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Old 12-17-2005, 03:32 AM   #1
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02 325i tail lights to newer 04/05

i wanted to know if i can change the 02 325i tail assembly to the 04/05 assembly. I like the way the lights assembly looks compared to mine. will the newer 04/05 assembly fit in my 02? They look like they would just pop right in, but im not sure.
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:01 PM   #2
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i wanted to know if i can change the 02 325i tail assembly to the 04/05 assembly. I like the way the lights assembly looks compared to mine. will the newer 04/05 assembly fit in my 02? They look like they would just pop right in, but im not sure.
yup they will fit. i have a set for sale also. PM me if you are interested
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:06 PM   #3
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There are some voltage and wiring differences. Physically, the the new lights will fit, but electrically they are different. It is completely possible but you will need to get a bit "creative" with the wiring.

If you do get a set of the new style lights, make sure the bulb carriers come with it or you'll be screwed. Plus you'll need to either buy new harnesses or solder directly into the new carriers.

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Old 12-17-2005, 02:38 PM   #4
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my understanding he was just talking about the housing. i dont think he meant led. you would keep your stock bulbs right?
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my understanding he was just talking about the housing. i dont think he meant led. you would keep your stock bulbs right?
yea i'll keep the standard bulbs, LED would be great, but I don't know if i have the patience to switch up.

(just to clarify, its the 99-02 model 325i)

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Basically I just want the newer 02-05 taillight assembly for visual appeal. I like the way it looks at night when the bulbs are on. I was hoping I could just literally put the new housing in, and then take the current bulbs and insert them in the corresponding location. (i.e brake light -> brake light, reverse light -> reverse, etc...)
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my understanding he was just talking about the housing. i dont think he meant led. you would keep your stock bulbs right?
I'm not talking about LEDs, I never said anything about that. I'm talking about switching the regular bulb prefacelift housing with a regular bulb facelift housing (which is what he wants to do). There are a number of differences, it isn't that easy to do unless you have the new style bulb carriers and the know-how to rewire the whole thing.

When I say "voltage" differences, it has to do with the parking light configuration. One style uses a 5 watt bulb at 12 volts for the parking light bulb, the other uses a 21 watt bulb at 6 volts.

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I'm not talking about LEDs, I never said anything about that. I'm talking about switching the regular bulb prefacelift housing with a regular bulb facelift housing (which is what he wants to do). There are a number of differences, it isn't that easy to do unless you have the new style bulb carriers and the know-how to rewire the whole thing.

When I say "voltage" differences, it has to do with the parking light configuration. One style uses a 5 watt bulb at 12 volts for the parking light bulb, the other uses a 21 watt bulb at 6 volts.

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what is the best way to solve the voltage differences? are there any line converters that can solve this issue?
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I'm not talking about LEDs, I never said anything about that. I'm talking about switching the regular bulb prefacelift housing with a regular bulb facelift housing (which is what he wants to do). There are a number of differences, it isn't that easy to do unless you have the new style bulb carriers and the know-how to rewire the whole thing.

When I say "voltage" differences, it has to do with the parking light configuration. One style uses a 5 watt bulb at 12 volts for the parking light bulb, the other uses a 21 watt bulb at 6 volts.

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ahh i see.....as far as changing them out, the posibilities are endless as long as you are willing to modify your car. if you like it do it
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ahh i see.....as far as changing them out, the posibilities are endless as long as you are willing to modify your car. if you like it do it
Absolutely agreed. Just need to be creative. (And for the record I'll be doing this exact mod in the spring.)

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