E90Post
 


ECS BMW
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > DIY Guides > DIY - HID Fog Light Install - Coupe (E92)



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      02-25-2007, 02:02 PM   #1
drossel
New Member
3
Rep
18
Posts

Drives: 330
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

DIY - HID Fog Light Install - Coupe (E92)

i haven't seen a specific thread on how to install HID fogs on E92's. i helped a friend of mine install an MTEC, 6000K kit on his 2007 335 coupe this past friday. the installation wasn't that hard since this is our second attempt. first attempt didn't go so well because we had a retarded kit that flashed like strobe lights when the engine was on, and then died completely. see here.

we decided to remove the bumper to facilitate the install. there is plenty of space in front of the wheel liner on the driver's side, but as you know, there's an oil cooler taking up much of the real estate on the passenger side. you can get away with just taking off the wheel liner on the driver's side, but with the wheel liner off on the passenger side, i didn't see a suitable location to mount the ballast. so we decided to remove the bumper, which isn't all that hard - just a bunch of 8mm screws and 4 torx (see DIY here). that DIY isn't very informative since there are no pictures, and it's for E90's. from the looks of it, the process should be the same. i didn't realize there wasn't a DIY for the E92's, or else i would have taken more detailed pics when we were removing the bumper. oh well, maybe next time...

i decided to mount the right ballast on top of the duct for the oil cooler. even though they are supposedly sealed, i wanted to make sure it had as little exposure to water as possible. it's simply held on by 1 self-tapping screw, screwed into the plastic duct itself. as you can see from the pic, the other end wedges perfectly btw the bottom of the headlight and the front bumper support. my "jigging" test proved it to be very secure.

for the driver's side, i got a little more creative. the MTEC kit comes with 4 brackets and a bunch of 8mm bolts and nuts. i mounted one vertically, using the horn mounting nut to secure it. i attached another bracket perpendicularly to this one and secured it to the brake cooling duct with another self-tapping screw. the front of this lower bracket had to bent for it to line up with the vertical one because of the angle of the brake duct. i then bolted the two brackets together and mounted the ballast on the vertical bracket using the supplied nuts and bolts. the "jiggling" test also concluded that this bracket was also very secure.

the MTEC kit is nice, but it has one flaw. they don't provide a connector for you to attach the ballast to the fog light connector. instead, all they give you is 2 pins. sure it plugs into the fog light connector, but there is nothing to secure them to the connector and they are completely exposed to the environment. i could have cut off the fog light connector and soldered and heat shrinked the wires together, but i didn't want to do anything that permanent. so i just plugged the pins into the connector and then applied a liberal amount of RTV silicon sealant around it, to prevent any water/dust from getting in. you can use regular silicon sealant also. i just happened to have some RTV lying around. i then used (a lot of ) electrical tape to secure the pins to the connector. this should hold it.

all in all, it was a pretty easy DIY. the fogs look much better in person, as it was overcast and raining when these pics were taken.
Attached Images
    
Appreciate 0
      02-25-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
neilanthony
Private First Class
neilanthony's Avatar
3
Rep
154
Posts

Drives: 07 e92 335i coupe ED w/PROcede
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2007 e92 335i  [0.00]
best setup and install ive seen!!!!
Appreciate 0
      02-25-2007, 02:15 PM   #3
drossel
New Member
3
Rep
18
Posts

Drives: 330
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by neilanthony View Post
best setup and install ive seen!!!!
hehe, im glad u approve Neil
Appreciate 0
      02-25-2007, 03:57 PM   #4
nikegunit
$$$
nikegunit's Avatar
Jordan
2
Rep
103
Posts

Drives: 335i
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Air

iTrader: (0)

Wow, pretty slick

but now you should get Whiter/Blue bulbs (H8) for your angel eyes and possibly replace the H3 bulbs. you've jumped to the harder DIY first lol very nice looking!!
Appreciate 0
      04-07-2007, 10:38 PM   #5
neilanthony
Private First Class
neilanthony's Avatar
3
Rep
154
Posts

Drives: 07 e92 335i coupe ED w/PROcede
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2007 e92 335i  [0.00]
looks good
Appreciate 0
      04-16-2007, 12:26 AM   #6
simp0man
Not looking 2 SPEED, just looking GOOD
simp0man's Avatar
Cambodia
27
Rep
2,520
Posts

Drives: 07 328i
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Stockton, Ca

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2007 328i  [0.00]
Was it necessary to get to take out the bumper to install the bulbs. I have changed my bulbs a couple of times due to unsatisfactory colors but it was so easy but I didn't fully take out the mud flaps, just enough gap for me to reach in and switch the blubs.Couldn't you just take out the tires and take off the mud flap and then place the ballast on the side of the car to prevent access water?
Appreciate 0
      04-16-2007, 01:40 AM   #7
drossel
New Member
3
Rep
18
Posts

Drives: 330
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by simp0man View Post
Was it necessary to get to take out the bumper to install the bulbs. I have changed my bulbs a couple of times due to unsatisfactory colors but it was so easy but I didn't fully take out the mud flaps, just enough gap for me to reach in and switch the blubs.Couldn't you just take out the tires and take off the mud flap and then place the ballast on the side of the car to prevent access water?
no, u can replace the bulbs w/o taking off the bumper.
Appreciate 0
      03-18-2008, 01:53 AM   #8
ZestJDM
wish I have an E91 335i
ZestJDM's Avatar
Taiwan
41
Rep
1,022
Posts

Drives: Evo IX-->STi
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Diamond Bar, SoCal

iTrader: (21)

where did u buy the MTEC HID kit and how much it cost?
do i need any modification like eBay HIDs to make it work?
Appreciate 0
      10-08-2008, 12:12 PM   #9
ala012
Koala012
ala012's Avatar
9
Rep
637
Posts

Drives: E92 M3 Dakar Yellow
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NJ, Seoul S.Korea

iTrader: (12)

Garage List
2007 BMW 335i  [0.00]
Send a message via MSN to ala012
No error code?
__________________
E92 M3 Dakar Yellow DCT | CF Trim
Akrapovic EVO Exhaust | RECARO RS-F SK2 Seat | KW Clubsports | H&R Sway Bar | DCT Cooler | iTG Air Filter | Volk TE37 SL + RS3 Tire
Appreciate 0
      10-09-2008, 01:06 PM   #10
adamc514
Private First Class
United_States
1
Rep
118
Posts

Drives: 330i
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: TN, USA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
I would also like to know about error codes. Is this a 35w or 50w kit?
Appreciate 0
      07-20-2009, 01:12 PM   #11
E92-Lighting
BimmerPost Supporting Vendor
E92-Lighting's Avatar
United_States
612
Rep
33,712
Posts


Drives: Next Generation LED Lighting
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Walnut

iTrader: (324)

35w kit
__________________

BMW CREE LED ANGEL EYES ALL BMW MODELS MTEC V3 V4 DTEC V7 V8 V9 V10 V11 V12 V13 RGB V14 NO ERROR
BMW ACCESSORIES and PARTS || BMW LED INTERIOR KITS ALL MODELS
please PM/Email us for E90post/M3post member BMW discount/combo pricing
info@e92-lighting.com "e90post5" for 5% off as the promo code
Appreciate 0
      06-16-2010, 02:54 AM   #12
whilewind
Registered
United_States
0
Rep
4
Posts

Drives: 08 E90
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Texas

iTrader: (0)

Send a message via MSN to whilewind
Hey drossel!!!!

Can you please contact me? while18@gmail.com

I need to ask you about install HID headlight.

I can pay for it.

Please e-mail me. Thanks.

Last edited by whilewind; 06-16-2010 at 03:01 AM.
Appreciate 0
      06-02-2011, 03:50 AM   #13
E92ML
Captain
E92ML's Avatar
United_States
13
Rep
886
Posts

Drives: E92 2008 335xi Coupe
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA

iTrader: (0)

What size bulb did you use for the HID fogs?
Appreciate 0
      07-15-2011, 08:57 PM   #14
Wisco_xi
Private First Class
1
Rep
153
Posts

Drives: 2007 Bmw 335xi
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wisconsin dells wi

iTrader: (0)

Nice install where did you pick up those lower grills/valance ?? looks good
Appreciate 0
      04-02-2013, 01:47 AM   #15
nkaschwarzkopf
New Member
0
Rep
19
Posts

Drives: 2007 328xi
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

great set up instructions

did the install put out any error codes? if it did what method did you use to fix them?
Appreciate 0
      04-04-2013, 08:24 PM   #16
Skeevald
Registered
0
Rep
2
Posts

Drives: 2008 e90 335i
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

looks good
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:06 PM.




e90post
e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST