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Old Sat, Sep-20-2008, 10:44:16 AM   #1
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Default DIY: OEM LED License Plate Lights for CSL bootlid

Here's my DIY for replacing the regular e39 license plate lights used on the CSL bootlids with the latest OEM LED license plate lighting that comes on the new e60/e90/e92 models.

Fortunately for us E46 owners, we are not subject to any bulb-out errors on the dash, so this is a true plug-n-play option.

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2 BMW LED registration lights (# 63 26 7 193 293) $15/each
2 BMW Universal Socket aka plug connector (# 61 13 6 925 634) $1.40 each
4 BMW Bushing Contacts aka pin contacts (# 61 13 1 383 776) if you want to build your own wire. $0.28 each. I bought 10 as you can see from the pic below.
some 20 or 22 guage wire
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4 Bushing Contacs with wire (# 61 13 0 005 197) $1.28 each

Pic of parts needed.


If you decide to build your own wire connectors, you'll need some 20 or 22 guage wire. I had these spools handy and although they're different guages, they can be mixed and used.


Strip some wire for the bushing contacts:


Crimp the front part of the bushing contact onto the wire with a 28 guage crimp:


Crimpt the back part of the bushing contact onto the wire insulation with a 26 guage crimp:


It should look like this when your're done. Make 2 sets in 1 color and 2 sets in another color:


When the bushing contacts plug into the connector, they are REALLY close to each other, so I used some heat shrink to make sure they would not come into contact with each other and cause a short.:


Push the bushing contacts into the connector, then plug the connector onto the light. There is a positive and negative side. Note the orientation:


The trunk wire harness has a connector for the license plate lights. There are three wires but you only need 2. The gray wire (+) and the brown wire (-)
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Personally, I like to solder connections, but you can use butt connectors, crimp connectors etc to connect the wires together:


Heat shrink shrunk. Note I used some heat shrink as well on the unused wire.


I put some electrical tape over all the heatshrink and made a bundle:


Turn on your lights and test:


Clip the lights onto the trunk:


Finished pic. They look really clean:


OEM looks, fitment and quality. No more yellowish lights:


Fun pic. I started playing with the exposure settings on the point and shoot cannon. This pic was taken at 11pm with an 8 second shutter delay and no flash:
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Old Sat, Sep-20-2008, 11:32:42 AM   #3
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Excellent bro, im gona do this immediately. Just ordered the parts from TISCHE but it says that P/N 61 13 1 383 776 was superceded by P/N 61 13 0 005 197. This awesome Bro! THANKS!
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Excellent bro, im gona do this immediately. Just ordered the parts from TISCHE but it says that P/N 61 13 1 383 776 was superceded by P/N 61 13 0 005 197. This awesome Bro! THANKS!
weird, i just bought the parts 2 days ago from south bay bmw with that part number. but thanks for the updated part number!
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great job, but you can just order LED bulbs from www.autolumination.com and put them into the E46 M3 US Spec bootlid light sockets.

there are no light out errors w/license plate lights.
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great job, but you can just order LED bulbs from www.autolumination.com and put them into the E46 M3 US Spec bootlid light sockets.
You sure can, but the incandescent-based light housings are not designed for the light pattern festoon LED bulbs produce; therefore, the light output is more like a beam. If you look closely at the OEM LED light fixture, the lens is frosted/opaque and the LED's are mounted at an angle so the light output spreads evenly across the license plate.
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Added to DIY list:

- Bootlid Release Button
- OEM LED Plate Lights
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Bro i thought u already did the bootlid release button. come on do both of these.... i already ordered the parts for the led plate lights
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