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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...
  #154  
By uabimmer on 07-04-2007, 11:08 AM
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If you buy the switch, you'll have an illuminated button.

I know, nobody probably cares...I'm just saying haha
What about etching() the little fog symbol


Awsome FIND Just did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  #155  
By dinkoh on 08-02-2007, 10:06 AM
Is there a way to activate both front and rear fog lights? Taking a look at the circuit board, it seems that you have to physically depress the buttons on the board.
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By HyperM3 on 08-02-2007, 10:07 AM
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Is there a way to activate both front and rear fog lights? Taking a look at the circuit board, it seems that you have to physically depress the buttons on the board.
As opposed to doing it mentally?
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By dinkoh on 08-02-2007, 10:15 AM
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As opposed to doing it mentally?
Yes!

Thinking about if I could press the front fog button, it would activate both front and rear lights. Possible?
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By HyperM3 on 08-02-2007, 10:18 AM
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Yes!

Thinking about if I could press the front fog button, it would activate both front and rear lights. Possible?
Youre kidding right?

If not you have two options:

A) Instead of sticking out one finger, use two and hit both buttons at same time.

B) If you still choose to use one finger, try to press at the crease in between and let half your finger touch both buttons.


If you still arent happy with that process, you can probably superglue a piece of plastic in between so they both go on regardless which one you press.
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By dinkoh on 08-02-2007, 07:51 PM
Yeah, took me awhile to pry the button out and find a makeshift 'white piece'. Boy, was it satisfying to finally see it work though. Thanks OP. A great DIY mod.
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By 25to4 on 08-24-2007, 12:18 PM
Did my rear euro fogs and I love it!!!!!!!!

http://www.e90post.com/forums/e90gar...7/EuroFogs.JPG
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  #161  
By MnK6 on 08-25-2007, 01:11 PM
Just discovered this thread this morning and did my rear fogs. Used a Bic pen and a nickle with little glue. Works perfect. Thanks for the 5 cent mod guys
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By JeeZues on 09-30-2007, 11:13 AM
Thanks OP, found about this last night and just did it this morning...
This is my first mod, I can feel the rush j/k
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By a.l.e.x. on 11-12-2007, 03:03 AM
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great DIY
did mine as well as a friends
looks great
thanks OP
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  #164  
By adrian1480 on 11-12-2007, 10:50 AM
Done. Thank you.
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  #165  
By lkn on 11-12-2007, 11:57 PM
Thanks OP. Just finished doing this mod.

The most time consuming part was getting the Air Vent trim out of the panel. After that, it was a breeze

I used the small wood solution of gluing the wood across the 2 buttons. I then used a pen cap and used it to reach to the button. At first I did try to use a penny and the pen cap but that didn't work since the penny was a little too heavy for the pen cap.

Tested the solution and it works brilliantly
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  #166  
By jb on 11-13-2007, 12:12 AM
UPDATE: I have a 2006 325i and I just did this mod. In mine the blank button was included with the white piece, just had to remove tabs.
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By JBizzle on 11-13-2007, 10:58 PM
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UPDATE: I have a 2006 325i and I just did this mod. In mine the blank button was included with the white piece, just had to remove tabs.
jb: what is the build date of your car?
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  #168  
By jb on 11-14-2007, 12:13 AM
08/2005
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  #169  
By E90 ANdy on 11-14-2007, 01:40 AM
I used LEGOS! Stole them from my little brother

1x flat piece with 3 dimples,
3x SINGLE dimple pieces, looks like little squares

*** I USED THE GREY PIECE WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO 2 OF THOSE YELLOW SQURE THINGYS

The LEGO 3 dimple piece is the EXACT width as the BMW soft buttons. I begin to think BMW used legos to mock up their cars lol

WORKS GREAT! My pieces even had a hole in the middle incase i ever decide to drill a small hole in the button for the light to shine through.

Great thing about BMW is that they include the rear fog bulbs! whoo hoo, saves us E90/E92 owners $5 bucks





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  #170  
By lkn on 11-14-2007, 03:06 AM
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WORKS GREAT! My pieces even had a hole in the middle incase i ever decide to drill a small hole in the button for the light to shine through.
If you wanted light to shine through, make sure to solder on an LED to the existing circuit board; unless your circuit board has an LED already soldered on.
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  #171  
By 6Zylinder on 11-14-2007, 12:22 PM
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ok...
the USA switch has one (white piece)...the Germany switch has two (white piece)
each piece is the extension from the button to the main board

so for those that already bought the german switch (part # 61316932796), they can give away their piece from the old USA switch
I went to the BMW parts shop and asked if they have that part in. They have to order it. The guy says it's pricey, it costs $104.00. How come? 55 bucks I would have spent, but 104. No way!
I guess I go with the "Lego solution", my son has tons of it.
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By stressdoc on 11-14-2007, 01:06 PM
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I used LEGOS! Stole them from my little brother

1x flat piece with 3 dimples,
3x SINGLE dimple pieces, looks like little squares
This is similar to my Lego fix -- see
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I am going to put my sons to work searching in their Legos.
I was going to drill a hole in the button and glue in a transparent red Lego circle for the light to shine up, but did not have the time.
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  #173  
By E92_335 on 11-16-2007, 03:52 AM
I just did it and I only needed one of the buttons to be pushed in order for the rear fogs to turn on so I just cut the yellow base part of the pencil and stuck it to a square lego that presses down on only one of the dots and it works beautifully!

To the OP, THANKS FOR SAVING ME $55!
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  #174  
By phozenstone on 11-17-2007, 12:15 AM
anyone have an extra white peice hanging around? i can pay for the shipping. please pm me..i just dont want to be sticking pennies and pencils in my car when there is a perfect fitting peice...*flame suit on*
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  #175  
By ska///235i on 11-18-2007, 01:10 PM
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anyone have an extra white peice hanging around? i can pay for the shipping. please pm me..i just dont want to be sticking pennies and pencils in my car when there is a perfect fitting peice...*flame suit on*

the white piece is just a piece of plastic, you can use a pen cap which is also a piece of plastic
I mean..we're not duplicating a piece of metal that holds our car...its just a plastic that'll trigger the switch
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