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Old 08-22-2011, 08:20 AM
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Blacking out the reflectors!

You know the ones on the American version on the fenders? They're orange and they kinda ruin the Black-on-black style... Is it illegal to black out? How do you do it? Tape? Vimyl? Paint?

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Old 08-22-2011, 08:26 AM
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You know the ones on the American version on the fenders? They're orange and they kinda ruin the Black-on-black style... Is it illegal to black out? How do you do it? Tape? Vimyl? Paint?

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Yes, it is illegal to "black them out" or otherwise make them non-functional, or non-amber.

Most people on here who do not like the look either buy replacement bits prepainted to match their car's color, paint them themselves, or replace them with clear reflectors (still against the law but arguably a better safety choice).
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:46 PM
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Here is just one place I found

http://www.bimmian.com/REF/90
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:44 PM
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You can buy them but its tricky to remove, risk ****in up the bumper a little..
I sprayed them while they were on the car, just masked off with blue tape and newspaper and good to go
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:49 PM
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You can buy them but its tricky to remove, risk ****in up the bumper a little..
I sprayed them while they were on the car, just masked off with blue tape and newspaper and good to go
I removed and replaced both of mine in 15 minutes. The first one took 10 minutes and the second one five minutes after I determined the best method to use from removing the first one.

ECS Tuning had a sale on the smoke reflectors in March and I paid $2.95 for them.
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:24 AM
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:18 PM
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ECS Tuning had a sale on the smoke reflectors in March and I paid $2.95 for them.
Are the smoke one still reflective or completely non-functional like the painted ones?
I don't care for the orange but they do serve a purpose.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:37 PM
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Are the smoke one still reflective or completely non-functional like the painted ones?
I don't care for the orange but they do serve a purpose.
I haven't actually shined a light on them but they have the same reflectorized prismatic surface as the originals. This was also a concern of mine. The originals don't look very good but they're there for a purpose. It might save you from getting your nose clipped inching out of a blind intersection at night. Although I'll have to admit that the last time I bought a new bike I removed the reflectors on the spokes.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:00 PM
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Tom could you post a pic of the smoked reflectors on the Le Mans blue? I never thought that's the kind of mod I would make but more and more have been considering it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:25 PM
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Tom could you post a pic of the smoked reflectors on the Le Mans blue? I never thought that's the kind of mod I would make but more and more have been considering it.
Sure! (These pics also show my gloss black painted calipers.)



I bought the smoke reflectors because they were so incredibly cheap with the sale price. I figured that if I didn't like the way they looked I'd get the painted ones, but they look fine to me. They almost disappear on LMB and they're probably still functional (I'll check tonight). I just checked and ECS Tuning has them for $2.95 again: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/7162...MK-A/ES205212/.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:51 PM
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If you report back on the smoke reflectors that would be a real plus. If the have at least some reflectivity that is what I'm going the with.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:33 PM
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If you report back on the smoke reflectors that would be a real plus. If the have at least some reflectivity that is what I'm going the with.
I tested them out tonight. My wife put her car at the end of our cul-de-sac and I pointed my car at the front side of her car. The reflectors did stand out but I'm sure it's not anywhere near as bright as the yellow ones. A better test will be if I tape the old yellow reflectors onto the front fender next to the smoke reflectors. Maybe tomorrow night and I'll try and get a picture. Bottom line, there is some reflectivity.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:20 AM
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Thanks for that link SD335is. Was looking through the sidemarkers and noticed they had them in clear. Do you people think the clear ones would look good on a silver 335I coupe?
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for that link SD335is. Was looking through the sidemarkers and noticed they had them in clear. Do you people think the clear ones would look good on a silver 335I coupe?
No idea, but they would probably blend in more than the yellow ones.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:09 AM
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ECS Tuning had a sale on the smoke reflectors in March and I paid $2.95 for them.
Tom, I wanted to thank you for pointing out this deal. It's still on, and I bought a pair of clear reflectors for our vert.

And I'd like to express kudos to ECS Tuning for their great customer service. UPS mangled ECS' carefully packaged shipment and broke one of the reflectors, and ECS immediately sent me a new pair without question. They've definitely got my business from now on!
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:32 AM
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i simply just put dark black vinyl over it. that way if **** goes wrong i can simply just remove it. plus it took me 2 minutes to do for both sides. no mess. no ruining other parts.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:39 AM
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I replaced mine the first year of ownership. So far, only one state inspection station (BMW dealer) caught it and refused to do the inspection until I put the reflectors back in. I went to another inspection station and they haven't caught it yet.

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Old 09-10-2011, 10:04 AM
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no ruining other parts.
How could other parts be ruined by replacing the reflectors?

Everything I've read indicates it's a very simple mod: (1) turn wheel in; (2) heat adhesive from inside wheel well with wife's blow dryer; (3) use thumbs to pop old reflector into wheel well; (4) clean off any old adhesive; and (5) put new reflector on. Ten minutes max for each side.

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Old 09-10-2011, 11:20 AM
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Yes, Megan Fox insisted on popping out the old reflectors with her huge thumb and dented the fender. It was really tragic.
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:41 AM
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Misconception

IT IS A HUGE MISCONCEPTION by most of the public that amber side reflectors are required in the USA. Vehicle requirements are actually made and enforced at the state level (in most cases).

I had heard several times that Texas requires the side reflectors but THEY DO NOT require side reflectors for passenger cars. Check your states requirements:

Texas Side Reflector:

"Inspection/Rejection Criteria

20.21 Reflectors (Side). Refer to Reference Section for lighting diagrams.

1. Required on all:

Buses 80 inches or more in overall width.

Trucks 80 inches or more in overall width.

Trailers and semitrailers 80 inches or more in overall width.

Trailers and semitrailers 30 feet or more in overall length."


I actually removed my amber ones today and put on some clear ones from ModBargains.com
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:58 AM
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I actually removed my amber ones today and put on some clear ones from ModBargains.com
Hey Tex can you post some pics of the clear on the Deep Sea Blue?
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:19 PM
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When I got my E92 I popped mine out and painted them with some color match spray paint (with my paint code) and popped em back in. They have looked awesome ever since. Personally I would order some repainted from Bimmian.com, they are only $70.00 and they match the factory paint perfectly. My spray painted ones are ok because the car is black. Other colors may want to consider buying them.
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Hey Tex can you post some pics of the clear on the Deep Sea Blue?
Sure, will do it tomorrow
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:02 PM
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I purchased oem pre painted ones and never mind on those "Smoke or Clear" reflectors. If that's your idea of replacing the orange it is hardly worth the effort.Blow dryer and an old credit card/gift card does the trick with 0% damage.Stay away from anything sharp or pointed I.e screwdriver.I forget where on line i purchased but they even sanded out the serial #'s on the reflectors before priming....Looks awesome to say the least.Do not go the cheap route for not all the same....Trust me on this.
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