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      12-18-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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DIY: Pre-LCI Tail Light Mod

I've been on Bimmer forums for 10 years and have enjoyed all the great info and tips (thanks!). I finally have something to contribute back.

This fall I picked up an E92 with tinted windows, When I stopped by the tint shop to see what was involved in having it removed, I noticed the shop was tinting a set of headlights on a Z06. That got me thinking. I asked the shop if there was such thing as red window tint and ordered a sheet. LCIs definitely look the best but this is a damn good alternative if you want the red LCI look but don't want to deal with the cost and PITA of flashing software/changing FRM modules.


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1. Order a sheet of red vinyl tint film from your local tint shop or eBay.
2. remove your lights (optional) and trace the clear section onto the red film
3. Cut the shape. Take your time here to make sure the cuts are clean. It is OK to have the vinyl overlap the red sections of the lights a bit. Not noticeable from 2 feet away.
4. Give your lights a good cleaning w soap & water. Any dirt will cause a bubble.
5. Spray or rub soapy water on the lights where applying tint. This will allow you to move th vinyl around before it sets.
6. Apply the tint carefully to remove all air bubbles (air bubbles are the hardest part...a squeegy or sponge will help). If you notice any bubbles days later, you can pop the bubble with a pin.
7. Use a hair dryer to heat the vinyl and smooth out any bumps.
8. Let the lights sit overnight if you are in cold climate like Canada.
9. Reinstall
10. Admire your work.

PM me with any questions... Enjoy!













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      12-19-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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Very very cleaver, I'm surprised this is barely popping up now lol
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      12-19-2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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Looks great man.. really nice with white
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      12-19-2012, 02:24 PM   #4
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Very nice, I sprayed my e90's white back up area with VHT red and left a little white for the reverse light very simple and clean mod.
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      12-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
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Nicely done! Very clean...good job.
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      12-19-2012, 04:25 PM   #6
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very well done.
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      12-19-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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Op that looks awesome

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I upgraded to LCI tails for the LEDs, not the redded-out look :
Hey stfu nobody asked why you bought lci tails so gtfo of this thread if you wanna act like a 5 year old.
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      12-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #8
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looks good. did you switch the light in the turn signal?
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      12-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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Orig bulbs. Turn signals look a shade between red and orange. No issues at all.
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      12-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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nice!
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      12-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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Looks good Nice Job...
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      12-29-2012, 07:36 PM   #12
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hey how does this look when the white reverse is on? is it red? is this legal?
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      12-30-2012, 07:42 AM   #13
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Looks A LOT better! Clever mod but what about the white reverse light like BMamba said is it legal?
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      12-30-2012, 07:51 AM   #14
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I heard that the signal lights will be PINK. which I don't think it would look good. What was your experience?
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      12-30-2012, 10:55 AM   #15
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Turn signal is red. Reverse light is left untouched and shows white.

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      12-30-2012, 11:13 AM   #16
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That looks great! I've been thinking about doing this, I think you just gave me some motivation!
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      12-30-2012, 12:40 PM   #17
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It should stay red...
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link to where the film was purchased? I bought red film off ebay and it looks noticeably darker than the rest of the light
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      12-31-2012, 03:31 PM   #20
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Can you post a pic? It looks darker before it is applied cuz there is a protection film on one side and another film on the other to protect sticky side.

I got mine from a local tint dealer.
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Great mod, so simple, yet makes such a difference. Will be doing this myself
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