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Rotrex FTW
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Hi guys,

I want to put on the OEM xenon headlights from the facelift R53 onto my car. I saw the retrofit instructions from the dealer and it seems quite a process.

Can't I just buy the headlights from the dealer and plug it in without all these harnesses and sensors they mention in that document?
 

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No you cant unless you already have xenons plus if your buying them new from a dealer at silly prices its mad not to do it right
 

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wants Muchos Baconos
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the problem is that they xenons auto-level and they requires some extra wiring and gizmos. i think RyanK has done so could send him a PM
 

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Bugger
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if you have pre face lift xenons they plug and play as i did this on my old S

if you dont you can just plug them in and use them as HID's but you need a resisitor to stop them flickering pm scraggles as he knows how
 

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Rotrex FTW
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Looks like I'm going to have to go with the dealer route. They charging $3000+ pounds all costs included.
 

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Bugger
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thats about the same as we'd get charged, sometimes you have to bit the bullet
 

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Dead One
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Hi guys,

I want to put on the OEM xenon headlights from the facelift R53 onto my car. I saw the retrofit instructions from the dealer and it seems quite a process.

Can't I just buy the headlights from the dealer and plug it in without all these harnesses and sensors they mention in that document?
Yes, with a small modification.

I wired a 2700uF 40v capacitor in parallel with the source voltage. +ve terminal to the yellow wire, -ve terminal to the brown wire.
They're neatly encapsulated in potting compound in the inspection cover, but they can also be put into the car wiring if it's easier.
 

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Rotrex FTW
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Thanks scraggles! Where would I find this 40v capitator? What is it for in anycase? I'm no eletrician by any long shot.
 

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Dead One
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ahh right cheers, theres one near where i work so i can drop by on the way home. Did you use 1800uF in the end instead of 2700uF like you said earlier?
Any size over 1800uF would work. I used that size because it was still reasonably sized and fitted into the location I wanted.
So do i just splice the yellow and the brown wire and put the capacitor paralell to them? Like this?
View attachment 6925
Exactly.
 

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MINI-Aero"Special"
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I fitted a set; I managed to get for £140 posted from Canada (real bargain!) Plug in and worked without any problems! 02 MCS
 

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Rotrex FTW
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BMW finished the retrofit after a month :lol: The car is at the suspension place now to get the change of wheels and BC's taken out. KW's are going in at last!
 

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Hi Guys,
Hello from France. I've follow exactly Scraggles' requirements on my '04 Mini Cooper and IT'S WORKS (2 condensator 63V 2200uF)!!! I've tried from 2 years to install these OEM retrofit xenon, I've also ask to BMW but nobody can inform me about this installation...
A very big hand to Mr Scraggles!
 

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Bugger
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mine just plugged and played into my 02's with no issues
 

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^^ same, had an 04, picked them up for £100 from a scrappers and they worked plug and play.
 

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Hello just joined on here as I really want the xenons on my 2005 mini cooper which has halogens atm. So if I buy some second hand xenon facelift headlights they should plug and play on my cooper even without washers/levelling sensors? If I do this then what will the level of the xenon's be as I do not want to blind everyone..
 

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New mot regulations mean it will fail if you have xenons without self levelling and headlight washers
 
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