Buying and Installing fog lights.... - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 07:43 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Chaosbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Chaosbunny is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
Buying and Installing fog lights....

Ok so i'm wanting to get fog lights on my car, and i'm wondering what is the best set to purchase if I want the OEM look and feel...

I want to have the button that is intended to turn on the fog lights and i do not want a strange non oem look like i see on ebay

also
what is involved in installing them, do I have to take out any body panels? or is it simply feeding cables? ... could i do it myself (i know little to nothing about cars electronics/ workings)

thank you
derek

1992 318i, Jet Black, Manual
Sirius Satellite Radio
Chaosbunny is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 07:44 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Chaosbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Chaosbunny is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
keep in mind I have a stock 318i.... which has never had fog lights installed

1992 318i, Jet Black, Manual
Sirius Satellite Radio
Chaosbunny is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 07:52 PM
/Banned
 
preyash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Parsippany
Posts: 1,009
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash preyash
Send a message via AIM to preyash Send a message via MSN to preyash Send a message via Yahoo to preyash
well i am sure there are DIY's, it sucks not having fog lights, mine came with it but yeah ur right the stock ones look better than anything i have ever seen.
preyash is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 03:44 AM
Threadkiller
 
bitcore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: High Point, NC
Posts: 2,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bitcore will become famous soon enough bitcore will become famous soon enough
I dont know if all E36's come with the foglight wiring harness (it should), relay, and fog light button on the airvent cluster, if they do, then it's plug and play - pop out the inserts in your bumper, screw the mounting brackets in, and plug the lights up.

If it does not come with a relay or the airvent cluster, you'll have to install those yourself.

Check: autohausaz.com, pelicanparts.com, umnitza.com, bavauto.com (in order of my personal preference) for parts.


bitcore is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 04:03 AM
LYFE SUCK5
 
Ivan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: West Chester, Pa, USA
Posts: 3,546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future Ivan has a brilliant future
Send a message via AIM to Ivan
too bad i still dont have my stock ones, id give them to you
Ivan is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 05:41 AM
3rd Gear Member
 
WarNox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 780
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
WarNox is an unknown quantity at this point
check if its pre-wired. Even if it is you'll still need to buy the relay, the switch and of course the fogs. Get it all 2nd hand, otherwise they charge u stupid amounts like $70 for the switch at the stealership. and i recommend crystal fogs, thats what i have.

to check if your car is pre-wired read my post here:
http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/3-s...a-47088-2.html

if its not pre-wired, good luck :d

<img src='http://www.geocities.com/thereisnothinglikeabmw/mycar1.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
WarNox is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 02:17 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Chaosbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Chaosbunny is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
if my car isn't pre wired, what is it goign to take for me to wire it...
the most complicated thing ive ever done with a car's electronics is installing headlights... (unplugging and pluggin in new OEM ones...) so should this be difficult for me?

1992 318i, Jet Black, Manual
Sirius Satellite Radio
Chaosbunny is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 05:25 PM
3rd Gear Member
 
WarNox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 780
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
WarNox is an unknown quantity at this point
im sure it'll be pre-wired! just check those few things.

if not, then u need to run a wire through the firewall, which i read is the hardest part and you need to put in a fuse. there is a diy somewhere, just have a search on google.

<img src='http://www.geocities.com/thereisnothinglikeabmw/mycar1.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
WarNox is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2006, 07:30 PM
Threadkiller
 
bitcore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: High Point, NC
Posts: 2,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bitcore will become famous soon enough bitcore will become famous soon enough
If it is not pre-wired, which is sort of a surprise to me, you'll probably find that it is going to be quite a pain to complete. Not too difficult, but will take some time.


bitcore is offline  
#10 (permalink) Old 09-29-2006, 10:34 PM
5th Gear Member
 
BMWJNKY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 1,175
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to BMWJNKY Send a message via Yahoo to BMWJNKY
Usually the later 318's came prewired. We have done a few fog light installs in cars that wern't prewired at the shop I work at and it was not fun. You can get the complete kit from the dealer with everything you need though.
BMWJNKY is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome