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Old 11-13-2014, 02:57 AM   #1
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Looking for help with my first DIY: Angle Eyes

Whats up E46 fanatics
This is my first post on this forum and its because i am looking for some assistance with my first DIY. I have in the past swapped out my deck, but this one is going to be a bit tricky for me. I am looking to install angle eyes would like some assistance in understanding the basics of it. I know for one i will need to purchase the angle eye kit itself, but am curious to know what else must be done. Will the installation of angle eyes require i also get projector headlights? Will i also need to install a hid kit? I have many questions before i can go out and start my project, and i am hoping that someone here can help me get started.

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Old 11-13-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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You'll be surprised how straight-forward this process is. The best advise I can give you is don't over pull on any of the tabs or you'll have a fun time ensuring you lens seal properly.

To me the MOST annoying part was the removing the painted trim that runs along the bottom of the head lights..it's bmw wanted you to come in for a new one when you break the tab that connects to the fender .

To take apart the headlights, a narrow flat head should be enough.


Here's a vid that walks you through the process and how to be a AAA failure while you're at it lol

Good luck.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:29 AM   #3
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You can install angel eyes by themselves, you don't have to upgrade to any other type of lights. If I recall correctly, your 2004 lighting case is sealed shut, so, once out of the car it's a bit of work to open up (versus earlier e46's).
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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Ah crap missed the 2004 info - my bad. As Sansho Stated, there's a good chance yours are sealed. They'll require some baking and swearing to crack them open. I would opt for some replacement headlights. Projector and halos in one swing.
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:13 PM   #5
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any recommendations for replacement headlights?
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:33 PM   #6
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If it were me with dual halogens, I would install HID's, along the lines of this DIY.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:38 PM   #7
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One thing that video does that I've seen in almost every Angel Eye DIY that drives me crazy because it's harder than necessary and messes with important wires is tapping into the ignition signal wire in the DME box under the hood. Presumably you're mounting the relay near the battery terminal, and most likely you're also going to want them to come on with the interior lights so they light up when you unlock the doors. Simply run the ignition signal wire they'd have you splice into the DME wire and another one to tap into the interior light into the interior through one of the grommets in the back of the drug bin area. That takes you right behind the glove box. From there you can run the one wire to the footwell light, and the other one to an unused spot in your fuseblock that only comes on with the ignition.
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