E36 lights. How to do?

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E36 lights. How to do?

Postby Cam2363 » Wed May 15, 2019 12:54 pm

Does anybody have any info on how to install a set of E36 lights into a Beretta?

How much cutting or modding is needed, if at all. Also is there a bunch of other mods needed to be done, or is it simpler?



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Re: E36 lights. How to do?

Postby Rettax3 » Sat May 18, 2019 2:09 am

There is a how-to thread on here somewhere, I am pretty sure. My GTU's were a little easier, since I chopped-off the outer lens and didn't have to match it up to the body of the car -I didn't like the nerdy 'wearing glasses' look halo E-36s give the car, but that is just personal preference. Slight grinding or filing of the Beretta's header-panel is necessary, but you don't need the Beemer's headlight brackets at all. A few little strips of sheet-metal screwed in between them did the job nicely for me, but I don't have cool factory-type screw adjustments for the aim. Mine don't shake or vibrate, which would cause a distracting flickering in use, and the Beretta's stock bulbs work in the E36 housings too. Aside from the massive time-loss of actually removing the outer lens, installing the lamps took a couple of hours, working at a casual pace with a power drill and tin-snips. I'll be making another set, likely going into the Yellow Indy. I'll probably keep the second Z-26 looking stock, and all the other Berettas I have already have custom headlights of some fashion, making them unique already. I'll snap a couple of pics for you this weekend if I can make the time.


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1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
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Re: RE: Re: E36 lights. How to do?

Postby Cam2363 » Sat May 18, 2019 11:23 am

Rettax3 wrote:There is a how-to thread on here somewhere, I am pretty sure. My GTU's were a little easier, since I chopped-off the outer lens and didn't have to match it up to the body of the car -I didn't like the nerdy 'wearing glasses' look halo E-36s give the car, but that is just personal preference. Slight grinding or filing of the Beretta's header-panel is necessary, but you don't need the Beemer's headlight brackets at all. A few little strips of sheet-metal screwed in between them did the job nicely for me, but I don't have cool factory-type screw adjustments for the aim. Mine don't shake or vibrate, which would cause a distracting flickering in use, and the Beretta's stock bulbs work in the E36 housings too. Aside from the massive time-loss of actually removing the outer lens, installing the lamps took a couple of hours, working at a casual pace with a power drill and tin-snips. I'll be making another set, likely going into the Yellow Indy. I'll probably keep the second Z-26 looking stock, and all the other Berettas I have already have custom headlights of some fashion, making them unique already. I'll snap a couple of pics for you this weekend if I can make the time.
Sounds good! Not sure if I'm going to be doing them yet, but it definetly looks cool. I'm thinking about it in the future when time and money allows

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