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Old 08-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #41
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Just gave it some thinking and if ya lights are with tha chrome inside..
I would buy the clear ones and then have the complete light unit with markers
done with that yellow headlight foil.. Would look super nasty on black
then ya paint ya wheels in matte.black and do tha brake callipers in bright yellow aswel
and ya got a stand out from da crowd car .
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:21 PM   #42
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In Europe it's considered "old fashion" to use amber sidemarkers.
Hardly NO cars are made with amber lights here, therefore I was surpriced my e46 2004 had amber light
when I bought it.
First I did was throwing out those old light and put in some decent clear sidemarkers with silver/amber bulbs.
Most cars in EU has left amber colors last century :-)
But I can see it's much different in the states, over there many cars still has the amber sidemarkers
That's because in the USA it's a "DOT" (Department of Transportation) law to have amber reflectors in front side.
Early sedans don't have reflectors in the front bumper side, therefore BMW dealerships won't sell the early sedan OE front clears.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:53 PM   #43
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That's because in the USA it's a "DOT" (Department of Transportation) law to have amber reflectors in front side.
Early sedans don't have reflectors in the front bumper side, therefore BMW dealerships won't sell the early sedan OE front clears.
Oddly enough they do actually sell prefacelift sedan clears. Tischer has the whole kit for $320. It's the facelift where they don't allow ordering clears
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #44
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:34 AM   #45
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Hi Alex, thanks for clearing things up, I didn't know.
I have also notice that some/all US cars are drinving with the sidemarker ligthening on, all the time.
Thats also a bit different here in EU. We only use sidemarker lights to indicate if we make a left or
right turn and in case we have a sudden stop from high speed we use the knob to flash all
indicators.
Even though my cars must go to MOT every 2nd year, it's absolutely no problem to install
clear sidemarkers. It's just the flashing indicator LIGHT which must have orange/amber color but
the glass can still be clear.
MOT don't care at all if the sidemarkers has DOT or not......but they will crusify us if there should
be a HID bulb in the H7 headlamp OMG.

But back to the topic.
Here in EU most owners of the E46 has changed ALL amber glas to clear all the way around on the
E46. It seems like only old mens (> 60) still drives with the OEM ones. And also BMW is one of the
last manufactures who still had the amber sidemarkers in the program. Toyota, Mazda, Ford .... all
changed it to clear last century.
I love the clear ones :-)
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #46
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Ambers or clears?!

I think clears on any bmw modernize the car, which isn't necessarily a good thing. I prefer the ambers simply because they fit the character of the car and blend better with the design.


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Old 08-04-2013, 10:13 PM   #47
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Get the clears but get the silver bulbs that are amber when lit....
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #48
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Hi Alex, thanks for clearing things up, I didn't know.
I have also notice that some/all US cars are drinving with the sidemarker ligthening on, all the time.
Thats also a bit different here in EU. We only use sidemarker lights to indicate if we make a left or
right turn and in case we have a sudden stop from high speed we use the knob to flash all
indicators.
Even though my cars must go to MOT every 2nd year, it's absolutely no problem to install
clear sidemarkers. It's just the flashing indicator LIGHT which must have orange/amber color but
the glass can still be clear.
MOT don't care at all if the sidemarkers has DOT or not......but they will crusify us if there should
be a HID bulb in the H7 headlamp OMG.

But back to the topic.
Here in EU most owners of the E46 has changed ALL amber glas to clear all the way around on the
E46. It seems like only old mens (> 60) still drives with the OEM ones. And also BMW is one of the
last manufactures who still had the amber sidemarkers in the program. Toyota, Mazda, Ford .... all
changed it to clear last century.
I love the clear ones :-)
The side markers being on is another legal thing. Our (front) parking lights have to be amber and visible from the side of the vehicle.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:53 AM   #49
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Ambers or clears?!

Could I do blue lights in the corners?


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I don't think so? At least not in the US from what I know. I'm almost positive that is must flash to a yellowish color so that it obeys the law.


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I don't think so? At least not in the US from what I know. I'm almost positive that is must flash to a yellowish color so that it obeys the law.


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So I should just keep the original bulb for my clears ?


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Entropyyy I would keep your clears and buy the stealth bulbs. I did that with mine. They appear silverish and blend in the clear better without that eggyolk bulb in the middle sticking out like a sore thumb. They flash yellow but appear clear.


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thats a fact !! did the same on mine and looks way clean'r
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