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ska///235i
03-17-2007
(DIY) enable our USA rear fog lights for E90 & E92

I took my light switch apart and discover that our switch has the ability for rear fogs, but there's one little piece needed/missing to activate it.

The switch is very easy to take apart.....just a few clips on the...
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By a.l.e.x. on 02-04-2008, 09:30 PM
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one tip after you remove the switch, use a guitar pick (if you have one lying around) to open the switch to get to the circuit board. the guitar pick will make it very easy to open up.
good tip!!! thanks. i've done a few rear fogs for friends and my nail always hurts after. i never though of a guitar pick. thanks!!
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By Rising on 02-05-2008, 12:20 AM
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good tip!!! thanks. i've done a few rear fogs for friends and my nail always hurts after. i never though of a guitar pick. thanks!!
np. glad i helped.
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By SpeedingBimmer325i on 02-05-2008, 01:46 AM
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Thumbs up WAY TO GO!!!!

Easy to do! Good Find!!
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By Kruz on 02-05-2008, 05:49 PM
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By slant83 on 02-06-2008, 09:42 AM
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Just buy the frickin euro switch for $55. If you mess up the customization on the stock switch, you'll need it anyway. The swapout takes under 60 seconds and is totally stock. Why mess with the switch on a 50K car?
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By Mattscott on 02-06-2008, 08:42 PM
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Just buy the frickin euro switch for $55. If you mess up the customization on the stock switch, you'll need it anyway. The swapout takes under 60 seconds and is totally stock. Why mess with the switch on a 50K car?
+1, And if you ever sell the car you can take the oeuro switch out and put the old one back in. PLUS you get an LED light for the rear fogs with the euro switch
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By ///motorsport3 kid on 02-19-2008, 11:10 PM
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thanks for the DIY, i did this tonight in my garage and it took no more than a half hour, and that's just because i had trouble figuring out how to replicate the white piece. i ended up using a glue cap to let sit against the outside of the button and a chapstick lid with a napkin in it to actually push the little rubber buttons. it works great and i can activate my rear fogs without the front fogs.
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By ///motorsport3 kid on 02-23-2008, 09:55 PM
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here is a before and after pic of my montego e92
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By anthony_h on 02-27-2008, 09:57 PM
I just did this mod. Very easy! it took me less than 30 minutes!
I bought an oem switch and used the white piece for the front fogs in my switch.

I definitely recommend this DIY if you can get your hands on a second oem switch.
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  #207  
By am_ver on 02-29-2008, 03:14 PM
I did the DIY. Pretty easy (thanks to the great instructions). After installing it and on my first ride, I pressed the light switch knob to see if it recessed as others have mentioned, and the whole new unit that I ordered fell inside the hole. I opened the trim again and pushed the part back into the trim... however it feels that it can fall inside if I press it with any slight force. Any else face this problem? fix?

ps: interesting thing to mention, I completed the DIY and then tried to start the car.. door was open, and I pressed the clutch and start button... nothing.. so I am like, maybe car wouldn't start with door open... try again.. nothing.. I am like DANG.. looks like major electrical issue... gonna cost me a lot ... then I realize, the key is not in the ignition... hahaa....phew!!
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By Hadi335 on 04-13-2008, 01:45 AM
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I did this mod! Wow was it so very easy and awesome! Thank you OP and all the others who added to this thread!!!!!

=)

Damn the fogs are bright!
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By Gulfstream V Pilot on 04-17-2008, 10:49 PM
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Thumbs up AWESOME!!

I did this a while back on my 2006 325i. It was surprisingly easy. Not to mention cheap because I used a retrofit of plastic and K-NEX.
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By Dave_H on 04-22-2008, 01:15 PM
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Just picked up some blacklines and figured while I'm at it I might as well do this mod too... used a pencil, some hard plastic from a dvd spindle and little bit of the eraser.

Great DIY.
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By Charlemagnne on 06-20-2008, 01:09 PM
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I stumbled across this thread 45 minutes ago, when to my car and took the Switch out. We had some acrylic pieces laying around on the warehouse, got the dremel tool and within a few minutes had fabricated my own piece.

Such a great DIY. NOTHING But PROPS to whomever came up with this.

Saved $55 that will go to another mod
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By FrankoQ on 10-11-2008, 06:51 PM
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Finally got to do this mod. I used legos and it worked fine.
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By valdivita on 11-16-2008, 01:46 PM
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I just did it and thanks to the photos and DIY advices it was extremely easy, for the missing part I just used a bolt with flat head, cut it to the lenght needed with a dremel and just attached a flat piece of plastic cut to the righ size with double sided 3m tape. It works great.

Thanks Andy
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By smellfish on 02-11-2009, 07:41 PM
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Frickin awesome! I knew I had legos around for some reason.
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By E90 ANdy on 02-12-2009, 02:15 PM
whooo hoo!
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By beef1020 on 05-27-2009, 10:25 PM
Just did this mod, used a pen cap and a nickel, did not even have to glue the nickel to the cap. The nickel fits in snug against the pen cap and the two nubs on the board!!! Very easy.
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By tmaung on 06-24-2009, 01:50 PM
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Just did this mod, used a pen cap and a nickel, did not even have to glue the nickel to the cap. The nickel fits in snug against the pen cap and the two nubs on the board!!! Very easy.
Just don't hit too many bumps on the road. I did that exact same thing but glued the nickle to the buttons.
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By beneliezer on 06-26-2009, 03:01 PM
Just did this on my '06 325i. Pretty straightforward. Biggest PITA was fabricating the little piece to push the buttons. Took about 30 minutes, but for some reason my angel eyes stayed lit while the switch was disconnected from the car.
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By JaysE9ty on 06-30-2009, 02:35 PM
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Just did this mod, used a pen cap and a nickel, did not even have to glue the nickel to the cap. The nickel fits in snug against the pen cap and the two nubs on the board!!! Very easy.
That is exactly what I did with mine...(great mind think a like) no glue needed at all....
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