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  DIY- Rear Fog Lights
brianlay
08-08-2006
US cars can have the rear foglights enabled by replacing the light switch with the Euro version. These are the same lamps already installed as adaptive brake lights. While the rear fogs are switched on, the adaptive brake light function is disabled.

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By irgr8one on 02-18-2011, 03:55 PM
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Rear Fogs Enabled

Oct 2010 build. 2011 328i tiag m-sport. Just enabled my rear fogs and while doing so discovered that the switch had the actuator already inside. All I had to do was cut the tabs. 10 minutes. Thanks for the DIY.
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By BobsM3Coupe on 03-08-2011, 03:09 AM
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Oct 2010 build. 2011 328i tiag m-sport. Just enabled my rear fogs and while doing so discovered that the switch had the actuator already inside. All I had to do was cut the tabs. 10 minutes. Thanks for the DIY.
I have a 2010 E92, built end of Oct 2009. Anyone know if the actuator is already inside the switch like above post stated which worked on his Oct 2010 built car?
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By cisf0rcalvin on 03-08-2011, 03:49 AM
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I have a 2010 E92, built end of Oct 2009. Anyone know if the actuator is already inside the switch like above post stated which worked on his Oct 2010 built car?
I have an 2010 E90 and its still there.
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By BobsM3Coupe on 03-08-2011, 09:09 PM
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I have an 2010 E90 and its still there.
Thanks. My car also had it. Pretty simple mod.
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  #620  
By donheller on 05-03-2011, 04:18 PM
Knocked mine out quick also. Used the pen cap and nickel trick. Great DIY! Thanks to all!
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By reaper335 on 05-11-2011, 06:15 PM
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So i looked up that part # and looks like it went up in price.. i have a 2008 E90. Do i need to buy the new switch?
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By billywu04 on 05-15-2011, 06:27 PM
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Didn't need the lego!!!

I just did the mod on my '08 238i last night and it already had both white plastic pieces - no lego needed! I have no clue what I'm going to do with this mod, but it's another one I can cross off the list. Thanks for all the posts that helped with this!
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By danny156b on 05-18-2011, 02:43 AM
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This is a very nice mod i happen to stumble upon at 3 in the morning... very easy mod and best of all its free! Mine had the little white button
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By angasreid on 06-05-2011, 01:07 PM
Any idea where I can pick up a chrome switch? I like the looks of that one better.
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By Philm35 on 06-11-2011, 09:12 PM
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I just finished doing the "removing tabs" mod on my original switch. I can confirm that the 2011 355d does indeed come with the extra white switch pusher thingie (technical term), so I didn't need to construct anything out of pen caps, legos, pennies or anything else.

The job was pretty straightforward, but there were a couple of steps that caused grief for me for a while. The first was the process of simultaneously releasing the two capture tabs that hold blank switch button into the switch. I was worried about breaking one or both of the tabs, so I took it slow. I used two jewelers screwdrivers, and gently jammed them between the tab and the switch body, while using a third screwdriver to push the button out. It would have been easier if I'd three hands or at least a small-handed assistant.

Once I removed the button, I used a sharp razor knife to cut the tabs off, and a miniature file to smooth the cut surface.

The other part of the job that was a bit difficult was pulling off the trim for the AC vent above the switch. The right side was very easy to release... the left side was very stubborn. I was able to release it by jamming two credit cards into the very tight gap and using a trim tool between cards. The cards act to protect both trim surfaces from damage.

Before attempting the job, I invested in a set of plastic trim removal tools. They definitely made the job easier and damage-free.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-335...Tool/ES517779/

The same set is available (but in red) through special order at AutoZone. Same price, but no shipping costs. That's how I bought mine. Only had to wait 2 days for them to arrive in the store. Part Number: 25314

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=900801_0_0_

Thanks to the original poster who came up with idea for modding the switch! You are a genius! Saved me $120, not having to buy a new switch. THANKS!!
Last edited by Philm35; 06-11-2011 at 09:18 PM.
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  #626  
By naamanf on 06-11-2011, 11:43 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumati...7853763&sr=8-3

Even better if you are a prime member.
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By Mauryk on 06-12-2011, 12:01 AM
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Removal Tools

Great Idea! I am always scratching things when I remove panels.

http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumati...&creative=9325

I just ordered one.
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By specE30Dude on 07-26-2011, 07:56 PM
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These posts just saved me some $$ as well! At first, I was reviewing a few of these threads and ready to purchase a new switch until I found that my switch was already set up with them little lego looking pieces! Took me 15min in total. I "partially" removed the vent piece as I was having trouble getting the opposite side from the speedo out. However, it was just enough to sneak out the bottom switch/trim with one of my trim tools. I then popped out the little blank switch, used a razor blade for the little tabs, put it back and presto..Rear fogs. Thanks to those for sharing this easy, free and valuable mod!

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Originally Posted by Philm35 View Post
I just finished doing the "removing tabs" mod on my original switch. I can confirm that the 2011 355d does indeed come with the extra white switch pusher thingie (technical term), so I didn't need to construct anything out of pen caps, legos, pennies or anything else.

The job was pretty straightforward, but there were a couple of steps that caused grief for me for a while. The first was the process of simultaneously releasing the two capture tabs that hold blank switch button into the switch. I was worried about breaking one or both of the tabs, so I took it slow. I used two jewelers screwdrivers, and gently jammed them between the tab and the switch body, while using a third screwdriver to push the button out. It would have been easier if I'd three hands or at least a small-handed assistant.

Once I removed the button, I used a sharp razor knife to cut the tabs off, and a miniature file to smooth the cut surface.

The other part of the job that was a bit difficult was pulling off the trim for the AC vent above the switch. The right side was very easy to release... the left side was very stubborn. I was able to release it by jamming two credit cards into the very tight gap and using a trim tool between cards. The cards act to protect both trim surfaces from damage.

Before attempting the job, I invested in a set of plastic trim removal tools. They definitely made the job easier and damage-free.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-335...Tool/ES517779/

The same set is available (but in red) through special order at AutoZone. Same price, but no shipping costs. That's how I bought mine. Only had to wait 2 days for them to arrive in the store. Part Number: 25314

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=900801_0_0_

Thanks to the original poster who came up with idea for modding the switch! You are a genius! Saved me $120, not having to buy a new switch. THANKS!!
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By Crusader on 07-28-2011, 07:51 AM
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Nicely done, but

The lowest price I've seen on a Euro light switch assembly is around $170. Once removed, its child's play to crack the case (six locking tabs), and mod the lower switch button to be functional, There are four tiny tabs on the back of the button that prevent it from being used. Cut those and you're good to go. A free mod that takes less than 30 minutes. Only difference is you won't get the white symbol on the button for rear fogs that are on the new switch.
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By Groganrocket on 07-29-2011, 11:43 AM
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Just finished doing the rear fog mod and it works all I had to do was cut the tabs out and I was going to pay 120 for a euro light switch.
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By N54CoupeHP on 08-19-2011, 07:54 PM
Sorry to dig up an old thread but will this DIY work on the 335is coupe? I'm only asking because it doesn't have fog lights. Thanks.
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By SilverII on 08-19-2011, 08:03 PM
yes
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By GiovanniE90 on 09-16-2011, 11:54 AM
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FOUND SOMETHING FOR YOU GUYS THATS GOING TO HELP YOU HOW TO PRETTY MUCH TAKE OUT THE PART

THE LINK IS >> http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/61_3...53/Video51-SD/ <<

ITS A VIDEO PRETTY MUCH BREAKING EVERYTHING DOWN.. HOPE THIS HELPED GOOD LUCK !!!
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By GiovanniE90 on 09-16-2011, 11:55 AM
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Sorry to dig up an old thread but will this DIY work on the 335is coupe? I'm only asking because it doesn't have fog lights. Thanks.
HAVE YOU TRIED IT ON THE "IS" BECAUSE I HAVE ONE TOO AND I WAS WONDERING IF I COULD TRY THE SAME MOD ON MY CAR.. LET ME KNOW, THANKS!!
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By GiovanniE90 on 09-19-2011, 10:39 AM
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Thumbs up Finally did MY FIRST MOD!!

Finally decided to do the “rear fog lights”, it was a process but I ended up doing it. Everything’s really like Lego’s honestly, just have to be “Gentle & Patient”. I used a Carwash Members Card, Movie Theater Points Card, a Blade/Butter knife. The button was already there what helped was you guys that posted things before. I actually liked it so much I called my friend up and did it for his 328xi 2011 sedan. It Looks Nice, I was driving with it on and honestly a lot of people wouldn’t as Tail Gate as they use to. I went to Astoria Strip right after I did it on my car and I forgot when I parked in front of someone I had them on so when I came out to look at my car and then looked at them I realized they were squinting because I had my rear fog lights. It’s definitely something you shouldn’t abuse. But like I would have to say is that Our lights look better than Audi’s rear fogs and The RANGES which are extremely bright as well. THANK YOU DIY..What I think would be sick is if you can just rock idle lights with the REAR FOGS, if anyone did it please let me know..Btw this took my like 30mins (just being honest)

Thank you Once again


Regular Lights


Gauge's (Rear Fog Light Symbol)


Rear Fog lights
Last edited by GiovanniE90; 09-19-2011 at 10:42 AM. Reason: text format was too big
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  #636  
By mutechaos on 11-20-2011, 04:34 AM
i want it...
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By DAKn2 on 02-19-2012, 09:52 PM
Did the mod this weekend; 2011 328i - only tabs needed to be cut.

Of course what I'll ever do with this I have no idea. However since it was Quick, easy and cheap (the best type of mod!), how could I say no?
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