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Hey everybody....looking for some opinions/feedback here....

First off, I currently have the stock amber lights on my E46, but lately I've been getting the itch to go with the red/white lights. I think the back and sides look great, but the front corners just don't seem to do as much for me, and I know it's because they appear to be more white than clear...they just don't seem to mesch with the headlight covers (I will say, I think they do look better than the amber). Is it just me, or do others notice this as well?

Do you think this looks better than a crystal clear front corners or smoked front corners? If yes, is it because the crystal or smoked aren't OEM (does BMW makes an OEM crystal or smoked front corner?)?

As well, it sounds like most people go with Circle BMW or Pacific BMW if opting to purchase new....Circle BMW's prices look much better than my local dealer (212.25 for the rears, 58.00 for the front/sides). Is this still true.

Thanks in advance for any/all opinions!

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my hatred with amber turn signals are overwhelming lol. i really do not like them. it totally stains the color of the car. the clears/ or white makes the car look fresh, clean and it just looks better.

i think clears look even better up front than ambers
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pics please, id liike to see for myself

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ill try to find a pic it looks really nice!

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Jeff, check your PM's. Thanks

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it's not just you dude. i feel the same way about the clear fronts. they just dont mesch too well with the crystal clear look of the headlights.(IMO) at least not with lighter cars . my car is alpine white and i personally think the standard clears just don't do the trick.(though of course as you all have said-anything is better than amber) i've currently got some crystals on the way. i'll throw out some pics as soon as i install them.

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All the front clears I have ever seen do not look good to me. It looks aftermarket. I'd rather have the amber than the clears that I have seen. But then again I am a conservative...

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I agree with Fangs ^^^^
Except on certain paint colors. Amber's look nice on the alpine white, clears will look better on a black IMO, but still, unless they blend in well and look really good, the turn signals and brake lights just SCREAM aftermarket to me.


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I agree with the last 2 posts. Color of the car has alot to do with the color you choose.

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IMO:

since clears are semi transparant/white in nature, and to me it is considered a neutral shading (not even a color) i believe it matches ever color body. just like the shade black, it could go with anything.

on any car, there will always be shadings of white/black. usually the only amber areas are the turn signals, and that to me is out of place. with clears, it brings the car together,
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Yeah it does, but sometimes clears look a little odd on like a black car or a white car, they stand out too much

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I also noticed that they don't exactly BLEND well, but as soon as you put them on....they seem PERFECT.

If you have a black car, i recomend smoked all around IF you don't like the clears. (personally i like clears).

There are crystal ones that blend very well with the headlight cover and you should definetly look into this if the whites bother you so much.


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Interesting that many people have said the OEM clears don't look that good on black......my car is Black Sapphire Metallic, so maybe that's why I'm having reservations about the front corners. On a black car, the 'clears' look white to me, not clear.

I have been looking at the smoked clears....they seem to mesch a little better than the clears IMO. Does BMW make OEM smoked front corners?
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You all are right, I think the white corner lenses looks ok but haven't found clear like the head lights, If any body found some better than this please let me know.
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You all are right, I think the white corner lenses looks ok but haven't found clear like the head lights, If any body found some better than this please let me know.
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I got clears all around, but the front looks 'white', as many have mentioned, and isn't really 'clear' like the headlamps. So, I poked around on ebay (yes... ebay) and found some aftermarket Euro style front clears. The corner now looks 'round' when lit with some reflection to the side as well. Looks sweet with the angel eyes goin. And it's 'clear' like the headlamps and not white! (woo!)

And check this out, they fit BETTER than my original OEM Ambers, or OEM clears. They are clean as far as the fit.


Lessee if I can get a photo (It's dark out!)..

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I need to take a daytime photo. I think they look much better than the white corners up front. the side and rear are perfect how they are with the OEM clears. just the front was bugging me.

Heres a link to similar euro clears on Ebay for E46's. (Just do the same search w/o e46)
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