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Old 06-03-2012, 12:38 PM
tresk tresk is offline
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tail lights - empty bulb slot

Regarding my 2001 740iL tail lights. I just realized I have a slot for another bulb. Never used before because the protective plastic thingy is still on it.

See the bottom right of this photo to see what I'm talking about.
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Two questions:

1) What's the empty slot for?

2) People tell me my tail lights are really bright. Which bulbs are supposed to be on when lights are on, and which ones when breaks are applied?

Thank you.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:59 PM
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It is for the Quad brake light set up as in Europe . It's easy and looks cool http://www.cardomain.com/ride/205279...series/page-17
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:32 AM
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This isn't quite right-Euro cars did not have quad brake lights. The bottom innermost lamp is for compulsory-fit fog lamps, which I guess is where the vacant slot is...
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:37 PM
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replaced tail lights on 2001 740iL

Well I left that empty light bulb socket the way it was and installed my new set of tail lights.



Instructions with many photos are here: how to replace tail lights on a BMW E38 740iL

I suck at DIY stuff but this was even easy for me.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:22 PM
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From the 97 owners manual:


21 watt bulbs used in the oe brake light bulb socket & 21 watt bulbs used in the rear fog light bulb socket - with a wire soldered between the two to create the Quad Brake Light mod (some wire up the tail light by installing a pin into the electrical connector)

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