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Old 09-24-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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The hunt for these tail lights...

Any idea where I can get these in the US? Can't find anything without red lenses, or even close to these without doubling the cost due to S/H.

They'd look great on my Steel Grey M3 vert...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160539748443...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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No, they won't.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:23 PM   #3
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Well, that was productive. I guess you enjoy being a troll.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:25 PM   #4
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Sure I guess. Good luck finding em for your M3
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:31 PM   #5
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He was right. They won't look good. I doubt if anyone here has been searching for them. You may be on your own.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:35 PM   #6
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Those look bad. And those LED's will burn out before Christmas if you go cheap aftermarket.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #7
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Those look absolutely terrible.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:56 PM   #8
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nope. not my style..
but a quick search founds these in the UK a little cheaper
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Back-Rear-Ta...p2054897.l4275

perhaps they can be special ordered from one of the our sponsors who sells aftermarket LED tails. it's probably all the same factory in china but with a different tint to the lenses.
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:14 PM   #9
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looks like Bimmian.com has them for about $375 shipped. scroll through the options and they have the full smoked LED for the cabrios
https://www.bimmian.com/LRL/46
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:36 PM   #10
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So many of the aftermarket LEDs I've seen just aren't great (from a quality/build perspective) -- it's why I went OEM.

Also, it may never make a difference, but those lights are not DOT compliant, as they do not include the built-in red retroreflector (bottom-most part of the assembly). If you had a non-M coupe you could get away with it, but ya don't. Again, a minor concern at best.
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:34 PM   #11
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Alex and Sicily- Thanks, sincerely, for the constructive feedback; even if they aren't your style. I'd obviously love to get OEM quality, but there are a finite number of cosmetics that you can have via OEM. You'll have to roll the dice at some point if you want anything that stands out a little bit without going too far away from the stock appearance.

I had the same questions about the legality, too... But since its just a weekend driver, I was going to take my chances. I also saw the Bimmian ones, but the website was kinda hard to maneuver and I never really saw more than one photo of them. All of the "options" they offered didn't really have the style that was in the ONE picture.

I may have to scrap it. I'm just trying to get ideas for a unique look. Thought the smoke ones would blend with the body well, and if I went with matte black on the wheels, gills, kidneys, etc... Might look kinda unique. Again, just an idea.
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On a good note. the same suppliers offer the option for those who want the quad m3 exhaust poking out the center of their bumpers without the need to cut your spare tire wheel well out. I used to dig that look, if I had a non M. After seeing so many hacked up jobs, even if an easy solution now appears on the horizon, that does go a little too far for me. If I want the quad exhaust, I should shell out the 15k+ and buy the m3
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You're extremely late to the game. It's pretty hard to make an E46 look unique at this point without making it look stupid. Everything that looks decent, good, or great has been done at this point.

Honestly, at least on this forum, you're best shot at being unique is making it look clean/stock/classy, as most are modded (and many not modded very well).
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:00 AM   #16
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It really would not look good, FYI.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:58 PM   #17
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yeah, I hadnt seen that pic before. that doesnt look good. but thats also not my color. i have the darker grey (#400)
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yeah, I hadnt seen that pic before. that doesnt look good. but thats also not my color. i have the darker grey (#400)
well according to Bimmian they would look like this.
not saying i'm a proponent of this style but M3s aren't like that sedan above. LEDs were Never made for the E46 sedans and always look strange on them because of the odd shape.
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