a 7 driver for the rest of my life. I'll bet the 550 will have quite a bit more pep and that may be what you're after but there will be no comparison in ride quality and the feeling of driving that big beast of a 7.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:37 PM
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Thanks for the info, I just ordered these. This mod had been on my wishlist, you helped me move to the soon to be installed list.. lol

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Old 09-08-2014, 02:22 PM
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I'm still deciding... The 550i M-Sport is a blast to drive, but I'm trying to decide if I would rather have the better ride/more room. Thanks for the input!
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:23 PM
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Hey Metz, your car is exactly the look I'm after. I like the 740/750, but only if it's still sporty like yours. I think you just made my choice easier! What size are your wheels/tires?
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:30 PM
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Hey Metz, your car is exactly the look I'm after. I like the 740/750, but only if it's still sporty like yours. I think you just made my choice easier! What size are your wheels/tires?
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They are staggered 22's and i'm lowered with H&R

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some pics on this thread

now... to Un-Hijack this thread.. I Just got the tracking number for my Mtech v3's woohoo!
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:54 PM
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The pics came out crummy. My phone can't really capture the lights straight on. They're just too bright.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:58 PM
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Thanks for the info, I just ordered these. This mod had been on my wishlist, you helped me move to the soon to be installed list.. lol

thanks!
Glad to have helped! That's why I posted this... hoping I could help others. You won't be disappointed.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:37 PM
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OP, funny you posted this... I ended up ordering the mtec V3 on a whim on Saturday and also some tinting film for the rear tail lights. I originally did upgrade the halos to a slightly whiter light, but am now ready for something even brighter. It was just the errors that some folks were reporting back that kept me from making the jump, but if these are finally error free, then I can't wait.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:41 AM
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OP, funny you posted this... I ended up ordering the mtec V3 on a whim on Saturday and also some tinting film for the rear tail lights. I originally did upgrade the halos to a slightly whiter light, but am now ready for something even brighter. It was just the errors that some folks were reporting back that kept me from making the jump, but if these are finally error free, then I can't wait.
I'm now on day four with them. I'm in and out of my car several times a day. I keep switching between using the remote and the comfort access. Sometimes turning on and off the headlights manually before and after the car is started. I've probably covered every combination of the lights turning on and off and haven't thrown a code yet. Enjoy!
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:56 AM
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:52 PM
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Its great but little expensive
I agree! It's definitely the most expensive option but it should last the life of the car and then some. At least that's how I justified it to myself...
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Look at it as filling up the tank 3 times! lol
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:57 PM
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I'm actually waiting and hoping that this version is error free. If so, I will get them....but I have read so many conflicting reports, so I am skeptical.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:29 PM
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I'm actually waiting and hoping that this version is error free. If so, I will get them....but I have read so many conflicting reports, so I am skeptical.
I haven't had an error yet. I also haven't messed with my original coding for the DRL's maybe over the next day or two I'll hook up my laptop and post what the timing values are on the Drl's are. I'll also come back and post any errors I get if any.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:38 PM
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Finally got the lights in, did a quick write up for color comparison, didn't want to hijack this thread, so I posted it here.

djeargazm's technical info seemed spot on, I think this is well worth the upgrade (assuming no errors down the road).

DJ, did yours have an extra connector coming out of the "ballast" that you don't use?
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DJ, did yours have an extra connector coming out of the "ballast" that you don't use?
Yes I did have th extra wire on my ballasts. I chalked it up to being their for installation in different applications other than F01.
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Tracking show mine arriving today!

Unfortunately I wont be able to install untill tomorrow or friday because my car is at P&P Pros getting calipers and grille painted.
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Tracking show mine arriving today!

Unfortunately I wont be able to install untill tomorrow or friday because my car is at P&P Pros getting calipers and grille painted.
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Yes I did have th extra wire on my ballasts. I chalked it up to being their for installation in different applications other than F01.
Great, thanks, I just tucked it away with the other wires.
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Please provide link of where you ordered. I wanna upgrade mine as well. Much appreciated


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