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Old 03-27-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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The cool way to relocate your xenon ballast if you have a tube-style cold air intake

I did a little researching and turns out that all E46 used the same xenon ballast. I think they updated the ballast for every car in 2002, but this pretty much means any xenon from the M3 to a 323i will use the same ballast. So this go me thinking, the M3 and M3 CSL both have really big intakes and have to relocate their xenon ballast right from the factory, and they also use the same ballast, so maybe I can use this bracket from the M3 on my 330i sedan. Turns out the bracket and plastic cover cost $16.04 + shipping from Tischer, so I might as well give it a try.

Well, it fit perfectly.





























And here is what it looked like before the bracket and cover






Parts you need:

1x Bracket - BMW Part # 61127893034

1x Cover (up to 9/2001) - BMW Part # 61127893035
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1x Cover (after 9/2001) - BMW Part # 63127832829

2x Screws - BMW Part # 72128244154

You will reuse one of your stock non-M intake bolts and you need a 10mm nut.
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:43 PM   #2
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That's a nice little mod
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:50 PM   #3
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:55 PM   #4
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where is your windshield washer reservoir tank?

oh and nice mod....now all you need to do is wrap it with that carbon fiber sheet the sponsors are selling here so it can match the intake tube
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where is your windshield washer reservoir tank?

oh and nice mod....now all you need to do is wrap it with that carbon fiber sheet the sponsors are selling here so it can match the intake tube
I have an obsession with making my car lighter, hence no fluid reservoir.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:37 PM   #6
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where is your windshield washer reservoir tank?
His car went on a diet.

Those ballasts are pretty heavy... should switch to halogens
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:13 AM   #7
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where did you get your intake?
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:21 AM   #8
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nice, maybe you want to have engine wash
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where did you get your intake?
My neighbor gave it to me for free.

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nice, maybe you want to have engine wash
Third picture is old, but since then the engine bay has been washed, like in the first two pics.
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:11 PM   #10
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When this car is done, we must go to a track day!
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When this car is done, we must go to a track day!
I iz in Sac right now.
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Pretty clever idea.

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oh and nice mod....now all you need to do is wrap it with that carbon fiber sheet the sponsors are selling here so it can match the intake tube
EAS offers the OEM cover wrapped in CF.
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CF sticker material works pretty good too, I wrapped my old truck emblems with that stuff. haha
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Friggin' sweet!
Mine is mounted like you used to have yours
I wonder how much my dealership would charge me. They are waaaayyy over priced here. Usually they want 2-3x more then what you guys are being offered.
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Friggin' sweet!
Mine is mounted like you used to have yours
I wonder how much my dealership would charge me. They are waaaayyy over priced here. Usually they want 2-3x more then what you guys are being offered.
Should be under $50 CA or $40 US, even from the dealer with their mark ups.

And thanks for the compliments.
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For many with Superchargers this would be great. You should post another link of this in the FI Forum.
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Awesome find!!! Thanks!
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nice haha i have done that like a year ago
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For many with Superchargers this would be great. You should post another link of this in the FI Forum.
I'm hesitant about doing that out of fear of a mod giving me points for duplicate threads.
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