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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Tue, May-15-2012, 11:01:24 AM   #11
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Default Re: Headlights :)

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I've had experience with OEM non projector headlights, DJ auto, and DDM headlights. DJ auto's have stronger side clips for where the turn signals mount, but have very weak adjusters (prone to breaking allowing the headlight to rattle around easily in the casing). The DDM headlights have stronger adjusters, yet weaker turn signal mounts and mounting clip plastic, using a hair drier to soften up the plastic a little before install has helped some.

I've heard good things about ZKW's but I have no first hand experience.

One odd trick I did with my current E36 is a mix and match. I had a set of DJ auto's that had flawless side clips, and front glass, but the adjusters had been broken even after careful adjusting. A friend had an extra set of DEPO's laying around with broken side clips, so I utilized the flawless bucket portion (with the stronger adjusters). I really just did this as a test, and it ended up working perfect. No condensation gets in (surprisingly) despite the fact that I've had condensation issues with at least one of these sets on their own.

Still haven't seen anyone else mix the best of both worlds of DJ auto, and DEPO headlights. They do fit together nicely, and it's a good way to salvage 2 sets of "Broken" headlights, to create 1 well working set utilizing the strong points of each.

Also, if you plan on running HID's in any of the headlights mentioned, please search up on the cutoff retrofit. None of these were designed for HID's, and have a very aggressive halogen style uptick. You WILL annoy everyone on the road at night by running any of these, ZKW included without the retrofit.
My DJ Autos arrived brand new with a broken adjuster. I also had issues with one of the corner light connectors. The corner light never would fully lock into place and eventually it popped out on the highway. That was the final straw. I've since owned two sets of ZKWs and both were flawless.
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Old Tue, May-15-2012, 01:35:25 PM   #12
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I have DJ Autos and like them. The tabs don't break like the DEPO's but I hear the projector is not as nice. I also like the DJ Autos because they offer a replaceable glass lens if they break.
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Old Fri, May-18-2012, 02:04:01 PM   #13
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You guys are stocking the wrong headlight. Nobody will want to buy parabolic European Bosch headlights. The US already has Parabolic headlights, just with plastic lenses. They are just as good as what you carry.

The desirable headlight is the Bosch Projector headlight. Very easy to find and purchase, so there's no reason to stock the parabolic version.





I recently chased a Right hand Bosch from Germany, and was told BMW no longer have stock of the Bosche projector glass LH head light, discontinued, finito. I sourced a LH projector light from Austria however, by the time they landed in Australia they cost me an arm and a leg, but I was pretty fussy about the whole process in the end.
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Old Fri, May-18-2012, 05:13:06 PM   #14
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I have DJ Autos and like them. The tabs don't break like the DEPO's but I hear the projector is not as nice. I also like the DJ Autos because they offer a replaceable glass lens if they break.
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ZKWs with FX retrofit....that is all.
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ZKWs with FXR retrofit....that is all.
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