E90Post
 


 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > DIY Guides > DIY - E90 LCI Fog Light Bulb Swap



Comment
 
Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
DIY - E90 LCI Fog Light Bulb Swap
Published by zzzbullseye
04-01-2010
Arrow DIY - E90 LCI Fog Light Bulb Swap

I popped in a pair of MTEC 4350k Fog Lights the other day and thought I would write up a quick DIY to show the process in case others might be interested.

The MTECs are truly plug and play - it's simply a matter of removing a few screws from the wheel well and lower front bumper and then swapping the bulbs.

I'm very pleased with the MTECs. The 4350s match my HIDs and LUX H8 angel eyes extremely well.

The pictures shown below (with screw locations and the bulb swapping steps) are for my '09 E90 LCI, other models/years may have slightly different setups, but should be similar.

Note: It's unnecessary to remove the wheel to perform the bulb swap, just rotate the wheels out of the way while performing the install.



Step-by-step

Start by removing the four screws from under the front bumper as shown in the pic below:


Next, remove the two screws in the wheel well as indicated in the pic below:


You should now be able to pull the wheel well liner open to gain access to the bulb. I've noted the bulb location in the pic below:


Here's a shot of the back of the bulb/wiring harness:


To swap out the bulb, remove the wiring harness by pulling down and then rotate the bulb counter clockwise. Do these steps in reverse to install the new bulb. See details in the pic below:




Here's the money shots:




__________________
'11 Black Sapphire F10 550i l ZSP l Avant Garde 20" M310
Tutorial Tools
  #1  
By BMWJZ4 on 04-03-2010, 11:03 AM
I just installed new gpthunders for my fogs yesterday. Thanks for the writeup!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
By zzzbullseye on 04-03-2010, 11:10 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
No problem, glad to help!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
By sb335 on 04-03-2010, 07:56 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Nice write up!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
By darkmcs on 04-03-2010, 11:44 PM
Nice DIY!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
By Wlew on 04-04-2010, 12:00 AM
zzzbullseye or anyone else Could you please PM on what bulbs you used for the fog lights and where to get them? as well as where you bought your angel eyes?

i have an 06 330i and want an angel eyes set up plus different fog lights. I tried to pm you but it wont let me.

looks great, want to do something very similar.

thanks
Reply With Quote
  #6  
By zzzbullseye on 04-04-2010, 11:06 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by darkmcs View Post
Nice DIY!
Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wlew View Post
zzzbullseye or anyone else Could you please PM on what bulbs you used for the fog lights and where to get them? as well as where you bought your angel eyes?

i have an 06 330i and want an angel eyes set up plus different fog lights. I tried to pm you but it wont let me.

looks great, want to do something very similar.

thanks
There's a link to the fogs in the first sentence of the DIY and here. For those wondering about the angel eye, I'm running the LUX H8's (link here). I'm very pleased with both the fogs and the AEs!

@Wlew - I'm assuming both of these bulbs will work on your '06. If you want to be sure, I'd post a question to Marc (MDS82), he's always been responsive. Regarding the fogs, I've talked to the friendly folks at E92 Lighting, they were very helpful, I'm sure they can get you set up.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
By E92-Lighting on 04-22-2010, 08:44 AM
just so there is no confusion, the E90 sedan (06-08') uses H11 bulb type and the E90 LCI (09+) uses H8 bulb type
Reply With Quote
  #8  
By JSTDR1V on 08-23-2010, 04:44 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
FYI for anyone with (09+) e90 LCI M-Sport Bumper the bulb is a HB4 9006 51W Bulb.

The replacement instructions are identical, except for 1 additional screw under the front bumper.

I made the mistake of ordering an H8 for these. Ooops.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
By xoxoluvcrisxoxo on 10-09-2010, 01:48 AM
awesome write up! time for me to do it!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
By zzzbullseye on 10-09-2010, 09:06 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Thanks. Cheap and easy...but in a good way!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
By Andy.K on 11-10-2010, 06:41 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Very cool. Thanks for the DIY!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
By zzzbullseye on 11-10-2010, 08:19 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy.K View Post
Very cool. Thanks for the DIY!
Thanks, glad to help!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
By bigdog34uz on 01-01-2011, 11:40 AM
Goingvto try this today
Reply With Quote
  #14  
By applebimmer on 02-10-2011, 12:25 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Thank dude! On it!!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
By zzzbullseye on 02-11-2011, 06:37 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by applebimmer View Post
Thank dude! On it!!
Go get'em!
Reply With Quote
  #16  
By Snow King on 03-05-2011, 06:48 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
How bright are the MTEC 4350k vs. OEM? They look good in the pics you provided but I've heard other reports that say they are dim and washed out. You can barely see them on in daytime, and lights up only 10 feet or so in front at night...

What's your take?
Reply With Quote
  #17  
By zzzbullseye on 03-05-2011, 12:01 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by hchaniar View Post
How bright are the MTEC 4350k vs. OEM? They look good in the pics you provided but I've heard other reports that say they are dim and washed out. You can barely see them on in daytime, and lights up only 10 feet or so in front at night...

What's your take?
"Dim and washed out" has not been my experience at all. They are definitely brighter than the OEM fogs. The pix you see are a good representation of the performance you can expect.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
By applebimmer on 03-10-2011, 11:44 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Has anyone purchased these at their local Auto Zone? if so, what's the bulb number to buy?
Reply With Quote
  #19  
By bws335i on 03-19-2011, 12:58 PM
zzzbullseye or E92-Lighting,
I see you're in a LCI.. I am in a '07 PRE LCI 335. Any danger in throwing codes or having issues with these MTEC 4350k Super Whites for my car? I realize I will need H11 bulbs and not the H8 bulb type since I'm PRE LCI...

Also, zzbullseye... do you still have your stock headlights in at 4300k? I just ordered a LUX 5.1 LED Angel Eye upgrade and I am curious if my stock headlights will not be bright enough. I like the way yours matches so I was curious if you had upgraded your headlights as well.

Thoughts anyone? Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
By zzzbullseye on 03-19-2011, 02:04 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by bws335i View Post
zzzbullseye or E92-Lighting,
I see you're in a LCI.. I am in a '07 PRE LCI 335. Any danger in throwing codes or having issues with these MTEC 4350k Super Whites for my car? I realize I will need H11 bulbs and not the H8 bulb type since I'm PRE LCI...

Also, zzbullseye... do you still have your stock headlights in at 4300k? I just ordered a LUX 5.1 LED Angel Eye upgrade and I am curious if my stock headlights will not be bright enough. I like the way yours matches so I was curious if you had upgraded your headlights as well.

Thoughts anyone? Thanks!
As long as you use the correct type of bulb you shouldn't have issues with codes. I'm running the stock xenon bulbs for the headlights, but I switched out the angel eyes to the LUX H8 Angel Eyes. Since you're going the LUX route as well, I'm guessing you're setup will match well as Marc does a good job approximating the color of his LUX AEs to the stock xenons.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
By nate82 on 05-14-2011, 07:05 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Excellent write up. Thanks for the help.
Reply With Quote
Comment

Bookmarks

Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
Search this Tutorial:

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 -5. The time now is 06:50 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, 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