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Old 06-22-2004, 12:41 PM   #1
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I was told led tails wont work, true?

Hey guys, I want to retrofit oem led tail lights onto my 2002 M3 coupe. I sent circle bmw an email asking them for the parts needed. First, they thought I wanted clears but then I told him i wanted Led Tail lights, and gave him my vin number. He says that Leds are only for ars produced after 3/03. My car was produced in 3/02. would it still work if I just buy the oem lights plug them in and flash the ecu at the dealership? Your help would be greatly appreciated, Thank.
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Old 06-22-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
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hmm do a search... i heard of ppl swapping out their old taillights for led's =)
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Old 06-22-2004, 12:59 PM   #3
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the ones off the 04 BMW's wont work, sorry man, they are pressure sensitive, (the harder you push the pedal the brighter the lights get), the have alot of extra hook ups in the lights and the braking system, so they wont work, but 03 and down will.
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the ones off the 04 BMW's wont work, sorry man, they are pressure sensitive, (the harder you push the pedal the brighter the lights get), the have alot of extra hook ups in the lights and the braking system, so they wont work, but 03 and down will.
The pressure thing apparently has only been set on 2004 cars in the UK...Have the facelift model (2004 model) which I got July 2003 so have the leds on the car. They aren't pressure senstive and when I took it to BMW to have the brake force diplay activated they said that there were only activating certain chasis numbers at a time and mine wasn't up yet.

Anyway that is I what I have heard...apparently the brake force display wasn't put on my car when I got it as it had to pass certain safety tests and now come standard on the cars since it has been approved in the UK.

Anyway my point is..that mine just work like normal lights..so maybe it can be done.

This is what I have gathered...but i could be wrong!
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you can get them they just wont have the adaptive brake lighting.
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:14 PM   #6
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You can get them and he has to tell you that they will NOT work for cars produced before 03/03. And when you say, "I don't care, I'll take them anyway", he'll send them to you at a good price and they will work fine on your car. Do a search, there are plenty of LED retrofit cars.. Do a search for my thread.. My LED retrofit experience.
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:27 PM   #7
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OR you can search and find a DIY on how th have the adaptive lights light up every time you press the brake. IO think thats a better idea. Brighter all the time. Brake force indication is sorta useless at the point where 0.05% of all cars have it... might as well just have bright brakes all the time.
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OR you can search and find a DIY on how th have the adaptive lights light up every time you press the brake. IO think thats a better idea. Brighter all the time. Brake force indication is sorta useless at the point where 0.05% of all cars have it... might as well just have bright brakes all the time.
That takes cutting wires and and stuff.... in stock form a NON-ABLAS capable car will light up the outter rings all the time when the headlights are on which looks they just won't get brighter under extreme braking.. but who really cares, people in the US can't drive anyway.
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the ones off the 04 BMW's wont work, sorry man, they are pressure sensitive, (the harder you push the pedal the brighter the lights get), the have alot of extra hook ups in the lights and the braking system, so they wont work, but 03 and down will.
Can i still just go to a dealership and order the oem lights even if they are 04 lights will they work in my 02 m3 coupe? Also i dont really mind if the get brighter when i brake harder but can i set them to always be bright and to have the outter led ring always on? Thanks for all your help guys.
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Old 09-12-2004, 10:49 AM   #10
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Question ????

whats with the outer ring stuff....in a non ABLAS car 10/02 builddate, 03 325CI, the outer ring lights on when i turn on the lights? or does it light up when i brake?

whats the scoop with that?
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