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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Fog lights delete?

Is there any clean way to remove the fog lights and have the area covered? I never use mine and would kinda like to just eliminate them.
Anyone done this? Any suggestions?
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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I've seen someone put mesh behind it before. Didn't look too bad. I think that looks better than the CSL bumper IMHO. Although I love my fogs.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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CSL Bumper.
+1, this is the best way.

Mesh done right looks decent but not clean like the CSL bumper.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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A number of people are removing them and cutting off the mounting tabs as well, providing a much cleaner look. I'm also someone who never uses my fogs, has no use for them, and think the front end looks MUCH nicer without them. And although I respect everyone's opinion, I personally feel that the stock front bumper looks remarkably better than a CSL front end....not to mention that just about everyone goes with a CSL front.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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i do like the CSL bumper but I'm with the few that prefers the stock bumper .. maybe if the CSL bumper has a hole on the right side as well.. what do they go for now? a good quality one?
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:09 PM   #8
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I have tried a number of options for my fog lights, i.e. fog light covers, tint, fog light delete. I like the fog light delete look, but it was too unfinished for me. So, I decided to try a cheap solution.

Below are the steps for a cheap, simple, but more finished fog light delete option. Of course it would look more professional with OEM center mesh, pulling the bumper, etc. But, like I said... cheap and simple (sorry for crappy pics).

1. Buy the items in the pictures from Home Depot (gutter mesh cover, spray paint, weather stripping) - hopefully the UPCs can be seen in the pics
2. Remove fog lights, seal off wires and secure
3. Spray the washer reservoir and fog light bracket with matte black paint
4. Create a template using cardboard to help trim the gutter mesh
5. Trim gutter mesh per the template and spray matte black
6. Apply weather stripping to the inside of the fog light hole
7. Insert painted weather mesh into the groove of the weather stripping
8. Done!

I'm going to roll "as is" for now. At some point, if I decide I really like the look, I'll invest in OEM mesh and pull the bumper.

IMO, this mod is an improvement over the typical fog light delete. I just didn't like the unfinished look with the bracket exposed and cutting the bracket was too permanent.

Let me know what you think...
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:58 AM   #9
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Doesn't look that bad^ better than just removing the fogs.
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:45 PM   #10
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^ agree that looks pretty legit.. i wish i could find some plastic mesh that will match the front big hole in the bumper.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:04 PM   #11
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I have tried a number of options for my fog lights, i.e. fog light covers, tint, fog light delete. I like the fog light delete look, but it was too unfinished for me. So, I decided to try a cheap solution.

Below are the steps for a cheap, simple, but more finished fog light delete option. Of course it would look more professional with OEM center mesh, pulling the bumper, etc. But, like I said... cheap and simple (sorry for crappy pics).

1. Buy the items in the pictures from Home Depot (gutter mesh cover, spray paint, weather stripping) - hopefully the UPCs can be seen in the pics
2. Remove fog lights, seal off wires and secure
3. Spray the washer reservoir and fog light bracket with matte black paint
4. Create a template using cardboard to help trim the gutter mesh
5. Trim gutter mesh per the template and spray matte black
6. Apply weather stripping to the inside of the fog light hole
7. Insert painted weather mesh into the groove of the weather stripping
8. Done!

I'm going to roll "as is" for now. At some point, if I decide I really like the look, I'll invest in OEM mesh and pull the bumper.

IMO, this mod is an improvement over the typical fog light delete. I just didn't like the unfinished look with the bracket exposed and cutting the bracket was too permanent.

Let me know what you think...
I know this is an old thread, but how do you get the mesh and the weather stripping to secure to the fog light space?
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #12
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I know this is an old thread, but how do you get the mesh and the weather stripping to secure to the fog light space?
i used oem mesh and cut it out to fit tight in between the bumper and the weather striping right behide it.

I will get a closer picture soon...
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #13
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Anyone have any experience with these?

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Old 03-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #14
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Anyone have any experience with these?

http://store.bimmerworld.com/e46-car...ucts-p694.aspx
+1. Downside is you have to relocate or remove your washer tank.
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i used oem mesh and cut it out to fit tight in between the bumper and the weather striping right behide it.

I will get a closer picture soon...
So its basically just held in there by just fitting tight with the weather stripping? Its not secured any other way?
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:49 PM   #16
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So its basically just held in there by just fitting tight with the weather stripping? Its not secured any other way?
The stripping is be hide it pushing it against the bumper inlets
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:48 AM   #17
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Anyone have any experience with these?

http://store.bimmerworld.com/e46-car...ucts-p694.aspx
not worth $300..
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #18
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Why would you ever want to remove your fogs?
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Why would you ever want to remove your fogs?
Some people just dont use them. Mine weren't working so Im using the mesh to take the place rather than have a big hole until I figure out how to fix them
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:50 AM   #20
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