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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.

Parts required- 61 31 6 932 796 ...
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By trick50 on 02-21-2007, 03:05 PM
Ordered the 796 switch on friday morning...I was expecting to receive it yesterday but got nothing...Called crown this morning spoke with Ted he gave me the tracking info for UPS...After tracking I found out that UPS attempted to deliver last night, but since noone was home they would not leave it.....but did not leave a note letting me know.

I called UPS and arranged to meet the driver at my house...While waiting for him I ran inside grabbed a butter knife.....After I met him I hopped in the car and installed it while driving back to my office.

Very easy to install...Had a little difficulty removing the left side of the trim panel (probably because I was afraid to break it)...But after playing with it it came right off..Iwill be posting pics tonight...I am also curious to see if the switch on the left (supposed to adjust headlight angle or something) actually does anything...I really could not tell in this sunny New York weather...


Thanks to Ted and Ed at crown auto for your help and professionalism...and to the OP for bringing this simple mod to everyones attention.
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  #309  
By trick50 on 02-22-2007, 02:06 AM
Sorry for not posting pics of fogs tonight...had to dismantle half of the interior of my wifes new car....

My wife and I picked up a new 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with every option available except for a V8.

Navigation
Bluetooth
Back-up camera
Harmon Kardon
Factory Remote start (very cool didn't even know it had that) Factory install not dealer.
White with gray leather
Moon roof
fogs etc....

Now for the funny part....

After driving around showing the car to her family and friends she wanted to go to a car wash just to give it a rinse off....

So we go to the after hours car wash where you stay in the car and go through. Now in my 335i if the moonroof is tilted up the shade does not close all the way...so you always know it is open..
Not the case in the jeep.....we though it was closed but it was tilted up....needless to say we go through the wash and water starts dripping from the headliner.....

Holy shit...So we got it home as quickly as possible...took my e92 out of the garage pulled in the jeep I set up the space heaters, hairdryers, fans anything i could think of....

I had to remove the a pillars, completely remove headliner, all interior lights in headliner....etc....

Removed it all set it down on garage floor soaked up as much as i could with shop vac and towels....then started with the hairdryer, heaters etc....

So here I am 5 hours later exhuasted and I now have a new Jeep with the cleanest damn interior.

So thats my story for the night...and I am going to bed

Car is dry...and re-assembled good as new
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  #310  
By number9 on 02-23-2007, 03:34 AM
just got mine installed!
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  #311  
By number9 on 02-23-2007, 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by vkk View Post
Do you guys disconnect the battery when doing this?
no need..

although when you do disconnect the old switch, that car will alert you of a headlight malfunction..

that goes away as soon as you plug in the new switch
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  #312  
By Ninjaneer on 02-23-2007, 08:27 AM
Ordered mine from Crown on the 17th, got it yesterday, 22nd (Monday was President's day, no mail!). Gonna install it after work today. Also got the Happy Robot mod and trunk rubber mat

I dunno why but I thought this thing was just the button, turns out it's the whole switch unit I was wondering how a button could cost $55+
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  #313  
By d3l0n on 02-23-2007, 10:14 AM
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no need..

although when you do disconnect the old switch, that car will alert you of a headlight malfunction..

that goes away as soon as you plug in the new switch
just turn car off for safety precaution
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  #314  
By Ninjaneer on 02-23-2007, 09:26 PM
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4. Removing cable: Rotate gray lock thingy downward to release connector
Guys, hate to say it but I'm having a heck of a time trying to remove the cable!!! And my poor fingers can't take it anymore. Any tips? I got the trim off, got the switch out, but I can't get the cable out of the old switch!

I tried pushing down on the "gray lock" piece to no avail. Tried pulling it out by brute force and still nothing - and I don't want to damage anything. Is it really a lock sort of thing that needs to be worked a certain way? Cos I was considering using pliers or something to pull it out but I figured before I get that drastic I'd ask here.

HELP!!!

Oh and I have another problem LOL. In attempting to get the cable out I kinda unscrewed the old switch and the left piece (opposite where the actual fog buttons on the right are, the left plastic cover) fell off, and the switch itself is stuck on the on position (better than being in the off position I guess). Not exactly stuck but it looks like I need to reassemble the old switch properly. And the left cover piece doesn't snap in simply. I put it in but it's not snug.

Any help with that? Not a biggy since the goal is to get the new switch in but I'd like to have the old one intact.
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  #315  
By Richwm on 02-23-2007, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Ninjaneer View Post
Guys, hate to say it but I'm having a heck of a time trying to remove the cable!!! And my poor fingers can't take it anymore. Any tips? I got the trim off, got the switch out, but I can't get the cable out of the old switch!

I tried pushing down on the "gray lock" piece to no avail. Tried pulling it out by brute force and still nothing - and I don't want to damage anything. Is it really a lock sort of thing that needs to be worked a certain way? Cos I was considering using pliers or something to pull it out but I figured before I get that drastic I'd ask here.

HELP!!!

Oh and I have another problem LOL. In attempting to get the cable out I kinda unscrewed the old switch and the left piece (opposite where the actual fog buttons on the right are, the left plastic cover) fell off, and the switch itself is stuck on the on position (better than being in the off position I guess). Not exactly stuck but it looks like I need to reassemble the old switch properly. And the left cover piece doesn't snap in simply. I put it in but it's not snug.

Any help with that? Not a biggy since the goal is to get the new switch in but I'd like to have the old one intact.
If I remember you just rotate the clip to the side and it pushes the cable off, no need for tools, you will break it with tools.

Rich
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  #316  
By Ninjaneer on 02-23-2007, 11:51 PM
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If I remember you just rotate the clip to the side and it pushes the cable off, no need for tools, you will break it with tools.

Rich
I had to give up for tonight. Tried that method and everything. I can't even feel it budge any way to know if I'm on the right track. Pretty ridiculous how hard of a time I'm having

So now I got my AC vent lying on the seat along with the switch trim, waiting to get the grey cable out so I can close it back up
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  #317  
By Ninjaneer on 02-24-2007, 01:31 PM
Rear fogs on only + grey lock pics

Ok I got it!!! Sheesh I missed something SO obvious. I was a little confused by everyone saying "rotate" and "twist and push down" - I was doing that on the grey lock itself and this whole time the lock really needs to just be pushed downwards to the side but there's a small black stopper that is depressible that prevents the lock from being pushed down. I saw it yesterday but didn't think to push it done. And it's obvious that the grey lock has one way to go since you can see the lock type of mechanism latching from the side. So this 15-20 min mod took me a collective 45mins?

I've attached photos of the grey lock and what I'm referring to for future DIY'ers

GOOD NEWS: you can turn the rear fogs on separately. This was mentioned in this thread and someone said they did it w/o having the front ones on. Well I was able to do so by following these steps:
  1. Press front fog button (turn on)
  2. Press rear fog button (turn on)
  3. Press front fog button again (turn off)
  4. Rear fogs remain on (see photo below)
edit #2: when I wrote the above steps for rear fogs I had the engine off. When I finally turned the engine on and drove around, turns out I can simply press the rear fog button and it came on w/o needing to press anything else. So maybe some cars can and others can't

*edit #1: woops, the right spelling is "depressible" in the pic but oh well
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Last edited by Ninjaneer; 02-24-2007 at 07:31 PM.
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  #318  
By Ninjaneer on 02-24-2007, 01:40 PM
Helpful hint: BTW snapping the clips in on the new switch piece (with the plastic trim cover) was not simply a push in and snap / click matter. Mine would snap in on one or 2 sides, not all 4. So what I did was pushed it back out, re-snapped what I could (2 out of 4) then I used my house key to push the plastic clip from behind in further, causing it to snap in place.
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  #319  
By trick50 on 02-25-2007, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Ninjaneer View Post
Helpful hint: BTW snapping the clips in on the new switch piece (with the plastic trim cover) was not simply a push in and snap / click matter. Mine would snap in on one or 2 sides, not all 4. So what I did was pushed it back out, re-snapped what I could (2 out of 4) then I used my house key to push the plastic clip from behind in further, causing it to snap in place.
mine went right back on...I changed it while I was in traffic
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  #320  
By bavarian19 on 02-25-2007, 09:21 PM
I have mine on the E92. Looks just like the other pics posted, so I wont bother taking them. But it works like a dream.

I was driving through a snowstorm this past weekend where I could not see more than 30 ft in front of me. Threw the rear fogs on just so other drivers could see me, and it worked like a dream. The next vehicle saw where I was, and stayed a more than safe distance back. Its times like this that make this mod more than worthwhile...
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  #321  
By fw10ring on 02-26-2007, 01:32 PM
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Just ordered mine!
My switch came in last week and I did the install soon after the brown truck drove away. It took me 20 minutes and I didn't use any tools.

I was able to remove the vent by pulling on the side closest to the gauges to get it out part way, then just wiggled the door side out, repeat as necessary to remove the entire piece. It's really just pressure fit in there with a couple tapered dowel like pieces on the vent to guide the piece into proper fitment when installed.

After that the switch with switch trim comes out easily. For me, BY FAR the hardest part of this process is taking the trim piece off of the old switch. It took me several minutes of pinching the clips while pushing the switch out of the trim with my thumbs. Once I got 1 of the 4 clips slightly undone, I worked on the rest one at a time until the switch was out. Putting the new switch into the trim is easy enough until the last of the 4 clips. That one just took a little muscle.

To reassemble took me about 45 seconds. Works great!

This DIY rocks! :rocks:
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  #322  
By fotios335i on 02-27-2007, 08:52 PM
I got my switch in right before I had to go to work. I couldn't stand waiting so I put in in during the slow time at my restaurant with a spoon and a credit card. I love it. Crown kicks ass! thanks everyone.
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  #323  
By antidentite on 02-28-2007, 01:41 AM
This is one of the best and easiest mods I've done so far. I think I like it even better than the short shift knob!
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  #324  
By jreaton on 03-05-2007, 02:42 PM
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This is one of the best and easiest mods I've done so far. I think I like it even better than the short shift knob!
Ordered my switch on Thursday arrived on Monday installed in 15 minutes and can't wait for it to get dark so I can see the result.
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  #325  
By Ninjaneer on 03-05-2007, 02:51 PM
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Ordered my switch on Thursday arrived on Monday installed in 15 minutes and can't wait for it to get dark so I can see the result.
They're B-R-I-G-H-T
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  #326  
By Grumpy514 on 03-10-2007, 02:26 AM
So you can easily order this from any dealership?

Or is this a part where you have to get somebody on the "outside" to order it for you.
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  #327  
By trick50 on 03-11-2007, 02:50 AM
few dealers can get the part...
order from crowne auto
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  #328  
By SoYank on 03-11-2007, 07:10 AM
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mine went right back on...I changed it while I was in traffic
Must have been damned slow traffic. Tell me you weren't doing 65!
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  #329  
By trick50 on 03-11-2007, 10:29 PM
i was doing like 15.....I popped out the trim panel and vent while driving to the highway. Before I got on the highway I was stopped at a traffic light...I used this time to turn the car off and swap the switch real quick. Then I started the car and while I was driving I re-assembled the trim pieces.
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