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Anyone parting out a GT? Need a headlight...

I'm in need of a new headlight assy. I hit a pothole the size of Arkansas and not only did it take out me wheel, but my headlight assy. is kaput. The adj. parts in the back must have went flying and BMW doesn't sell any of the parts that I need. They are happy to sell me a new assy. but I'd like to see if I can find a used one and either take the parts off I need or just change it over. I'd even like a busted one, since my reflector and back piece seem to be okay. It is just the adjusting parts and I've tried to rig something up but can't seem to make anything work...

Pics to follow at some point, but just thought I'd try here real quick first...
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Have you tried beemer boneyard.
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Am wondering if a European car might use the same parts you need, can you try to describe the missing parts?
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Bummer dude....pot holes suck. And there seem to be more and more lately.

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Am wondering if a European car might use the same parts you need, can you try to describe the missing parts?
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Okay, I'll try to describe what I think is missing: The nut (that black 10mm hex piece) and however it captured the screw inside the assy. I'm trying to get pictures of what I got left. (This picture is just from a week prior when I installed an HID...)

Somehow that captured the boss on the threaded part that allowed you to adjust the inside assy./reflector. I can't find any loose pieces inside, but there must have been something there. I still have the while flip liver and a white piece that should have connected to the boss, but can't figure out how it was connected!

Here's whats is missing from the outside that I can tell anyway:




I'll try to find and post pictures of the inside later...
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Here is the wheel after I stripped it down:






(I took it to an OUTstanding fellow nearby that got it fixed up! He did have to weld a little spot that was cracking, but it looks great. I need to take after pics and also paint it...)

I don't know how it held air!














Here is the best picture I have so far of the inside of the light. These little stops broke, but they are the least of my concerns, and of course I found those little broken pieces.

I just can't figure out what went around the threaded steel piece that also captures the white slider piece you can barely make out in the picture:

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Okay, I'm just thinking out loud and keep trying to figure out how this worked... but I'm wondering if that nut/adjuster was just pressed onto the knurled section of the adjustment screw. That would work for all the pulling/adjusting but there is a lot of spring pressure on this thing. That must be why there are no pieces inside the headlight. The "boss" I thought was part of the capture of this thing is actually the stop for adjusting it too low/close to the aft side of the housing...

What say you all of the great collective wisdom? Anyone ever pay attention to how this thing is put together. Is the black nut I'm missing just pressed on to the shaft? Could that cheesy set up be worth my having to cough up $650 bones for a new assembly? I'll try to make something work tonight and let Y'all know if I came up with something...
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Okay, I'm aware that I didn't give ANY of Y'all time to answer or help, but I think I got it!!! (This is a byproduct of over 20 years of graveyard shift! I have found that if I stay up real late on my "Sunday" I am much sharper on my "Monday." So I was up while Y'all were all cozy and asleep.)

The only way I could figure to make something permanent since I would never be able to bond the (unobtainable anyway!) infamous black nut back on, I figured out another way to do it. I used a die to thread the part of the screw/adj. steel shaft and put a nut on it. Trust me on this, that sounds MUCH easier than it was! I had to do a few different mods to a few parts, but I can now adjust my headlight still and should have enough room either way (up or down) to make it aim correctly.

Why? you might ask... Just get a new one Jackass! Well, I know that if I turn this little one into my insurance who just raised my rates for having two tickets, they may very well boot me. I also know that turning this into CalTrans and getting paid will be a VERY long process and I really can't float the state a loan... PLUS, I like a good "shade tree" job...

I'll post if it didn't give me enough range of adjustment...

The piece I threaded:





A better pic of the reflector deflector:






All done, I never used the quick change lever anyway, and even with shortening the plunger shaped thingy, I just didn't have room for it.

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Looks good, Richard. It's not like you have to adjust that every day. Just get it set where you want it, then leave it alone.

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