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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

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That would probably give you a warning in the computer, but you could override that by installing an optional light (under the hood, fender, front somewhere or even interior blue light) in the cut wire so it has the amperage withdrawal showing for the computer to think the the yellow is on.
It doesn't help to inactivate just the corner LEDs. There's still amber remaining from the turn signals...and it won't pass the inspection because of that!
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Old 24.11.2011, 19:03
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Okay, this is a pretty specific question but maybe there is somebody out there who has already been through the same mess.

I just had the inspection for my BMW that I originally bought from Canada (2007 3-series). I got the Swiss plates but there is a problem with the front lights: wrong color!

My car has tiny orange lights on the front, and this does not conform to the Swiss standars (they have to be white). The lights are not really functional - I think they are just decorative - but I have to get rid of them. Unfortunately, it is not possible to unplug them, or change the bulps or something like that...my BMW garage says that the whole light system has to be changed - with a cost of 3000 CHF.

Just wanted to check if anybody has dealt with the same problem?
Is there any "creative" way to get rid of the orange lights?
Can't you just stick some black tape over them?
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Old 24.11.2011, 19:16
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

Did you try asking a specialist firm, like these guys
http://store.ijdmtoy.com/BMW-E90-E92...mw_halo_s7.htm

They seem to have a lot of kit & options including special cables to fool the computer & at reasonable prices - I mean less than CHF 3K (I have never used these guys)

I guess you could try giving them your exact model details & explain what you want?
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It doesn't help to inactivate just the corner LEDs. There's still amber remaining from the turn signals...and it won't pass the inspection because of that!
Really, funny my front turn signals are yellow here and on most I see also, and my imported car, from U.S., I no longer have had yellow lens also for front turn signals. Only my front side marker lights had to be disconected or turned as MFK told me into turn lights that also blink with the turn signals.. kind of like the yellow turn signals on some side mirrors or side fender lights.
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

Are your lights halogens?

While looking for a solution, I noticed this Euro set on sale for 425 euros.
Link to ad: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=589552

I'm in the same boat, but I have Xenon (HID) lights.
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Old 25.11.2011, 14:34
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

Beamers can be tricky horses...

The days of cutting a wire or just unplugging a bulb have long gone. Depending on age, the cars can run from resistive sensing int the loom to CanBus low level and now CanBus Hi. If the BMW is an early Can then turning lights on and off is simply a case of coding via the BMW diagnostic software (Can't remember the name but their equiv to Merc's Star and Audi's VagCom), later models do require parts change and then re coding.

We insure a lot of foreign vehicles being imported from both North America and other climes and thus have got to know some of the common "tricks" and nightmares pre the MFK testing from the garages and clients we work closely with.
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Are your lights halogens?

While looking for a solution, I noticed this Euro set on sale for 425 euros.
Link to ad: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=589552

I'm in the same boat, but I have Xenon (HID) lights.
Thanks for bringing up the idea. Unfortunately, I have xenons. The cost of a set of used headlamps in combination with the work necessary to install them (remove entire bumper, etc.) doesn't outweigh the EUR600 for installing the washers. Moreover, I'm not sure about the LEFT hand drive set either...

I am inclined towards having the washers installed in Germany. Once I have finalized my plan, I'll will update it on the forum. I first need to solve the issue of the amber parking lights...
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

I've read on few forums that the guy who runs a firm called 'Car Coding' does a good job, is very knowledgable about BMWs and has experience in this very category (US Car import).

A few threads that mention his work:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=510639
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=361756

Car-Coding.de

You will notice under the 'angebot' section that he mentions US imports...

I plan on using this service after I add the headlight washers to add their use, change the radio so it can pick up swiss stations, disable the marker lights, and enable me to close the windows/sunroom from the key fob.
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Thanks for bringing up the idea. Unfortunately, I have xenons. The cost of a set of used headlamps in combination with the work necessary to install them (remove entire bumper, etc.) doesn't outweigh the EUR600 for installing the washers. Moreover, I'm not sure about the LEFT hand drive set either...

I am inclined towards having the washers installed in Germany. Once I have finalized my plan, I'll will update it on the forum. I first need to solve the issue of the amber parking lights...
I plan on adding the headlight washers myself, I can order two kits (~$200/ea) if you're interested in saving some cash on the parts. To be honest, it doesn't look that difficult to me when I browse through the Do-It-Yourself guide here -> http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59144
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

Hi Mshobe,

Initially, I considered doing it myself too but then I got lazy. Well, actually, I simply don't have all the tools and a good place to work on my car. I have a quote from the BMW dealer in Freiburg (I avoided dealers close to Basel thinking that they thrive on squeezing the Swiss... Plus they hadn't responded to my email). The dealer quoted €528 excl tax for installation, reprogramming the computer, etc. I am still awaiting the quote for spray painting the caps.

I am currently in contact with a guy in France, close to Mulhouse who has offered me to do the coding of the car. Not around the corner but at least within reach. He charges €65 and claims to have experience. I guess it is always a bit of a risk but at least this this guy has provided input on the bmwcoding.com forum.

Apart from the parking lights, I am asking him to reprogram:
- angel eyes as DRL
- remote folding mirrors, windows up, and roof closure with the key fob
- A/C not automatically "on" when hitting the "auto" button on the climate control

Once again, thanks for your offer to buy two sets. Had it been summer and had we had a good place to work on cars, it would have been great to do this together... For now, I'm going to spend the extra money...

Let me know about the progress you are making at your end.
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Hi MVR,

I will use a local garage (on a military base in Germany) where I can rent lft time and borrow tools, but I will need to find a painter as well. I haven't asked my dealer for a quote, but I'm sure it would be similar to yours. I will ask soon when its time to change spark plugs.

I'll place my order soon - and update here of course.
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Old 28.11.2011, 19:02
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

I hope you have good connections with a military base close to "home". Despite the very clear explanations on the www.e90post.com forum, I estimate that it's a full days work. What do you think?

I'll let you know what the dealer charges. I am considering to do that myself actually. The caps are very small. A few layers of black spray paint should do the trick. I've touched up the bottom of my front spoiler this way and was amazed with the result. Once again, I was being lazy. If the dealer can do it for a few bucks, I'd leave it over to him...
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Old 28.11.2011, 19:06
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Re: Frontlight modications for a BMW from North America?

Just received the quote from the dealer in Freiburg: €35. Yes, I could do that myself. But by the time I drive to the dealer, buy the right primer, sandpaper, and final color, I spend €20 on gas an materials already. I'll follow my girlfriend's credo: "Let others do what they are better at than you"...
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