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  • 04-23-2016, 10:52 AM
    jimlev
    I used a relay that was controlled by the wires going to the backup light bulbs. The relay contacts get 12 volts from the battery and send it to the ballast.
    I used a few resistors to prevent the bulb error message from showing up.
  • 03-27-2016, 11:36 PM
    Tyger
    Hello,I'm in this middle of finishing my winter projects, this being one of them. Can anybody tell me how to go about wiring the addition trigger switch for the reverse bulbs? Specifically, what wires did you tap into to provide power to the bulbs remotely? Maybe I'm over complicating things.. I appreciate the help!
  • 02-04-2011, 09:47 PM
    Michael in MD

    That's pathetic ...

    ... your backup lights are brighter then the HEADLIGHTS on my 99 Pontiac Grand Prix ;-)

    Very Nice!


  • 02-04-2011, 09:26 AM
    fritracer

    Wow! Very impressive...the amount of snow

    looks like my yard last February! Oh yea, nice light work to. You can keep all the snow, we have had on the ground since Dec 2 and more predicted tonight, although we have not been hit anything like you guys on the east coast. Good luck and wish for summer.Fritracer
    Cincinnati, OH
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    1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 420 stroker w/6 Pak 430 HP,
    510 lbft torque
  • 02-04-2011, 05:29 AM
    Filehorse

    You and Spray540i should go into business. > >

    You would be marketing to the discriminating upgrade enthusiast. Nice. Very nice.


    Filehorse
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  • 02-04-2011, 12:47 AM
    BigRickMc50

    Re: The answer (m)

    Now, if you hook up some large infrared lights, you can melt the snow on your driveway while you are backing out of the garage. Oh, wait. I forgot. You don't take the 540 out in the snow.

    Maybe you could add this mod to your winter beater?
  • 02-04-2011, 12:04 AM
    horse325es

    WOW! i neeeed that



    Andreas
    Queens NY
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  • 02-03-2011, 10:36 PM
    jimlev

    The answer (m)

    I had been wondering just how good they would be so after reading you post I figured a little cold air wouldn't hurt my car too much.
    This is just with the reverse light on, no other light.
    Of course all the white stuff does help. More snow coming this Sat.

  • 02-02-2011, 11:14 PM
    Bmw540san

    Nice mod. Now the real question. If you open the

    garage door and turn it on, can it be seen through 3 feet of snow. I hope you're ok with that blizard and all.



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    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts


  • 02-02-2011, 11:09 PM
    jimlev

    Thanks, but I did have to make a correction (m)

    Somehow I measured wrong and both of the side compartment covers didn't quite clear the ballasts. I made a slight mounting change which allowed me to clean up the wiring too.



  • 02-02-2011, 10:48 PM
    jimlev

    As long as yours aren't the headlights that won't(

    open then these should be OK. I also got my front smoked covers from ebay. I just didn't like the egg yoke turn signals. I replaced the front side markers too.
    If you get new front covers you should also get Xpel film to put on them.
    They really do a great job and keep the lenses pit free. My original covers after 60K miles looked like crap, all pitted, but not cloudy.
    I put Xpel on them and they looked almost new. The clear adhesive filled in most of the pits.
    When I got the smoked covers I put Xpel on them before I left the garage. These have 70K on them and they look 98% new.

    http://www.autosportcatalog.com/xpel...protection.cfm
  • 02-02-2011, 10:46 PM
    kbud

    i bought em years ago and very happy with them

    maybe not this retailer but for $100 or so can you really go wrong. easy to do and really helps the saftey and look IMO



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  • 02-02-2011, 08:54 PM
    Spray540i

    Speaking of eBay buys

    My headlights are starting to cloud over. Any reason I shouldn't buy new clear covers on eBay?


    like this
  • 02-02-2011, 05:24 PM
    Filehorse

    Great mod Jim. I have a Lexus RX300 with backup >

    lights that should only be used in bright daylight. Otherwise, you may as well have a white cane sticking from the rear bumper to "feel" your way as you back up in the dark. My E39 has the best backup lights I've ever had on any vehicle. But, as you can attest, there is always room for improvement. As usual, another flawless mod. Nicely done.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000; Switched to Valvoline MaxLife @ the 80,000 mile service
    "LIfetime" Final Drive gear oil replaced at 81,000; Redline 75W-90 GL-5
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 02-02-2011, 04:10 PM
    jimlev

    LOL, U mean late May? Any BBW down there?






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  • 02-02-2011, 02:49 PM
    Hitdog40

    It will by the time you get here!



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  • 02-02-2011, 01:35 PM
    Bimmer5Michael

    Almost like the aircraft landing light bulbs

    some used to rig up in the Navy...had to step up to 24 volts though
    Michael - Chattanooga Tennessee
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  • 02-02-2011, 12:05 PM
    jimlev

    Does that garage have HEAT?






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
    BMW CCA Member Boston Chapter
  • 02-02-2011, 11:30 AM
    Hitdog40

    Re: HID backup light mod-gotta do something in winter(

    If your looking for things to do, I have a car in the garage that could probably use a thing or 2. Sandwich is not that far.

    (Step away from the bumpers) please.

    '03 540i/6
    Sterling Gray/Black
    CDV Delete c/o JimLev
    BMWCCA Member - Boston Chapter

  • 02-02-2011, 10:36 AM
    jimlev

    Got them on ebay a long time ago (m)

    The quality is actually very good, exact fitment. There was a sticker on them, made in Taiwan.
    IIRC the pair was about $100, I see them now going for ~$60.
    I still have the original Hella lights if that makes you feel better...LOL
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