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Old 04-27-2006, 09:05 AM   #1
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2001 330i Facelifted LED Tails Install

Hey everyone, I have posted a few brief topics in the General section, as well as New England forums, but realize now that this is the best place for this thread to go. I have a 2001 330i sedan and went through hell waiting for some LED tails which eventually never shipped due to problems and got my money back. I got the bug again this February and found some sweet ass ones on Ebay from Germany and bought em shipped for about $300. After getting them, and the seller PROMISING me that there would be no need for an LCM reflash or a dash warning, I put them in, and they worked, but the stupid dash warning came up and I was pissed. Because it would have cost me $70 to ship these things back and get a refund, I decided to work it out with a buddy of mine and MAKE Them work! I read countless posts on issues with this, and determined that Adding a set of Load resistors would be the way to go. So I bought a few on ebay, one load resistor for each set of lights, (tail and brake on right, tail and brake on left, making 4 total as the blinkers are standard incandescents) and had my friend help me hook it up. He bought an aluminum box to mount them and wire them in to help dissipate the heat that actually has a built in fan in case i needed to use it if it got to hot (which it didn't). I put these babies in last night, mounted the box, and all is well and so FRESH!! Just need to update the trunk lights now, but that can wait a little.... ahhhh the mods never end! Hope you all enjoy the pics!

Load Resistors in custom box:



Back of LED Taillight:



Custom Trailer Wiring Kit Harness:



Box mounted in left side of trunk near Harman Kardon Amp:



Interior of left tail in trunk:



Ground wire is white and connects to same ground stereo system uses:



Another shot of box install:



Clean right trunk interior after setup (NOTE, my only complaint is that the stock black plastic covers do not fit over these and cover them up, but I can totally live with that):



Clean left trunk interior after mounting the box and covering it witht he carpet:



Finished Product!



I will post some other pics of what they look like when lit up at a later time, SWEET!!!! No dash light warning!!! (few more pics on next reply)
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:05 AM   #2
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Just a few more pics of the finished product, enjoy!







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Old 04-27-2006, 09:40 AM   #3
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come to one of the meets, i wanna see this in person. I just wish the turn signal was LED, not a huge deal tho.
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:46 AM   #4
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I've been dying to lately, what is coming up locally? These look way better in person too!
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:31 AM   #5
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Sweet

1. What's the name of the ebayer with the LED's?
2. Can you post some night time shots?
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:00 PM   #6
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The ebayer's name is oemgermanparts, will take some night pics tonight!
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:54 PM   #7
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As promised, here are some night pics... those brake lights are so damned bright, it's crazy!





this one looks dim, but that's only cuz the camera adjusted for the brightness:







and the clear corners with round reflectors with predator chromium's and yellow lamin-x fog's!

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Old 04-27-2006, 11:01 PM   #8
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u should get the LED trunk lights to match up
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:58 AM   #9
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My 03 euro bimmer has standard led lights in the rear, but the difference is, that the blinkers are also leds... Didn't see these yet...
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:11 AM   #10
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yeah, I have seen those on the newer M3's and coupes/convertibles here, the tail and brake light are sort of in one cluster on the bottom, with the blinkers on top which are all led's too and light up orange. I'm ok with the blinkers on mine being incandescents because I can switch the orange bulbs that came with it for solaris invisibulbs or the blueish mirrored ones that light up orange. Tested the entire setup today driving an hour to work and the whole area where the resistor box was got only a little warm to the touch, and that was the outside of the car, inside the trunk near the carpet, it was normal temp all around! I don't anticipate any problems from this... BY the way, I did the Lowe's $4 Clutch stop mod last night and tested it all the way to work today too, and all I can say is damn, that's unbelievable!!!!
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:51 AM   #11
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Did you get rid of the flash every 60 seconds as well? I had to use a capacitor as well and ground it in order to filter the 3v signal the lcm sends for bulb contiouity check..
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I had a flicker when I installed them initially straight without the load resistors, but that flicker went away for good with the resistors in there. and I don't have a blink every 60 seconds either.. no capacitor involved...
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Eagle Eyes LEDs on my '01 330i Sport

Initially I did not get the rear bulb out warning. But once my car's LCM computer "learned" something was different (the obvious lower LED electrical resistance), the dash warning came on a couple of hours later. As suggested by trizzuth, I bought three resistor kits (the kit includes 2 resistors and the necessary quick connects; each kit is $9.99) from the Ebay seller velocityleds_1. These resistors are specific for curing automotive LED problems: no flash, fast flash, and bulb out warning. These resistors are very nice with their built in orange anodized finned heat sinks to cool them down. Very trick. You'll need a resistor for each LED function your LED tail light has: signal, brake, park. . .six total for the pair of Eagle Eyes e46 units. I mounted each resistor, with 3M automotive trim tape, behind the trunk lining on a convenient solid car body platform location. There is enough room in these locations for the heat sinks to do their job of cooling the resistors. trizzuth used a computer fan to further cool his resistors, which were all mounted and contained in an aluminum box. There's no need for this overkill, but the idea is very "cool". Excuse the pun. ---BTW, I love my awsome Eagle Eyes tail lights!


















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lookin good nice write up
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LEDs look really nice on silver.
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Here are those resistors for $4.26 each. $10 each is such a ripoff.
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Still a cheap fix

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Here are those resistors for $4.26 each. $10 each is such a ripoff.
$9.99 for a pair is still an excellent price in the grand scheme of things. . .http://vleds.com/
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Here are those resistors for $4.26 each. $10 each is such a ripoff.
It's not much difference..Hmm..$8.52 a pair vs $9.99 a pair. Nice find though..who ever has cheaper shipping might make up the difference.
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