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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.


View Poll Results: Color choices for Custom M3 gauge faces
Black Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 14 14.29%
Dark Gray Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 8 8.16%
Alpina Blue Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 16 16.33%
Red Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 15 15.31%
Other 12 12.24%
No, not ready to purchase yet, but interested for the future 41 41.84%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 98. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 06:42:55 AM   #41
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It's certainly possible to have them semi-colored (or even fully colored) and still light up properly, it's just that the light gets scattered a bit randomly when they've done it in black before.

Here's a picture of what I mean on my M5 faces:

[img]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1469/23916212980_82c8d27ab7_h.jpg[/img ]

If you look at pictures of the stock OE M5 cluster lit up, you can see it's slightly different, but I still think they look pretty good.

How about people let me know which they would rather have, translucent like OE, or colored to match the faces and visible only when lit.
Honestly, that looks fine to me. The M3's diffuser already scatters the light a little weird. Hidden is better IMO.

Only other change I could think of while we're at it is getting rid of the "unleaded fuel only" text, to make it more like the UK cluster
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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 06:43:25 AM   #42
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If multiple colours are possible in the same run, I'm in for a black set and a white set. I've looked at these before but couldn't find any that had the M logo, as the stock face has.
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Made a couple rough mockups of a "real" cluster.

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I think both of these would look great in contrast to the yellow lights for the gauges. It was probably discussed, and i overlooked it, but what would the cost be on these per piece?
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I think both of these would look great in contrast to the yellow lights for the gauges. It was probably discussed, and i overlooked it, but what would the cost be on these per piece?
PM me directly for pricing. Since this not a for sale thread, I can't put prices in here, but a few posts ago, I mentioned some hints as to what they might cost.

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What's the install like for something like this. Safe to assume the needles would need removal?

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What's the install like for something like this. Safe to assume the needles would need removal?

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Yes, needles would need to be removed. I'll be offering to install for you and as was mentioned earlier, things like mileage correction (for installing used clusters with mileage matched to your car) and LED swaps can be done at the same time.

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Frankly either one would be fine. I just don't like the gray. I'll take the red LEDs to match and of course, since mine is an M3 wagon, I'll need the rear door open LED indicators installed as well.
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Frankly either one would be fine. I just don't like the gray. I'll take the red LEDs to match and of course, since mine is an M3 wagon, I'll need the rear door open LED indicators installed as well.
You don't like the stock gray, or the dark gray that I made? Also, LED color choices will include white most likely as it will look much better with some of the other color gauge faces.

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Discussing Colored Gauge Faces for M3 Clusters (Not Overlays) - Color Choices in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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