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3rd brake light replacement and fitment issues.

Discussion in 'E81/E82/E87/E88 (2004-present)' started by ChristopherG, Oct 18, 2013.

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    ChristopherG

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    photo 1.JPG photo 2.JPG photo 3.JPG Just a heads up for anyone planning to replace a cracked trunk mounted 3rd brake light. There was a revision to remedy the cracking issue that these had. Unfortunately they revised part does not fit without modifying either the brake light or the trunk lid. I suspect this is only an issue for people with early build cars but I do not know what the cut off date may be.
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    ChristopherG

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    The modded part looks a little rough in the top picture because I couldn't find my dremel and ended up using a soldering iron and exacto knife to get the job done. Acceptable only because its hidden when installed.

    The smart way to go would probably be to grind off the tab shown in the third picture and then seal it with touch up paint.
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    charlson89

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    There is a BMW bulletin for this issue and a updated procedure for replacement for the cracking issue. You actually cut notch in the trunk lid for that center guide on the light.

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