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schroedin
09-28-2009, 08:23 PM
I've been thinking about it and I would like to get some DEPOs or DJ Auto/something of the sort for teh E36 from DDM, since HIDs are included anyway. You guys with E36s, what are your thoughts?

SeanDub
09-29-2009, 12:40 AM
Its $100 or so, of course its worth it.

MParallel
09-29-2009, 03:31 AM
If you want to run HID's/xenon then projectors are a must. You don't want to run xenon in an open parabole unit, like 90% of the VDub's and Honda's do.

Which in Holland has now lead to a new rule. Aftermarket xenon is now (as of May 2009) illigal if you run them in none xenon specific lightunits. Which of course is nearly every light cluster that didn't come stock with xenon.

So that sucks.

2 years ago I straight swapped my ZKW H7 open parabole units for older H1 ZKW projector units, specially for runinng xenon. If I have to revert back to the halogen H1 bulbs, I have 3x as less light as with the H7 lights. Oh the irony.

The projector unit is of older design, and was upgraded with teh H7 units. Funilly enough, this was just before xenon came to market, so now the old projector style units are in favor.

But since xenon didn't exist for the E36, these projector units don't have DR/DCR engraved into the lenses (but HR/HCR) which is the tell-tale sign of being none-xenon units.

So I'm staying with my stock 4300K hid instead of 6000K to keep the attention away from the cops. Ballasts are hidden too. They really have to have a major traffic check where they ask me to turn off the lights and turning them on. It's the only giveaway to my xenon.

schroedin
09-29-2009, 08:20 AM
Its $100 or so, of course its worth it.

Just making sure :rofl

ECKS///M3
09-29-2009, 02:06 PM
Yeah it's worth it i have a pic somewhere of the light output from my projectors with 8000k xenons, amazing difference over halogen bulbs.

B Rod
09-29-2009, 03:01 PM
Depos or bust.

Mscire2
09-29-2009, 05:38 PM
definitely worth it without a question.

Pswirley
09-29-2009, 05:40 PM
Probably my favorite mod I ever added to my E36.

Mscire2
09-29-2009, 05:42 PM
Probably my favorite mod I ever added to my E36.

+1 that and the coils lol

TheNeek
09-29-2009, 05:46 PM
Stance above all others

schroedin
09-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Stance above all others

Already have teh coils :stickoutt

MParallel
09-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Yeah it's worth it i have a pic somewhere of the light output from my projectors with 8000k xenons, amazing difference over halogen bulbs.

8000K doesn't have a high lumens rating. Above 6000K color temp, the actual effective light (lumens) drastically fall off.

Digitalwave
09-29-2009, 09:19 PM
It's worth it, if only to get rid of the cloudy plastic stock lights.

DiScoTeknix
10-01-2009, 03:35 PM
Don't waste your money on DDM projectors like I did. Get Depos.

ECKS///M3
10-02-2009, 05:59 PM
8000K doesn't have a high lumens rating. Above 6000K color temp, the actual effective light (lumens) drastically fall off.

Seriously mate, you aren't educating me. I done my research before i parted with my cash, 8000ks are still bright enough to sacrifice some light output.

hover
10-02-2009, 08:19 PM
If you are buying cheap lights like djauto or something, be ready to rewire the insides of them. That may be only for their VW lights, but I can't imagine why their quality would be crap on only one particular product. The light output on them was better than my OEM Golf lights, about the same as my GTI lights, but far worse than either of the sets of Hella lights that I've had.

Pswirley
10-02-2009, 08:27 PM
DJAuto for E36 requires nothing. I like them better than Depo's.

Pswirley
10-02-2009, 08:29 PM
Don't waste your money on DDM projectors like I did. Get Depos.

I think you mean Apexcones. They are out of production as DJAutos can now be had for cheaper than it was to manufacture their own line.


Apexcone was pure posturing against the Depo factory and it worked. Thanks for buying a set so that the prices of DEPO and DJAuto are now cheaper than ever before in the e36 world.

DiScoTeknix
10-05-2009, 01:05 PM
Yup, I did mean the Apexcone projectors. They were just a strategy to drop Depo prices? Nice.

I guess I took one for the team.:rofl

EThirtySicks
10-11-2009, 03:28 PM
Yup, I did mean the Apexcone projectors. They were just a strategy to drop Depo prices? Nice.

I guess I took one for the team.:rofl

So did I, fml. I **** the connectors on my lights, they're fucking awful quality. Looks like a dog chewed all over them, they don't even fit properly and the wires are coming unsoldered. That's what I get for cheaping out.

MParallel
10-13-2009, 04:59 PM
Seriously mate, you aren't educating me....

Was I?