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Old 05-05-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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E46 Fog Light M5 LED Projector Retrofit

I bought some M5 foglight LED projectors to retrofit to fogs for better output and color temp. Guy at retrofitsource said they are way better than the e46 foglight projectors (especially since these are 2014 projectors which are a better technology and newer); plus they will not have exposed projector lens like other "projector fogs" for E46 (they will fit inside but still have lens in front so the projector lens itself is protected); and plus it is led so no worries about bulbs or wiring issues. He said it will fit with minimal modification and wiring should fit fine without issue. We'll see.

I have M-Tech I bumper. I bought these: http://www.theretrofitsource.com/clo...l#.U2f9mdxdV8E - they were on sale too, a bonus.

Will post pictures of install and completion and any tips/advice here once I receive them.

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Old 05-07-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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Any updates? I've been searching for an LED projector to retro into my fogs...
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:28 PM   #3
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Any updates? I've been searching for an LED projector to retro into my fogs...
X5 LED projector fogs, I meant. They are on their way.

NOTE: They look like projectors, not LEDs. They just contain an LED bulb instead of projector bulb. Comes off the 2014 X5.
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X5 LED projector fogs, I meant. They are on their way.

NOTE: They look like projectors, not LEDs. They just contain an LED bulb instead of projector bulb. Comes off the 2014 X5.
They come with yen led bulbs, right?
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They come with yen led bulbs, right?
dunno
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What's the lumen output and what's the colour temp if you know?? I'd like to have these instead of the 3000K HID
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What's the lumen output and what's the colour temp if you know?? I'd like to have these instead of the 3000K HID
dunno yet, you will have to ask them, or wait until they arrive and I can test them.

from the pictures, color temp looks close to 6000K.
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i have a bucket of these lying around, ill see if they have any details printed on them. Unfortunately they're sealed so I think you'd have to cook them to get the LED's out for more info....

EDIT: no luck getting info from the exterior

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i have a bucket of these lying around, ill see if they have any details printed on them. Unfortunately they're sealed so I think you'd have to cook them to get the LED's out for more info....

EDIT: no luck getting info from the exterior
ok I got them and installed. More details coming soon.

They were sealed, indeed. I did not want to cook them, worried about ruining the leds inside.

I took a miter saw to them literally sawing them in half in order to get out the inside portion.

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Retrofit video



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I drilled a hole the size of a zip tie and once inserting the X5 fog light into my now hollow e46 fog light surround, on the left side on both the x5 fog light and the side of my e46 fog empty surround, and pushed through the zip tie like so:



On the other side I also affixed a zip tie, but I did not need to drill any holes. See the picture:



Completed affixed retrofit:



Of course, then I trimmed the zip tie after ensuring it was tight and secure.

Then I used the back part of the x5 fog light and attached it to the back to cover it up. I then sealed it up with some electrical tape.

The reason is because it needs to be sealed up, else moisture would get through. Additionally, do you see that metal part sticking out? That is a heat sink. Its purpose is to dissipate heat. Thus, I felt it necessary to use the original ABS plastic rather than electrical tape or a rubber gasket.

In order for it to fit, I had to cut it up (I did so using the miter saw from the video in the same manner - it was easy to do this way), shave off some parts of the plastic, and cut one side off and place it back on there which effectively shrank it enough to fit into the fog light hole in the car.

NOTE: This is MANDATORY. It WILL NOT FIT if you don't cut it up like this.

top view before:



top view after:



bottom view before:



bottom view after:



when placed over the back:



Now add the last piece onto the open space:



seal it up with electrical tape..

finished product:







Success! Then I just pushed the pins into the existing harness in the car, and wrapped it up with electrical tape.

It looks great! Way better than stock - and being LED the lights will NEVER burn out.

I wish I could take a picture, but all my front-end lights are just too bright for my camera in the dark. I can take a picture tomorrow in the day time.

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Retrofitting my new FXR projectors.
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Great retro! But I can almost guarantee you that electrical tapes will not seal out moister. I've done plenty of retros and learned that electrical tapes is only temporary. Pics of its output, please.
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great retrofit man. i loved the video ... really straight forward after i saw it and looks fairly easy... I started a thread not too long ago about getting more light coverage because my fog lights just dont cut it for me.... by the look of the heat sink in the X5 fog light.. it might be a very bright LED.

so im just curious to see how far the throw is on the lights and how clearly the road is lit up... do you have any pictures or video of this in action at night?
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So, were you able to rotationally align these before mounting them in the fog housings? I'm planning on doing something similar, but I am going to go a different route. I think you are likely to get moisture in the housings with that setup.
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So, were you able to rotationally align these before mounting them in the fog housings? I'm planning on doing something similar, but I am going to go a different route. I think you are likely to get moisture in the housings with that setup.
well considering I live in Socal where it rarely rains, I don't think that will be a problem.
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great idea - using a mitre saw with a wood blade and holding the item by hand is scary as fock

next time consider using a hand held dremel
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great idea - using a mitre saw with a wood blade and holding the item by hand is scary as fock

next time consider using a hand held dremel
haha yeah... I'm pretty confident with my skill, but dremel is definitely the way to go. I have a dremel now. I didn't when I made the video.
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lol, just watching the rest of the video and you said the same thing about the dremel
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Could perhaps get this waterproof tape to seal it up rather than electrical tape: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Nashua-Ta...1975/100197267



Then paint it black, although it doesn't really matter because this part is inside the car.

Rotational alignment must be done before you insert into the car.

I need to align the left differently so it matches the right one.
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do you have your car coded to have the fogs on with high beams?
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