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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:00 AM
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Final word on X1 E84 HiD retrofits?

So my deciding factor on whether to buy used X1 or not comes down to whether I can
Retrofit HIds with projectors and ange eyes foe a oem look

(In Australia practically all X1 were not optioned with xenons )

So there's 2 ways..

Open up housing and put in projectors as halo/angel eye rings.. Install HID ballast

Or


Buy Bixenon housing and install


Now can anyone share if my thought above are even possible? Are there any proble a to encounter like having to reprogram car etc ?

Please share experience

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:50 AM
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It's best to do the true BMW HID install or not at all. The adaptive feature is really nice and second and most critical, most after market HID systems do not do auto levelling and will blind and annoy the hell out of oncoming drivers if you aren't on a glass smooth road or if when you accelerate quickly. It's been quoted around $2k for parts to do it right. Check laws in your area, but local to myself the news recently that Law Enforcement Officers are now ticketing people with illegal HID kits because many are causing problems.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:21 AM
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Why not just order one with the lighting package?
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:28 AM
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Thanks that's what I was thinking too.. Buy the whole oem system

But what sort of program in is required to get it to work ?
Can anyone with a BMW computer do it or does it have to vw BMW?

My worry is I spend all this money on te parts but I can't get anyone to compete the job

Pretty sure bmw would not do it for me

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:54 AM
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You'll need a BMW dealer or someone with access to the coding systems needed. There is a pretty good chunk of wiring harness that has to be changed and a fair bit of coding changes.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:34 PM
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You'll need a BMW dealer or someone with access to the coding systems needed. There is a pretty good chunk of wiring harness that has to be changed and a fair bit of coding changes.
If I got the whole oem lighting unit with the bulbs in it would that contain all the wiring needed ?
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:43 PM
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If I got the whole oem lighting unit with the bulbs in it would that contain all the wiring needed ?
No. The wiring harness goes through a bit of the car itself.

Someone might be able to comment more accurately but I believe there is wiring needed between sensors located at the front and rear of the car that are part of the auto-leveling function. This was one of the reasons you needed the Premium Package on 2013's in order for HID to be an option. Part of the main wiring harness done for the premium package contained the wiring to sensors needed for HID levelling and adaptive headlight functionality.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:51 PM
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No. The wiring harness goes through a bit of the car itself.

Someone might be able to comment more accurately but I believe there is wiring needed between sensors located at the front and rear of the car that are part of the auto-leveling function. This was one of the reasons you needed the Premium Package on 2013's in order for HID to be an option. Part of the main wiring harness done for the premium package contained the wiring to sensors needed for HID levelling and adaptive headlight functionality.
Wow complicated .. No wonder no x1s here have HIDs

So is this harness available from BMW or parts seller or does it need to be fabricated?
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The OP is buying used.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:52 PM
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Okay so this is what I've learnt

OEM headlight housing - $1200
Still need wiring harness - ??
Comtrol unit - ??

Sounds like a bigger job than expected.

I could sell my reflector housing after but they wouldn't recover much money I bet.

The other option is use retrofit parts :

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/
www.lightwerkz.net/

These places seem to stock high quality stuff not junk.. shrowds, projectors and HID kits..

I know most people are not too keen for after market stuff..

The other issue is will opening up a headlight housing which is sealed cause problems with water leak / rain etc later

Makes me wish I could afford a new car.. lol
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