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post #1 of 7 Old 7th February 2019, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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New LED Projector Fog Lights in E39 M5 (and M-Sport) Fitment

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Evan, one of your resident automotive lighting nerds here. I wanted to bring to your attention a nice product in the Morimoto xB LED projector fog lights which is now made in E39-specific fitment. It will fit E39 M-sport, M5, and E46 M3 bumpers.

These units have been around for a few years and I have used them in various automotive and headlight projects. To be completely I am not a huge fan of most Morimoto stuff like their bulbs and ballasts, they are "good" and do offer a compelling value proposition for those on a budget but the performance and reliability can't compete with OEM components and sacrificing performance and reliability are not something I am interested in doing.

These fog lights however have impressed me with their small footprint, effective output, and reliability. These also come with a 10 year warranty which is nice peace of mind.

I have put together a Group Buy for these fog lights which can be seen here. There is good interest so we are getting 20% off. I am running the group buy for ~2 more weeks so now is the time to hop on for the discount.

More Group Buy Info Here: https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/m5...5-fitment.html



Stock fogs leave a lot to be desired, people add LED or HID bulbs into them but those bulbs are not intended for a reflective halogen housing and with the mismatched optics light is thrown everywhere (glare) which isn't pleasant for oncoming traffic and the light isn't very useful for the drive as it isn't controlled and often creates excessive foreground (the light immediately in front of the vehicle) which can actually impede your vision. I am guilty of doing this myself when I was younger and less educated about automotive lighting. Through my research and testing these xb LED fogs are the best performing option on the market with proprietary optics offering a controlled and fog-specific beam pattern.

Here are some pictures!
Evan

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Output (Pics borrowed from The Retrofit Source)



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This (blurry) picture is showing the control of the beam pattern, this is when I had a non-M bumper and like the projector fogs so much I actually retrofitted these into my oem E39 housings.

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Nice upgrade if you don’t care about maintaining an oem look. I’d live to have a focused fog light beam but these scream aftermarket and the way the fog light sits recessed in the housing, to me, doesn’t look as clean as oem.
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I have these as well, the aiming mechanism sucks though, can't do it through the fog light cover and the adjustment screw doesn't really work. Beam pattern is nice once you get it set right and the light really gets to the sides of the road where you need it in foggy conditions. Get the resistors, I got flicker, bulb out, and hyperflash on my turn signals without them.
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Nice upgrade if you donít care about maintaining an oem look. Iíd live to have a focused fog light beam but these scream aftermarket and the way the fog light sits recessed in the housing, to me, doesnít look as clean as oem.
It seems like you are associating "aftermarket" with cheap ande/or less performance than stock and there are a lot of aftermarket parts which fit that description but these out perform stock fogs by a large margin. If you don't find them attractive then you don't find them attractive and that is fine but I sense that most M5 owners (at least those who are active members of this forum) seem to appreciate function forward modifications and consider Function>Aesthetics but to each their own.

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I have these as well, the aiming mechanism sucks though, can't do it through the fog light cover and the adjustment screw doesn't really work. Beam pattern is nice once you get it set right and the light really gets to the sides of the road where you need it in foggy conditions. Get the resistors, I got flicker, bulb out, and hyperflash on my turn signals without them.
I agree the aiming mechanism isn't ideal, instead of utilizing the stock screw which can be accessed from the front you need to have the pork chop splash shields (or whatever they're called) removed to access the back of the fog light where the screw is but if the fogs are adjusted when initially installed it should be a set it and forget it scenario.

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- OEM M5 Brakes, KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC 19x9.5 19x11, Hankook V12
- Hexon RR550 Hybrid Turbos, Custom Turbo Inlets, AR DP, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC,
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- OEM M5 Front Bumper, OEM M5 Front Fenders (Vents Deleted), OEM M5 Skirts, OEM M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear Bumper
- Quad Projector Headlights, Custom Tail Lights, Rigid SR 6" Reverse Light, Full LED Interior/Exterior Lighting
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Resistor Question

These look great to me, I know I'm too late for the group buy but thanks for posting.

What kind of resistors are these? They look bigger than the ones listed on ECS or elsewhere, which is probably a good thing.

Also, on a related note, is coding out the bulb check as reliable as adding a resistor, or might the lights still flicker?

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These look great to me, I know I'm too late for the group buy but thanks for posting.

What kind of resistors are these? They look bigger than the ones listed on ECS or elsewhere, which is probably a good thing.

Also, on a related note, is coding out the bulb check as reliable as adding a resistor, or might the lights still flicker?
Turn off the hot bulb check and you should be all set. But then, I also do not know the function of these resistors for these lights.

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These look great to me, I know I'm too late for the group buy but thanks for posting.

What kind of resistors are these? They look bigger than the ones listed on ECS or elsewhere, which is probably a good thing.

Also, on a related note, is coding out the bulb check as reliable as adding a resistor, or might the lights still flicker?
Removing hot checks should remove the flickering in operation and cold checks will remove the "strobe" effect when the lights are off but car is awake or in ignition position 1. The resistors used in the GB functionally are like other resistors but offer superior reliability and with the long cord + sleek design make it easier to mount the resistors in a safe location, 9006 connectors make for a simple PNP install too.

If you are looking for a pair of the fogs feel free to PM me. I won't be able to match GB pricing but I can save you a bit off retail.
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- AWD-RWD Conversion, OEM M5 Drivetrain Retrofit, Manual Trans Swap, Spec 3+ Clutch, MFactory SMFW
- OEM M5 Brakes, KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC 19x9.5 19x11, Hankook V12
- Hexon RR550 Hybrid Turbos, Custom Turbo Inlets, AR DP, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC,
- BMS JB4, E85 Flash, Fuel-It Stage 2 LPFP, EOS Port Injection Manifold, Custom 3" Exhaust
- OEM M5 Front Bumper, OEM M5 Front Fenders (Vents Deleted), OEM M5 Skirts, OEM M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear Bumper
- Quad Projector Headlights, Custom Tail Lights, Rigid SR 6" Reverse Light, Full LED Interior/Exterior Lighting
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