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      03-20-2007, 09:35 AM   #111
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Seeing where you need to cut the rear fog button to free it from the switch, what's the best technique for removing the buttons off the switch?
I used a utility knife to cut the plastic tabs holding the switch. I then used two small flat head screwdrivers to unclip the switch to get it out. That part was a pain.
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Sorry HyperM3, I'm blind as a bat.

Just use two small screwdrivers to retract the tiny clips and use your 3rd hand to push the button out with the tip of a pencil.
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Sorry HyperM3, I'm blind as a bat.

Just use two small screwdrivers to retract the tiny clips and use your 3rd hand to push the button out with the tip of a pencil.
I was being sarcastic, the pics were appreciated. Just need to be cropped a bit.
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      03-20-2007, 11:27 AM   #114
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i guess it wasnt made very clear.

1. Undo the 2 inside clips of the rear fog button Faceplate.

THEN!

2. Bend off the 4 tabs on the faceplate, when in your hand. These four tabs are not connected by any means to the actual light switch unit, it is only 4 small protrusions on the faceplate preventing it from going inward, but not actually holding it in place. The two interior clips is what holds both the front fog light button and rear fog light button. once u take off the faceplate, and remove the four tabs, then slide it back in. It now slides on its track like the top button.

3. Obtain/Fabricate an extra "white" piece.

Dont saw off the 4 tabs when the faceplate is still attached to the unit, thats just a pain in the ass and i quickly dismissed that possibility when i was figuring out the proper way to go about this DIY.
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      03-20-2007, 12:46 PM   #115
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Thanks all to your excellent recommendations! Can't wait to get my car to do this.:rocks:
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i guess it wasnt made very clear.

1. Undo the 2 inside clips of the rear fog button Faceplate.

THEN!

2. Bend off the 4 tabs on the faceplate, when in your hand. These four tabs are not connected by any means to the actual light switch unit, it is only 4 small protrusions on the faceplate preventing it from going inward, but not actually holding it in place. The two interior clips is what holds both the front fog light button and rear fog light button. once u take off the faceplate, and remove the four tabs, then slide it back in. It now slides on its track like the top button.

3. Obtain/Fabricate an extra "white" piece.

Dont saw off the 4 tabs when the faceplate is still attached to the unit, thats just a pain in the ass and i quickly dismissed that possibility when i was figuring out the proper way to go about this DIY.
Thanks for those clarifications...keep them coming (ideas or clarifications)...
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Can you just order the German part from a dealer here in the US?
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Can you just order the German part from a dealer here in the US?
Yes,

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      03-22-2007, 04:09 PM   #119
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yahbet, can you order just the white piece? I doubt it.

Anybody with a parts list?
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yahbet, can you order just the white piece? I doubt it.

Anybody with a parts list?
I would think you could. Probably best to bring the white piece into the dealer and tell him you need another. I doubt you would have to order the complete switch assembly if just one part broke. But then again, it's a $55 part. One of the least expensive parts on our car.

Also, there may be a part # molded into the white piece for those guys from CSI. This way if anyone was murdered with it they would know where it came from.
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so does every BMW come with rear fog lights? or just the models that come equipped with the front fogs as well?
rear fog lights are standard (i.e. required) on ANY car sold in Europe regardless if front fogs were installed. Take a look at interior pics of the new M3. See only the button for rear fogs since front fogs are not installed on M3's

As far as i can tell these are the variations of the light control module available in E9x series cars:

Halogen (no adjustment)/No Front fog/no rear fog/rain sensor (Canada 323i)
Halogen (no adjustment)/Front fog/no rear fog/rain sensor (Canada/US)
Xenon/Front Fog/no rear fog/rain sensor (Canada/US)

Halogen (w adjust)/no front fog/rear fog/no rain sensor (Intl)
Halogen (w adjust)/no front fog/rear fog/rain sensor (Intl)
Halogen (w adjust)/front fog/rear fog/no rain sensor (Intl)
Halogen (w adjust)/front fog/rear fog/rain sensor (Intl)
Xenon/Front Fog/rear fog/no rain sensor (Intl)
Xenon/Front Fog/rear fog/rain sensor (Intl)
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i guess it wasnt made very clear.

1. Undo the 2 inside clips of the rear fog button Faceplate.

THEN!

2. Bend off the 4 tabs on the faceplate, when in your hand. These four tabs are not connected by any means to the actual light switch unit, it is only 4 small protrusions on the faceplate preventing it from going inward, but not actually holding it in place. The two interior clips is what holds both the front fog light button and rear fog light button. once u take off the faceplate, and remove the four tabs, then slide it back in. It now slides on its track like the top button.

3. Obtain/Fabricate an extra "white" piece.

Dont saw off the 4 tabs when the faceplate is still attached to the unit, thats just a pain in the ass and i quickly dismissed that possibility when i was figuring out the proper way to go about this DIY.

i did this today, getting those two small clips at the same time was one HUGE PITA everytime i would unclip one and move to the other the first would clip back in

i threw the screwdriver across the room twice

i cut the dowel i was using a little too short so i stuffed some paper towels in their, ill probably have to open it up again in the future once they compact a bit



cant wait to blind some soccer moms in their minivans
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i did this today, getting those two small clips at the same time was one HUGE PITA everytime i would unclip one and move to the other the first would clip back in

i threw the screwdriver across the room twice

i cut the dowel i was using a little too short so i stuffed some paper towels in their, ill probably have to open it up again in the future once they compact a bit



cant wait to blind some soccer moms in their minivans
ya, i hated that part. i actually broke a sweat doing that part lol
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excellent diy just did this and its great!
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ya, i hated that part. i actually broke a sweat doing that part lol
me 2...that part sucked..
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you know i got the first chance to look at them at night tonight... there not that bright, it just looks like im braking....

i still shined them on some asshole who tried to blind me with his brights for no reason
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i still shined them on some asshole who tried to blind me with his brights for no reason
Atta boy!!
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I used two matchstics and an elmers wood glue top, to fabricate the white piece. You just have to cut the matchstics down to size and cap fits perfectly.
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i have a feeling that wont last very long though
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I used two matchstics and an elmers wood glue top, to fabricate the white piece. You just have to cut the matchstics down to size and cap fits perfectly.

...sssh, don't tell the dealer that when you go to trade the car in.
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