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Old 07-25-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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01 Alpine headlights

A long time ago, I asked about headlight replacements for our 01 38FDDS Alpine. Several posted about the 99-03 BMW 5 series. I have found many offerings on ebay, but the selling vendor requests the Mod # of bmw in addition to the year. I believe the headlights are from a 5 series.
At the time, I had to put off purchasing the headlights due to other priorities.
Thanks to all for your help.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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BMW 528i - used E39 headlights, just like WRV. The very first Alpines had a completely different headlight, very different from the ones used for the following 9 or more years.

A search on eBay for "BMW 5 SERIES PROJECTOR headlight" returns 116 matches.

A search for "BMW E39 headlight" returns 746 matches.

If you want to narrow it down to ones with LED Halos, do so. This photo is with the LED Halos acting as DRLs (headlamps and projectors off).

If you search this forum, you'll find lots of recommended vendors, opinions on the designs, photos and even a great youtube video on the differences.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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I have purchased these from this seller and they are very good quality and will fit 2001 and newer Alpines. (some 2000 coaches too I think)

DEPO BMW E39 UHP 60 LED Per ANGEL P39 HEADLIGHT CCFL M5 | eBay

This seller will sell them to you without drama and in my experience, will ship them quickly, well packaged and they are "Depot" brand lights.

Good luck,

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Jeff, thank you for the info. I just ordered them a couple of minutes ago.

Our Alpine members are the best!!!!

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Alex....

Couple of tips about installing these.

Pay special attention to try to install them "pointing down" the best you can. From what I can tell, the Alpine installed original headlights with the light housings tilted back too far. Then you are forced to try to aim them down with the adjustment knobs past their designed limit which leads to adjustment failure. When I installed mine, I slotted the mounting holes so I could get the housings aimed down further than the originals so they can be properly aimed using the adjustment knobs but without having to "bottom out" the adjustment. Just need to spend a little time working with the mounting and they'll aim perfectly.

Also, I ran an additional fused "ignition" wire down from under the dash to the LED "halo" lights and they work great for daytime running lights.

Let us know how they turn out for you.

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Yep, that's what I used, too. Same with the halo wiring for daytime running lights (DRL).
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This is great information, as my DRL work sometimes at best.

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How do I know if they are the correct headlights for my 2000? They sure look the same... but I'd hate to order and have them not fit.
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Jeff, thanks for the install info. I plan on purchasing a dremel tool in case I need it for the install. The lights should be here in about a week.

Jason, according to the website I ordered from, they will fit several years of bmw, 528 model. Even though my coach is a 2001, I feel very confident the lights I ordered will work. But I won't know for sure until I install them. I did a search on the forum for Alpine headlights and the ones I ordered seem to match very closely what others used.
But remember, ya pays your money, ya takes your chances!!

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Jason,

Look at this previous thread on headlights.

Headlight Cover Replacements

In post #16, I posted pictures of the 2 different Alpine headlight styles. The early headlights had a clear plastic over lights. The later style (BMW) have sealed units where the lens & housing are all in one.

I cant tell from looking at your picture which type you have.

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The two headlight styles are completely different. If yours even look remotely close to the E39, that's what it is.

I had to make no modification to the opening, though I did slot the fiberglass bracket holes to allow more flexible aiming. Fits great.
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Jason,

Look at this previous thread on headlights.

Headlight Cover Replacements

In post #16, I posted pictures of the 2 different Alpine headlight styles. The early headlights had a clear plastic over lights. The later style (BMW) have sealed units where the lens & housing are all in one.

I cant tell from looking at your picture which type you have.

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Mine are the newer style, so the BMW's should work. Thanks guys.
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Mine are due to arrive Weds. Will let y'all know how it turns out.
Drive safely everyone and have a great weekend.

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Installed & Look Great!!

Installed them today and they look fantastic. We removed the main wiring harness on the new right headlight and spliced the wires to the correct connections. Only took about an hour for both headlights. My camera is broke so I don't have any before and after pics. The way the front extends made the access to the headlights so much easier.
Thanks again Jeff for the link and to all the others that responded.
I am glad I took the gamble on these headlights.
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