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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 STE92VE on 03-18-2007, 06:47 PM
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I just did this mod and I figured out a relatively easy way to makeshift the white piece.
Good job!
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By Zirenz2006 on 03-18-2007, 06:50 PM
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Good job!
Thanks!!
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By ska///235i on 03-18-2007, 07:08 PM
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nice....this works for both E90 & E92
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By teknochild on 03-18-2007, 07:08 PM
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AHAHAHAHAH

I notice everyone is selling their switches.....I hope everyone buy/sell their usa switch for a reasonable price...half ($27)
nice find

i dont really think selling the white piece for half is fair, 10 bucks maybe 15 max, were talking about

having to install the one unit

and having to take apart the unit, mod it, and install it
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By ska///235i on 03-18-2007, 07:11 PM
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I'm returning my euro
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By STE92VE on 03-18-2007, 07:22 PM
A wire nut should work:
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By lkevinl on 03-18-2007, 07:26 PM
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I just did this mod and I figured out a relatively easy way to makeshift the white piece.
Dude, U D BOMB!

Thanks!
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By Zirenz2006 on 03-18-2007, 07:29 PM
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A wire nut should work:
Great idea!!
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By ska///235i on 03-18-2007, 07:33 PM
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I use a plastic grib and cut it to the shape/length of the "white piece"...then just add a flat piece on top of it

Done
Last edited by ska///235i; 03-18-2007 at 07:50 PM.
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By uhaulball on 03-18-2007, 07:35 PM
i just steal the piece from a loaner. done deal...
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By ska///235i on 03-18-2007, 07:48 PM
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i just steal the piece from a loaner. done deal...


please dont do that...make your own..is very easy.......Check the 1st page again..I updated the post
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By ska///235i on 03-18-2007, 08:04 PM
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OK everyone...this DIY is final so please see first page for instructions..
Can admin update the topic to say its for both E90 & E92 ?
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By oel on 03-18-2007, 11:13 PM
I just did this, it took about 30 min. Very nice find!! Thanks.
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By HyperM3 on 03-19-2007, 06:55 AM
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What the hell is excersize grip?
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By STE92VE on 03-19-2007, 07:07 AM
I think it's one like this:
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By STE92VE on 03-19-2007, 07:13 AM
Or use the cap from a marker:

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  #82  
By txusa03 on 03-19-2007, 07:30 AM
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OMG...no one is reading...lol
look at pic # 3

use a razor blade and cut those clips off

so for those that already bought the german switch (part # 61316932796), they can give away their piece from the old USA switch
Hey ska, I read your message loud and clear bro. You have lots of patience

This is awesome. Yeah, it be very nice if those who already bought the german switch to give away their old (unused) US switch so we can use the extension. So bmw is so sneaky, you cannot use the fog button because of those 4 tabs that held it securely in place. Once you cut off the 4 tabs, then that button can be pushed but then you need the white extension.

Nice work in investigation and doing the fog dyi. Very clear instruction too btw.

ska, how do you plan on getting the nice white icon of the light bulb for fog light switch (currently, it is just a blank button with no icon)?
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By txusa03 on 03-19-2007, 07:32 AM
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nahhh



"so for those that already bought the german switch (part # 61316932796), they can give away their piece from the old USA switch"


tabbing hand on knee and rolling around on floor, lol lol lol...
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By STE92VE on 03-19-2007, 07:36 AM
This may be a dumb question, but here goes. When you cut the clips that hold the dummy rear fog light button, what keeps the switch from popping off when you modify it? I guess the same question could be asked about the front fog light button.
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By txusa03 on 03-19-2007, 07:43 AM
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This may be a dumb question, but here goes. When you cut the clips that hold the dummy rear fog light button, what keeps the switch from popping off when you modify it? I guess the same question could be asked about the front fog light button.
actually, i think that is a very good question. I have not open her up so I dont know what is keeping the button from falling but I know those 4 clips prevent the button from being pushed in.
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By STE92VE on 03-19-2007, 07:58 AM
Here's another potentially dumb question. When one of the clips that hold a dash panel on my Jetta broke, I went to the dealer and he was able to order that little metal clip, it was like $2.00. I would think that if we broke one of our fog light buttons, we wouldn't need to replace the entire switch but just the broken button. It may take awhile to order the part, but it would take the guess work out of trying to fabricate it from scratch. What do you guys think?
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By Zirenz2006 on 03-19-2007, 08:35 AM
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This may be a dumb question, but here goes. When you cut the clips that hold the dummy rear fog light button, what keeps the switch from popping off when you modify it? I guess the same question could be asked about the front fog light button.
There is a white piece (different white piece from the one that is missing) attached to the back of the button. When you open up the whole switch unit you will see what I mean. There are two little clips that clip into a small track on that white piece on the back of the button allowing it to move in and out but not fall out at the same time.
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