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Old 05-04-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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HID fog light conversion for e46

I have a 2000 328i sedan and want to switch the fogs to hid. What do people suggest buying? I'm also looking for something easy to install I'm not good mechanically.

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Old 05-04-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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If you don't already have HID low beams, you will get much bigger return on your investment/effort by doing that upgrade. After upgrading to HID, I have found very little use for the fog lights for vision (and I live by a very large lake which causes lots of fog).

Fogs require a very low beam with a sharp cut off. This typically means a projector-type housing. The generally rectangular housing in the pre-facelift models are not projectors, so nothing is plug-n-play.

If you want "whiter" light, consider replacing the bulbs with SilverStar Ultras or similar products.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #3
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Just to let you know, I did the HID retrofit into my 2001 330i non-sport fogs. They worked fine for about 2-3 hours then one went out, then the other, and I blew a fuse. I replaced the fuse and it blew out again quickly, so I just ended up ripping them out and using some 3000K halogen bulbs so they are yellow and cut through the fog better..
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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I did an HID retrofit into '04 330Ci vert fog lights, with DDM 50W ballasts, 5000K bulbs, and they have been working flawlessly for the past four years.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:48 PM   #5
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My previous Owner did this on my 02 325Ci. It is nice, but I mostly think its nice because it makes the fogs match my Xenon low beams.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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There's no simple plug and play option. You have to retrofit proper projectors (sharp cutoff, evenly distributed projecttion (no hot spots) into OE or aftermarket halogen foglight housings. In other words, it will take some modification, drilling, cutting, gluing. Anything else is ghetto and dangerous. (i.e., buying ebay projector foglights and slapping a $20 chinese kit on them)

Gotta spend at least $200-300 for a decent setup
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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I have oem e46 m3 hid fogs from my friends m3 that I want to install in my mtech II bumper.

My car is non xenon and came with no fog lights, what would I need to wire them up? If possible...
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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I have a 2000 328i sedan and want to switch the fogs to hid. What do people suggest buying? I'm also looking for something easy to install I'm not good mechanically.

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There's no simple plug and play option. You have to retrofit proper projectors (sharp cutoff, evenly distributed projecttion (no hot spots) into OE or aftermarket halogen foglight housings. In other words, it will take some modification, drilling, cutting, gluing. Anything else is ghetto and dangerous. (i.e., buying ebay projector foglights and slapping a $20 chinese kit on them)

Gotta spend at least $200-300 for a decent setup
I think this rules out your suggestion
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #9
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Just get a good set of bulbs if you want something easy
And no, no HID kit is going to be a good set of bulbs
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