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for a while now i have been obsessed to achieve the best lighting equipment for my Mz3...

i initially started off with a 8000K hid kit from vision bulbs. that one was ok in the beginning until few months after i bought it, it started causing the lights to flicker randomly...

but eventually i found the stock xenon headlamps on ebay for £30 each with the ballast!... i thought that iwas a bargain considering that the ballast price alone at the dealership is over £150....

now the only problem i'm facing...

my halogen headlamps have the manual levelling motors, and the stock xenons ones use an automatic leveling motor. now i need to find the replacement motors 1st before installing the stock xenons in my car as i dont want to loose the leveling feature...

i took some shots of testing the stock xenons...

My D2S bulbs are genuine philips 4300K....

how long does it take the D2S bulbs to reach its true white colour output? because right now they look awfully yellow...

btw the cutt off point is excellent..

Left (headlight on the bonnet) is the stock xenon(4300K) and right (installed headlamp) Vision bulbs 8000K



it may look blue in the pictures... but in real life the Stock xenon looks very yellow at the moment... and the 8000K light white(blueish)

Stock Xenon




Light output... Stock xenon VS 8000K



Stock xenon projection on my clothes









i plan on using a battery relay to connect to the ballasts as i dont wanna take the risk of blowing my halogen cables away... i got this connector on ebay
 

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Let me know when your done with the stock (old) headlights :wink: .........Though I really would like them.
 

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[quote author=Operator link=topic=68018.msg1172303#msg1172303 date=1169952633]
Let me know when your done with the stock (old) headlights :wink: .........Though I really would like them.
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postage on the headlamps would be a real killer.... :(
 

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I have a spare level adjustment motor that came from a donor headlight I had. You can have it, all you have to do is pay for the shipping.


It usually takes around 100 hours for the bulbs to shift. My Osrams have around 500 hours on them, they look closer to 5000k now.
 

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I have a spare level adjustment motor that came from a donor headlight I had. You can have it, all you have to do is pay for the shipping.


It usually takes around 100 hours for the bulbs to shift. My Osrams have around 500 hours on them, they look closer to 5000k now.
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yes please... but may i see a picture 1st please... just to confirm that its the right one...

much much appreciated.... :D
 

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[quote author=Operator link=topic=68018.msg1172303#msg1172303 date=1169952633]
Let me know when your done with the stock (old) headlights :wink: .........Though I really would like them.
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ok honest question now...

did you really want my old halogen headlamps?

cause they taking much space in my room....


let me know
 

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[quote author=neeldub link=topic=68018.msg1182562#msg1182562 date=1170413000]
[quote author=Operator link=topic=68018.msg1172303#msg1172303 date=1169952633]
Let me know when your done with the stock (old) headlights :wink: .........Though I really would like them.
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ok honest question now...

did you really want my old halogen headlamps?

cause they taking much space in my room....


let me know
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Yeh. But I don't want to break the bank :wink:. If we can work something out that would be great. I even have vonage so I can call you for free if it would be easier to communicate.
 

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4300k is a really light color in comparison to the higher temps anyhow. I had 1000+ hours on my old factories, and they seemed damn yellow to me, even for HId's.
 

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His car is right hand drive, yours is left hand drive. The pattern of the headlights will be pointing the wrong way as they are reversed and you will then be blinding oncoming traffic. The lights are reversed to accomodate driving on the left side of the road instead of the right. Basically, you dont want them.
 

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I totally forgot about the step.
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there is a way to convert the pattern for left hand drive... ask a garage.. they'd know how to do that
 

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[quote author=neeldub link=topic=68018.msg1172125#msg1172125 date=1169942698]
for a while now i have been obsessed to achieve the best lighting equipment for my Mz3...

i initially started off with a 8000K hid kit from vision bulbs. that one was ok in the beginning until few months after i bought it, it started causing the lights to flicker randomly...

but eventually i found the stock xenon headlamps on ebay for £30 each with the ballast!... i thought that iwas a bargain considering that the ballast price alone at the dealership is over £150....

now the only problem i'm facing...

my halogen headlamps have the manual levelling motors, and the stock xenons ones use an automatic leveling motor. now i need to find the replacement motors 1st before installing the stock xenons in my car as i dont want to loose the leveling feature...

i took some shots of testing the stock xenons...

My D2S bulbs are genuine philips 4300K....

how long does it take the D2S bulbs to reach its true white colour output? because right now they look awfully yellow...

btw the cutt off point is excellent..

Left (headlight on the bonnet) is the stock xenon(4300K) and right (installed headlamp) Vision bulbs 8000K
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i kinda, sorta did something like you did. last night i put the Factory D2s bulbs from another mazda in my halogen headlamps, i already have a 6000K system in there. so all i had to do was switch the bulbs. the difference was amazing. the cutoff is so much more cleaner, not fuzzy like the 6000K bulbs. and the glare seems to have been reduced also. i was doing it just to get rid off the bluish color that 6000K gives off, i never expected the cutoff and glare to be improved.
 

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Holy shit those are aimed high :shock:...
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they're not aimed high because they're not installed in the car yet..

look at the pic properly... the xenon headlamp is sitting on top of the halogen headlamp which is installed in the car...
 

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[quote author=neeldub link=topic=68018.msg1185235#msg1185235 date=1170548432]
[quote author=oneill8769 link=topic=68018.msg1185222#msg1185222 date=1170548040]
Holy shit those are aimed high :shock:...
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they're not aimed high because they're not installed in the car yet..

look at the pic properly... the xenon headlamp is sitting on top of the halogen headlamp which is installed in the car...
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Ah, my mistake.
 

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[quote author=oneill8769 link=topic=68018.msg1185237#msg1185237 date=1170548498]
[quote author=neeldub link=topic=68018.msg1185235#msg1185235 date=1170548432]
[quote author=oneill8769 link=topic=68018.msg1185222#msg1185222 date=1170548040]
Holy shit those are aimed high :shock:...
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they're not aimed high because they're not installed in the car yet..

look at the pic properly... the xenon headlamp is sitting on top of the halogen headlamp which is installed in the car...
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Ah, my mistake.
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lol no probs...

i'll finish the installation on tuesday... so look out for some more pics...
 

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[quote author=neeldub link=topic=68018.msg1172125#msg1172125 date=1169942698]
for a while now i have been obsessed to achieve the best lighting equipment for my Mz3...

i initially started off with a 8000K hid kit from vision bulbs. that one was ok in the beginning until few months after i bought it, it started causing the lights to flicker randomly...

but eventually i found the stock xenon headlamps on ebay for £30 each with the ballast!... i thought that iwas a bargain considering that the ballast price alone at the dealership is over £150....

now the only problem i'm facing...

my halogen headlamps have the manual levelling motors, and the stock xenons ones use an automatic leveling motor. now i need to find the replacement motors 1st before installing the stock xenons in my car as i dont want to loose the leveling feature...

i took some shots of testing the stock xenons...

My D2S bulbs are genuine philips 4300K....

how long does it take the D2S bulbs to reach its true white colour output? because right now they look awfully yellow...

btw the cutt off point is excellent..

Left (headlight on the bonnet) is the stock xenon(4300K) and right (installed headlamp) Vision bulbs 8000K
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i kinda, sorta did something like you did. last night i put the Factory D2s bulbs from another mazda in my halogen headlamps, i already have a 6000K system in there. so all i had to do was switch the bulbs. the difference was amazing. the cutoff is so much more cleaner, not fuzzy like the 6000K bulbs. and the glare seems to have been reduced also. i was doing it just to get rid off the bluish color that 6000K gives off, i never expected the cutoff and glare to be improved.
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How did you switch the bulbs with a kit? Did the kit have a d2s extension on it?
 

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[quote author=ziegs2020 link=topic=68018.msg1185314#msg1185314 date=1170551806]How did you switch the bulbs with a kit? Did the kit have a d2s extension on it?
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yeah, there is a "cable" on ebay that lets you connect D2r/D2s based bulbs to kits that have "AMP" plugs.
this is what it looks like

 

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ok i just spent the past 3 hrs seting up my xenon headlamps with my retrofitted manual levelling motors. unfortunately.. the set up didnt go so well...

taking the bumper and original headlamps was minor. The only problem is the levelling of the projectors. one seems lower than the other and they both dont seem to level together when i stich the levelling switch to any position.

i have tried to manually level it with a screwdriver, but with no luck probably because the manual levelling motor are a bit loose in the headlamp...

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Bumper off with stock xenon


Notice the blob on the right hand side??






Picture from inside





Picture from outside





Stock Ballast


Output





oh and as you can see in the pictures... the light doesnt extend that far at all... comapred to my halogen ones... these xenon projectors look crap... or it could be down to the leveling problem... :?

advice???
 
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