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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, Oct-01-2009, 02:51:04 AM   #1
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Default here's how to wire angel eyes to parking lights

disclaimer... I'm not a electrician or mechanic so take this on at your own risk!

Some members have been asking how to wire their angel eyes up to the parking lights so they have a switched capability. I originally wired mine to be always on with the car on because that was the only instruction I could find but I always wanted them switched. Today I decided to try to wire them up to the parking lights with success and I took some pics (all be it crappy Iphone pics) to help out others interested in doing this.

First remove the kick panel on the driver side. Its 3 or 4 phillips head screws, a plastic rivet on the right hand side and a plastic plug down by the pedals to remove the panel.
You will see a white plastic pipe on the fire wall that leads to the fuse box under the hood this is where I ran the wire.


Remove the cover on the fuse panel, if you have about 2 feet of extra wire from the angel eye harness you should be ok but if not splice and solder extra wire on and feed it through to the passenger compartment.


Now remove the trim around the headlight switch. To remove the switch assembly remove the two screws then pull up then towards you to pull it out. You will need to cut the tape holding the sheath that holds the wire bundle together. Take the wire that you have run from the fuse box and feed it up and out the switch assembly hole so you now wont have to be a contortionist bent up under the steering wheel to splice the wires.


Locate the grey wire with purple stripe, splice into this wire and solder. Go ahead and test the lights to make sure everything works. Pull the sheath back over the wires and tape it up good and put everything back together.

Hope this helps!
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Also wired up the Aux wire to the interior lights so it fades in and out with the door locks.. just wanted to pat myself on the back


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Old Thu, Oct-01-2009, 03:12:42 AM   #3
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First, nice job on the DIY. Many of us have been wondering how to do this.

I know this has been a point of interest lately, but I would like to know the advantage to this wiring. Im currently trying to figure out how I want to wire mine up. My two options are with the drl's or the parking lights. I also saw something interesting on the eas website with the angel eyes turning on and off with the alarm.

Anyone who has tried these different methods, would you please chime in.
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Honestly the main reason I went with the switched method is cause I was worried about the longevity of the angel eyes. It seemed a waist to rum them all the time... and if I every wanted to go incognito the "always on" would give me away.
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I found this:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...el+eye+install
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damn I searched and never saw that post! would have helped me out earlier today! oh well
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First, nice job on the DIY. Many of us have been wondering how to do this.

I know this has been a point of interest lately, but I would like to know the advantage to this wiring. Im currently trying to figure out how I want to wire mine up. My two options are with the drl's or the parking lights. I also saw something interesting on the eas website with the angel eyes turning on and off with the alarm.

Anyone who has tried these different methods, would you please chime in.
E-solo I just read this about the DRL set up, doesnt sound like a good choice...

If you connect your angel eyes to the DRL, it will turn off when you turn your headlights on. Plus, if you disconnect your DRL, you will lose the functionality of you flasher high-beams.
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OP, what kind of angel eyes do you have? I like the look of them in the video, but do you have photos? (sorry for the offtopic)
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Yes! This does work great with the 60 LED umnitza Angel eyes. They look very aggressive and extremely bright. Best way to wire in my mind.
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Can you tell me where did you tap the aux wire for the interior light? Did you tap that on the dome light? if so, which wire?

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