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I read all of the posts about fog lights, headlights, LEDs, side markers and driving lights and decided it wasnt going to be a big deal. The whole process took me 9 hours(FML).

I picked up some 3/16" lexan from a plastic shop here in San Diego and went to work. I baked the fog lights in the oven for 5 minutes @ 350 degrees and the old lenses just came right off. I took measurements of the old lenses and cut the new ones with a cut off wheel (didnt feel like busting out the band saw). I baked the new lexan cut outs in the oven until they were in a soft state (450 degrees for 4 minutes) and formed them to the old lenses to keep the same curve. I also took the side markers to the grinder and ground off 3/16 uniformly (to keep the same curve as OEM). I painted the side markers with black plastic paint to cover the raised yellow edges and gray background. I also put limo tint on the sidemarkers when I was done to black them out. Just wanted to post and see what you guys think.

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I replaced the OEM headlights with 8000K D1S's, and the fogs are from DDM tuning, also 8000k. Im not too impressed with the fogs since they flicker slightly, but you get what you pay for right? I will get some night shots when my car comes back from the powder coater. The factory wheels are getting powder coated black right now.

You can kind of see the side marker in this pic:


The driving lights, corner head lights and side markers have all been replaced with LEDs. The driving lights are a 6000k color LED, as well as the side marker and corner light. I need to pull the 3 ohm resister out of the flasher circuit because I have the dreaded rapid blinkers now. :lildevil:
 

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Here is a progress pic:



Yes that is my Prius sitting in my driveway. Its my commuter car since I drive 60 miles each way to work.
 

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so you pulled the front bumper cover cause it was easier to get to everything? My wife's head would explode if she walked out to see my car like that... HA!
 

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VERY NOOOIICE, welcome to the club!

you dont have to pull the bumper cover for fogs.... but for changing low beams yes
 

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so you pulled the front bumper cover cause it was easier to get to everything? My wife's head would explode if she walked out to see my car like that... HA!
:rofl:
 

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Looks 100 times better!
 

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I got the car back from the powder coater last night and the wheels look great. I will get some pictures when I get home from work today.

If anyone needs powder coating done in So Cal, consider using Powder 1 in El Cajon. Their prices were great. I paid $360 to get my wheels powder coated black, including media blasting, powder coat, dismounting the tires and reinstalling them back on the car. The turn around time was 24 hours. Their customer service is second to none.
 

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I got the car back from the powder coater last night and the wheels look great. I will get some pictures when I get home from work today.

If anyone needs powder coating done in So Cal, consider using Powder 1 in El Cajon. Their prices were great. I paid $360 to get my wheels powder coated black, including media blasting, powder coat, dismounting the tires and reinstalling them back on the car. The turn around time was 24 hours. Their customer service is second to none.
Wow....that's a great price...I looked at getting my second set of stock wheels powdercoated that I was able to scooped up from a KC dealer for $500 before I shipped the V to Germany. Anyways....a local shop here wanted 700 Euro...about $1100.....I just walked out....

The high price must be due to of all the "snoouty" M3 dudes in these parts! ;>
 

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Here is the finished product. The car is dirty in these pictures since it just rained in San Diego.




Now I just have to replace the subwoofer with a JL audio 10" W6, and install two electric exhaust cutouts and she is done for now.
 

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Why is she touching the car? lol jk...looks great, car too!
 
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