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longtran
09-19-2005
here is what is needed to do the installation.

30-45 minutes time
5/16 socket??? (it fit pretty good didnt have the metric size)
1/4 socket wrench
1/4 extension
screw driver (flat)
plug remover (no neccesary, but good to have)
1 can of...
  #22  
By Explorer3253 on 01-26-2006, 07:51 PM
forget it..i got it ...it looks soooo nice =) looks damn good on a jet black car
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By Kamando on 02-09-2006, 12:29 PM
Easiest mod in the world until the nuts fall down underneath where the cd changer mounts and you have to pull back all the carpet on the driver side to undo the metal bracket that mounts the amplifier to get em out. But other than that I love em
Last edited by Kamando; 02-09-2006 at 01:07 PM.
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By Master on 02-09-2006, 01:29 PM
i gonna place mine saturday, thx for the DIY !
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By BMW335PA on 02-21-2006, 09:40 PM
just ordered my black e90 yesterday, was thinking of how it would look to just change the back-up lights to the smoked. Is that even possible? or do you have to buy both the back-up and turn signal?
My thought was that on the black car, the smoked back-up lights wouldnt stick out so much. hmm... any thoughts?
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By HRC on 02-21-2006, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by BMW325
just ordered my black e90 yesterday, was thinking of how it would look to just change the back-up lights to the smoked. Is that even possible? or do you have to buy both the back-up and turn signal?
My thought was that on the black car, the smoked back-up lights wouldnt stick out so much. hmm... any thoughts?
You have to buy the set, but you can install only the inside or outside portions separtely.

Danny
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  #27  
By MonacoBlueNJ on 03-10-2006, 06:06 PM
why can I not get the plugs from the trunk lid off? Any tips?
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  #28  
By Chesmu on 03-10-2006, 06:21 PM
try prying with a wide blade flat screwdriver. THey're tough buggers. pry around evenly so you don't snap the head off or crack the plastic.
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By MonacoBlueNJ on 03-10-2006, 10:59 PM
Thanks, but 3 hours and 7 tool/automotive stores later, I was finally able to find the proper puller tool for this which looks like it will work. I tried one of them in the parking lot and it came right out, so the rest should be no problem. Thanks.
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By arcrox on 03-13-2006, 07:17 PM
I found using two flathead screwdrivers made pulling the trunk plugs out a cinch. Easy mod, just be careful not to drop the nuts when loosening them!
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  #31  
By booforty on 03-14-2006, 04:25 AM
Have the installation pictures disappeared?
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  #32  
By karbosshack on 03-14-2006, 07:49 PM
Thanks!!
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  #33  
By booforty on 04-05-2006, 06:03 PM
Longtran, installed mine this evening. Really easy. Thanks man!
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  #34  
By gvassel on 04-21-2006, 10:18 PM
white out lenses

Where can I find white out lenses for an E90. (For the front side reflectors surrounding the headlights?) Does BMW make them yet? Or do i have to get an aftermarket?

please email me... gvassel654@aol.com
Last edited by gvassel; 04-22-2006 at 10:09 AM.
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  #35  
By Jongie on 04-23-2006, 07:59 PM
That plug remover is hard to find man . even the official BMW dealers here in my area in The Netherlands don't have got the tool that Longtran showed on this pic's. the BMW-mechanics would only use the screwdrivers to remove those plugs . the installation would take +/- 90 minutes they say and i have to pay 90 euro/85 dollar for their work .well i think i will give it a try by myself this weekend . i hope i will succeed ...
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  #36  
By NaTuReB0Y on 04-23-2006, 08:42 PM
took me about 20 minutes to do both sides........

with longtran's supervision along the way....hahaha!
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  #37  
By Bora20 on 05-07-2006, 02:00 PM
Are there matching blackline sidemarker lights for the fenders available from BMW yet?
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  #38  
By LaithAzim on 05-09-2006, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by MonacoBlueNJ
Thanks, but 3 hours and 7 tool/automotive stores later, I was finally able to find the proper puller tool for this which looks like it will work. I tried one of them in the parking lot and it came right out, so the rest should be no problem. Thanks.
Monaco, where did you find the puller?
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By arcrox on 05-09-2006, 08:51 PM
You don't need a plug puller. All you need is two flathead screwdrivers, positioned so that you are exerting a balanced amount of force on both sides of the plug, which will pull it straight out instead of bending it. There simply is no need to go out and buy a special tool for this. It's a piece of cake.
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By longtran on 05-09-2006, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by arcrox
You don't need a plug puller. All you need is two flathead screwdrivers, positioned so that you are exerting a balanced amount of force on both sides of the plug, which will pull it straight out instead of bending it. There simply is no need to go out and buy a special tool for this. It's a piece of cake.
that is correct amundo
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  #41  
By Rally guy on 05-14-2006, 06:16 PM
I agree - this is the easiest mod ever. And I came to the same conclusion - two screwdrivers work perfectly.

Anyone wanting help with this in TO let me know - happy to "supervise" as you do it - or I'll do it for you. I vaguely remember long ago when I was terrified to work on my cars - and I was lucky enough to have a neigbour who taught me the basics- so I'm happy to help any newbies for whom this sounds daunting.

RK
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  #42  
By Carnage on 05-14-2006, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the instructions! I substituted Sam Adams Light for the Squirt though but it still turned out ok.
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By DesiInCT on 05-21-2006, 11:16 AM
Thanks Longtran!

Took me twice as much time and an additional tool (5/16 wrench) but with out these instructions I would have been lost in the trunk.

Not sure why I waited this long to do this but I am very happy I did this mod! The rump looks awesome now!
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