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Old 02-17-2015, 11:51 AM   #1
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I am trying to find the HEADLIGHT LEN'S (right & left) for my 2005 Alpine. They are extremely corroded. I have spent several hours with 2 different brands of headlight polishes with no luck at all. Does anyone know where I can buy some new ones? -- Tom--
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Hello Tom, regarding your headlights, I know of no one who sells the lens separately since they are permanently mounted to the rest of the headlight assembly. We the Alpine Coach owners have found that it is easier to replace the entire headlight assembly. WRV used BMW headlights like those that several other Motorhome manufactures.

If you search for 1997-2003 BMW E39 525i 530i 540i M5 Headlights, you will be able to find replacements.

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Most headlight restore products simple try to convert the oxidized plastic and wax to clear again by adding chemicals to it. Oh they may look better, for a while.

The only real way to restore them is to actually sand off the oxidized plastic and buff the lens to a sparkle.

Using a dual action (DA) sander

80 grit
120 grit
200 grit
500 grit
1000 grit
2000 grit
3000 grit
Plastic polish with microfiber pad on sander
Water with microfiber pad on sander

I have a 3M kit, but here is another one.


Anything short of this process is a waste of time and money and this process lasts for years
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I also tried to "refinish" the lenses on my 03 before going to the replacement lights mentioned above. Beyond the effort required to sand off and re-surface the outside of the lenses, the insided surfaces eventually fog too. These lenses can be disassembled but not without more effort.
There are several options on ebay for replacement lights--ranging from $185 for a pair of after market to more than $400 each for BMW OEM replacements. I picked a set from Spec D Sport Tune. Fit and finish was fine, though the radius of the fiberglass cap on the passenger side is slightly different from the driver side [WRV??]--so the pass side light often requires some "fitting". Other major difference with some of the after market lights is that WRV used dual filament lights bulbs on the amber turn/parking light while after markets have single filament sockets/bulbs. Swapping out the socket is fairly easy.
Final issue is how durable the after market assemblies will be--sometimes you do get what you pay for. Clearly, the after market assembly is less substantial when compared to the BMW OEM. Also "assume" replacement projection bulbs are available for the after market lights but havent done any research.
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Go to Ebay and search "BMW E39 Lens" and you will get choices on lens'. I got the smoked lens, right and left for $100. They are easy to change and look nice. I did have a water leak in one but clear silicon fixed it easily.
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