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Angel Eyes 451

Fit angel eye lights to the headlights of your new fortwo 451

Modification Details





New Style LED Angel Eyes

This is the new style of angel eye now being sold by Smartmods.




The new design is far better for many reasons:

Simple to fit,
No invertors required,
Very sturdy,
Won't break during fitting,
Very bright,
More reliable,
Not prone to UV, heat or vibration,
Cheaper!

I first tested them by running them continuously at 14v for a week with no failures.
I also prefer the black silk screened circuit boards as they would match the painted reflectors.

Fitting The LED Angel Eyes

Remove the front panelsremove the headlights and disassemble them.

As the indicator's circular aperture is interrupted, you have to use a rotary tool like a 
Dremmel and a set of small files to create a long thin line in the side of the dipped 
beam cover. The wires and the end of the ring will sit in this slot.



The ring should slide nicely into the hole and rest over the indicator aperture.
If you are going to paint the reflector, do it now and allow it to dry properly.

Apply contact adhesive to the back of the ring and to the headlight reflector
where the ring will touch it, wait 10 minutes and then push the ring in place.


You have a red and a black wire coming from the ring, the red is the 12v positive, black is earth.
I'll leave it up to you how you connect them but the 2 main choices are coming out of the
headlight and splicing into the side light wiring or connecting the black wire to an earth
point, extending the red wire into the cabin and fitting a switch.




They are very hard to photograph since they are so bright and give off an
aura that you don't get when viewed with the naked eye.




Wipe everything down with a tack cloth to remove dust and fingerprints before reassembling.
Refit to the car, wire up and enjoy.


Old Style CCFL Angel Eyes


This style of angel eye has now been discontinued by Smartmods and is no longer available.
They had problems with the supplier and increasing costs.


Old Fitting Guide

Below is what you will be fitting, you will need 2 rings and 2 inverters for 1 car.
To buy these angel eye kits just click on the SmartMods banner above.

They're not the crappy acrylic rings with an LED in each end, these are cold cathode fluorescent lamps. Thinner, brighter and have a much better colour than even the standard BMW halo lights.




Test that both angel eyes work before beginning this modification.
Remove the front panels, remove the headlights and disassemble them.

Glue the inverter in place as shown below, there is plenty of room in the 451 headlights.



As the indicator's circular aperture is interrupted, you have to use a rotary tool like a
Dremmel and a set of small files to create a long thin line in the side of the dipped
beam cover. The wires and the end of the ring will sit in this slot.



If you are going to paint the reflector, do it now and allow it to dry properly.

Mark all the way along one of the wires attached to the ring with the marker pen you used earlier, this will help you later on when you have to cut and reconnect the wires.

Cut both wires halfway in between the ring and the connector. This is necessary because the hole you make will be too small for the angel eye plastic connector to pass through. The mark you made on one of the wires will help you when you come to reattach these wires back together.

Apply a small line of contact adhesive to the back of the ring 
and to the headlight reflector where the ring will touch it.



Allow the glue to cure for about 10 minutes before pushing the wires through 
the holes and gently pressing the angel eye into place. Keep light pressure on the 
ring for about 5 minutes, try not to let the ring move as the glue dries.

Rejoin the wires you cut earlier and insulate properly, ideally with heat shrink tubing.
You don't want these wires shorting out as the inverter creates thousands of volts.

Plug the ring into the inverter, partially reassemble the headlights and test.



Once you are happy, clean the inside of the headlight with a microfibre cloth to remove finger
prints then use a tack cloth to remove any dust that has settled on the reflector. Wiring these
into the existing sidelights isn't as easy as the sidelight wiring doesn't enter the headlight.
You will have to run the wires out of the headlight and splice into these wires in a waterproof way.

Reassemble the headlights and refit to the car. Wait until dark and test.



I was the first to do this when I fitted these to my 451 in March 2008,
at the time of writing I believe it is still the only 451 with angel eyes.

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