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So I ordered the Concept 3 Performance Stage 2 LED kit and have installed everything else except the Reverse lights because I've been waiting to have some time to do it. I tried to gather as much info before installing so I kinda knew what I was in for. Well here it goes, a step by step guide for the Reverse Lights so you can either change out bulbs or install some sweet LED lights, i.e. Sick BMW's New Bright CREE Reverse LED Lights.

First off, here is a comparison view of the OEM lights on the left and Concept 3 Performance LED T10 5 5050 bulb on the right



All right, so let's get to it.

1. Open up the trunk and locate the handle inside the trunk, near the right side. The cover on the handle pops open if you pry it gently. There will be two metal screws located inside which must be removed.



And a picture of the metal screw



2. Locate a couple plastic screws, five to be exact, which are the closest to the latch. There will also be two bumper nubs that don't necessarily need to be removed. It you can wiggle the trunk liner around it then try that. I just found out that when you re-install the trunk liner it is easier to push the bumpers back in first, then push the liner back on.



Left Side



Right Side



As well as pics of the plastic screws



And bumbers



3. Carefully pull the trunk liner down over the latch assembly so you can see all the wires underneath.



4. I'll start with the right tail light and show you what you'll see underneath.
That big plastic wrapped wire must be disconnected and the nut removed.



Picture of the nut



Power plug removed



5. The two bolts at the side of the tail light assembly must also be removed and stored in a safe place.



6. Now that the two bolts from the side have been removed along with the washer from underneath, as well as disconnecting the power cord, we can now move onto removing the tail light assembly. Gently pushing on the side of the assembly as shown in the picture will move the assembly up and then you can remove it from the trunk housing.





7. We can now have a look at the backside of the tail light assembly and look for the grey light housing with the two wires connected and gently twist and remove.





8. Install brand new bulb, or LED, of your choosing.



LED pictured is the Concept 3 Performance LED T10 5 5050 bulb, soon to be replaced with Sick BMW's New Bright CREE Reverse LED Lights.

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**NOTE: As I'm sure many you have experience with the LED bulbs and know that you must test the light to make sure it is the proper way in the socket.

--Be safe when putting your car in reverse by yourself. I did this by placing the emergency brake on, then shifting into reverse, making sure that the car was not in motion when leaving the car. If you have someone else to help, that'd be optimal. Not calling any of you all stupid, just saying for safety.

10. Reverse all the steps! Enjoy your new reverse lights :)





 

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Sorry guys if you're seeing a bunch of funky pics up in the first post... in the process of fixing it.
 

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Thank you very much for posting this and linking to my thread. This should help out other members who are trying to change the reverse light bulbs. :thumbsup:
 

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Just thought I'd add that the bumpers don't need to be removed to do this. You can carefully pull the liner over them.


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I'm like a kid. When you add pics to the story I don't read. My fault for thinking it was a picture book.
It's all good Silver, my inspiration came from a picture book. Glad you enjoyed my story!
 

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Just a note regarding step #9 that you can turn the car "on" without starting it and place the gearshift into reverse to activate the lights. Doing this means you don't need to worry about the car going anywhere w/o a driver in it :D This is even more important on the SXL since the ebrake automatically disengages when the shifter is moved out of park.
 

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Awesome write up! I can definitely appreciate the time it takes to provide a good quality write-up with detailed, edited, and labeled pics.

Thank you red!!
 

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I recommend sickbmw reverse, as you can see in the comparison above from stock vs concept... Stock wayyy brighter! So if LED reverse is what you want then sickbmw new bulbs is your best choice.


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Definitely a nice guide. Visual details are always the best especially for people new to this type of stuff like me.
 

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Just a note regarding step #9 that you can turn the car "on" without starting it and place the gearshift into reverse to activate the lights. Doing this means you don't need to worry about the car going anywhere w/o a driver in it :D This is even more important on the SXL since the ebrake automatically disengages when the shifter is moved out of park.
Thanks T Morris,
I'm just so used to starting the engine, but you are correct. You can just double tap the start button without depressing the brake pedal so the engine isn't running. Then e-brake and switch gears to reverse.

Just curious. On the SXL, if you do the above without having the engine going, will the e-brake still disengage when shifting out of park?
 

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And a thank you to everyone else for the kind words. Please post your experiences with installation. I'm gonna be doing this all over again with my shipment of some new CREE LED bulbs from Sick BMW. I'll post pictures comparing my old LED bulbs with the new ones.
 

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And a thank you to everyone else for the kind words. Please post your experiences with installation. I'm gonna be doing this all over again with my shipment of some new CREE LED bulbs from Sick BMW. I'll post pictures comparing my old LED bulbs with the new ones.
You should make a video... I think there was a thread asking for one to be made... I could be wrong but could really help those that don't like to read lol
 
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