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ska///235i's Avatar (DIY) One little piece needed to enable our USA rear fog lights
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 mbergman on 05-12-2012, 12:32 PM
Will this work on e91's? Which existing lights are used for the rear fogs?
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By t3t5 on 05-13-2012, 06:44 PM
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Thanks for the DIY. I used a BIC plastic pen shaft and cut it to length that fit inside the white housing in the button (And Squeezed a few paper towel shreds to keep it from moving in there), then super glued the pen shaft end it to a flat plastic piece that I cut to the same size as the base, stuck it together and rear fog lights button works!
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By kiwi29 on 05-13-2012, 07:33 PM
What year model in LCIs have the white piece already? And could you take more close up pics of tthe duplicate piece? Or create a diy on the piece? Thank youu
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By mcpcolas on 05-16-2012, 03:12 PM
did mine today works like a charms
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By MrQuickR1 on 05-16-2012, 04:34 PM
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I have to say, I came across this thread today just browsing the DIY section.
I grabbed a small block of polypropylene before I left work. It took me ~45 seconds to pop the vent cover off and about another 20 seconds to pop the light switch off and out. I didn't realize just how easy it was.
I took the white plastic piece out from the front fogs and used it as a reference on the block of poly. I cut it as close as possible to try and match the exact size of the stock piece. I even cut notches where the stops would be so I did not have to make it longer than the original. Although my master piece came out ugly as shit, it slid in perfect and it lined up with the rear fog buttons.
Closed it all up,l snapped it back in, started it up, lights on....pushed the button and said hahaha that's effing cool! Makes me wonder if there are any other hidden things in these cars we can mess with
Thanks, this feature will definitely help for me, many times I can't see anything in reverse where I park, this will help to light things up. As far as tailgaters and J.O's with high beams on...... it's James Bond kinda shit
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By Inzane on 05-19-2012, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by kiwi29 View Post
What year model in LCIs have the white piece already?
My '09 E90 LCI (produced in July 2009) does not have the 2nd white piece behind the switch.
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By mbergman on 05-20-2012, 08:57 PM
Someone referred to the Euro switch costing $55- earlier in the thread. Does anyone know who sells it for the price? I don't feel like making mods..
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By NeoItaly1 on 05-21-2012, 08:16 AM
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Why not just buy the factory German switch and just plug and play?

[IMG][/IMG]
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By NeoItaly1 on 05-21-2012, 03:05 PM
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Anyone
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By red.66mustang on 05-24-2012, 08:48 PM
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Why not just buy the factory German switch and just plug and play?
Because its $60 you don't have to spend when all you need is 30 minutes and a few simple tools
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By SF E90 on 05-31-2012, 07:10 PM
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Someone referred to the Euro switch costing $55- earlier in the thread. Does anyone know who sells it for the price? I don't feel like making mods..
I would also like to know where to get that part for that price?
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By lonewolf on 05-31-2012, 08:29 PM
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Why not just buy the factory German switch and just plug and play?

[IMG][/IMG]
Here's a dumb-ass question. Anyone take a look at the big blank push button on the left side of the switch housing. What does BMW use that for? Maybe another international option.
Anyone look to see when they took the switch apart?
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By cjmoy on 05-31-2012, 09:54 PM
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Here's a dumb-ass question. Anyone take a look at the big blank push button on the left side of the switch housing. What does BMW use that for? Maybe another international option.
Anyone look to see when they took the switch apart?
Found a picture from another thread with a headlight leveling switch in the big blank location.



My 2011 had the extra "Lego" piece so all I needed to do was trim the blank switch to get the rear fogs.
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By lonewolf on 05-31-2012, 11:15 PM
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Found a picture from another thread with a headlight leveling switch in the big blank location.



My 2011 had the extra "Lego" piece so all I needed to do was trim the blank switch to get the rear fogs.
Thanks. Obviously I'm not doing that mod now am I?
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By NeoItaly1 on 06-01-2012, 06:31 AM
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I would also like to know where to get that part for that price?
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-18...-1-series.aspx
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By NeoItaly1 on 06-01-2012, 06:37 AM
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So. Is the fog light on the back of my 2011 335i actually the reverse light? I don't see any other clear lenses on the back of my car. Thanks
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By SF E90 on 06-01-2012, 07:10 PM
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Not $55, but good try. I guess BMW raised the price of this dramatically
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By lonewolf on 06-02-2012, 10:51 AM
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Guys/Gals your crazy not to do the mod urself. Very simple just take ur time and don't rush through it. No one else s time record do you have to beat.

Being an old timer in the tech field, I would be the first to say don't attempt it if you have never done it, In this case it would be very rewarding to say "I did it".

Hey one question since I don't feel like taking it apart again, can the next person who is doing this get the part number of the plastic push button for the rear fog lights. I want to see if I can research it and find the one with the silk screen of the rear fog light on it and see if it can be ordered although I highly doubt it.
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By NeoItaly1 on 06-02-2012, 11:04 AM
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Not sure why people want to be so cheap when doing something to there ride. Just order the factory replacement and plug and play. You have a BMW, so if want to be a cheap ass get a different ride.
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By lonewolf on 06-02-2012, 11:37 AM
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Not sure why people want to be so cheap when doing something to there ride. Just order the factory replacement and plug and play. You have a BMW, so if want to be a cheap ass get a different ride.
Pal you have a lot of growing up to do. If you have nothing good to say just don't say anything. Eventually you will learn....when you grow up!!!!
Enough said.
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By NeoItaly1 on 06-02-2012, 11:57 AM
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Grow up. I am 40 and a successful business owner. I can say what I want. Just is crazy to RIG something that will eventually fail or come apart.
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By cjmoy on 06-02-2012, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
Guys/Gals your crazy not to do the mod urself. Very simple just take ur time and don't rush through it. No one else s time record do you have to beat.

Being an old timer in the tech field, I would be the first to say don't attempt it if you have never done it, In this case it would be very rewarding to say "I did it".

Hey one question since I don't feel like taking it apart again, can the next person who is doing this get the part number of the plastic push button for the rear fog lights. I want to see if I can research it and find the one with the silk screen of the rear fog light on it and see if it can be ordered although I highly doubt it.
I don't think you can just order the button. I just ordered this entire switch from ECS to pull the silkscreened button to use on my switch. It was on clearance for super cheap!

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