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DerekJr. last won the day on January 30 2017

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About DerekJr.

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    Portsmouth, England

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    e39 523i

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  1. DerekJr.

    E39 Non Standard Headunit

    I have an Xtron (Android) unit currently fitted to my e39 since May 2018. It's been very good and reliable especially compared to my previous Eonon unit which ran on a much older Windows system. I think for e39s with factory Nav, you will need the extra 5meter cable etc that goes to the boot. It has a lot of specs, USB, memory cards, bluetooth for music (shows artist and song name), Bluetooth for calls, android apps, touch screen, Sat Nav, etc. I'll search for specs and the name of my unit in a few minutes.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Coded double impulse hazards.
  3. DerekJr.

    Adam's E39 Touring Project

    I've just seen this man! Wow! Nice work!
  4. DerekJr.

    Dip/main has turned pink!

    On LCI, Outers are for low/high beam (bi-xenon) and flashing. Inners are for cornering lights. You only need one bulb per side for the bi-xenon.
  5. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Thanks Barry! Yeah, sure! I'd be up for meeting with you and comparing OEM xenon with the Morimoto bi-xenon. I would be interested in the difference too. I have some mid-range (Lunex) bulbs that I'm using, but they are like 2-3 years old now. Just let me know when you would like to meet up and I will make a plan. I'm still using the genuine OEM ballast I bought from eBay. In the near future, I will upgrade the bulbs for some Philips or Osrams. I haven't coded flash to pass and I don't think I will do it. I'll get a high beam H7 splitter so that when I do use my high beam, the bi-xenon part and my LED high beams will both illuminate. However, if my low beams are switched off, then it will just be my LED high beams that will illuminate (flash to pass). Thanks Derek
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    On a dark motorway (low beams): On a dark country road
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    I've had my fair share of LED plate lights...they turned out to be either problematic (flashing or causing indicators to flash fast) or not as long lasting as incandescent bulbs which defeats one of the purposes of upgrading to LED bulbs lol. I might look into it in the future, but it's not at the top of my priority list at the moment No worries! I see that they have brought out a new bixenon projector which has more of a European kink called the 5.0. However, at least now we know that the e39 lights can be upgraded while still keeping the OEM look instead of buying those horrid aftermarket lamps.
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Here are some beam pics
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    I've managed to do the driver side today. It took longer than expected due to me painting the side reflector (Rover Vermillion Orange) and indicator lens (Tangerine Orange), and the low beam/bixenon shroud gloss black. On top of this, the weather wasn't on my side today lol. The difference is amazing. The beam is crisp and I feel like I'm driving a new car. I will upload pics of the beam pattern etc in due course
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Ah, I didn't know that they will be that large! Could possibly do. Don't forget that the bixenon projector unit is shorter than OEM. I didn't want it to go so far forward that I would struggle to put a bulb in the projector once everything is back together
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    I think I've worked out how to upload photos. These are the items that are included in the box. For the retrofit, I won't be using all of the bits in the photos. Just the thickest ring thing, the spring, and the high beam wires/plug. A close up of the bixenon solenoid and cut off shield Comparison of the Morimoto bixenon and the facelift Hella halogen projector. The lens of the bixenon is more rounded compared to the Hella projector. The next two pics shows both projectors in the housing (birds eye view) The bixenon projectors sit approximately 1-2cm further back than the Hellas. The optional but important brackets that came with the projectors. Good quality and they feel quite sturdy. I've just ordered some new headlamp covers, so hopefully, I can get them installed soon and get to use them.
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Finally had some free time to take a few pics. However, I'm still having problems uploading them on the thread. They are only iPhone photos, so nothing large or fancy. I'll keep playing with it tonight Oh yes, I remember spending days on that website looking for projectors that I was happy with. But yes, it will be interesting to see how they compare in terms of light output, beam pattern, and reliability.
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Sorry Rob, I've been busy recently. I'll try and take a pic or two tonight. I'm using a part of the headlamp I found at a junk yard at the mo before I'll use my headlamps. Would I just be able to upload the pictures here straight instead via a 3rd party website?
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Also, I can confirm that with the supplied brackets, they will fit in the facelift headlamps To sum up: RHD traffic = Yes Fit e39 = Yes Bi-xenon function = Yes I just need to order some new headlamp covers and adjusters and I'll fit them on the e39. Well worth the money considering you can buy used OEM xenons for £250.00.
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