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Just in case any board members are in the market, consider Lamin-X (www.lamin-x.com). I recently had a rock launched from a SUV I was overtaking @80mph on the highway take out the lens of a fog light.
The other intact fog light lens was "frosted" from road debris sandbasting, so I decided to replace both foglight assemblies. To protect the investment, I researched the different sources of the lens protective films and the qualities/ properties of the films they use in their products. I decided to go with Lamin-X. I went with the 17mm thick clear on the headlights and blue tint on the foglights (compliments carbon black). The film was pre-cut and fit perfectly. It was easy to apply following the instructions and the compound curves of the headlights were fit with the help of a blow dryer. This film was completely clear after a couple of days and it takes very close inspection to tell its even there. Headlights now look brand new as well. Service was great also. They even sent complimentary clear film precuts for the foglights in case I did not like the blue. The blue tint does not effect light output or pattern, but it does look like aftermarket hi output bulbs.
I also purchased a 20% smoke tint in bulk to cover the taillights, but I took it off. Just did not look right for my taste.
 

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If you don't mind me asking, how much were the replacement fog light housings, mine are pretty bad.

I'm replacing my headlights (also heavily road battered) with Euro's, so I think I may go the Lamin-X route. How much were the films for those and the fogs? My car actually has a clear bra, but it was not puit on the headlights or fogs, which I thought was weird.

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Just in case any board members are in the market, consider Lamin-X (www.lamin-x.com). I recently had a rock launched from a SUV I was overtaking @80mph on the highway take out the lens of a fog light.
The other intact fog light lens was "frosted" from road debris sandbasting, so I decided to replace both foglight assemblies. To protect the investment, I researched the different sources of the lens protective films and the qualities/ properties of the films they use in their products. I decided to go with Lamin-X. I went with the 17mm thick clear on the headlights and blue tint on the foglights (compliments carbon black). The film was pre-cut and fit perfectly. It was easy to apply following the instructions and the compound curves of the headlights were fit with the help of a blow dryer. This film was completely clear after a couple of days and it takes very close inspection to tell its even there. Headlights now look brand new as well. Service was great also. They even sent complimentary clear film precuts for the foglights in case I did not like the blue. The blue tint does not effect light output or pattern, but it does look like aftermarket hi output bulbs.
I also purchased a 20% smoke tint in bulk to cover the taillights, but I took it off. Just did not look right for my taste.
 

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Fog lights come as a complete assembly ( part# 63 17 7 894 017 -left & 63 17 7 894 018- right ) since the lens is sealed to the housing. Even come with new bulbs( my originals were Phillips, but the new ones came with a brighter Sylvania bulb) . BMW list is $99 each (Bavarian Autosport is $94.95) . I am a member of the BMW Car Club of America(BMWCCA) and I get parts from Tischer BMW( 1-888-288-6982). They offer a 20% discount to club members so my net was $79 each. Parts Dept. BMWCCA member contact is Donnie Mitchell. He has always provided great service and advice.

Chris at Lamin-X offered a package deal for the E39 Clear headlight(#B004 @ $39.95) and M oval foglight pre-cuts (#[email protected] $17.95) for $49.95 + $5.95 s&h.

My headlights were not nearly pitted as bad as the foglights, but it was noticable. After lots of elbow grease with Blue Coral Plastic Polish followed by the Lamin-X film, they look brand new.
 

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I got the thick protective film from X-pel with my clear bra. Has saved the headlamps and foglamps from many a stumbling rock! It's a great investment.
 

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I use Stongard on my headlights and foglights and the stuff is so thick I doubt anything will ever happen to the headlights. I think it's about 80 mil thick.
 
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