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Old 09-20-2018, 04:29 PM   #29
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I put some aftermarket BMW lights from e-bay on. They look decent - I had to add a side marker since I did not feel comfortable with that feature going away. Now about 3 years later, all of the rubber boots are shot. Must have been about the cheapest stuff available. These are projector style and I do not get enough light from them at all. I have a feeling I'll be working on these again soon.
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:18 AM   #30
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I put some aftermarket BMW lights from e-bay on. Now about 3 years later, all of the rubber boots are shot.
Thanks for the post, saving me further consideration of them. Hella makes them for BMW, and they can be had for lots less than from BMW (big surprise..not). I find most new rubber is crap, surely sourced from the Commies, who excel at duplicating the appearance of an item, but like HF tools, require replacement in short order, unlike the quality American-made tools of yore; many serving me well after many decades.



Like Dad said: quality is cheaper in the end.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:44 PM   #31
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...totally agree, I have contributed to threads on this subject for years....replacement E39 lights available on the web range from $100 or less for each to more that $500 each for OEM BMW lights. Suspect the best solutions price-wise, is somewhere in the middle.....not always, but some times you do get what you pay for....
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:04 PM   #32
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Probably best to get DOT approved assemblies. I bought some Depo brand. Direct plug and play. So far so good.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:38 PM   #33
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Thanks for the post, saving me further consideration of them. Hella makes them for BMW, and they can be had for lots less than from BMW (big surprise..not). I find most new rubber is crap, surely sourced from the Commies, who excel at duplicating the appearance of an item, but like HF tools, require replacement in short order, unlike the quality American-made tools of yore; many serving me well after many decades.



Like Dad said: quality is cheaper in the end.


I have a Black & Decker 7 1/2” AC powered saw that I bought when I was in high school, it is metal and has fallen off a second story roof twice and still runs straight and true, try that with some of the new stuff today, you will be picking up the pieces....
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I bought a replacement set from https://www.schmiedmann.com. Not real cheap but they are as close to OEM as I could find.
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