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      03-19-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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Blacklines? Wot's blacklines?

I keep reading about blacklines, something to do with black lines at the back of the car? Help me out here....
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      03-19-2007, 08:31 AM   #2
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Blacklines/Darklines - rear light clusters that do not have the indicator lens as orange. If you look in the UK3 thread, you'll see several cars with these rear light clusters fitted. They look (IMO) much nicer than the standard light cluster.
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      03-19-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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huh, i thought this was the trim around the windows which is chrome on the SE and black on the M-sports... i could have sworn thats what it was...
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      03-19-2007, 08:47 AM   #4
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46635

Check this thread out and scroll down to the pictures.
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      03-19-2007, 09:08 AM   #5
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ZiM - same here! I read a post somewhere that suggested it was to do with the light cluster which resulted in my post!
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      03-19-2007, 09:15 AM   #6
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So the red bit becomes white? Does look a lot better.
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      03-19-2007, 09:19 AM   #7
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huh, i thought this was the trim around the windows which is chrome on the SE and black on the M-sports... i could have sworn thats what it was...
You're thinking of option 760 (High Gloss Shadow Line)
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      03-19-2007, 09:34 AM   #8
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I keep reading about blacklines, something to do with black lines at the back of the car? Help me out here....
The blacklines are an official BMW alternative rear light cluster. I have them on my car now and I think they look really great on Sapphire Black:



This is the standard cluster on the same colour car:



They are available on ebay or from the dealer - around £130


In terms of the high gloss shadowline, since you are thinking about an m-sport it's worth mentioning that it isn't just for the chrome strip around the windows. It also picks up the door pillars and the area around the wing mirrors - which are matt plastic on SE's. Very nice detail. You can see the gloss finish on these parts in this picture of my car.

This is the SE look:



BTW - thanks to Matt for the pictures especially the one of my car here ... I really like it.
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Isn't high gloss shadowline standard on M Sport models?
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      03-19-2007, 09:56 AM   #10
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Isn't high gloss shadowline standard on M Sport models?
yes it is. like the anthracite headlining & brushed aluminium trim is standard on the m-sport & an option on the SE.
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      03-19-2007, 10:03 AM   #11
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Got to get me a 335 now...especially as I see there are tuners in the states which appear to be getting the 0-60 time down to just over 4 seconds!!!!
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Isn't high gloss shadowline standard on M Sport models?
Yes, it's standard, but it doesn't just replace the chrome on the SE windows, it also gives you high gloss black door pillars and wing mirror surrounds. Which looks particularly good on a black car.
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Right side stock left side blacklines.
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Check out my garage for pics of black line rear lights on my silver 330i
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Easy to do / get dealer to do it?
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      03-19-2007, 12:11 PM   #17
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Took me 15 mins... really easy to do yourself, there's a DIY thread in the DIY section of the forum. Go for it!
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Found the DIY here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...ight=blackline
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Easy to do / get dealer to do it?
even I could do it
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