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what side markers would look the best on my 91 legend sedan?

How much are they?

How hard are they to install?
 

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I have the 3 series side markers on mine. here is a pic:



Oh, I cut my own holes. You have to be really really carefule when doing this though, because you can make a mistake and damn, it's off and crooked. When I first put mine on, the driver's side one was a little crooked, but the hole was so tight, I went back in and "sanded" some metal off and readjusted it and now it's straight. Here is what I did to install:

1. Made a template for the hole on a piece of cardboard.
2. Measured distance to the ground and from the edge of the fender.
3. Taped a piece of masking tape to the approximate location of the side marker.
4. "eyeballed" the template and taped it up.
5. Traced the template.
6. I used a variable speed dremel and began cutting.
7. Test fit the light.
8. Wired the lights to the bumper lights so they blink only when the turn signal is on.

The BMW 3 series side marker takes a 194 bulb. In my case, I am using the Polarg Superwhites (which look kinda blue) and are HIGHLY illegal. If a cop were feeling like a jerk, they could pull me over for having them there. If you don't want the risk, you can buy a standard "orange" 194 bulb from any auto parts store.

Also, the 3 series side marker does not come with a wiring harness, unless you specify it. I got mine straight from the BMW dealership for $35 without the harness. I soldered connectors onto my connecters.

Hope this helps.
 

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I have one but not installed yet.

To think about it, its blue. ****. lol Well I am wiring it to a switch so when I am in that kind of area that has those "jerks" I can turn it off.
 

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I stopped by the local BMW dealer today. They were $27 for either the Z3 or the new 7 series, but that was EACH, and they don't come with any wiring.
 

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I was considering sidemarkers, but I was thinking they would take away from the fluid look of the car. You are looking at the car, following its lines all the way up, seemless smooth black curves, and then you hit this lens protruding from the side of the front panel.
I am still debating on this.
 

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infinite said:
I was considering sidemarkers, but I was thinking they would take away from the fluid look of the car. You are looking at the car, following its lines all the way up, seemless smooth black curves, and then you hit this lens protruding from the side of the front panel.
I am still debating on this.
No lights, good
Lights, good

IMHO, ONLY look good if they are used for BLINKING ONLY!
Like Bimmers, MB, Volvo, SAAB, VW
...not these Civics and whatnot....

look at it this way...Prevents you from geting t-boned by the lady in the X5 not paying attention to the road, but admiring you..she will see that light blinking ;)
 

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I thought that the lights would detract from the look as well. But I like mine now that they are straight :).

Anyway, to each his own. Some people like em, some don't. But I definitely agree that they should only be on when the blinkers are on.

Just my .02....
 

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I remember when I put my sidemarkers in. I was scared as $#!+. I didn't want to make any mistakes, and luckily I didn't. I was really happy when I realized the hyper whites I put in make people next to me faces light up when it flashes. A great safety feature, true pYmpin but most of all... the can't act like they don't know you're tryin to get over :D .
 

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pYmpdaddi said:
the hyper whites I put in make people next to me faces light up when it flashes. A great safety feature, true pYmpin but most of all... the can't act like they don't know you're tryin to get over :D .
LOL :D I just might have to get some for that reason.
 

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i bought mine to put on my sedan i am not putting the ones i got on my coupe. I would only do it if i could get them integrated into the side moldings i want the new M3 markers in there
 

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How do you wire them so that they only come on with the blinker? Could you just tap the line going to the front bumper lights?
..and CODY, you can integrate them into the side moldings... i've seen pix of one of the moderators. He used BWM 7 series markers and mounted them flush by cutting a portion of the molding out and then cutting a whole in the fender. It was in a previous thread in this section entitled installing side markers. I was considering doing this on my G1 coupe.
 

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LegendGS....tight, really tight. I thought about doing that with mine, but didn't want to go through all of the work. Yours looks really really good.

firestorm: yes you can just tap into the front bumper lights and they will blink. Of course, if you want to do it properly, you'd install a relay in there so that you don't burn anything out, but mine dont' have any relays. I've had them for over a year now and no problems (knock on wood).
 

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Dayum, LegendGS... that looks so sweet. I am totally doing that on mine. Care to share any instructions with the rest of us? Did you do it yourself, or have it done? Any repainting involved?
 

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Thanks, guys. :)

Instructions? Well, it isn't difficult, just time consuming. All the cutting was done with a Dremel. I simply marked an outline of the side markers on the back side of the fender moulding, and cut close to it. I then used a grinding bit to finish the edging. Once I got it so that the side marker would fit nicely, I used body filler to fill around the hole, and then used a combination of sandpaper, small files, and a razor blade to cut and shape it to where it snugged up evenly to the lens. All this actually takes most of the paint off of the mouldings, so a complete repaint would be needed. I used a flexible sandable primer to fill in the imperfections of the filler, and wet sanded it to where it was smooth and even, and then shot it with color matching paint, then clear coat.

Be sure that all imperfections are evened out before painting because the gloss of the paint will highlight any flaws that may be present.

I then secured the side marker to the moulding with silicone caulk.

Brush-on touch-up paint was used to paint the edges of the cut I made in the fender.

When cutting the hole in the fender, be sure to cut it large enough to swallow the entire side marker. If there is any pressure from behind the marker, you may find yourself redoing it. ;) I learned the hard way. :p
 
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