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DIY: blackline taillight installation
Published by longtran
09-19-2005
DIY: blackline taillight installation

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 squirt



you can start with what ever, trunk or sides. i started with trunk.

unplug all the plug with the flat screw driver.



use your hand or the plug remover to remove the plugs.



now you have access to the back of the taillight.



unscrew the nut seen. theres only 1.




remove taillight carefully. do not force, it should come out easy.

now, replace it with the blackline taillight, make sure the side piece is hook around the side of the trunk, see picture



the inside part hooks onto the panel inside, see in picture (poor shot)



now tighten the nut. it should pull the taillight down. make sure you hand tight this piece. do not over tight, you might break something.

for putting back the carpet piece. just reverse the previous steps.

here is a picture of the black line taillight with the stock side.



not bad!!!

now for the side, remove the carpet cover.



pull from the upper corner downwards, (this is for the driver side.)

now the back of the side taillight is expose




unscrew the 3 nuts.

remove taillight.

and replace with blackline taillight

sorry no pictures, camera ran out of battery.

for the passenger side, turn the black knob like, it should expose the battery of the car. this side is much easier. before putting things back, check all the bulbs to see if it works, so you have to take the panels out again


***you have to align the taillight center yourself. hand tighten the side and adjust to the way you like. then tighten with the socket.. hope this help someone. here is more of the finish job...










sorry pictures a little blury.
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By Jason on 09-19-2005, 09:32 PM
Nice writeup! Thanks very much for sharing. And I think they blend in very nicely on an SG!
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By longtran on 09-19-2005, 09:34 PM
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thanks, actually they are not smoked, if you see the plastic in person its actually clear. the black color you see is the housing.
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By sdsliwinski on 09-23-2005, 08:47 AM
Thumbs up Clear Lenses.

Those tail light look great.
Do you know if these are available for the e91 model.
If not are you able to let me know where to get them for e90.

Regards,

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By longtran on 09-23-2005, 11:42 AM
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where in the world is Leicestershire? i am in the US, i had a hard time looking for these. they where imported from germany, so if you are near there, a bmw dealer in germany should have them for you. i know nothing about the e91. we dont have that car here.
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By sdsliwinski on 09-23-2005, 02:01 PM
Question Lights.

Leicestershire in England.
Im a bit closer to Germany than you then !
Where you able to purchase them from an official bmw dealer ?
E91 Touring only came out this week in England.
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By longtran on 09-23-2005, 02:50 PM
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yes. i think in germany it cost 199 euro. there was a forum about it. someone bought he is from europe. not sure where exactly.
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By icedragon on 10-22-2005, 10:14 PM
Is installing the Blackline Taillights just simple "pop-in-and-pop-out" procedure? Or does it involve some wiring?
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By E90Fleet on 10-23-2005, 11:07 AM
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Is installing the Blackline Taillights just simple "pop-in-and-pop-out" procedure? Or does it involve some wiring?
Just pop-in-and-pop-out
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By icedragon on 10-23-2005, 11:46 PM
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Just pop-in-and-pop-out
Oh cool. But if there's no wiring involved, how do you "plug-in" the blackline taillights so that the light bulbs are plugged in and able to receive electricity?
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By Jason on 10-23-2005, 11:49 PM
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Oh cool. But if there's no wiring involved, how do you "plug-in" the blackline taillights so that the light bulbs are plugged in and able to receive electricity?
E90Fleet means it's a matter of unplugging the light socket on the old one and plugging in the new one once it's installed. It's super simple.

No "wiring" as in splicing wires or anything that's difficult.
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By icedragon on 10-24-2005, 12:11 AM
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E90Fleet means it's a matter of unplugging the light socket on the old one and plugging in the new one once it's installed. It's super simple.

No "wiring" as in splicing wires or anything that's difficult.
Oh i see, thanks.
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By Cory1000 on 10-24-2005, 11:06 AM
so...what was the can of squirt for??? lol
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By cooldude1015 on 11-22-2005, 10:22 PM
ok... um... could someone please post a picture w/o this modification? Because I don't actually own an e90 (yet) and I don't know what actually changed here... lol.
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By E90Fleet on 11-23-2005, 02:36 AM
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ok... um... could someone please post a picture w/o this modification? Because I don't actually own an e90 (yet) and I don't know what actually changed here... lol.
As shown in the pics above, the turn signals have been changed


Before ( though reverse lights already changed)



After
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By england1987 on 11-29-2005, 11:14 PM
blackline

Great write-up and details. they look good.
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By ages944 on 12-08-2005, 09:20 PM
very nice.
It actually reminds me more of the old style Ci.

Back end now has more of the 'classic' BMW look to it.
(IMO at any rate)
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By kal-el on 12-09-2005, 11:43 AM
dude that looks so good.
thanks for sharing the DIY
awesome.
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By rossmelvin on 12-15-2005, 05:03 PM
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***you have to align the taillight center yourself. hand tighten the side and adjust to the way you like. then tighten with the socket.. hope this help someone. here is more of the finish job...
what dose this mean?
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By longtran on 12-15-2005, 06:25 PM
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what dose this mean?
the holes are not precise. it have alot of play. if you just put the lights ion and tighten it up, it will not line up. if you are very lucky it will line up. i had to snug the nut and move the taillight around until it looks line up. then tight the nut.
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By Explorer3253 on 01-26-2006, 07:09 PM
anybody have an easier method of getting those pushpin things out? I can't get them out...I got the outer lights done..Those were simple...Thanks
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By aphall on 01-26-2006, 07:45 PM
looks like i gotta go get a can of squirt
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