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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 Gecko222 on 05-01-2009, 01:58 PM
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Euro Switch Price going up

I just bought the euro switch from JD at Crown automotive. In stock and on its way. Apparently BMW is raising the price to $98.37 so I would suggest getting ASAP if you want the lower price.
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By cwhitpan on 05-16-2009, 06:18 PM
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Just did this one on my 2009 LCI E90, worked like a charm.

I used a pen shaft, and a 2x2 flat Lego tile, with out a hitch. (Thanks to whomever posted that idea, PERFECT!)

Now it did take me 3 tries to get the length of the penshaft JUST right. 20 minutes start to finish.



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By choicez on 05-19-2009, 10:41 AM
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Would anyone want to sell me their OEM switch if you replaced it with the Euro switch? If you live in LA, it would be ideal for pickup. PM me.
Last edited by choicez; 05-19-2009 at 12:12 PM.
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By Pseudo Nim on 05-19-2009, 03:19 PM
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Would anyone want to sell me their OEM switch if you replaced it with the Euro switch? If you live in LA, it would be ideal for pickup. PM me.
PMd.
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By choicez on 05-20-2009, 12:35 PM
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Got an OEM switch. Thanks!
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By lopealle on 05-25-2009, 12:40 PM
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i just ordered my switch last night from crown. the price has gone up since people first started ordering these. i paid. 98 dollars
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By BKV122 on 05-25-2009, 03:02 PM
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bah, i emailed Turner MS about their euro switch a month ago and it was $69.99 and when i got the email back saying they had it instock rdy to ship i went to place my order and they boosted the price to $100!
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By itsbrokeagain on 05-25-2009, 05:10 PM
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lol easy to do. I got my switch before I even owned my car, paid $48 bucks for it.

Such perks working at the dealer at the time LOL.

Popped it out, replaced the switch, done.

And there wasnt even a DIY yet out there for people even replacing the switch..most people didnt know about it.
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By lopealle on 05-29-2009, 06:22 PM
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installed this afternoon when i got off work. worksin the light. will have to wait until later to see how well it looks at night.
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By Franciebaby on 06-02-2009, 10:02 AM
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can i reuse switch from 2007 on a 2009?
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By lopealle on 06-02-2009, 07:40 PM
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can i reuse switch from 2007 on a 2009?
i dont see why not.
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  #539  
By snareman on 07-01-2009, 09:14 PM
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i dont see why not.
I wonder that too. The 09 "knob" has shiny plastic on it whereas the 07 is all matte black. Is the part you order the whole assembly or just the single button for the rear fog?
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  #540  
By waylap on 07-02-2009, 07:48 AM
Is there a way to just connect the rear fogs to come on all the time when the regular brake is used?
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By snareman on 07-02-2009, 09:35 AM
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Is there a way to just connect the rear fogs to come on all the time when the regular brake is used?
No, I don't think you'd want to do that. The other point of the fog lights is that when you brake hard they come on to let the driver behind you extra know that you are stopping. If you had them on every time you braked you'd defeat this purpose. That, and really annoy people behind you at stop lights.
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By vwong on 07-02-2009, 04:18 PM
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I have read almost all of the threads regarding the rear foglights, but I haven't found the answer that I'm looking for. Has anyone tried swapping the U.S. 09 knob (with the chrome trim) into a 07-08 Euro switch assembly? Tischer said that they're unable to obtain the 09 Euro switch at this time. Therefore, I was thinking about buying the 07-08 Euro switch, then swap out the knob from my 09 U.S. switch. Is the knob easy to remove from the switch assembly? Thanks.
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By vadim on 07-02-2009, 04:38 PM
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I have read almost all of the threads regarding the rear foglights, but I haven't found the answer that I'm looking for. Has anyone tried swapping the U.S. 09 knob (with the chrome trim) into a 07-08 Euro switch assembly? Tischer said that they're unable to obtain the 09 Euro switch at this time. Therefore, I was thinking about buying the 07-08 Euro switch, then swap out the knob from my 09 U.S. switch. Is the knob easy to remove from the switch assembly? Thanks.
Yes, it is easy to remove. You should be able to transplant it w/o a problem.
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By snareman on 07-02-2009, 04:42 PM
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Yes, it is easy to remove. You should be able to transplant it w/o a problem.
Good. I have this same problem/question.
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By AWMSPORT on 07-02-2009, 05:06 PM
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I did this mod a while ago, but regardless its a great mod, I only saw a few posts on price, around 75$ . But i just used some house hold items and put it togther. It costs no money and it works perfectly. Just an idea.
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By vwong on 07-02-2009, 05:08 PM
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Yes, it is easy to remove. You should be able to transplant it w/o a problem.
Thanks for the response. I'm gonna try it out. I just placed the order for the Euro switch.
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By Zooks527 on 07-03-2009, 11:46 AM
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There's a thread over at "the other guys" on how to modify the US OEM switch to activate the rear fog button as well. Takes around 30 minutes, uses a wire nut and a bit of plastic for parts. It's essentially Joe's mod from back in May, but it includes pictures.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=379152

I did mine this morning. Works great and costs little to nothing. No waiting for the switch, either. Wish I'd seen this thread with the Lego. Would not have made a difference in how I did it, but it is cute.


FWIW,
George
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  #548  
By waylap on 07-03-2009, 03:10 PM
I'm in near finishing stage of this mod...real easy. One question, Has anyone else noticed that when you dis-connect the switch housing from the wires that the parking lights come one and wont go off until you reconnect it?
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By snareman on 07-03-2009, 03:19 PM
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For those with 09's it looks like this is the part number. Got it from Circle BMW although I don't have the part yet.

Part Number/Description
61 31 9 169 410 :Control elem

List $128.25
Sale $109.01
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