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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...
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By UdubBadger on 03-22-2008, 04:35 PM
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Heres a few before/after.

Couldn't find any Squirt so I had to improvise with some PBR









I love how they look... best $235 I've spent on the car!
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By JLJL on 04-06-2008, 07:05 PM
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I just got done installing blacklines but I lost one screw during the process. Does anyone know how I can go about opening up the driver side trunk carpet? or am I okay just leaving the screw in there? Any help is appreciated.
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By benny90 on 04-06-2008, 08:09 PM
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I just got done installing blacklines but I lost one screw during the process. Does anyone know how I can go about opening up the driver side trunk carpet? or am I okay just leaving the screw in there? Any help is appreciated.
for not being careful lol.
Last edited by benny90; 04-06-2008 at 09:17 PM.
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By JLJL on 04-06-2008, 09:12 PM
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haha I kept reminding myself not to drop the damn screw and once I did I felt like a moron. Good thing I found a replacement screw. Anyone have any advice on removing the trunk carpet or is there a diy post on removing the carpt because I cannot find it. I just want to get the damn screw out.
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By benny90 on 04-06-2008, 09:19 PM
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Oops, just read you found a screw. Unfortunately, there is no truly easy way to remove the trunk carpet, they spray glued it on there pretty good. I would say to try and get a pretty powerful stick magnet and see if you can fish it out of there. Which side did you drop it on?? I'm hoping for you it was the passenger side.....
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By JLJL on 04-06-2008, 10:21 PM
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Unfortunately it was dropped on the driver side. Thanks for your advice benny. Haha hopefully it won't make any weird noises when I drive the car.
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By kefler on 04-14-2008, 02:05 AM
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cool!

I did this tonight to my new 335i SG Sedan! Although I feel like the last person to ever do this install, I took some pics hopefully to add some detail in case anyone else could use the info.

Here's a closeup of the plugs. You don't have to smash them in with a hammer!! Remove the plug part, and just push the holder into the hole. Then insert the plug and it pushes the outer part into the trunk and it fits very tightly.


Here is a pic with all the plugs off. I just let the trunk liner hang, there was plenty of room to work with.


This is the plastic piece you fit over the bolt for the inner taillight assemblies. it compressed down and clamps it to the trunk.


Here is the hole on the driver's side (with the harness unplugged)


Here is the driver's side taillight removed.


I had to hand align the right one a few times. I held the light in the spot I needed it while hand tightening the inside bolts fairly tight. I then used the socket to fully tighten. In the end they look pretty aligned to me.





This was the scariest part of the install:



And one more pic..
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By JCLBoston on 04-15-2008, 10:44 PM
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Ok.. I'm installing these tomorrow, but I have a stupid question.. should I disconnect the battery before installing?
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By benny90 on 04-15-2008, 11:46 PM
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I would disconnect the battery just to be safe

That last picture looks great kefler!
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By nmcampbell on 04-16-2008, 12:29 AM
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Ok.. I'm installing these tomorrow, but I have a stupid question.. should I disconnect the battery before installing?
There is absolutely no need to disconnect the battery. Don't waste your time doing it IMHO. I installed mine in about 15 minutes with the DIY and no problems.
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By BES335xi on 04-16-2008, 02:00 AM
No Need To Disconnect Battery!
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By fizzle on 04-16-2008, 08:41 AM
no you dont need to disconnect the battery; even if u were being safe there is nothing that could possibly go wrong changing the tail lights.
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By japac1 on 04-16-2008, 11:13 AM
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Agree. This is the easiest DIY I've seen. Nothing can go wrong....and it looks so good when it's done!!
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By JCLBoston on 04-16-2008, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the responses, everyone - they're going on after work! Can't wait!
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By JCLBoston on 04-16-2008, 07:30 PM
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I just got finished installing the blacklines and they look great!! There aren't many people around here with blacklines and pics really don't do them justice, which is partly why I waited so long.. but seeing them in person is something else.

Unfortunately, it's dark outside now so I didn't take any pics.. maybe tomorrow.. though not like there's any shortage of blackline pics on this forum

A couple of notes/observations:
- to remove the 8 plugs, 2 screwdrivers work much better and easier than pliers.. much less prone to scratching the plugs too.

- with the blacklines installed and the rods lit, some of the light bleeds into the upper portion (smoked/clear portion) of the lights.. maybe some electrical tape inside or something to seal off the areas would work (kind of hard to explain, but if/when i take pics, it'll explain it better).

- the larger tail light sections (bumper, not trunk) are each secured by 3 bolts. for whatever reason, my original lights were only secured by 2 (on the sides, no bolt on top) bolts on each light : BMW owes me 2 bolts..
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By Chitown-Irish on 04-17-2008, 05:39 AM
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I am about to install mine tonight or over the weekend. I have done a run through of removing the plugs (bought a tool from Eastwood that made fast work of removing them except for two of them but then the two screwdriver bit worked just as well) and familiarized myself with the location of the bolts in the outer housings.

I have a question, is there anything special about removing the wiring harness plug from the housings? Is there a particular technique or a clip? Or is it just a simple yank of the plug? Dont want to f it up.

Thanks.
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By Chitown-Irish on 04-17-2008, 05:43 AM
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That last picture looks great kefler!
+1

I agree great photo.
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By kefler on 04-17-2008, 10:53 AM
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+1

I agree great photo.

Thanks!! More here:

http://www.stesoft.com/335i/blacklines

(at the bottom)
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By Forceflow on 04-18-2008, 07:17 PM
awesome DIY took me 20 min thanks a lot guys
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By myfirst3 on 04-30-2008, 08:17 PM
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at first i didnt know what the big deal was about black lines. then in time they really grew on me and had to get them. the guide made installation very easy for a DIY noob like me. thanks
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By SonicGerm on 05-05-2008, 08:07 PM
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This was a great DIY. I did mine today and it took just under an hour. Two screw drivers really is the way to go to get the push pins out. Here are the pictures and as it's been said before pictures don't do blacklines justice.

BEFORE



AFTER


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By Fzara2000 on 05-22-2008, 10:14 PM
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trunk wont close

Guys i need some super serious help, I just installed the blacklines and they look great and all, but now my trunk wont close! I have all the lights alligned perfectly, so i dont know what to do. The only thing I can think of is the trunk latch release or the plastic still on the lights, but I dont think those things would really interfere with closing my trunk.

Any ideas/help/suggestions?
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