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longtran's Avatar DIY: blackline taillight installation
longtran
09-19-2005
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...
  #110  
By Haasman on 12-08-2007, 11:32 PM
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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 am still getting a bulb warning and all the lights are on and work .... any suggestions? Are the bulbs OK to use that come with the blacklines?

Haasman
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By Excellence on 12-09-2007, 02:30 PM
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I am still getting a bulb warning and all the lights are on and work .... any suggestions? Are the bulbs OK to use that come with the blacklines?

Haasman
Swap out the bulbs from the original one and fit it on.
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  #112  
By Haasman on 12-09-2007, 03:39 PM
Thanks I will try that and report back.

Haasman
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  #113  
By FrankoQ on 12-10-2007, 11:20 AM
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I did the outside lights first and then the inner ones.
The removal of the liner took a while but once you know how those
things that hold the liner work, it was a breeze.
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By hipvspec on 12-22-2007, 08:38 PM
just did this to my neighbor's car! thank goes to longtran!
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By BIMMER//DRIMMER on 01-04-2008, 04:41 PM
i JUST got my blacklines done on my manoco blue e90...took about an hour. few wtf moments but with a little patience i got everything to fit tightly with some sunlight left in the day to stand back and admire the finished product!
thanks for the great write up!
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By nmcampbell on 01-16-2008, 05:19 AM
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Yes, excellent write up. I picked up my 335i today, got the parts from the dealership and put the blacklines in after I washed the car...took me about 40 minutes. They look great. I have a question though, for anyone who can help. On the inner piece, does the very bottom red portion do ANYTHING? I turned on all the lights, had somebody step on the brake, etc. and never saw them light up...nor have I seen them lit up in anybody's pictures on here. Anyone?
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By tonmonde on 01-24-2008, 05:23 PM
Do i just pull on the 'emergency trunk release handle' to unlatch the wire connecting the lining?
thanks for all the great info!
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By 3onDubs on 01-24-2008, 05:25 PM
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Do i just pull on the 'emergency trunk release handle' to unlatch the wire connecting the lining?
thanks for all the great info!
Nope...you leave the lining on there. You don't have to completely remove it and set it aside or anything. Just remove the clips and move the lining slightly to the side enough to allow you to access the inner tail light.
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By Busha on 01-26-2008, 08:11 AM
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Here is mine, trunk is not closed properly
Sorry for crappy camera phone
Attached Images
  
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  #120  
By DrPowers on 01-30-2008, 10:45 AM
This Might have already been asked...

But is there a good place to get these parts?
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By FrankoQ on 01-31-2008, 01:47 PM
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This Might have already been asked...

But is there a good place to get these parts?
Tischer BMW in Maryland.
new ones go for about $235

used ones for under $200
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  #122  
By san~man on 01-31-2008, 04:32 PM
Follow Long's DIY and it's super easy. The hardest part is getting to the driver's side upper nut without cutting your hand all up.
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By GregL on 01-31-2008, 11:23 PM
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Yes, excellent write up. I picked up my 335i today, got the parts from the dealership and put the blacklines in after I washed the car...took me about 40 minutes. They look great. I have a question though, for anyone who can help. On the inner piece, does the very bottom red portion do ANYTHING? I turned on all the lights, had somebody step on the brake, etc. and never saw them light up...nor have I seen them lit up in anybody's pictures on here. Anyone?
Those serve two functions; the adaptive brake lights which come on when you decelerate faster than a certain set tolerance, and they operate as the rear fog lights outside of North America or if you swap your headlight switch for the Euro model with has the extra button.
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By cbad335 on 02-05-2008, 02:03 AM
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Thanks for the DYI, longtran. Installed my blacklines tonight--no sweat, and I'm no mechanic. After reading this thread, I was worried about dropping the nuts into the recesses of the car, but that didn't happen. This was a relatively simple, straightforward install. Contrary to longtran's DYI, I actually found the battery (passenger) side slightly more difficult, being right handed. A good socket set w/ *metric* sockets and different length extensions helped. BTW, I used a glass of wine and a cigar instead of a can of squirt. Also, this mod looks so much better live than in pics. Even my GF, who thinks I'm nuts to change anything on my car, commented on how much better the blacklines look. It's like liposuction for the E90's ass!
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By Railgunner on 03-01-2008, 01:47 PM
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Just finished installing on my Jet Black '08 E90 Sedan. Not difficult if you don't drop any of the nuts (I didn't).

Looks vastly better. Makes the entire rear end look wider, just looks better period. For those thinking about doing this, do it.
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  #126  
By JohnnyK on 03-06-2008, 04:56 PM
Looks awesome

My Blacklines just came today, I was going to have the dealer install them but after seeing this I think I might give it a try. Is there risk that this could cause a problem with the dealer regarding warranty?
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By longtran on 03-07-2008, 12:56 PM
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Looks awesome

My Blacklines just came today, I was going to have the dealer install them but after seeing this I think I might give it a try. Is there risk that this could cause a problem with the dealer regarding warranty?
nope, they are simple plug and play.
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By adbmw335 on 03-07-2008, 01:38 PM
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Great DIY Longtran. I was able to do this under an hour taking my sweet old time. The hardest part was getting the plugs in/out but other than that it's really an easy DIY.
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By japac1 on 03-16-2008, 09:23 AM
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Just installed my blacklines...finally. It was ridiculously simple. The car looks great!!
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By UdubBadger on 03-16-2008, 02:19 PM
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sweet... im getting mine tomorrow. glad i found this. all i need now is a can of squirt.

who knows, maybe i'll mix it up and try a can of 50/50
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  #131  
By doinoyou79 on 03-21-2008, 02:00 AM
My set was delivered today and got 'em installed in about an hour n' 10 minutes. I'd hafta say the hardest part was figuring out how to pluck those dang plugs out. I was paranoid about breaking them with a flathead screwdriver. So instead, I took a pair of flatnosed pliers, grabbed a hold of the plug and pulled right out with even pressure. Worked a hella lot easier IMO. Just a suggestion for future installations out there. But yea, looks great and well worth it!
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