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Old 03-24-2013, 07:35 PM
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Match fog light color to headlights

I bought some Xenon white bulbs from Bimmian in order to get a better color match to the headlights. Maybe I'm just too particular, but I really didn't like the yellow tint to the fog lights on my 2013 F10. It's a $60K car, and I just feel like they should be able to match them better. So, here's a picture, in case any of you are interested how well the new bulbs match. I'll try to get one in nighttime conditions, but you can see here how much better they match. Sorry for no before shot.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:43 PM
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I plan on doing the same. I'm not a fan of the yellow fog lights either. Did you do the install yourself? If so how difficult was it?
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:12 PM
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Once you get comfortable with how hard you need to tug on the mesh grill, it's a piece of cake. I found that the easiest way to get the lower mesh grills off was to start with the side closest to the middle of the car, since there are more openings for your fingers, and those clips seem to give way more easily. As expected, I just wasn't comfortable yanking on the grill hard enough at first. After you get the mesh grill off, you just loosen two screws, and then you can take the fog light out far enough to swap out the bulb. The entire process took me less than 30 minutes. I'll probably order some bulbs for my wife's X3, since it looks so much better. Oh, the bulbs were only $40, so it's a pretty cheap mod.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:23 PM
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I just went out to take a couple evening shots.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:25 PM
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:33 PM
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So you just plug them in? That's it? No problems with flickering or anything?
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:35 PM
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I just went out to take a couple evening shots.


This looks good. Thank you for posting this info and the pics.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:52 PM
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Once you get comfortable with how hard you need to tug on the mesh grill, it's a piece of cake. I found that the easiest way to get the lower mesh grills off was to start with the side closest to the middle of the car, since there are more openings for your fingers, and those clips seem to give way more easily. As expected, I just wasn't comfortable yanking on the grill hard enough at first. After you get the mesh grill off, you just loosen two screws, and then you can take the fog light out far enough to swap out the bulb. The entire process took me less than 30 minutes. I'll probably order some bulbs for my wife's X3, since it looks so much better. Oh, the bulbs were only $40, so it's a pretty cheap mod.
Hey, what is the Size of the Fog Lights on the X3?
I might do mine also.

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:34 PM
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So you just plug them in? That's it? No problems with flickering or anything?
Yeah, once I swapped them out, I tested them before reinstalling the mesh grills, and they worked like a charm. Is flickering a problem? Because, I didn't notice anything of the sort. I'm not sure how long these will last, but I heard good things about theses. I kept my OEM bulbs, just in case I needed to swap them back out.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:36 PM
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This looks good. Thank you for posting this info and the pics.
Gladly! This was a piece of cake compared to swapping out the OEM kidney grills for the one in these pics. THAT...was brutal. I ended up taking a hack saw to the OEM kidney grill, because I just couldn't get them to pop out like everybody said they would. I digress, but the lower mesh grills were much, much simpler to remove!
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:38 PM
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Hey, what is the Size of the Fog Lights on the X3?
I might do mine also.

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Well, I'm not sure about the actual size of the X3 bulb, but you can see them on the Bimmian website. They are the Xenesis Xenon Match Super White Bulbs, and they sell for $40, too.
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Yeah, once I swapped them out, I tested them before reinstalling the mesh grills, and they worked like a charm. Is flickering a problem? Because, I didn't notice anything of the sort. I'm not sure how long these will last, but I heard good things about theses. I kept my OEM bulbs, just in case I needed to swap them back out.
Naw.. Just asking. I was going to do this when my car comes off the boat next week. At least now I know what bulbs to get. Thanks..
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:44 AM
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What is the wattage of those bulb, you dont want to go too high or you will melt your fog light housing.
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Well, I'm not sure about the actual size of the X3 bulb, but you can see them on the Bimmian website. They are the Xenesis Xenon Match Super White Bulbs, and they sell for $40, too.
Awesome, thanks for the info!

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What is the wattage of those bulb, you dont want to go too high or you will melt your fog light housing.
I think the factory wattage is 55w :P
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:36 AM
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:37 AM
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Also did this...

I also did this, but I used a nail to help tug on the grills. I have M-Sport, so a slightly different cover. I bent the end of the nail in a vice at a 90 angle. That helped me direct where I was tugging to avoid breaking anything.
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Can you get the whiter fog lights at like a pep boys or something like that?
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I bought some Xenon white bulbs from Bimmian in order to get a better color match to the headlights. Maybe I'm just too particular, but I really didn't like the yellow tint to the fog lights on my 2013 F10. It's a $60K car, and I just feel like they should be able to match them better. So, here's a picture, in case any of you are interested how well the new bulbs match. I'll try to get one in nighttime conditions, but you can see here how much better they match. Sorry for no before shot.
jw,

I'm waiting on my car to arrive and changing the fog lights was on my list of things to do. Thanks for the info! Will be ordering my set shortly based on your pics. Car looks great btw..
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These are the only lights that match perfectly....
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:33 PM
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I also did this, but I used a nail to help tug on the grills. I have M-Sport, so a slightly different cover. I bent the end of the nail in a vice at a 90 angle. That helped me direct where I was tugging to avoid breaking anything.
I'm glad you put a before and after shot here, because it really shows the improvement over stock!
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:36 PM
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These are the only lights that match perfectly....
Glad you could provide another option for bulbs, but I don't know if they are the "only" bulbs that will match perfectly. Maybe you would disagree, but the bulbs I used matched very well. I don't know if any bulb will match perfectly, but, as I said, at least this provides people with some options.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:40 PM
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jw,

I'm waiting on my car to arrive and changing the fog lights was on my list of things to do. Thanks for the info! Will be ordering my set shortly based on your pics. Car looks great btw..
Thanks, Chase! What do you have on order, anyway? What's your arrival date? Did you get any options that will be new to you? My BMW was a pretty big upgrade from my Toyota Tacoma! My wife had an '08 328xi, so I knew I would be happy with a BMW, but I'm loving my options, especially the heated seats and steering wheel. Granted, those shouldn't be much to be excited about, but it makes my commute so much better. I also really appreciate the HUD, so I can see my speed without taking my eyes off the road. Did you have any other mods planned besides the fog lights?
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You can also use a close hanger to pull the plastic housing out.
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I think yours look better JW. It doesn't have all that extra stuff attached to it.
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Led lights in the link are almost a perfect match I have the same as kcustom no error codes nothing. Perfect match although they are around 80.oo a set.
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