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      03-29-2007, 12:16 AM   #89
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nope, but i'll try and get those when i get the chance especially after a nice wash, we'll see how the weather work out.
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      04-01-2007, 10:42 AM   #90
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nope, but i'll try and get those when i get the chance especially after a nice wash, we'll see how the weather work out.
Heh, it didn't work out too well apparently. The rain here in Dallas the past few days has sucked. It looks to be nice starting today, though.

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered the blacklines anyway. Guess I'll find out how it looks myself
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      04-02-2007, 02:01 AM   #91
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the rain past few days really sucked like S$%t but apparently i'm at Chicago when the weather for Dallas gets better.
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      04-17-2007, 01:46 AM   #92
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Hey, nice pics. Have you by chance taken any photos of them at night? I was curious if the blacklines affected the appearance of the rear when the headlights are lit and the rear lights are on idle illumination.
as promised but note that the red in the lights are just reflections of the flash. taken with phone but can give you the idea of how it looks at night after a quik wash
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      04-17-2007, 02:03 AM   #93
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hey longtran ..

would your black line thing work on e90 335i back light?
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      04-18-2007, 01:00 PM   #94
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Just ordered mine from HunterdonBMW (eBay seller)

got them for $175

UPS delivers them 4/23.

Car is at Prep Center.
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      05-04-2007, 08:23 PM   #95
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I did this mod tonight...what a difference it makes! Thought I'd share some additional photos for an E91. The install is quite different for the trunk hatch lights.

Open the trunk hatch and you will see three little clips on the fabric part in the center. Gently pop them with a flathead screwdriver.


That fabric section is on a hinge, so just let it drop. This is what you will see inside:



To the right and left, you will see sections where the soundproofing insulation is cut.



Pull open those cutouts, and proceed as directed in the original instructions. Oh, one thing to mention, on the wagon, you have to remove the light assembly (white piece) on the hatch lights in order to remove the black connector.

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      05-15-2007, 11:55 AM   #96
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what size are the bulbs? im looking to replace them with LEDs as i complete this mod. i am so surprised BMW didnt put LEDs in here.
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      05-17-2007, 06:20 PM   #97
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what size are the bulbs? im looking to replace them with LEDs as i complete this mod. i am so surprised BMW didnt put LEDs in here.
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      05-18-2007, 02:42 PM   #98
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ah figured that. fuck man, i want some LEDs!
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      06-12-2007, 11:23 PM   #99
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my girls ass looks dope now thanks to the blacklines. lol. thanks Long for this excellent write-up!
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      07-21-2007, 02:08 AM   #100
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Woot woot - blackiline installed... Only had one "minor" issue when installing the inner lights... Read only if you want to laugh at me...
Trunk lid was up, I flipped the light in and the little plastic piece that goes over the bolt went into the trunk lid... yes - into the back of the trunk lid - it slid all the way back in there... long story short, I had to remove the trunk lid and shake it upside down to get it out... I was laughing myself...
I guess substituting SQUIRT for a vodka martini was not the proper deviation from the DIY that I should have allowed...

well- live and learn... Thanks longtran
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      08-28-2007, 01:25 AM   #101
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Installed Blacklines and then ... I got a bulb warning

Any suggestions?

Anyone have this problem?

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PS The Blacklines look great (and I ordered the headlight switch for rear-fogs)
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      08-30-2007, 06:10 PM   #102
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Any suggestions?

Anyone have this problem?

Haasman

PS The Blacklines look great (and I ordered the headlight switch for rear-fogs)
I just got mine installed recently. Check your module connection to your lights, might not be seated properly.
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      09-05-2007, 10:26 PM   #103
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just installed mine today. now wtf am i supposed to do with the old taillights? lol.
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      10-14-2007, 04:48 PM   #104
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Blackline installed
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      10-16-2007, 02:34 AM   #105
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Thank you very much for the DIY

Here is mine before, intermediate phase, and after
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      10-21-2007, 10:46 AM   #106
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Got my blackline a few days ago, gonna install them now. Looks easy but doesn`t say any thing about why you need squirt?
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      10-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #107
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Got my blackline a few days ago, gonna install them now. Looks easy but doesn`t say any thing about why you need squirt?
Subsitute for your favorite beer. I only needed 2!
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      10-21-2007, 08:01 PM   #108
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Excellent DIY. My dad and I were able to complete the whole thing in about an hour. Well written guide!
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      10-24-2007, 12:46 PM   #109
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did this mod about a month and just thought I'd say thank you for the DIY
took less then 20min, very straight forward.
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I installed blacklines today. It was very quick and easy (thanks largely to the guidance provided by the OP and others in this thread). I can see why folks mentioned how important it is not to drop any nuts in the inner fender area when replacing the outer lights. Fortunately, I avoided that problem--but I was sweatin' it.

The difference is huge. It looks great in pictures, and even better in person. The change makes the rear end look wider, and sportier. It works particularly well with Sparkling Graphite (although I'm sure they would look great with any color)

Here's a before photo :


Halfway done (inside lights only)


And here's the final product


Thanks to everyone who provided advice on how to do this mod.
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