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The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:24 PM
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Exclamation CAUTION! AE LED replacements

A few weeks ago, I had upgraded my AE's to 5w LED and all was well with no errors. Great color but not very bright. I saw new 25W AE's and decided to give them a try. They looked better but not 5x brighter for sure.

It rained Thursday and Friday but I did not drive the car till Saturday. Sunday after some driving I looked and saw this:

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I was not too happy to see moisture in the housing. I removed the AE's and after looking them over I found the issue. These are made differently than the others with a hollow center, most likely to assist in cooling.

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I removed the AE's and using some clear tubing, a hair dryer, and about 2 hours, I got the moisture out. I then I used Silicone to seal the openings on the rear of the AE's to keep the moisture out.

The position of the AE's are outside of any protection and therefore exposed to the elements via the normal air flow. This is not a problem with the factory fittings as they are sealed. I'm sure the heat from the LED's caused whatever water that came in contact with it, to vaporize into the headlight housing.

It's all OK now but be cautious on choosing these replacements. The first set of LEDs were sealed but these were not.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:09 PM
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That blows! Nice recovery though.

Definitely beneficial to alert everyone to be careful with aftermarket AE's.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:58 AM
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Bummer

Now I see what you were saying in your PM. Ouch!

So you're going to stick with them and see if you can keep the moisture out?

Hope it works. If not, at least we have a holiday tomorrow
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I'd be a bit worried using 25W angel eyes... That's a lot of heat to dissipate.
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