Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: HID H3 High Beam Install Help
You can try and take the metal bracket holding the high beam apart or order the parts from a BMW dealer.
You only use the HID bulb, not any of the packing material, the washers you refer to.
With the BMW assembly the halogen bulb is grounded to the metal frame. Therefor the white wire is plus corresponding to the red wire on the HID bulb.
HID bulbs produce light in a slightly different location inside the LT's headlight which gathers light from the reflection surfaces and focuses the output. As a result both the HID low and high beams will be out of focuses, spread out.
One time I saw a spacer on eBay that was claimed to bring HID bulbs back into focus. After installing it my low beam was indeed back in focus! But even with the brighter HID but I over ran it's ability to project light in front of me around the same speed as with the stock halogen bulb.
The next time I had the nose cone off I removed the spacer and made it thinner, and it now casts the low beam up the road enough to be adequate for most speeds.
If you into the tech area for old articles you'll find one detailing how you solder a very short jumper wire across two solder points on the speedos printed circuit board making your speedo accurate, the PCD uses surface mount components so one must use a low wattage soldering iron with a very narrow tip and insure adjacent components don't have their solder melted.
If the charcoal canister is still being used, that should be removed—also in the old files.
AND, since 00s did not come from the factory with crash pans to protect the trany, double check that one was installed on your 00.
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