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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 12-09-2012, 12:34 PM
Docta Boom Docta Boom is offline
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Best headlights for the price

what are the best 01+ angel eye facelift headlights for the price...
the ones i got on my car are alright, just CCFL's in them and the adjusters are broken so they point real low and i think its ready to upgrade

best ones for the price with a link?


what they look like now
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:09 PM
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Name your price range. There are also tons of threads on this, personally I say just replace your adjusters on your current lights.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:00 PM
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^agree there are a lot of threads on this.

In addition to price range you need to decide what features are most important you. Light output, cut off pattern, xenon or halogen, bi-xenon capability, really bright angel eyes, different colored angel eyes, quality/longevity.


Also price is pretty key because in order to get certain features you are going to have to pay there is really no way around it. You can get nice looking DJ autos cheaper than OEM lights, but people say the stock DJ auto projectors are not so great. Also the stock DJ auto angel eyes may not be that great depending on what you want. So when you upgrade the DJ auto projectors and start choosing different types of angel eyes the price starts getting close to OEM. I am not trying to advocate OEM over DJ autos just to get different/better options on the DJ autos the price starts to get expensive.


Since you said you have ccfls I am guessing you have aftermarket lights right now. If not and they are oem lights that can be opened upgrade them. Think about doing the following
  • New adjusters
  • LED based aftermarket angel eye bulbs of your choice as far as brightness and color
  • Refinish the lens'
  • Retrofit in some aftermarket xenon projectors if you have halogen or
  • if you have xenon already maybe some clear lens' for your current projectors or maybe some bi-xenon projectors
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:53 PM
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hmm yeah, i loved my headlights before the adjusters broke, now i cant see ****. Might as well just fix the adjusters, i hope its not to hard of a process.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:17 PM
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time to practice your searching powers, get back to us if you can't find the DIY
there are also adjuster services for like $200 but you have to mail your lights. When replacing yourself or paying someone else, make sure to pony up for the aluminum adjuster so it is a one time job.
p.s. nice ride
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:44 PM
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smh @ Docta doom. Got his m5 bumper and wheels and tried to keep it a secret from me ... lol.. if you have the prefacelift headlights doing the adjusters is a piece of cake. I bought two sets from pelican parts for $15 plus shipping and installed them in less than 30 mins for both from taking the headlights out of the car to opening the lights and installing the adjusters to putting the headlights back on the car
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:33 PM
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smh @ Docta doom. Got his m5 bumper and wheels and tried to keep it a secret from me ... lol.. if you have the prefacelift headlights doing the adjusters is a piece of cake. I bought two sets from pelican parts for $15 plus shipping and installed them in less than 30 mins for both from taking the headlights out of the car to opening the lights and installing the adjusters to putting the headlights back on the car
haha oh boy, i got some explaining to do. youngpro is the headlight expert preface headlights (basically taught me how to install and uninstall headlights, now i'm able to do it within 5 minutes thanks to him).... anyways, yeah i'm going to try to tackle the adjusters soon, I've looked at some guides but it doesn't look to easy to do
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:43 PM
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haha oh boy, i got some explaining to do. youngpro is the headlight expert preface headlights (basically taught me how to install and uninstall headlights, now i'm able to do it within 5 minutes thanks to him).... anyways, yeah i'm going to try to tackle the adjusters soon, I've looked at some guides but it doesn't look to easy to do
Lmao. I wish i was an expert but thanks man. Its really simple to do. I'll make you a vid tomorrow
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:19 PM
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Lmao. I wish i was an expert but thanks man. Its really simple to do. I'll make you a vid tomorrow
Its kinda hard to tell for sure form his pic since its so far away, but doesn't op have facelift headlights? Or are you making him a facelift headlight adjuster replacement video?

Also OP if you have facelift xenons the fix can be a little bit easier that facelift halogen as it makes it a little bit easier to take the headlights apart.
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