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Old 02-28-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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E46 LED Angel Eyes - Australian Parking Lights

Hey again guys

Got a question regarding aftermarket angel eye installation on Australian E46s.

I've read a lot of threads regarding the installation but 99% are for US delivered E46s which do not have conventional "parking lights" like we do; their front indicators act as parking lights. Therefore the install is fairly simple because there is no issue with bulb check lights.

When I purchased my car it had the wedge bulb parking lights in the high beam reflector removed and had cathode tube angel eyes wired into that circuit. This worked perfectly and did not have any issues with bulb checks. It also ment the angel eyes could be turned on and off just like OEM ones do on E90s. Perfect.

With my new LED ones, it obviously throws a check light if I install it this way due to the lower current draw. It also lights up the front indicator with the bulb check on.

If I was to install them as DRLs with the supplied relay it still won't solve the problem since nothing is wired up to the factory parking lights. Once again bulb check and indicator light on.



So how do we guys here in Aus do it?

Do you just run load resistors in series on each side of the parking lights and it fixes it? Or do you run a relay and wire the parking light wiring on each side as a trigger for the relay (not sure if this would actually work correctly though?)

If I have overlooked a simple thing please let me know haha.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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I just wired them in as daytime running lights and still have park globes in place. I did put the silver coated park light globes in so it looks like the same colour as the angel eyes.
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Sorry, probably can't help you but I have a question of my own. I recently got my hands on the EAS Aurora 60 LED AEs. Have been looking for these for a while. Anyway, the way they're wired up is a direct wire tap to the power line (so they are always on when the car is on), and also to the remote wire (so they fade in/out when the car is locked/unlocked). Will I get the same problems with bulb light checks?
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #4
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I just wired them in as daytime running lights and still have park globes in place. I did put the silver coated park light globes in so it looks like the same colour as the angel eyes.
Yeah figured a lot of people would have done it that way. If mine had them in there it would be an option

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Sorry, probably can't help you but I have a question of my own. I recently got my hands on the EAS Aurora 60 LED AEs. Have been looking for these for a while. Anyway, the way they're wired up is a direct wire tap to the power line (so they are always on when the car is on), and also to the remote wire (so they fade in/out when the car is locked/unlocked). Will I get the same problems with bulb light checks?
If you keep your factory parkers in the reflector housing like 02PRUV has, than you won't have an issue. Mine is only an issue as the previous owner removed the factory parkers and had the cathode angel eyes wired into their circuit.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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I just wired them in as daytime running lights and still have park globes in place. I did put the silver coated park light globes in so it looks like the same colour as the angel eyes.
I did the same, as per 90% of most install out there, I tapped the wire in the ECU box
except I added a switch so I can turn on/off whenever I like.

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Sorry, probably can't help you but I have a question of my own. I recently got my hands on the EAS Aurora 60 LED AEs. Have been looking for these for a while. Anyway, the way they're wired up is a direct wire tap to the power line (so they are always on when the car is on), and also to the remote wire (so they fade in/out when the car is locked/unlocked). Will I get the same problems with bulb light checks?
Nope. Mmm EAS aurora's, do want.
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Make sure your LEDs are CANBus ones so they wont throw error codes.

I'm using some cheapo ones from ebay with 2 leds on them so they arent bright at all. No error codes ftw.
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I think i'll have to try the load resistor. I have some at work so worth a shot. I just don't like how hot load resistors can get.

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Just code out the bulb check warnings with ncs expert or nav coder
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I suppose that could be an option aswell (didn't actually think of that!). I don't have those though so I suppose I could ask the guys at the dealership nicely.
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I suppose that could be an option aswell (didn't actually think of that!). I don't have those though so I suppose I could ask the guys at the dealership nicely.
where are you located ? if youre around SE melb then im happy to code them out.
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Really appreciate the offer man but im in North QLD.

Been looking into this NCS expert thing and maybe thats the best option. Found a company in the Uk BMTecniks that sell the cable and software for much cheaper than I thought. Seemes you can program some pretty cool things with it aswell!
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I've got my AE's wired in as DRL's so they're always on and I just removed my parker globes and spliced in a couple of load resistors to stop the bulb out warnings.
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where are you located ? if youre around SE melb then im happy to code them out.
ooh ooh ooh could you please do mine one day sir?

Also need codes read, think fuel pumps on the way out :/

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ooh ooh ooh could you please do mine one day sir?

Also need codes read, think fuel pumps on the way out :/

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sure .. PM replied
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I ordered the cable and NCS expert so will give that a go when it arrives. Will chuck up some photos when i'm done.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:24 AM   #17
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Really appreciate the offer man but im in North QLD.

Been looking into this NCS expert thing and maybe thats the best option. Found a company in the Uk BMTecniks that sell the cable and software for much cheaper than I thought. Seemes you can program some pretty cool things with it aswell!
You can also break your car up so be very careful.
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This is what I did.

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