View Full Version : e36 headlights update

05-22-2009, 07:45 PM
We've got the headlights all put together and we're getting ready to put them on the car. I'll explain a bit and if there are any questions I'll answer them as they come up.

We ended up chopping up a good portion of the fiberglass panel (I say we but my fiance did all the work :\ ) which caused a bit of concern about the stability of the header panel itself (plus we had to mount the headlights in place). So he made up metal brackets fit everything together and was able to utilize the headlight mounting tabs. You can see everything in the pictures...

The only thing left to do is put the header panel back on the car (since it's one piece now we might have to cut a little of the metal off of the car itself, shouldn't be much), and wire the system up (which will involve splicing some of the wires obviously, if anyone has any questions about this I'll have my fiance answer them), and then I'll take more pictures with the header panel actually on my car.

Since I don't want to bog down the site or cause anyone's browsers to crash from picture overload I created a photobucket account specifically for this project and I'll put the link below.

Thanks for checking it out


05-22-2009, 07:59 PM
:thumbsup: looks good!

05-26-2009, 04:08 PM


Let me know what you think :)

05-26-2009, 04:57 PM
Looks very good! Maybe some members on here might be interested in a set?

05-26-2009, 05:16 PM
WOW looks really nice dude!!
Were them hard to put on???

05-26-2009, 05:19 PM
WOW looks really nice dude!!

:) In this case, the dude is a lady

05-26-2009, 06:22 PM
Tuddi is right, I'm female... and they took a few days worth of fabrication, but if anyone is really interested in putting a set in their car I can take detailed pictures of the donor header panel we chopped up first and give you the best instructions I possibly can.

05-27-2009, 12:32 AM
wowzers, i had huge doubts and even laughed when you first posted about doing that, but wowzers, i am shocked at how well done they are and how cool they look!

05-27-2009, 12:37 AM

05-27-2009, 03:38 AM
Thanks to all :D I had my doubts too when I saw how big they are lol... glad everyone likes them though.

05-27-2009, 04:26 AM
I had my doubts too when I saw how big they are

Thats what she said!:rofl:

05-27-2009, 04:36 AM
hilarious tech. absolutely gut busting.

good job on the headlights!

05-28-2009, 12:05 AM
Wow!!! That looks great!

05-28-2009, 12:14 AM
Nice work! Just wondering, is there a performance benefit from these headlights?


05-28-2009, 02:26 AM
Actually I think if anything it would have a negative effect on "performance" since they are heavier lol... on the bright side they are fantastic at lighting up the road and shoulder.

Thanks again

05-28-2009, 09:08 PM
Looks great! I wish my Cutlass wasn't falling apart or I wold of done this too! Awesome outcome, have you started any plans for custom tails?

05-28-2009, 11:43 PM
Well... they'll look stock but I'm going to switch them over to LED's, and then I'm going to switch my third brake light, reverse lights, side marker lights, turn signals, and parking lights into LED's over time :D I Might end up going with aftermarket parking lights if I can find a pair that would fit my car, I haven't really decided yet...

06-18-2009, 03:29 AM
Looks great, it's a very nice mod. Well done! :cheers:

What year BMW e36 headlights are those from?

I wonder if these would work: (e36 projection lights + side turn signal lens in one unit)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/92-98-BMW-E36-318i-325i-328i-LED-PROJECTOR-HEADLIGHTS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c6 6Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1171Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a0Q 7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQha shZitem3a4fabbcfcQQitemZ250444758268QQptZMotorsQ5f CarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

06-18-2009, 04:31 AM
wow......cool. i like the look.

good job.

06-18-2009, 02:16 PM
het do your old headlight sockets and bulbs fit in the E36 headlights too???? just wondering cause want to purshace some HID headlights off ebay:cheers:

06-18-2009, 04:23 PM
Thanks again guys....

Geoaidan, the ones I got were the 92-96 I believe.... I didn't get the ones with the turn signals because I wasn't entirely sure that the turn signals would fit, and it's alot easier to cut up a header panel than the fender... with that being said if you were going to buy headlights and turn signals your better bet would probably be to buy a set where the signals are a different lense just in case they don't end up working out and for easier fitment.

Chuch, our stock bulbs won't fit in the e36, but we did use the stock wiring... I don't remember off hand if my fiance spliced the wires or not, but I know that the set I bought came with a clip that did fit on the stock connector and changed the lights over to the ones that came with the headlights. The headlights themselves took an H1 bulb but the ones I bought were HID ready. Here's the link to the ones I purchased: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120408929576&viewitem=

If you look in his store he does have more of those same headlights he's selling now. With that being said you Might be able to find a set that work with our 9005/9006 bulbs but I really liked the look of the euro spec ones. Also this is the HID kit that I bought for my car, seems to work great so far http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320364581578 If you do buy from him make sure you specify the H1 bulb and then choose your color temp (mine is 6000)

06-19-2009, 08:40 AM
Thanks :) Are the BMW lens plastic or glass? JW.

06-19-2009, 01:19 PM
The ones I got are dual glass, the outside of the lense is glass and there's a glass lense over each bulb to spread the light better. I like glass since it won't yellow :)

06-19-2009, 07:36 PM

Very nice! Will have to do this mod to my car sometime during the winter. Debating whether to do halo with stock lens or changing over to BMW e36. :D

06-19-2009, 11:20 PM
It's all in what apperance you're going for.... Good luck with it and let me know if you need any tips :)

06-20-2009, 07:20 PM
It's all in what apperance you're going for.... Good luck with it and let me know if you need any tips

Thanks, bud. :) For me, it is down to cost & amount of work. Still am deciding how long I am keeping the car for. I usually change cars once a year. But I like my Buick to a point that I'm seriously considering on stretching it for 5 years this time around.