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umnitza
01-01-2007, 10:30 PM
The same concepts apply to the following cars:
E90, E64, E92, E65, E60, E39 M5 and most BMWs after 2003 except E46s

REQUIRED PARTS - Provided with Kit
2 H3 Bulbs (any Kelvin)
2 Ignitors (Prolumen)
2 Ballasts (Prolumen)
2 H3 Adapter Plugs (Included)
2 Resistors (50W 60hm)
1 Complete Relay/Wiring Harness for HID system
1 Set of Zip Ties

REQUIRED TOOLS
Box Cutter/Knife
3/4" Drill Bit
Philips Screw Driver
Socket Set
Cordless Drill
2 Metal Self-Tapping Screws
Needle Nose Pliers
Electrical or Covering Tape for cleaner install
Extending Magnet (for the nut you WILL drop ;) )

Install Procedures
1) Remove cover to gain access to fog lights
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid15.sized.jpg

2) Unscrew fog light and remove fog light
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid14.sized.jpg
fog light removed
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid13.sized.jpg

3) Remove back cap - note locations of positive lead and negative post.
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid12.sized.jpg

4) Remove existing H3 bulb, do not damage contact guides for the H3 bulb.
Insert the new H3 HID bulb (there is a squared edge and a rounded edge).
Use needle nose pliers to squeeze the two prongs (rounded and squared) onto the base of the H3 HID bulb to secuire HID bulb into base.
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid11.sized.jpg

5) The HID bulb leads and Adapter Leads
Find the removed back HID Fog cap. Drill a 3/4" hole (size of the rubber grommet on the HID bulb wires) through the cap. Be careful, do not damage the positive lead and negative post.

Push the adapter leads through the grommets existing holes (these holes may need to be enlarged slightly using a blade/knife/box cutter).

There is no modification involved with the back cap nor the OEM plug. they will plug in normally as before.

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid8.sized.jpg
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid10.sized.jpg

6) At this point, you can test and you are finished with the fog light installation and it will look something like this:

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid2.sized.jpg

However, you will receive an error message on the dash/iDrive claiming there is a fog light error and you will receive occassional flickering perpetuated by the LCM throwing occassional pulses to check if the fogs are operative. The next few steps will guide you to finish the installation with no adverse affects to either your car, the fog lights, or any electrical components.

--- COMPLIMENTARY WIRING TO ELIMINATE ERROR CODES and/or FLICKER ---
At this point, you have varying options:
- for the E65, headlights must be removed to do this properly.
- for the E64, it's not required, though helpful
- for the other cars, it's not required and doesn't change the aspect of the install.
- in all cases, it's wise to remove the wheel or turn them all the way to one side to gain easier access to the fender wall/liner area just behind the headlights.

7) Remove the 7 Series Headlights. We do not want to go into too much depth here because we don't want you to damage your car, so if you aren't comfortable, you need to ask someone that is. But basically:

a) Unscrew fender liner bolt located just behind the seam of the bumper and the fender. It's a 10mm bolt.
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/album09/IMGP2567.jpg
Also, there is a push out pin located at the vey bottom of the bumper as well that needs to be removed.
Remove bolts #34 and #22 and pins located near #28/29/21
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/v/x/192.png

b) PUSH THE BUMPER SKIN FORWARD, do not attempt to pull it out towards the outside of the car's side, only PUSH it forward, that's how it's designed to release from the holders. Here's an example picture (more specific photos will be available as soon as we can get them).
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/album09/IMGP2568.jpg
located at #25
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/v/x/192.png

Once these parts are done, do not remove the headlights yet.

c) Unscrew the headlight
remove screws located at #5/#6
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/n/h/213.png
remove screws located at #1
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/c/h/148.png

8) On the 7 series, the positive battery post, has a little "trap door" just under the post itself. Simply remove the cap (it's clipped in place) to reveal the nut (13mm). Once the nut is removed (don't lose it), place the positive lead from the ballast onto the protruding positive terminal bolt and secure back down TIGHTLY with the nut.

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/positivepostlocation.sized.jpg

At this point, decide exactly where your wire will be running and dremel or shave or snip a little opening in the cover that you just removed so you can safely - without pinching the positive wire - re-insert the cap.

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hidharness.sized.jpg
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hidharness2.sized.jpg

9) Now you have the harness positive post installed, you will need to find the part of your car where the negative lead will be inserted. For example see picture below. It must be non-painted, ground. Also, find a safe location to mount the relay (it's not heat senstive, but somewhere using an existing bolt/nut will be fine.

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/predatorice/harness1.sized.jpg

10) You now have 3 leads that are remaining. 2 leads will have a 9006 mail plug on the ends of them. These plugs will go directly into the HID ballast plugs (RED if Prolumen) or directly into the ballast (if non-Prolumen).

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/harness4.sized.jpg

If a plug needs to be extended due to the length of the 7 series, you can use 16g wire to extend the leads.

The final lead is a two pronged trigger wire. This trigger wire is important, because it has to be crimped onto the fog light wires (just like the resistor's wires as well). You can combine those two triggers together if you want to only make a single splice into the main wiring plugs

We are still gathering photos for this, but here are a couple from an E90:
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/harnessleads.sized.jpg

11) Now that the headlights are removed, you have access directly onto the two metal posts that hold the horns. Using 2 sheetmetal screws attach the 2 resistors to these posts and run the wires from the resistors over to the positive/negative wires of the fog lights.

These resistors get very hot, so mounting them on a metal surface is the only way to go.

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hidresistor2.sized.jpg
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hidresistor.sized.jpg

12) Crimp wires of the resistors (parallel) onto the fog light wires.
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/resistors_crimp1.jpg
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/resistorscrimp2.jpg

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umnitza
01-01-2007, 10:33 PM
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/resistorscrimp3.jpg

13) You are finished, it's over. And you get this:
no error messages
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/hidinstall/e65hid9.sized.jpg
6000K HID Fogs, 6000K Low Beams, Predator ICE 6000K
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/2006REVIEW/e65ice1.sized.jpg

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SevenMan
01-02-2007, 01:09 AM
Looks good. I'll be needing this upgrade pretty soon. I'm about 10 minutes away from you guys. :)

synergy
01-02-2007, 09:58 PM
Ahhh looks so familiar :)

umnitza
02-22-2007, 12:44 PM
^

JA 7
02-22-2007, 02:17 PM
Im telling you. I don't think it requires the additional harness. Just spice the resistors onto the factory wiring. I'd put money on it.

WaynesNside
02-23-2007, 01:05 PM
Looks real good.
I just did an HID kit on myGiSXr thou and I love it.

umnitza
03-26-2007, 10:11 AM
Im telling you. I don't think it requires the additional harness. Just spice the resistors onto the factory wiring. I'd put money on it.
Well, your car was "special" - we've done 3 745s since them - 02, 03, and 04 (coincidence) and not one could go without the resistors AND the harness:)

JA 7
03-26-2007, 03:22 PM
Well, your car was "special" - we've done 3 745s since them - 02, 03, and 04 (coincidence) and not one could go without the resistors AND the harness:)

Yes, special....haha. Did you actually try it w/o the harness. I know the resistor is a must. The problem was still evident after putting on the harness and then worked with the resistor. Try crimping the resistor first and let me know. I have a feeling you will be in for a surprise.

umnitza
03-26-2007, 03:27 PM
Indeed, I did. the fogs didn't want to turn consistently.

JA 7
03-26-2007, 06:02 PM
Indeed, I did. the fogs didn't want to turn consistently.

turn?

umnitza
03-26-2007, 06:09 PM
turn on.

tinab2580
10-16-2007, 01:11 PM
is there an easier way to do this...

umnitza
10-16-2007, 01:19 PM
yes, we just got the parts that will eliminate the need for the harness.

tinab2580
10-16-2007, 01:25 PM
yes, we just got the parts that will eliminate the need for the harness.

really what is it and how much is it....and how would i connect it..btw nice job and that bmw... tight work

umnitza
10-19-2007, 07:17 AM
they just arrived. we need a car to test it on.

AZIPOD
10-20-2007, 12:03 AM
I just installed the Prolumens H3 kit. I have PDC. Unfortunately, with the lights on, the PDC in the front goes crazy as if I am about to smack the car in front. The PDC crazyness goes away if the lights are turned off. I believe it's some sort of electrical or signal interference.

Are there any solutions? I'm not happy with the results.

umnitza
10-20-2007, 09:13 AM
Mounting the ballasts near the PDC will cause this. Please mount them in an area where they are not near the PDC and ensure the connections are tight with no bleed-out.

We have had this a few times on E65/6 cars and each time it had to do with remounting the ballast in a different location.

AZIPOD
10-20-2007, 09:53 AM
Thanks! I'll try to remount the ballasts. Will post updated results soon. Thanks.

joebmwe65
01-11-2008, 04:28 PM
hey do you take the cover off to gain access to fog lights. as you have in step 1. i tried this and its to hard and imafriad i might break it whats the best way to do it

umnitza
01-11-2008, 04:41 PM
http://www.umnitza.com/gallery/hidinstall?page=2

joebmwe65
01-11-2008, 05:06 PM
that helps but sorry its just in removeing the cover to unsrew the screw so you can take foglight out

78mphgpr
01-11-2008, 06:21 PM
How much is the fog hid kit? Discount if we get the fog and angel eye kits together?

umnitza
01-11-2008, 06:35 PM
yes a bit of one:) We have ones starting at $150.
Give us a call.

blk45
01-11-2008, 07:00 PM
How much is the fog hid kit? Discount if we get the fog and angel eye kits together?

You need the ICE kit T. It looks much better!

diznik007
01-11-2008, 08:17 PM
they just arrived. we need a car to test it on.

anytime you need a car to install items on, let me know. I'd be happy to let you try new items, angel eyes/fog lights, etc on my car. i'm a big fan of free stuff.

erunithug
01-12-2008, 12:32 AM
+1 with what diznik said. its always better to experiment on 2 cars than 1.

tbal69
01-12-2008, 01:06 AM
any ideas if the fog mod will work for the 6's?

umnitza
01-16-2008, 09:16 AM
+1 with what diznik said. its always better to experiment on 2 cars than 1.
We got that car in October of this year:)
We've since done quite a few, but thank you for the offer.

any ideas if the fog mod will work for the 6's?

http://www.umnitza.com/albums/2006REVIEW/e64hid1.sized.jpg
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/2006REVIEW/e64ice5.sized.jpg
http://www.umnitza.com/albums/2006REVIEW/e64ice3.jpg

:thumbup:

acmw
02-04-2008, 08:53 PM
I see you installed hids in the fogs for the 6. I bought a kit and hooked it up but they dont turn on. am i missing something?