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      10-20-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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▀▄ eas | [YouTube Video DIY] - AiB Angel Eye Installation Overview - e92 M3

Gentlemen,

This short video will go over the steps on how to install the AiB Angel Eye kit on a MY08 M3 Coupe:



Models Supported:
2007+ e92 3-series Coupe/Convertible
2008+ e9x M3, including Sedan, Coupe and Convertible models

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AiB Installation Process

1. Depress retaining barbs on headlight access cover with screwdriver and lift out of place


2. Locate OEM Angel Eye Connector Plug


3. Rotate bulb 90 degrees counter-clockwise (from front of vehicle) and remove from lamp


4. Remove bulb from connector using screwdriver to free retaining clips


5. Remove bulb


6. Route AiB lightsource into bulb housing


7. AiB lightsource in highbeam housing


8. Using softjawed pliers, slightly rotate AiB lightsource to lock into place


9. Route AiB lightsource power connector through supplied heatsink


10. Back out allen set screw with 5/64 wrench


11. Install heatsink onto AiB lightsource and lock into place with set screw


12. Plug AiB DriverPack into LightSource, connector is keyed to go in only one direction


13. Plug wires into OEM AE connection, wires are color-coded to to factory colors used on your BMW


14. Tuck wiring away from any high-seat sources or movable parts within lamp


15. Tuck DriverPack inside channel OUTSIDE of headlamp underneath radiator support away from view. DriverPack are potted design to resist elements. DO NOT INSTALL DRIVERPACK INSIDE HEADLIGHT HOUSING


16. Replace headlight access cover. No exposed wiring is seen with proper installation
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Completed installation - exterior view



Here are a few short videos:







From these angles you can see a number of things:

-High visibility from extended distance
-High visibility in direct sunlight
-Close up in shade
-Unlock and lock demonstration
-Ignition on/off

Also note that there is no flickering when the ignition is turned on or off, or locked/unlocked

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e92/e93 Angel Eye Overview and inner workings

The LEDs being used in the AiB assemblies are a 10W SMT LED 5500K equivalent which give off a bright white light. There have been a LOT of contenders in the Angel Eyes for coming up with a possible solution - most of them were failures for a number of reasons:

- Insufficient direction of LED light
- HID systems providing too much light/glare or excessive heat
- Insufficient LED power
- Little or no heatsink used
- Expecting drastic results with tinted or "Xenon" type bulbs
- Uneven brightness between rings

Here's a diagram of the fiber path used in the e92 setup:



The inner lamp will always get a direct shot from the bulb (H8). However, the outer projector will always be weaker due to the travel path needed in the fiber lines to illuminate the ring. This is why the outer rings are always dimmer than the inner.

All the latest and greatest bulbs on the market will not correct this design. This HID kits are interesting as they use a very high color temperature, reducing the lumen output in order to illuminate the rings. Unfortunately - this gives a very blue color, which is not what we're looking for. Also - HIDs run at very high temperatures. These headlamps are by no means cheap to replace.

Voltage Requirements:

E9x M3 headlights are very sensitive to voltage and can give off errors if the proper resistance is not detected as what the system would expect from a H8 bulb - a reason to why "resistor packs" are required on the HID setups. LED systems use a driver pack, which will be integrated into the system to keep these errors from appearing.

System uses very little power and is double the output (10W) than most kits with no flickering experienced from the vehicle's bulbcheck system

Durability Testing:

We have had 4 vehicles in testing since late December '07 before our initial release in June '08 with no errors produced. One car you haven't seen would be our Project1 from the 1Addicts forums:



Features:
- 5500-6000K temperature for a bright, white light.
- Easy 10-minute installation
- 100% Plug and Play, without the need for wire splicing, tapping or additional wire harnesses
- OEM-like integration
- Low heat output, unlike colored bulbs or HID kits

There's no need to complicate a mod that should be relatively simple on the end-user's side.
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Is this the same for the Aib V3? For some reason I remember hearing that ALL of the wiring could be installed INSIDE the headlamp housing. Is this correct/incorrect?

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Is this the same for the Aib V3? For some reason I remember hearing that ALL of the wiring could be installed INSIDE the headlamp housing. Is this correct/incorrect?

Thanks,
Nevermind. I found my answer. The newest version Aibs shipped as of roughly June 2010; all of the wires, including the driverpack are able to be mounted within the headlight housing.

Thank you self for not being lazy and looking around the forums more.
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Nevermind. I found my answer. The newest version Aibs shipped as of roughly June 2010; all of the wires, including the driverpack are able to be mounted within the headlight housing.

Thank you self for not being lazy and looking around the forums more.
No worries, it clears things up for anyone else that might have the same question.
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Just installed them last night. They look great.

Question though. Can you put the wires and the driver pack just anywhere within the headlight housing?????

I just kindof stuffed them on top of everything as I couldn't get them behind the heat sink or anywhere else away from the heat emitters.
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Just installed them last night. They look great.

Question though. Can you put the wires and the driver pack just anywhere within the headlight housing?????

I just kindof stuffed them on top of everything as I couldn't get them behind the heat sink or anywhere else away from the heat emitters.
The DriverPack can be located wnywhere in the headlight behind the reflector housing.
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Excellent. Thanks Tom
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My experience with AiB's lights:

This was not covered under BMW's warranty on the headlights. Cost was 2200 dollars on a new headlight, bulbs, ballast and control unit ... A bulb that needs a heat sink that large that's held in with a set screw is just waiting for failure, the black / brown on the headlight is from the smoke that filled the light from the bulb catching on fire.
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My experience with AiB's lights:

This was not covered under BMW's warranty on the headlights. Cost was 2200 dollars on a new headlight, bulbs, ballast and control unit ... A bulb that needs a heat sink that large that's held in with a set screw is just waiting for failure, the black / brown on the headlight is from the smoke that filled the light from the bulb catching on fire.
The heatsink used is for dissipating heat from the LED to prevent premature failure, similar to a CPU processor.

However, that is a 1st Generation DriverPack (very old) you have pictured, these were replaced some time ago in a voluntary recall from AiB and replaced with a more heavy duty version. By any chance did you purchase a used kit from another member?

If purchased from us - please email me (not PM) your full name so I can look up your order info.
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Tom, I bought the vehicle used so I have no idea where the lights came from. I wasn't even aware that I had these lights in there until 2 days after I bought the car the headlight caught on fire BMW explained that they cannot warranty the light due to these after market bulbs. The tech said the heatsinks were still attached too after I asked what may have caused the fire so it wasn't a lack of heatsink. I ran into a huge ordeal with the selling dealer as they were utimately responsible for the headlight mishap and they didn't want to pay the bill but that's a whole different story and court is involved with that so I can't really talk about that one. The lights looked good I'll give you that, I just thought they had been stock. I'm glad there's been a "recall" on those lights, apparently whoever had the car before me either wasn't aware or didn't care one of the two and I ended up with the bill.
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Ive had my AIB lights since the first version released on my 335. I had mine fail and AiB replaced them. Their support was great and i love the way they look. I moved them from my 335 to my M3 and no issues at all.
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