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      04-19-2006, 05:09 AM   #155
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nice! If you have euro version headlight, it would look much better!
This is my opinion
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I also installed Long's white PMB's and bought the Nokya Artic White Pro H11 bulbs. However after installing the fog lights (h11's) I noticed that they do not match the headlights. So I just bought the PIAAs Ultra White which came out to a whopping $75 w/ tax from my local motorsport dynamics store. My car is at BMW right now but I will post pics after installing the fog lights and blacklines.

Anyone know how PIAAs compare to MTEC super white in terms of color and durability. The motorsport dynamics store told me that PIAAs only have a 1yr warranty. But I would assume they would last longer b/c I am not planning on using my foglights all the time.
I started using PIAA bulbs ever since they introduced to the market in 1996. In my opinion, PIAA bulbs looks great but not bright enough for the drivers. After spending over a thousand dollars on all type of bulbs during these years(tried PIAA, RAYBRIG, POLARG, CARMITE, RAZO, AND MTEC), I will not pay anything over $55 for the bulbs. Sometimes, it is hard to say whether the bulbs will last longer even if you rarely used them. I had one pair of PIAA Plasma Blue H7 when they first introduced to the market(paid over $100), and only used for few weeks, then one of the bulbs just did not light up for no reason. This is the first time I try MTEC super white bulbs and very happy for the result and okay with the money I paid $25 shipped(with life time warranty).

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Maybe I missed it but are there any pics of TiAg E90 with PMBs? I'm trying to decide if I'm goign to get the Whites or Hyperwhites. If I get the PMB Whites + either the nokya or PIAA fog lamps and keep the HID lights stock will all the lights match, or do I need to get the Osram 6000K HID lights for it to all match?
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      04-19-2006, 11:17 AM   #158
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The Nokya's Arctic Whites are not an exact match, they are at 7000K and the stocks (from what I read) are about 4200K (?). I am guessing if you are very particular (and you're going with the Nokyas, you might want to give the Osram 6000K a closer look...
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You guys reccomend the White or Hyper Whites to match with the nokya white fog. Also do the Osram 6000K match with the Whites or Hyperwhites more?
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      04-19-2006, 12:26 PM   #160
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You guys reccomend the White or Hyper Whites to match with the nokya white fog.
I think Nokya white will be slightly more white than the hyperwhites.
it'll still look pretty good though.
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I think Nokya white will be slightly more white than the hyperwhites.
it'll still look pretty good though.
Would the PMB Whites match better with the Nokya fogs then?
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No they will not. I have the white PMBs and put on the nokya fog lights. They do not match. I purchased the PIAAs ultra white to match my car but it is currently at BMW so I will post pics later after I install them. Others have used the MTEC bulbs so I am not sure but PIAAs cost a lot more than METCs for $25 on ebay. I paid $75 w/ tax at my local motorsport dynamics store.
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      04-19-2006, 12:58 PM   #163
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No they will not. I have the white PMBs and put on the nokya fog lights. They do not match. I purchased the PIAAs ultra white to match my car but it is currently at BMW so I will post pics later after I install them. Others have used the MTECH bulbs so I am not sure but PIAAs cost a lot more than METCHs for $25 on ebay. I paid $75 w/ tax at my local motorsport dynamics store.
please please post some pics of the PIAA whites.

Im currently collecting all the aftermarket white bulbs' pictures.
Im getting Luminics Titanium white bulbs myself. We should all gather up together and make a "aftermarket foglight bulb thread".

So far people posted pictures of MTEC Whites/Nokya Whites.
Now if you and I post PIAA whites/Luminics Whites, that just covers about all the major brand aftermarket white fog bulbs.
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For those that have installed both the white and hyper whites, is one brighter than the other? It seems to me that from the pics posted, the whites are a lil brighter since more light can shine through. Any thoughts?
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No they will not. I have the white PMBs and put on the nokya fog lights. They do not match. I purchased the PIAAs ultra white to match my car but it is currently at BMW so I will post pics later after I install them. Others have used the MTECH bulbs so I am not sure but PIAAs cost a lot more than METCHs for $25 on ebay. I paid $75 w/ tax at my local motorsport dynamics store.
Is this the METCHs your talking about?

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      04-19-2006, 02:05 PM   #166
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yes. thats the MTEC. he mis-spelled it(not mtech).

careful with MTECs though. They offer X2 version and X4 version.
X2 version draw 55w, while X4 draw 100w. Extra load is not recommanded.
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yes. thats the MTEC. he mis-spelled it(not mtech).

careful with MTECs though. They offer X2 version and X4 version.
X2 version draw 55w, while X4 draw 100w. Extra load is not recommanded.
Sorry for the typo. Remembered to get the regular 55 watts bulbs if interested. The picture you saw in the auction is my car. I e-mailed the seller for the pictures of my car after installed since I am pretty happy with the result. Therefore, I gave him the authority to use my picture.

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wow just saw the pics. I didn't know it was in there.

did you take the first pic also? it looks almost exactly like the one I took for my foglight DIY. lol.

EDIT: that is my pic. who the hell gave him permission to use my pic as "before" pic?? funny to see nonetheless.

these ebayers are really good at digging up pictures and use them in their auctions. well I do the same anyway.
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Dam it looks like I have a dilemma. My car is currently at the dealership having a software update for the oem self-installed alarm. I am now told that I have to replace the passenger front and back tire b/c of bubbling. (I believe it was due to a pothole I hit a couple weeks back) The cost looks to be around $700 for a front and rear Run Flat Tire for my 162s.

I can either just replace them at the dealership which will cost me a crapload or replace 2 tires with regular tires and buy some Slime (Fixing a Flat).

1) Does anyone have any suggestions as to which tire I should get if I choose to replace with regular tires (including prices) taking into consideration that I am in an area which sees no snow?
2) Will having 2 RFT on one side and regular tires on the other side affect wear and tear on the tires? Should I just replace all four tires?

As soon as I replace these tires I will update with pics on the ultra white PIAA H11s and my blacklines, both of which are waiting to be installed.

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1)PIAA ultra white H11s use 55w and emit 110w of light at 4000k
2) Nokya use 55w and emit 100w of light at 7000k
(not sure if this difference is negligible/ However does not match White PMB... possibly matches HyperWhite PMB?)
3) Mtec use 55w and emit 100w of light at 4350k

Because I do not have the METCs I cannot attest to their color matching White PMBs but I will update once I test the PIAAs.
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1) Does anyone have any suggestions as to which tire I should get if I choose to replace with regular tires (including prices)?
2) Will having 2 RFT on one side and regular tires on the other side affect wear and tear on the tires? Should I just replace all four tires?

As soon as I replace these tires I will update with pics on the ultra white PIAA H11s and my blacklines, both of which are waiting to be installed.
this thread is seriously getting off-topic. I contributed the most. great.

anyways, you'll get better answers from Suspension forum jkcali.
1. There are billions of options out there, if you are going to replace them with regular tires. Its all matter of personal preference. First decide which tire you want to go for. Ultra summer performance, all weather, etc. If you are low in budget, try Kumhos, they are cheap and perform just as well as other major brands.
2. Nobody will recommand getting different tires front and back. Though, as long as you match the sizes front and back, align them, balance them alright, Its doable, but NOT recommanded.

Now, pics for the PIAAs....
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Just got them and installed them. All I can say is AWESOME!!! Install was easy and worked out great. THANKS AGAIN
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We should all gather up together and make a "aftermarket foglight bulb thread".

So far people posted pictures of MTEC Whites/Nokya Whites.
Now if you and I post PIAA whites/Luminics Whites, that just covers about all the major brand aftermarket white fog bulbs.

i completely agree, ive got about 10 diff threads bookmarked at one point or another just trying to figure out wtf fogs i should settle on
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Dam it looks like I have a dilemma. My car is currently at the dealership having a software update for the oem self-installed alarm. I am now told that I have to replace the passenger front and back tire b/c of bubbling. (I believe it was due to a pothole I hit a couple weeks back)

do you have pics for the bubbling found on your tyres? on the side wall or what?
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Ya the bubbling is on the sidewall of my tires. Both passenger front and back. Sorry no pics cause my car is at BMW. Apparently there is a nationwide backorder on the potenzas. So I have a new 325i loaner for the time being.

I want my car back... :mad:
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