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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 Sat, Feb-25-2017, 01:28:19 PM   #1
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Default Halo headlights

Hi guys. This has been confusing me. My M came with the factory leveling headlights. Was hoping to get the halo look. Is that even doable? Most of the replacement lights seem to be for cars that were just halogens


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Old Sat, Feb-25-2017, 04:10:23 PM   #2
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Old Sat, Feb-25-2017, 04:53:30 PM   #3
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+1 to above. Lots of aftermarket options ranging from $30-200. Pretty easy to install overall, but you have to understand a little about wiring/electronics depending on the quality and type of harnesses included. Recommend whatever you do, power should be pulled through a relay and never direct for something like this.

I bought these for $35 and am really happy with them: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121365822343

Color temp is a little the blue side, but since my car is mystic blue I'm fine with that though it doesn't match the headlight's more "white" xenon color temp. I had to buy my own relay and wire that into power, and I tapped a line into accessory power in the box in the engine bay to trigger the relay and they're always on that way. These things actually draw so little power (I think the measurement was about 60ma per ring) that it is probably safe to run them directly off the accessory power line, but I didn't want to take the risk of shorting out the ECU.

Great brightness day and night. In a year and a half only 1 LED has died among all 4 rings.
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Old Sat, Feb-25-2017, 05:18:22 PM   #4
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Umnitza orion v4's. Expensive, but white (not blue at all) and super bright if that's what you are going for.
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there's a guy on here in the FS section selling kits for $50 bucks.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=561737

pm'd him. I guess a lot of people have bought and had good feedback.
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Umnitza orion v4's. Expensive, but white (not blue at all) and super bright if that's what you are going for.
I agree with 2006E46M3fan.
Umnitza Orion V4's are the brightest and have a higher number of LED's which put out a very nice pure white color when illuminated. They fit the diameter of the reflectors perfectly and look OEM. Shop around on the web and look at other products, but if you are looking for the best I think you will come back to the Umnitza.

They are expensive but the quality is excellent. People complimented me all the time on their appearance. Not a single LED malfunctioned in almost four years.
They show up pretty nicely in my SIG below.

For other reasons I have gone back to my original halogen headlights with a Bi-Xenon HID upgrade from The Retrofit Source. (See my lament in this thread:"Halogen Replacement Options" http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=567192) The Orion 4's are the wrong diameter for those reflectors so I ended up going with Khoalty LED Halos on them. The Khoaltys are nice but not as nice as the Orions.

Installation on OEM HID lights is straight forward and an easy project if you are comfortable with basic DIY and car electric work at a beginner level. Power to the relay and fused line to the halos attaches to the battery terminal at the passenger side rear of the engine compartment. There are then several options for triggering them on which are explained in the instructions. I set mine up to be triggered on when you unlock the car (trigger wire to the passenger foot-well light) and whenever the ignition is active (a second trigger wire to the ignition wire in the cpu box). All this is in the instructions that come with the halos.

Its a fun and easy project and the results are stunning!
You won't regret doing it.
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I paid money to have Umnitzas taken off my car.
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I paid money to have Umnitzas taken off my car.
Dude, if you're going to say that you should elaborate...
You've got thousands of posts on this forum...
Tell us why.
I'm curious, and I'm sure the originator of this thread is too, whether it was the esthetics, a quality/reliability issue or something else.
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I paid money to have Umnitzas taken off my car.
Please elaborate. You paid money for a 20 min job to remove them, I've had a set for at least 2 years now and not a problem. BTW they look just like the factory ones on my X5.
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I paid money to have Umnitzas taken off my car.
I'm pretty happy with my Umnitzas.
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