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Old 03-12-2013, 06:18 PM
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Z3 Headlights

Looking to replace my headlights - currently stock - on my 1999 Z3 2.3/2.5 Roadster - any suggestions on what you like very much appreciated.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:00 AM
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As posted to Ducky....

I recently purchased and installed new headlights from Umnitza. LED halos and projector headlights... Changed the whole look of the front end (for the better).... Even my Rat Rod buddies like the look...

Crappy : )

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:51 AM
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I like to see pictures.

I've been thinking about doing this to mine.

How hard was the installation and where did you tap into the elctrical for power to the angel eyes?
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:31 AM
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How are the gaps around the headlights?

I've only seen one set of installed Umnitza's. The gaps were noticeably larger. However, the last I checked, Umnitza's were much cheaper than new BMW headlights.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:27 AM
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Pictures....

I will post pix when I get my phone back...Forgot it this morning...I tapped into the left front marker light.... the gaps look the same as stock... but I could be wrong... I bought these a a replacement for a damaged headlight. (Someone hit and ran on Black Friday night....)
These were not cheap... but still less than 1 new headlight from BMW....

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:05 AM
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Pictures can be seen by going to my profile....

hopefully my iPhone pix don't disaapoint.

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:23 PM
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How are the gaps around the headlights?

I've only seen one set of installed Umnitza's. The gaps were noticeably larger. However, the last I checked, Umnitza's were much cheaper than new BMW headlights.
If you get teh Orion V4, there are no gaps
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:04 PM
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what do you mean by gaps?
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:04 PM
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Gaps in the LED string, Orion V2 are "dotted" more as they have fewer LED per ring.
You can't see in real life unless up close, it never shows up in photos.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:03 AM
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I meant the gap between the headlights and the surrounding sheet metal. The overall size of Umnitza headlights seem to be slightly smaller than stock headlights. I didn't take any actual measurement. But, with about a half dozen Z3's to compare, a half dozen people all agreed the Umnitza gaps were noticeable larger. And all of us, including the owner, didn't like the look of the larger gaps. The headlights were wonderfully clear - much superior to all the polished stock headlights on the other Z3s.

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Old 03-16-2013, 06:42 AM
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If you get teh Orion V4, there are no gaps
Looking on the umnitza website, I don't see anything for the Z3.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:13 AM
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:42 AM
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I meant the gap between the headlights and the surrounding sheet metal. The overall size of Umnitza headlights seem to be slightly smaller than stock headlights. I didn't take any actual measurement. But, with about a half dozen Z3's to compare, a half dozen people all agreed the Umnitza gaps were noticeable larger. And all of us, including the owner, didn't like the look of the larger gaps. The headlights were wonderfully clear - much superior to all the polished stock headlights on the other Z3s.
So you've seen them in person? It sounds like you have. IMO factory lights have a similar if not exactly the same gap, they just don't have such a black housing, so it doesn't appear as obvious.



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Old 03-16-2013, 12:53 PM
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Thanks, I can usually navigate a site, but could only get this far:
http://www.umnitza.com/bmw-zseries-c-114_113_1211.html
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:54 AM
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Belated thank you to all who replied - appreciate the insight - bpm
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