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mrwarrant 12-10-2012 09:24 AM

07 550i rear fog lights
 
Can anyone tell me where I can find the rear fog light switch for my 07 550i? A website any place? I believe the car is equip with the fog lights and just needs the switch to activate them. Any help would be greatful.

thanks
Eric

myates3 12-10-2012 11:42 AM

Haven't heard about that one before. I have an 06 550i and the only lights on the rear (other than the brakes, of course) are the parking and reverse lights.

Theduke 12-10-2012 01:58 PM

Why would you need rear fog lights?? I can't imagine that would be DOT legal?

mrwarrant 12-10-2012 02:27 PM

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I have owned several BMW's and they have all had the slot for rear fog lights. Its not a need, its a want. I love the Euro look. Plus Audi's, Benz and volvo all have them in the states, why not a BMW?

Theduke 12-10-2012 03:36 PM

You learn something new every day. Did a google search and found this... Is this what you are referring to?

http://jadeturtle.com/bmw/

etnav382 12-10-2012 04:51 PM

This has been discussed before and it requires something along the line of reprogramming the LCM, a new light switch and running wires. Its easier on the 3 series where you just need to swap out the light controls and it works.

mrwarrant 12-10-2012 07:51 PM

Rear fog lights
 
Thanks for the help fellas. I am going to continue my research. I know they have them on the 2011 and up but the 04-09 5 series seems to be a mystery.

UltimateDriving 12-11-2012 12:06 AM

Look at the picture!
It is located at the opposite side of the front fog lights.

http://s16.postimage.org/kvwrk7xol/image.jpg

myates3 12-11-2012 05:45 AM

Well, now I know. Cool...

audiophool 12-11-2012 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UltimateDriving (Post 7242271)
Look at the picture!
It is located at the opposite side of the front fog lights.

That's right where the on/off for my HUD is. :(

2chill 12-11-2012 11:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Theduke (Post 7241458)
You learn something new every day. Did a google search and found this... Is this what you are referring to?

http://jadeturtle.com/bmw/

That link is for E39's. I have never seen anything referring to rear fog lights for an E60.

UltimateDriving 12-11-2012 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by audiophool (Post 7242442)
That's right where the on/off for my HUD is. :(

I would prefer the HUD over any kind of rear fog lights . . . i have them on my E60 and i consider them useless. The LCI tail lights looks too awesome, theres no need for these fog lights. :thumbup:

bennyg1 12-12-2012 05:12 AM

Kind of useful when reversing lights aren't enough on a dark night... other than that I guess they're useful when theres peasouper fog about and you're going slow. Obviously.

1naztyx5 12-12-2012 05:40 AM

Rear fogs can be enable via coding, there will be no switch, they will go on when brake is depress. I have it on mine and here PA is helpful cause the reverse lights are not enough.

The rear fogs in the E60 is in the inner part of the light (closest part to trunk)

There is a coding meet in willow grove PA this Friday, inbox me if interested.

audiophool 12-12-2012 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UltimateDriving (Post 7244628)
I would prefer the HUD over any kind of rear fog lights . . . i have them on my E60 and i consider them useless. The LCI tail lights looks too awesome, theres no need for these fog lights. :thumbup:

Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking to add rear fogs and I too prefer HUD to them. What I AM jealous of is the beam level adjustment knobbie they have in Europe.

UltimateDriving 12-12-2012 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by audiophool (Post 7246341)
Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking to add rear fogs and I too prefer HUD to them. What I AM jealous of is the beam level adjustment knobbie they have in Europe.

Hahahaha with Adaptive Headlights they are almost useless, i always leave them at the highest position (I mean the headlights pointing as high as possible) :thumbup:

mrwarrant 12-18-2012 07:04 AM

Rear Fog lights
 
Rear fog lights just look cool. I have had them on my volvo's and Benz's. The actually serve a great purpose driving in Jersey when ppl are tailgating at night...it backs them up, lol:thumbup:

2chill 12-18-2012 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1naztyx5 (Post 7244838)
Rear fogs can be enable via coding, there will be no switch, they will go on when brake is depress.

What's the point of that? If they only go on when the brake is depressed, how would one tell the difference between those and the regular brake lights?

boramkiv 12-18-2012 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by 2chill (Post 7257351)
What's the point of that? If they only go on when the brake is depressed, how would one tell the difference between those and the regular brake lights?

It will render the Adaptive Brake light feature useless, or actually disable it.
The entire light assembly would come on as you apply the brakes, inner circle
and outter lights (behind bars on LCI). It looks cool I guess, but I wouldnt be down
for it because the Adaptive Lights are really useful. I've driven behind my 5 and saw them in action, and that extra set of lights that light up in a sudden braking situation can really be the difference for the driver behind who is probably fiddling with their phone.

boramkiv 12-18-2012 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1naztyx5 (Post 7244838)
Rear fogs can be enable via coding, there will be no switch, they will go on when brake is depress. I have it on mine and here PA is helpful cause the reverse lights are not enough.

The rear fogs in the E60 is in the inner part of the light (closest part to trunk)

There is a coding meet in willow grove PA this Friday, inbox me if interested.

This coding would allow the rear fog for braking, but I think there's coding to allow the inner circle to be euro switch activated, and illuminate as bright as brake lights (brighter than parking lights) to allow for brake light brightness during foggy weather.

1naztyx5 12-23-2012 05:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2chill (Post 7257351)
What's the point of that? If they only go on when the brake is depressed, how would one tell the difference between those and the regular brake lights?

well unless you plan to buy the switch to make it functional, this is an alternative for someone looking for this "mod" the inner circles light up a lot brighter than the regular brake lights.

DAI 12-23-2012 05:40 PM

I was behind an Audi the other day on my way into work that had the rear fog lights. I can see them being useful for times of dense fog, but during a clear morning (still dark), it was annoying me since they were so bright. Needless to say I did not stay behind the Audi for long :)

boramkiv 12-24-2012 04:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DAI (Post 7267834)
I was behind an Audi the other day on my way into work that had the rear fog lights. I can see them being useful for times of dense fog, but during a clear morning (still dark), it was annoying me since they were so bright. Needless to say I did not stay behind the Audi for long :)

^I've seen numerous Benz's, Audis, Jaguars, Rovers, and Volvos with that annoying bright light behind them. Many of them don't even know they have it on, or how annoying it is to drivers behind in non-foggy conditions. :tsk:


Here's the mod with brake pedal activation with lightbars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SQokwJOa5s

Here's the mod with brake pedal activation and no lightbars just circles (lightbars on because headlights are on):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-dYGWml-iE

These mods are just moving the brake lights from one place to another.

To have rear fogs (inner circle) independent of the brakes with euro switch it would need to be activated via coding on US spec E60's.
On the US spec E90's it's just a matter of replacing the switch with the euro one.

See here:
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60...-rear-fog.html

See here:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...561&highlight=

gggunchi 12-25-2012 09:39 AM

I'd like to weigh in on this, living in Germany --

From what the Lechhausen BMW Autohaus has told me, to get an American e60 to work correctly with a rear Fog, you would need a whole new rear drivers side trail light housing AND the correct switch AND an hour of programming. This normally only happens when someone permanently transfers an American BMW to Germany, where it will spend its remaining days there. If it is done temporarily they can do some voodoo computer magic so the rear drivers side brake light gets a full +12V when the fog light button for the front is pushed. Essentially you lose the ability to control the fog lights independently like you can with the DDM market BMWs.

jay8s 12-26-2012 06:09 PM

I did this to my '04 with a wire, a switch, and about 15 minutes. If I remember correctly, you find 33 on the LCM, and jump from that to the switch, then back to 34. The lcm has the rear fog jumper, and the switch powers it. I don't have adaptive brake lights, but this mod will work with them. The lights are wired the same, they just need the switch. The fogs will override the adaptive braking lights. Originally I had the jump from 33-34 so that the front fogs where on and so where the back. I have more control over it with the switch. I just put it under the dash down by the foot rest. It is not something that I want to spend $175+ on the correct switch from a left hand drive country.


Edit
http://forums.5series.net/diy-do-you...vation-119029/
Jay8s


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