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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2008, 7:22 pm Thread Starter
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HID retrofit requires the entire headlight replaced?

Got a message from my dealer about my looking into the BMW OEM HID retrofit for my '06. It was mentioned that it requires the bulb ($190), the control unit ($395) and on top of those, the entire headlight lens assembly replaced ($765). Ouch. He was good enough to mention he heard of an owner who had an HID bulb only last 6-8 months....

I looked at Max BMW online parts catalog, and I'll be #%$^*& if it doesn't show two different part numbers for headlight assemblies- one for "non-HID" and one for "HID".

Some OEM retrofit!

Can this truly be possible? Can anyone confirm the need for the ENTIRE headlamp unit being replaced for the BMW OEM retrofit?

Now I know why Grif made his own....

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2008, 8:10 pm
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Brahma,

This doesn't surprise me. The '06 was originally supposed to be available with TPM. My early version was supposed to be upgradable. I went to the very top of BMW Motorrad Canada to complain that they were failing to meet their obligations of not supplying an upgrade. They countered that sure I could upgrade, but I'd have to buy "new-style" wheels (something different in the internal casting) pricing the whole proposition into the stratosphere. Needless to say, I don't have TPM. Your HID scenario may play out the same. I've seen it discussed elsewhere that the only difference between the two headlight assemblies is the "xenon" stamp in the upper right hand corner. Personally, I find that very hard to believe. To have a separate part for this alone would be hellish on production costs. There has to be some other significant difference.

I do wish you luck, but I really don't think you're likely to have any.

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The only thing I can think of would be some way the bulb might be mounted to avoid it melting the stock style headlamp assembly. If it has to do in any way about how anything else attaches, the retro fit would be a bad design. In either case, one would think they would have tried to design it from the beginning to preclude having to make both parts, as you point out.
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Makes the $85 CQ Light look good, eh?

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Trust me, BMW's main goal is not to make cost effective retrofit kits. They'd much rather you just trade up for a loaded '08.

Either way, the HID bulbs run cooler as they use less power and put out more useable light and thus less heat, so mounting/melting is not an issue.

Go with the CQLight.ca upgrade kit. It just plain works, and at well under $100 you can't go wrong.

And trust me, HID is light years ahead of Motolights, or pretty much any other bolt-on auxiliary lights (except for more HIDs, of course).

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Makes the $85 CQ Light look good, eh?
I was going to say the same thing . At 35 watts not much heat involved. + no issues for me in the year its been in place
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Trust me, BMW's main goal is not to make cost effective retrofit kits. They'd much rather you just trade up for a loaded '08.
Actually calling about that tomorrow.

1. I like the new airbox on it, even though mne is almost scheduled to be replaced.
2. I REALLY like the reports that the shifting clunk is gone.
3. I'll hope the rear drive seal issue has been addressed.
4. The HID option would be a LOT cheaper!

(I will be the only person to miss the servo brakes)

Which CQLight.ca kit is it?
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By the way, I've read all the install posts from Grif and others.

1. One year later, how is the performance, durability of the CQLight.ca kits?
2. People seem to settle on the 5000k- is this true?
3. In the pictures, I miss how thelight bulb fits into its actual mount- is this otherwise obvious when doing that?
4. Which kit are we talking about? Is everyone using the same CQLight.ca kit?
5. I have an "original" '06, with the 6.1 software- is this a problem? I'll probably be at 10 soon as either my airbox will be installed shortly, or I'm trading for an '08 and will get the HID option.

Thanks-

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...... HID is light years ahead of .....
Light years ahead? Classic no pun intended? !!

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