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Old 09-10-2006, 12:44 AM   #1
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HID Projector Fog DIY

First off, a few people have done this mod already, including PYRITE and Otherside.

For the past 2 years, I’ve had HID fogs in my OEM M-Tech fogs (with both the M-Aero and M-Tech II bumpers). While having the HID fogs match my HID low beams gives me a great look, it also gave me sub-par performance. HID bulbs in halogen projectors gives off uneven, scatter light that is dangerous to oncoming traffic. Thus, my fogs were relegated to being used essentially as high beams—only when there was no traffic around. In fact, they were really more driving lights that fog. In bad weather, extreme bright light decreases visibility.


The solution: Projectors in a fog light with 3000k (yellow) HID bulbs.

First off, you need the projectors. There is a now an aftermarket solution for these. BTW, these are a replacement for the M3 fogs, so if you don’t have an M-Tech II, M-Aero or M3 bumper (or one that uses those fogs), you’re SOL.

You can buy them on eBay (as I did):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/01-02-03-04-BMW-M3-M5-E46-4D-BLACK-PROJECTOR-FOG-LIGHTS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33709QQihZ013QQitemZ230026 294482QQrdZ1"

or from site sponsor JLevi:
http://jlevistreetwerks.com/store/pr...2d4c0d2ab4b51c

PYRITE also has a video of these installed with the same 3000k HID setup that I have:
http://www.crossroadvideos.com/video...4500D05CE9.htm


Even though these are projectors, they use halogen bulbs. You’re current M3 fogs use 9006 bulbs. These projectors use H3 bulbs.

This is what an H3 bulb looks like:



I purchased a set of H3 3000k Prolumen bulbs from Umnitza. They will work with my existing Xtec ballasts. I’ll just need to swap the 9006 connectors for the H3 ones…

Prolumen H3 3000k HID bulb:




Here are the eBay fogs:



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Old 09-10-2006, 12:45 AM   #2
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There are 2 screws holding the back plate on. Remove these 2 screws.




You now need to drill a 3/4" hole in the back plate. This will allow the larger HID wires to get out:





The HID bulbs have a rubber stopper on them. Use a knife to carefully cut the rubber piece off.





Once you've fed the wires through the hole, put the rubber stopper back on.






I used electrical tape to make sure they'd be water tight:






Once that's done, connect them to your ballasts (I'm going to finish that part up later). Here's one of them installed vs. the regular M fogs on my car:





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Old 09-10-2006, 03:58 AM   #3
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Nice clean install. Post a picture with the 3000K fogs lighted up. I like this install and will check on maybe doing this for my sedan. You are 100% right about using projectors on any HID conversion. thanks for the info. good thread.
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:22 AM   #4
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Nice clean install. Post a picture with the 3000K fogs lighted up. I like this install and will check on maybe doing this for my sedan. You are 100% right about using projectors on any HID conversion. thanks for the info. good thread.
Thanks! I'll do one better btw... This is a video that PYRITE did showing the light pattern etc:

http://www.crossroadvideos.com/video...4500D05CE9.htm
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nice that works 100%, I got lazy with the metal backing and I just glued the bulb in there and electrical taped it..hehe

but Ill go ahead and do what you did just for the hell of it....

I love mine
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Old 09-10-2006, 11:16 AM   #6
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that looks really nice
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Old 09-10-2006, 02:34 PM   #7
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nice that works 100%, I got lazy with the metal backing and I just glued the bulb in there and electrical taped it..hehe

but Ill go ahead and do what you did just for the hell of it....

I love mine
i was actually surprised drilling the hole worked..

Otherside... Do your fogs have glass over them? I wonder if these projectors could be fit intp the OEM housings...
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nice post, i didn't know my hid fogs could be so dangerous without projectors. Guess i'll put this on my shopping list also.
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nice post, i didn't know my hid fogs could be so dangerous without projectors. Guess i'll put this on my shopping list also.
Judge for yourself... These are HID "kits" in halogen housings (for low beams, not fogs, but you get the point)

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I have a question? I got a 9006 HID kit from visionbulbs.
Would that size bulb fit on the ebay projector fogs?
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I have a question? I got a 9006 HID kit from visionbulbs.
Would that size bulb fit on the ebay projector fogs?
No, the OEM bulbs are 9006. These fogs take 93. You can however reuses your ballasts. You just need new bulbs. They are about $100 - $150 from the sponsers...
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No, the OEM bulbs are 9006. These fogs take 93. You can however reuses your ballasts. You just need new bulbs. They are about $100 - $150 from the sponsers...
I think you did a typo. You mean "H3" not "93" bulbs. The H3 bulbs are also known as the pigtail bulb.

Also, how do you think those would look with my flush Hamann M-tech foglight covers? I don't think those recessed fogs will match well..do you?
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I think you did a typo. You mean "H3" not "93" bulbs. The H3 bulbs are also known as the pigtail bulb.

Also, how do you think those would look with my flush Hamann M-tech foglight covers? I don't think those recessed fogs will match well..do you?
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v1...Anch=imgAnch22
Yup, I fat fingered it... H3 bulbs are what these fogs take.


Alex, i dont think they will look that bad w/o the glass... The fogs are so low that they kind of disappear into the bumper anyway... they just look black from a distance... Although I agree... these would look much better if they had glass over them... No idea why they dont...
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FINALLY have some pictures up... Just got my car back from the shop...

3000k Prolumen bulbs / ballasts:

Cut-off angle:





Light color vs. OEM 4100k bulbs:






With HID low beams on:

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Looks Good!

Couldn't wait to install the ones you sent me this weekend but, I am slightly hesitant now...

How bad is it to install HID into the reflector fogs? I guess it never occured to me, since I reasoned that the fogs were low enough. There aren't any options for projector housing into a pre-facelift bumper. Damn...
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Looking good.
I'm part of the club, I put mine in on Sunday. They have some positives and negatives. I think I am going to try and retrofit the glass on mine. I went with 4300K to match my headlamps, I had 8000K prior in my OEM M-techs. (I was planning to write a little about what I found out for the weekend viewers.)
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Looks Good!

Couldn't wait to install the ones you sent me this weekend but, I am slightly hesitant now...

How bad is it to install HID into the reflector fogs? I guess it never occured to me, since I reasoned that the fogs were low enough. There aren't any options for projector housing into a pre-facelift bumper. Damn...
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Yeah you have no other options unless you have M fogs... I used mine as high beams essentailly... And on highways at night... The glare is not as bad coming out of the fog light since it is so low... doing this in the low beams is disasterious...


Alex,
Are you going to try to fit these into an OEM M fog shell? I was thinking doing something like that too... Not crazy about how they look w/o the glass either...
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Yeah you have no other options unless you have M fogs... I used mine as high beams essentailly... And on highways at night... The glare is not as bad coming out of the fog light since it is so low... doing this in the low beams is disasterious...


Alex,
Are you going to try to fit these into an OEM M fog shell? I was thinking doing something like that too... Not crazy about how they look w/o the glass either...
Yep, that's exactly what I'm planning on doing. Cut the back off and fit in from the backside. My M-techs fogs aren't too new so it won't cost much if it doesn't work out for some reason. I really don't like the fronts at all. Very un-aerodynamic and busy for no reason.
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I installed them today!

Love the look. Haven't gotten flashed driving around tonight, so far so good. The glare out of them isn't terrible but, the added light output is definitly worth it.
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I installed them today!

Love the look. Haven't gotten flashed driving around tonight, so far so good. The glare out of them isn't terrible but, the added light output is definitly worth it.
Glad you like them.
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