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Old 07-28-2012, 09:03 AM   #101
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Why are the rear fog lights so bright? They would look better if they matched the brightness of the tail lights.
So they can be seen in fog? Maybe?
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:45 PM   #102
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On the E46 facelift they are the same brightness as the tail lights.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #103
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Big bump, but have you guys been successful with getting the lights in the trunk lid to work as just nighttime running lights?
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:15 AM   #104
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Would you be able to repost the DYI pictures? It appears that most of them don't show up in the post any longer. Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:31 AM   #105
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Would you be able to repost the DYI pictures? It appears that most of them don't show up in the post any longer. Thanks.
Bump for rsamirez's request, the pics not showing up on either of my computers either.

Great post Dmarco!

Good safety fix for those of us who have massive afternoon thunderstorms that rain buckets, and maybe even those where dust storms are prevalent. I also like the idea of not having to tap my brakes and disengaging my cruise control when doing 9 miles over the limit in the middle lane and some jerk wants me to move, because he wants to do 20 over, but doesn't want to get in the far left lane... WTF

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:07 PM   #106
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This is what happens when people use photobucket and tinypic.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:13 PM   #107
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This is what happens when people use photobucket and tinypic.
Yeah I lost all the old pictures on DIYs I did prior to 2010. I am working on just re-doing this entire DIY and taking new pictures so I can get new pics up on a DIY.

In the meantime. I have been enjoying this mod even now 5 years after I did it.

Keeps me safe from Tailgaters!

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Old 08-18-2014, 12:55 AM   #108
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Just 3 days ago I had pull an emergency lane change to avoid getting rear ended by a tailgater while I was breaking. It is not fun.

How in the world did you find a LCM faceplate with the rear fog buttons and the automatic headlight switch position. I'm looking all over eBay for weeks and I am not seeing any in that combo.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:06 AM   #109
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:49 PM   #110
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Just 3 days ago I had pull an emergency lane change to avoid getting rear ended by a tailgater while I was breaking. It is not fun.

How in the world did you find a LCM faceplate with the rear fog buttons and the automatic headlight switch position. I'm looking all over eBay for weeks and I am not seeing any in that combo.
That I found on eBay.uk.

Also check eBay.de as well
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:55 PM   #111
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That I found on eBay.uk.

Also check eBay.de as well
Do you remember the manufacturer part # on the LCM switch?
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:57 AM   #112
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This is a euro face plate with the rear fog button. As far as I've read, it is for a halogen set up.
In Europe, the halogens have the motors for leveling the headlights where you want them.
The thumb dial with the numbers in it control the level of the head lights. These headlights do not have a self leveling function for up and down movement. Del Marco put this switch in meaning that his headlights don't come in automatically. (They don't come on at night), I don't know if he still has this switch in there but this was the first one. He spoke of using the numbered thumb dial for something or just not using it at all.
One thing we would all like to retrofit is that glove box on the drivers side. The e46 just doesn't have enough storage. Two factory medical boxes help but it would still be cool to have this.
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Then we have this switch.....not as common but still can be found. I was thinking about this one for my car.
I'm keepin the auto function when I do this for my car which is a 2002 330ci with self leveling bi xenon headlights and depo led tail lights. I'm just going to drill the trunk lights housing.
NOTICE......there is no numbered thumb dial here. Why would there be because it has a self leveling function. The lcm controls that.....not the headlight switch. So we're safe here and there is no thumb dial needed......
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If all said above is correct......then what the hell is this? Here is an auto switch.....with a manual thumb dial. Does this mean that this car didn't have self leveling headlights?
Yes it means exactly that....it does. It have self leveling headlights.
Del Marcos recent picture shows that he's upgraded to this switch.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:40 AM   #113
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The light switch module with the automatic lights function; I don't think that's limited to just xenon equipped cars. I think that was for the last model years (2004, 2005, 2006) because my neighbor has a 2004 325xi with halogens. When I see him starting up his car, all of the lights (low beams, cornering lights, fogs) turn on all at once when he turns on the car and then all turn off. Not sure how this works because on my car, a 2000 328i, the lights have to be manually turned on and off or else the battery will drain, even though in the user manual it says for DRL to leave the lights in the on/lowbeam position. This is also weird considering my friend who has a 1994 318i leaves his lights in the on position and they all turn off when he turns the engine off.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:22 AM   #114
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Do the cars with self leveling headlights use the numbered thumb switch......no. You cannot have them both.

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Old 04-02-2015, 12:35 PM   #115
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The headlight aim wheel lets you change the aim depending on the road conditions and the load weight of your car, meanwhile; the auto leveling system will work to maintain your desired set aim level.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:51 PM   #116
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I saw something where terra phantom said.....U.S. Halogen cars don't come with the motors that use that thumb dial but the European ones do. I may have read it wrong....the conversation wasn't exactly detailed

If I can get rid of one tail gater it's worth it. I will never ever ever ever understand why someone has to drive that close to someone else. The common sense just isn't involved. It's the only reason I want this. I was going to wire my tail lights to a switch anyway before i found this......and I still might.

I do wonder what other benefits the lkm has over the lcm?

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Old 04-02-2015, 06:36 PM   #117
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I found more info on this

It is talked about here
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=818973

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