Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 51 to 61 of 61

Thread: Angel eyes - yes or no

  1. #51
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Indio, Ca
    Posts
    72
    My Cars
    1999 BMW M3 Convertible
    Where can I buy the bosch with morimoto LED retrofit? I'm in Indio, ca.
    Quote Originally Posted by earthwormjim View Post
    ZKW are really not much better than US headlights, provided the US lights have fresh bulbs and are polished (no oxidation). The US headlight hate, is from people not refreshing their headlights.

    The absolute best output halogens are Bosch H7 reflectors, not any of the ellipsoid headlights.

    I agree about doing a retrofit on a Depo unit. The Depo headlight housings are about the same quality as a ZKW, i.e. both are honesty not that great in quality. The plastics on both are quite brittle. ZKW's slight advantage is in the optics, which you would be throwing out with a retrofit.

    If I were to do my retrofit over again, I currently have Morimoto FX-R 2.0 projectors in ZKWs, I would instead do the Morimoto LED projector in Depos. Much less clutter, the LED drivers can be mounted inside of the headlight housing with some modification. No bulky ballasts and extra wiring to deal with in the engine bay.
    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Valencia, CA
    Posts
    1,656
    My Cars
    Imolarot M3, E30 Touring
    You would have to build them. Braymond has a good DIY on the process, including mounting the LED driver inside of the housings. Mounting the drivers inside, solves so many of the water proofing or condensation issues most retrofits suffer from.

    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=596151
    Last edited by earthwormjim; 05-03-2018 at 02:02 PM.

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Oakhurst, CA
    Posts
    5,196
    My Cars
    96 M3, 98 M3
    I actually had to replace the anemic Mishimoto drivers with these;

    RioRand Adjustable Boost 3~35V to 3.5~35V 5/12V DC Regulated Power Supply Voltage Converter Module with Digital Voltmeter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVCWGNE?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

    One of the mishi units failed on me. These are working amazingly well and are super cheap. You can play with voltage to eek out a tad more light. Running mine at 18.5v. They also still fit inside the housing. I kept the Mishi driver in place for the fan power and high beam shutter. Pics coming on that.

    I still need to sort the electrical noise that comes through the radio when the lights are on. Hoping some chokes will help. Once that is sorted they will be the perfect setup.

  4. #54
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Valencia, CA
    Posts
    1,656
    My Cars
    Imolarot M3, E30 Touring
    Quote Originally Posted by Braymond141 View Post
    I actually had to replace the anemic Mishimoto drivers with these;

    RioRand Adjustable Boost 3~35V to 3.5~35V 5/12V DC Regulated Power Supply Voltage Converter Module with Digital Voltmeter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVCWGNE?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

    One of the mishi units failed on me. These are working amazingly well and are super cheap. You can play with voltage to eek out a tad more light. Running mine at 18.5v. They also still fit inside the housing. I kept the Mishi driver in place for the fan power and high beam shutter. Pics coming on that.

    I still need to sort the electrical noise that comes through the radio when the lights are on. Hoping some chokes will help. Once that is sorted they will be the perfect setup.
    Be careful with thermal run away, it's not a good idea to use constant voltage to drive an LED. As the LED warms up, it will draw more and more current for the same voltage.

    I bet one of my AC/DC LED drivers would solve noise issues. You end up with an isolated output since it's a flyback, would just need to change turns ratios to accommodate such a low voltage (12V) input.
    Would be nice if we had access to a data sheet on the Seoul Semiconductor LED Morimoto went with.
    Last edited by earthwormjim; 05-03-2018 at 07:55 PM.

  5. #55
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    858
    My Cars
    E46M3,E36M3,E90,E23,66Mu
    I DO run orion V4 angel eyes on my car and I like them. I use the angel eyes as my DRLs and they get turned off and transition to the city lights when the headlights get turned on. At night, when the headlights are on, I definitely prefer the city lights over the angel eyes. I don't like the AEs at night with the other lights on, they look cool by themselves though. However, during the day, I like the AEs. The V4 are VERY bright, too bright IMO, they have an input wire that dims the AEs slightly when the headlights are turned on and A+ is applied from your headlights being turned on. I terminated that wire to the A+ feed for the AEs defaulting them to the dimmer setting. I think they look cool. At the end of the day that's all that matters, one's opinion of their car. Luckily, for me and the multicolored ricer car that I love, lol.
    Last edited by bigpuppy; 05-04-2018 at 09:25 AM.
    -Brian


    -Varis-Hartge-Seibon-Umnitza-TRM--Mason Engineering-Zionsville-Mishimoto-Stewart-Conforti-BMW ///M/LTW

  6. #56
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Spokane, WA
    Posts
    3,286
    My Cars
    '97 M3/4, '07 XC90
    Why are you asking a personal look decision? Get what you want and be happy.

    You will find majority on here don't like them, but if you do then go for it. It's your car after all.
    Brendan
    "Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... That's what gets you." -Clarkson
    E36 M3 DIY Page

  7. #57
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Indio, Ca
    Posts
    72
    My Cars
    1999 BMW M3 Convertible
    It a lot more than personal taste: fads come and go, technology improves, problems and short-comings become evident over time, etc.

    Tha kn ro all this great input, and some hints from the experts, sounds like we're on the threshold of an LED solution.

    I think I'll buy a set of Bosch H7 and wait and see.

    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk

  8. #58
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Stone Ridge, VA
    Posts
    1,059
    My Cars
    1995 BMW M3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by jprottas View Post
    And for those of you purists who dislike the angel eyes do you also prefer the original orange corners and side-markers, or do some of you run cleats or smoked?

    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
    But angel eyes never came OEM on e36s, clear sidemarkers did....

  9. #59
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Nj
    Posts
    118
    My Cars
    2013 328i, 1999 M3 Vert
    Quote Originally Posted by pDubs View Post
    But angel eyes never came OEM on e36s, clear sidemarkers did....
    This ^^


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  10. #60
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    49
    My Cars
    1999 BMW M3 Coupe
    Eeh - I added them to the new headlights in my project car.

    Itís destined for my daughter as her first car in the next 18 months; Iím wiring them as daytime running lights to increase visibility. Not near as awful as most of the stuff I tore off the car to de-rice it during the build.

    Ryan


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    '99 E36 ///M3 Coupe Project | '99 ///M3 Convertible Beater | '13 ///M3 Convertible

  11. #61
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    4,196
    My Cars
    are slow.
    Negative ghost-rider.
    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
    -Dr. Seuss
    DIY BMW Tools.

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

Similar Threads

  1. Ebay Angle Eyes......Yes or No?
    By OregonAlpine in forum 1996 - 2003 (E39)
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-26-2010, 11:57 PM
  2. Angel Eyes - Hella or (?)No-name
    By doodle in forum 1991 - 1999 (E36)
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-16-2003, 01:40 AM
  3. Stormtrooper? Yes or No
    By ///MINI in forum Z3 (E36/7, E36/8)
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-10-2002, 04:45 PM
  4. X5 Owners HELP!!! Yes or No?
    By okkin in forum 1999+ X5, X6 (E53, E70, E71, F15, F16)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-14-2002, 06:24 PM
  5. Transmission Problem? (yes or no)LONG
    By C///M3 in forum 1992 - 1999 M3 (E36)
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 07-16-2001, 01:07 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •