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Published on Jul 8, 2012
To do this build, we pulled the bumper and headlights off the car, trimmed the lip from around the headlight lens, then pried it off the housing instead of just cutting into it. The halogen bulb in the low beam section was replaced by a Morimoto Mini H1 BiXenon Projector, which was also wired to the high beam. The stock high beam was disconnected, since the new projectors double as high and low beams mechanically.
The OEM dim Angel Eyes were completely removed, as was the original light source for them. Umnitza's high powered Orion V2 Angel Eyes were installed, along with a custom fit pair of LED "Switchback" bulbs.
In running light mode, the angel eyes and corner bulbs are bright white, while turn signals change the corners from white to amber. After the turn signal is over, the corners return to white.
This car was a trip. I opened the "impossible to open" headlights but cutting the entire lip around the headlight off with a saw, then working my way around the clear lens with a very thin, sharp flat head driver (that I stabbed myself with more times than I can count). Aside from all the blood I had to clean up off the lights, these came out super clean, very OEM.
They started out as halogen housings, but now have the e46 Shroud with Umnitza high powered LED Angel Eyes. These are probably also just about the only Switchback bulb equipped BMW headlights out there.
To power the bulbs I had to run a line from the tail lights to get the running lights to turn the bulbs white, and I fished a line from the fenders forward to power the Amber Switchback function.
This car is so smart it fought me the whole way, but I beat it into submission, and it looks HOT because of it, not to mention it performance like a champ now!