How To Install BMW E46 3 Series LED Tail Lights

Particular thanks to Bimmerfest Forum for the following magnificent installation guide.

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Before you start be certain you have 1-2 hours to dedicate to setting up these. They include resistor boxes and different wiring attached to them so you need to hide all this kind of stuff. The ONLY way to do it right is to remove the black trunk panel and both sides of the carpet lining (this particular might be folded back out of the way truly). Also before you start, simply unplug your factory lenses and plug in the new led ones to test to make sure everything features and you have no bulb out lights on the dash. Almost nothing worse than setting up an install and getting that the units were faulty to start with… yes it’s occured to me more than once with other items. Consequently here’s what you are starting with:

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First thing to do is to get rid of the tail lights you have on the car presently… there are actually just 3 nuts on the back, super easy. I won’t go into much detail about this particular. There are a lot of DIYs out there on this particular. Next pull out the trunk bottom carpet with the contoured black bottom thing. Subsequently pull back the trunk’s side carpets. If you have a friend you can certainly have him carry all those away from the way but I merely put something heavy in front of them so they couldn’t come forward. Currently you could begin removing the long black plastic liner on the back side of the trunk (shown in the bottom of the image at the incredibly back of the trunk). There are 4 screws below covers, and 5 push pin retainers if I keep in mind correctly. It genuinely allows you have one among all those interior clip/panel removers to move all the clips off, nevertheless it can be done with a screwdriver and some patience. Soon after you pull off the plastic panel you could start getting in the new LED tail lights.

FYI… mark all the clips with a sharpie or a little something so you remember which ones go to which. Don’t attempt to mount the lenses with all the guts hanging off the back of them… it will probably help to make your life quite difficult and frustrating, inquire how I know. Also you need to make use of the black trim things off your recent tail lights and shift them to your new ones. The quickest way I could do it was to insert a little flathead screwdriver between and pry up slowly. You may possibly try spraying WD-40 on the fins that clip and then sliding it off… but I don’t know how well that would certainly work. I went with the screwdriver. Having these kinds of off your old lights and onto your new LED tail lights is likely the hardest part apart from yanking all the panels off the automobile. You can easily discover the black trim I am talking about on the exterior of the trunk on the left side of the graphic. Oh ya when you are installing the aftermarket tail lights really don’t put that third nut on the bolt right until you are willing to deploy the black panel back into the automobile. You could see I only have 2 of them on in the photo… the other you ought to put on after the black panel is on.

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As soon as you get the LED tail lights in you could reattach all the guts to the back of them. Simply match the plugs you marked in the beginning. Appears like plenty of crap right? Well it is… along with it would certainly have been nice of the manufacturer to leave more wire at the aftermarket tail lights side so you may tuck and hide everything easier. Well, they didn’t… so you are stuck installing the boxes where I did… that small cubby beneath the lights that you find all the wires going into in the photo underneath. All 3 boxes are in there and match perfectly. Today plug in the lights and test all the performs again. Furthermore aim to attach the interior trunk light to the back of the light. This takes awhile to tuck all the wires somehow that it doesn’t interfere with the light. Although far better to do it now than when all your panels are going back on and in the way. The moment you obtain almost everything where you need it… time to put all those panels back on. This particular is self informative so I won’t get into that.

Right now you’re done, stand back and take pleasure in your new younger searching Bimmer… listed below are a bunch of my accomplished install photographs. Since for a full review… I am VERY satisfied with the LED tail lights. They are every bit as bright as the OEM ones and function just as well so far.

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