E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Lighting Forum

Lighting Forum
Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-16-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
cekelly83
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 15
My Ride: 2004 325Ci
Can you 'clear' or remove the orange from 04 coupe headlights?

Hi all,

I have a 04 325Ci without the sport package and I would like to have the clear turn signal look. Is it possible or has anyone tried "clearing" their orange turn signals in the headlights? What about the tail lights?

I was able to do it in my old car, an 01 Acura CL Type-S, but heating and removing the orange, plastic film.

-Chris
cekelly83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 06-16-2005, 11:30 PM   #2
jEEliX
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Arizona
Posts: 963
My Ride: 2000 323i
Send a message via AIM to jEEliX
I dont know. Most people in the forum buy OEM clear turn signals from places like pacific bmw.
jEEliX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 11:33 PM   #3
cekelly83
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 15
My Ride: 2004 325Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by jEEliX
I dont know. Most people in the forum buy OEM clear turn signals from places like pacific bmw.
Yes, that works for pre-face lift coupes, but what about face lifted coupes?
cekelly83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 11:36 PM   #4
Zamorskii
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Shakopee, MN
Posts: 595
My Ride: 1991 M5
wellcome to the BMW land.
Yes you can get clears for facelifted cars too.
__________________
Sergey
Zamorskii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 11:38 PM   #5
cekelly83
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 15
My Ride: 2004 325Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zamorskii
wellcome to the BMW land.
Yes you can get clears for facelifted cars too.
Even better, where can I pick a set up?

Thanks!

Last edited by cekelly83; 06-16-2005 at 11:40 PM.
cekelly83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 01:02 AM   #6
Zamorskii
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Shakopee, MN
Posts: 595
My Ride: 1991 M5
www.bekkers.com for example. They're OEM but not the cheapest, do a little search, you'll find it.
__________________
Sergey
Zamorskii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 01:22 AM   #7
MrMotorwerk
Der Meisterstück
 
MrMotorwerk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 2,411
My Ride: '02 330Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zamorskii
wellcome to the BMW land.
Yes you can get clears for facelifted cars too.
He has a FACELIFTED COUPE!
Unfortunately for facelifted coupes you will need to buy the whole headlight assembly to get the corners without the amber since the corners are integrated to the headlamps.

As far as I know, there are no such thing as aftermarket headlight/corner kits and rear tails for the FACELIFTED coupes.
__________________
Mr.Motorwerk
MrMotorwerk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 01:33 AM   #8
Eric BMW
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Downtown St. Louis, MO
Posts: 312
My Ride: 1995 BMW M3 Turbo
Send a message via AIM to Eric BMW
Yes there are clear corners for facelifted e46's. Guy above me is on crack.

BUT the taillights for your car are LED...correct? They are already clear but blink amber, no?
__________________
Eric BMW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 01:39 AM   #9
umnitza
877•486•6489
 
umnitza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 16,570
My Ride: E39M5, Sequoia
Send a message via Yahoo to umnitza
This is a very very straight forward setup.

Just bake them open, take the orange reflector out, spray tint it, and it WILL look awesome
__________________
umnitza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 01:41 AM   #10
Eric BMW
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Downtown St. Louis, MO
Posts: 312
My Ride: 1995 BMW M3 Turbo
Send a message via AIM to Eric BMW
Aren't you umnitza? SELL HIM SOMETHING lol
__________________
Eric BMW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 01:43 AM   #11
Mike@Modbargains
ModBargains CEO
 
Mike@Modbargains's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: La Habra, CA
Posts: 5,622
My Ride: 2008 BMW 135i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eric BMW
Aren't you umnitza? SELL HIM SOMETHING lol
I think Matt is just trying to look out for the best interest of the customer here

Pretty interesting thread, that's for sure. I think somebody just needs to test it and report back what happens.
__________________
Authorized Dealer of: Forgestar Wheels l KW Suspension l VMR Wheels l Miro Wheels
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 5pm (PST)
We Specialize In: BMW Parts | BMW Rims | BMW Wheels | BMW Exhaust
Mike@Modbargains is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 02:41 AM   #12
jEEliX
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Arizona
Posts: 963
My Ride: 2000 323i
Send a message via AIM to jEEliX
pic

Looks like some people dont know much about their BMWs!!

I believe the tails are already clear are they not??
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	newfacelifted.jpg
Views:	370
Size:	20.2 KB
ID:	131170   Click image for larger version

Name:	0434_04.jpg
Views:	355
Size:	23.6 KB
ID:	131171  

Last edited by jEEliX; 06-17-2005 at 02:44 AM.
jEEliX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 02:59 AM   #13
BimmerFreak2k4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Too Cool For You
Posts: 399
My Ride: G-Ride
Quote:
Originally Posted by jEEliX
Looks like some people dont know much about their BMWs!!

I believe the tails are already clear are they not??
You i believe are wrong too!

You cant just buy clear corners for the facelift coupe. Gotta buy the entire housing for front.

Easy way is to just bake the assembly and pull the orange reflector off.

For the back though, you can just replace the ORANGE LED TAILS with the clear LED TAILS. They cost bout 350-400!
BimmerFreak2k4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 03:08 AM   #14
bluecougar
A bimmer chick moderator :)
 
bluecougar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Norcal
Posts: 53,951
My Ride: MB & LR3
Quote:
Originally Posted by jEEliX
Looks like some people dont know much about their BMWs!!

I believe the tails are already clear are they not??
not all facelifted coupes come with clear tails, there are amber LED tails too
__________________
||Just another ///M Female Driver||Sold: E46 328ci||E92 335i||E60 M5||
bluecougar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2005, 09:48 AM   #15
cekelly83
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 15
My Ride: 2004 325Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by BimmerFreak2k4
You i believe are wrong too!

You cant just buy clear corners for the facelift coupe. Gotta buy the entire housing for front.

Easy way is to just bake the assembly and pull the orange reflector off.

For the back though, you can just replace the ORANGE LED TAILS with the clear LED TAILS. They cost bout 350-400!
Thanks for all the input guys.

I'd like to pull the orange reflector off, but how do I "bake" the assembly? I dont want to f-up my head lights.

-Chris
cekelly83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2005, 08:48 AM   #16
F150bmw
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Lacey, WA
Posts: 770
My Ride: 325i
Guinea Pig (No Loss)

If your turn signals are anything like an 03 325i, I higly recommend not baking them. I don't think you can get it hot enough to separate the lens w/o warping it.
I had a cracked turn signal that I had replaced and kept the cracked one for some reason. I decided to experiment on opening it up.
I put it in the oven at 350. I constantly checked it to ensure it wasn't warping. At ten minutes I pulled it out to see if I could separate the clear lens. No Luck! I put it back in the oven for another 2 minutes and opened the oven. The outside edges were cooked and the center where the bulb goes was sagged in. Anyway, it's a loss at this point.
I took a heat gun and separated the lens to see how the turn signal housing was made up. The amber lens is very thick and just snaps in to the black molding. I took some pictures for anyone who may be interested.
It would be nice if you could easily disassemble it and just remove the amber lens and have clear corners.
If you were skilled with a Dremel you could probably do it and use a really strong and water resistant adhesive to put it back together.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Clear - amber removed.JPG
Views:	277
Size:	32.4 KB
ID:	131294   Click image for larger version

Name:	Amber lens molding.JPG
Views:	267
Size:	30.2 KB
ID:	131295   Click image for larger version

Name:	Lens molding.JPG
Views:	264
Size:	27.3 KB
ID:	131296   Click image for larger version

Name:	Amber lens.JPG
Views:	268
Size:	20.2 KB
ID:	131297  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Order of fit.JPG
Views:	280
Size:	31.0 KB
ID:	131298  
__________________
RWCII
F150bmw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2005, 09:38 AM   #17
umnitza
877•486•6489
 
umnitza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 16,570
My Ride: E39M5, Sequoia
Send a message via Yahoo to umnitza
Considering we bake over 30 headlights a month with no problems, it's safe to assume we might have some expertise on this.

Baking them open is a piece of cake, 20 minutes in the oven at 200 degrees they'll peel open like an english muffin.

This is for Eric BMW - because sarcasm is a beautiful thing - while you're in the headlight, you might as well install our 2004 Coupe Angel Eyes
__________________
umnitza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2005, 10:21 AM   #18
E92M
Registered User
 
E92M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: ATL / Boulder / SLC
Posts: 3,373
My Ride: '08 ZCP M3 | '03 R6
Quote:
Originally Posted by umnitza
Considering we bake over 30 headlights a month with no problems, it's safe to assume we might have some expertise on this.

Baking them open is a piece of cake, 20 minutes in the oven at 200 degrees they'll peel open like an english muffin.

This is for Eric BMW - because sarcasm is a beautiful thing - while you're in the headlight, you might as well install our 2004 Coupe Angel Eyes
there is the Umnitza we all know
__________________
E92M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2005, 10:23 AM   #19
umnitza
877•486•6489
 
umnitza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 16,570
My Ride: E39M5, Sequoia
Send a message via Yahoo to umnitza
You don't know us, you only think you do.
__________________
umnitza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2005, 10:33 AM   #20
JCz04Bimmer
Registered User
 
JCz04Bimmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Boston
Posts: 3,369
My Ride: 2004 330Ci & 06 Z4MC
Send a message via AIM to JCz04Bimmer
Any pictures of a headlight with the amber reflectors spray tinted?

I may do that when I finally get around to baking my headlight open again...
__________________

JCz04Bimmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use