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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:36 AM
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Headlight Upgrade

Hello everyone,

I have a 1997 318i. I am looking to upgrade the stock headlight/foglight system. I'm pretty new to the BMW world, so I was looking for some opinions on options (HIDs, angel eyes, etc.).

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:20 AM
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If you're looking to save some coin, go with either Depo's or DJ Auto's from either http://www.ddmtuning.com or http://www.umnitza.com.

If you want the very best, order a pair of ZKW's.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:24 AM
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+1. That's pretty much about all there is to it. I'd avoid buying from eBay at all costs (unless buying ZKW from a reputable seller).

DDM Tuning has additional info on their website, such as color spectrum and wattage charts.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:10 PM
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I just put in a set of Hella E36 shadowline Ellipsoids, top OEM quality and as good as halogen gets. Found a nice price on Schmiedmann.com.

Full story and pics here: http://chrisparente.com/2013/01/07/u...-on-my-e36-m3/
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:30 PM
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Wow. Thanks for all the info guys. Very helpful. I have some tough choices to make, though I'm definitely leaning towards angel eyes. That story you posted was excellent. Looks great.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:32 PM
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We carry ZKW.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:42 PM
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We carry ZKW.
My bad, I hadn't looked for headlamps for several years now. Edited my post accordingly.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:27 AM
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ZKW is another great choice no doubt, esp if you want to go HID. Matt, FYI your link to the wiring schematic on the ZKW page looks to be broken.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:44 AM
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Get zkw... I bought Depos and all the retainer clips were cracking during installation. Then the angel eye inverter blew.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:14 AM
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We have sold ZKW from 2001, we sold BOSCH from roughly 2004 (no longer as it's nearly impossible to get factory units for a reasonable price), and even HELLA (look and act exactly like ZKW) originals. We never sold HELLA replacements (those funky small projector style ones) or any chinese one-piece units.

We have only about 3 sets of ZKW in stock right now, but we have a new order for new stock slated for next week.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:57 PM
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We carry ZKW.
Hey i went to order some but I have no idea what the options are. Where can i find out what everything means? Can you help me out, thanks.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:13 PM
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What kind of things do you want for your car? Are you looking for maximum output? Maximum value? let us know.
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