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mkodama 03-27-2009 08:42 PM

The cool way to relocate your xenon ballast if you have a tube-style cold air intake
 
I did a little researching and turns out that all E46 used the same xenon ballast. I think they updated the ballast for every car in 2002, but this pretty much means any xenon from the M3 to a 323i will use the same ballast. So this go me thinking, the M3 and M3 CSL both have really big intakes and have to relocate their xenon ballast right from the factory, and they also use the same ballast, so maybe I can use this bracket from the M3 on my 330i sedan. Turns out the bracket and plastic cover cost $16.04 + shipping from Tischer, so I might as well give it a try.

Well, it fit perfectly.

























http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...a/DSC_7111.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...a/DSC_7108.jpg

And here is what it looked like before the bracket and cover :rofl:
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...a/DSC_6788.jpg



http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/b/i/133.png

Parts you need:

1x Bracket - BMW Part # 61127893034

1x Cover (up to 9/2001) - BMW Part # 61127893035
or
1x Cover (after 9/2001) - BMW Part # 63127832829

2x Screws - BMW Part # 72128244154

You will reuse one of your stock non-M intake bolts and you need a 10mm nut.

Solidjake 03-27-2009 08:43 PM

That's a nice little mod

CoconutPete 03-27-2009 08:50 PM

Freaking SWEET!!!

Custom3 03-27-2009 08:55 PM

where is your windshield washer reservoir tank? :confused:

oh and nice mod....now all you need to do is wrap it with that carbon fiber sheet the sponsors are selling here so it can match the intake tube :thanks:

mkodama 03-27-2009 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Custom3 (Post 9669136)
where is your windshield washer reservoir tank? :confused:

oh and nice mod....now all you need to do is wrap it with that carbon fiber sheet the sponsors are selling here so it can match the intake tube :thanks:

I have an obsession with making my car lighter, hence no fluid reservoir.

UTL1098 03-27-2009 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Custom3 (Post 9669136)
where is your windshield washer reservoir tank? :confused:

His car went on a diet. :shhh:

Those ballasts are pretty heavy... should switch to halogens :str8pimpi

TX_Bullet 03-28-2009 08:13 AM

where did you get your intake?

Riverbmr3 03-28-2009 08:21 AM

nice, maybe you want to have engine wash

mkodama 03-28-2009 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TX_Bullet (Post 9670934)
where did you get your intake?

My neighbor gave it to me for free. :woot:

Quote:

Originally Posted by pinoybmr3 (Post 9670943)
nice, maybe you want to have engine wash

Third picture is old, but since then the engine bay has been washed, like in the first two pics.

Chris-TK 03-28-2009 04:11 PM

Miles :drool:

mkodama 03-28-2009 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisTKHarris (Post 9672417)
Miles :drool:

:boink:

When this car is done, we must go to a track day!

Chris-TK 03-28-2009 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mkodama (Post 9672425)
:boink:

When this car is done, we must go to a track day!

I iz in Sac right now.

russ330 03-28-2009 05:04 PM

Pretty clever idea. :thumbsup:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Custom3 (Post 9669136)
oh and nice mod....now all you need to do is wrap it with that carbon fiber sheet the sponsors are selling here so it can match the intake tube :thanks:

EAS offers the OEM cover wrapped in CF. :4ngie:

ThatGuy_JZ 03-28-2009 06:03 PM

CF sticker material works pretty good too, I wrapped my old truck emblems with that stuff. haha

Polish_328Ci 03-28-2009 09:54 PM

Friggin' sweet!
Mine is mounted like you used to have yours :rofl:
I wonder how much my dealership would charge me. They are waaaayyy over priced here. Usually they want 2-3x more then what you guys are being offered. :tsk:

mkodama 03-28-2009 10:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Polish_328Ci (Post 9673859)
Friggin' sweet!
Mine is mounted like you used to have yours :rofl:
I wonder how much my dealership would charge me. They are waaaayyy over priced here. Usually they want 2-3x more then what you guys are being offered. :tsk:

Should be under $50 CA or $40 US, even from the dealer with their mark ups.

And thanks for the compliments. :thanks:

Alex323Ci 03-28-2009 10:58 PM

For many with Superchargers this would be great. You should post another link of this in the FI Forum.

TKC 03-28-2009 11:07 PM

Awesome find!!! Thanks! :thumbsup:

Krystian_E46 03-28-2009 11:23 PM

nice haha i have done that like a year ago :)

mkodama 03-28-2009 11:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alex323Ci (Post 9674225)
For many with Superchargers this would be great. You should post another link of this in the FI Forum.

I'm hesitant about doing that out of fear of a mod giving me points for duplicate threads.


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