I ordered the stainless steel ones and wiring kit from the Jon Speed website about an hour ago! As far as I know the dodgyest bit is the fact you have to drill holes in the bonnet skin to attach the bracket screws, and this is why i would only do it myself, as wouldn't trust anyone else with a drill that close to my bonnet!
Think as long as you get the stainless steel ones, rust shouldn't be too much of a problem (I hope!) and they're exactly the same dimensions as the BMW ones, and a fraction of the price. A good deal all round i reckon!
As for the wiring, it's not something I've done before, but I have a big brother (no pun intended!) who has! I'll let you know after the weekend hopefully, pics too! I'll try and find the link to the BMW fitting instructions for you too. Would be good to know what others think though!
1.Measure the distance from either side of the front grill, pick a spot were you want the lights and make sure it’s an even distance from either side. If you have an aero grill you will have to cut holes in the grill for the brackets to fit.
2.Use self tapping screws or pop rivets to secure the brackets in place, the upper screw on the bracket will attach to the double skin on the inside of the bonnet (DO NOT GO THROUGH THE BONNET) put electricians tape under the screws to stop the self tapping screw slipping around.
3.Attach the lights to the brackets.
You can use the same sort of wire for all the wiring in this, preferably a decent thickness one.
When cutting all the wires to length place the relay in the position that you will keep it and then measure the wire length from there! i placed it behind the right headlight.
4.Connect a wire from terminal 30 to the positive of your battery use an inline fuse anywhere between this, preferably one with a blade type fuse which is the same ass all the fuses in your car! 15AMP Minimum.
5.Connect a wire from terminal 86 to the positive wire on your high beam, this will switch the lights on when you put your high beam on then fit an inline switch so you can turn them off from the inside of your car (you need to splice in the wire on your high beam I used a scotch block).
6.Ground the relay from terminal 85, the best ground on the car is the main battery’s ground!!
7.Connect 2 wires from terminal 87 using one (1) spade connector, one to each light ( if you use one wire and fit both lights to it then one of the lights will come on first then the second! )
8.Then tidy all the wires up and secure the relay somewhere, I placed it behind the headlight!
NOTE:- I DID NOT AND BMW DO NOT FIT AN INLINE SWITCH WITH THESE LIGHTS AS THEY COME ON WITH YOUR HIGH BEAM WHEN IN POOR VISIBILITY! BUT SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO HAVE THEM ON WHEN STATIONARY ETC SO HAVE AN INLINE SWITCH TO DO THIS.
Also BMW do NOT Actually code in any lights in, the even explain this in there own instruction!
Thats how i fitted them guys and they worked fine!
DISCLAIMER - I HOLD NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU CARRYING OUT THIS WORK ON YOU CAR AND THE DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR IS DOWN TO THE PERSON DOING THE WORK. THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND CAN BE CHANGED AS NEED.
Last edited by ScottyBoy; Aug 1st, 2007 at 06:51 PM.
5.Connect a wire from terminal 86 to the positive wire on your high beam
As ScottyBoy says connect a wire from terminal 86 to the positive wire on the high beam, my question is, what colour is the wire on the high beam? The diagram above shows connecting the wire from terminal 86 to a yellow/blue wire. I dont have a yellow/blue wire. They are xenon dip beam, but standard main beam, pre facelift 2004 cooper S if that helps.
Correction - Sorted it. Another question though as I have read other threads and they seem to contradict each other, I have Wipac spots with a universal wiring kit, non-BMW. Will these need re-programming?
Last edited by minicooperboyuk; Apr 13th, 2008 at 02:10 PM.
Looks good there specky i never seen those last year.
Its fairly simple really it may seem alot off work but if you give it ago you be well pleased with the work and then you may give bigger things ago when it comes to it.
I thought this was hard the first time and i aint no mechanic, but since doing everything my self i can competenly change the cylinder head, clutch flywheel and probably everything else and thats with just giving it ago
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