2006 R53 Hyper Blue/White Cooper S
Yeah no worries chap, for someone with a bit of knowhow and no fear of getting stuck in should be do-able.Hmm....interesting. From reading online, it didn't seem like it was that big of a pain, and I do have a connection to someone with a shop who does performance BMW / Mini stuff. I'll see if he can assist with the coding side at least, but I think I will pick these up either way if they are clean. Worst case scenario, I have a set available on the marketplace for someone who needs to replace theirs!
Thanks for the information and little history though, it is definitely good to hear! A lot of the other posts made it seem like there was very little involved in this project. Also, I should mention....I don't need anything to be plug and play. While that is helpful, I am totally fine taking everything apart and customizing it if necessary!
Something I have read about before but had completely forgotten about is that you can wire in suitable size capacitors on a previously halogen car and they should work, believe it somewhat depends on whether your BC1 (the body control module down by the bonnet release normally) is xenon capable as you might suffer from strobing.....that said it looks like some people have had results putting larger capacitors in line. I think the strobing might be to do with the missing canbus signalling that a car with factory Xenon's has in place. What I'm not sure about is if the BC1 isn't xenon capable whether it can be made to be xenon capable (i.e. literally just needs coding) or if it actually needs to be swapped for one that is....again not such a simple job as the BC1 is coded to the VIN of the car.
In the US it might not matter TBF about the self levelling or washers, in the UK we have yearly motor order tests on any cars over 3 years old and they just get stricter and stricter. Once upon a time things like HID conversions used to pass without many issues but now if it's not factory fitted or fitted as per factory fitment without all the other working bits in place it won't pass anymore....well most likely won't.
So basically fitting the Xenon's themselves and getting them working should be straightforward enough, the self levelling and washer system not so much....if you don't want or need those bits then no problemo chap Even without the self levelling so long as they are properly aligned they shouldn't ever dazzle anyone so long as you don't ever carry too much weight in it.