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      01-29-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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DRL Re-Wire ?

Does anyone know if it's possible to rewire the angle eyes so they have full voltage all the time? I know they are rewired with the HID kit from camaross305 to have full voltage. But when the headlights are off I think my GP Thunders look great I think they're pretty good for being just right with the brightness. The only problem is when the voltage drops from turning on the headlights. They don't look as good once they turn yellow.
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all you need is a relay and a cable from the positive post in the hood
i'd love to do that but i don't want anyting showing that would cause the dealer to say i messed with the electronics and give me a hard time for the warranty
i wonder if there is any hot wire inside the headlight?
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that wouldn't give a bulb out warning?
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that wouldn't give a bulb out warning?
Unfotunetly that won't work
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Any solution that will work?
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you can always put a load resistor on the original DRL wire
i did that in my crossfire when i wanted to run a hot wire to the ballasts for my HID lights that i installed
i mounted the load resistor on the original wire and got a tap from the same wire to turn on a relay connected to positive wire that went to my HID lights
worked perfectly for 3 years and never gave a bulb warning
just be careful as those load resistors get very hot
so you would have to mount them to the metal somewhere
not to plastic or near any wiring
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Any solution that will work?
http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/BMW-...q27lj2v1j2egg1
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Yea, but aren't those LEDs? Everyone says they are not bright at all during the day especially the outer ring? Even the pics of the website don't look all that great. How do they compare to the brightness of GP Thunders?
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better at night and when the headlights are on (no dimming / change of color), but still invisible during the day. I have the PIAA LED rings installed on my old E92:



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better at night and when the headlights are on (no dimming / change of color), but still invisible during the day. I have the PIAA LED rings installed on my old E92:



wow, very blue. too bad none of these are visible during daylight.
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i mounted the load resistor on the original wire and got a tap from the same wire to turn on a relay connected to positive wire that went to my HID lights
worked perfectly for 3 years and never gave a bulb warning
just be careful as those load resistors get very hot
so you would have to mount them to the metal somewhere
not to plastic or near any wiring
I believe the problem is most relays require 12v to trigger, so when the headlights are on and the voltage drops to under 5 for the halos it won't work the relay. That's what camaross305's cicuitry overcomes.
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I believe the problem is most relays require 12v to trigger, so when the headlights are on and the voltage drops to under 5 for the halos it won't work the relay. That's what camaross305's cicuitry overcomes.
that's the part i don't get
why does the voltage drop on the M3?
i've never seen that on any other car
that one light dims when you turn on the headlights
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that's the part i don't get
why does the voltage drop on the M3?
i've never seen that on any other car
that one light dims when you turn on the headlights
I don't have a clue to BMW's reasoning with that. Certainly the headlights are far stronger than the halos, even with the halos on full.
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that's the part i don't get
why does the voltage drop on the M3?
i've never seen that on any other car
that one light dims when you turn on the headlights
That is the key question right there. If that didn't happen a simple $15 H8 swap would be all anybody needed.
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my only guess is that somewhere upstream, the HID and halo share a power cable that is not as high a gauge as required.
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my only guess is that somewhere upstream, the HID and halo share a power cable that is not as high a gauge as required.
The issue is that the car's computer drops the voltage to the halos when the headlights are on, dimming them. This is avoided with the HID installation bu powering directly from the hot lead to the battery and using a relay. The question is why BMW chose to dim the halos with headlights on.
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i wonder if there is a way to disable that
i know on my last Audi A5 there was something called a VAG-Com software with a special cable that you could use to reprogram certain features
you could use any light in the front as the DRL
the way the central locking works etc
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This is avoided with the HID installation bu powering directly from the hot lead to the battery and using a relay.
Yea, I want to know if it's possible to do this without buying a HID setup, and how to do it?
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Yea, I want to know if it's possible to do this without buying a HID setup, and how to do it?
You can use any light source. The trick is getting the relay to work on both 12V and 4V. That's what camaross305s circuitry does. You can see if he will sell you the relay and control unit w/o the HIDs.
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You can just go on eBay and buy a relay wiring harness for $25, which taps into the + and - of the H8 bulb connector, then draw power direct from the battery. To combat the light out error, get load resistors for both sides and done. The relay harness will draw a full 12V once it receives signal from the original H8 wiring to turn on.
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You can just go on eBay and buy a relay wiring harness for $25, which taps into the + and - of the H8 bulb connector, then draw power direct from the battery. To combat the light out error, get load resistors for both sides and done. The relay harness will draw a full 12V once it receives signal from the original H8 wiring to turn on.
That will not work in headlight mode, as the 4+V from the OEM wiring will not trigger it.
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That will not work in headlight mode, as the 4+V from the OEM wiring will not trigger it.
I'm pretty sure it would since the harness supplied with the HID angels eyes kit works off same principle. If not then oh well lol, at least another idea.
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