BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013)
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) {Engine: S65 - Max Hp: 414 hp (420 hp Euro) at 8,300 rpm / 295 lb/ft at 3,900 rpm}


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Sat, May-15-2010, 08:23:16 AM   #1
tom @ eas
M3Forum Sponsor
 
tom @ eas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 11,037
Reputation: 0 tom @ eas is on a distinguished road





Default ▀▄ eas - 2011 LCI Taillight Retrofit Overview - Q&A

The release of the 2011 LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) introduced some minor improvements to the vehicle. On the exterior side, most noticeably with the taillights. This DIY will give a quick overview for those to update their lighting to update the rear of their 07-10 3-series Coupe or Convertible to appear like the 2011 models.

An LCI Upgrade consists of inner/Outer taillamps, trunk lamps (4 total) and Plug and Play (PnP) harnesses.



Our example will be performed on a 2010 M3 Convertible, which is the last production year of the Pre-LCI lamps:


























On pre-LCI vehicles (>2011), there are a series of "checks" that are performed when the ignition is turned on.

Once of these processes is called "BulbCheck", which sends small voltage pulses to the various exterior lamps of the vehicle and expects a load on the circuit - which a stock halogen bulb would give. The voltage used is very small, not enough to light up the bulb - so it's never seen.

LEDs require very little voltage to operate, and can pick up these pulses - which is the "flickering" seen when the ignition is activated: BulbCheck in action. This also results in errors on the instrument cluster/iDrive screen since the vehicle thinks the bulbs are non-functional. Coding will tell the vehicle (4 different control modules) that LED lamps have been retrofitted and that BulbCheck isn't required in those specific fields any longer, allowing the vehicle to operate like normal.

Here's a quick video of the LCI taillamps in action to show the differences before coding and after coding is performed:

[U2B]-15AFO1_6dE[/U2B]

The LCI Taillamps are 100% functional after installation as seen in the component test, I want to make sure everyone is clear that the vehicle is not unsafe to drive if the end user has not yet had a chance to get the vehicle coded.

Do keep in mind that coding is required for a proper installation and targets correcting the bulb-out indicators on the instrument cluster/iDrive as well as pre-ignition flickering upon startup. This will also ensure that no future errors are present if the vehicle should ever visit the dealer for other service updates or maintenance work.

The following modules are coded:

Car Access System (CAS)
Junction Box Electronics (JBE)
Footwell Module (FRM)
Instrument Cluster

BulbCheck is removed for only the lamps that were replaced by LEDs, all other monitoring systems are kept in place.

A LOT of work has gone into making sure this was performed correctly - even providing log sessions of 16 different vehicles, including making a trip to the dealership to scan vehicles with pre-equipped LCI builds in log comparisons.

Coding will also allow the vehicle to pass all verification and safety checks, as well as not provide any issues if the vehicle is ever brought in for service - since we are using original BMW parts and proper coding has taken place, rather than attempting to "band-aid" the situation with add-on resistors (which are dangerous).

Here are some shots of the FRM2/FRM3 location underneath the driver's side footwell:



For those looking to inspect what type of FRM they have, the part label will have either FRM2 or FRM3 displayed:



Thanks for reading, feel free to respond with any questions.
__________________
Tom G. | european auto source (eas)
email: tom@europeanautosource.com web: www.europeanautosource.com tel 866.669.0705 ca: 714.369.8524 x22

GET DAILY UPDATES ON OUR BLOG FACEBOOK YOUTUBE FLICKR INSTAGRAM

Last edited by tom @ eas; Thu, Jun-24-2010 at 12:32:33 AM.
Jump to top tom @ eas is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Sat, May-15-2010, 09:13:29 PM   #2
Smalec
fattie
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 14,847
Reputation: 0 Smalec has disabled reputation

Russian Federation




Default

For some reason I think I like the older lights better.
Jump to top Smalec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sat, May-15-2010, 09:38:59 PM   #3
DevJ
Registered User
 
DevJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 408
Reputation: 0 DevJ is on a distinguished road
Location: Oklahoma

United States




Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SaagPaneer View Post
For some reason I think I like the older lights better.
Same here
Jump to top DevJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sat, May-15-2010, 09:40:17 PM   #4
STALKER
Moderator
 
STALKER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 8,415
Reputation: 578 STALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond repute
Location: Toronto, ON

Canada




Default

EAS
__________________

2010 GT3
2016 GT4
2016 Cayenne Diesel
Jump to top STALKER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, May-16-2010, 02:32:16 AM   #5
tom @ eas
M3Forum Sponsor
 
tom @ eas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 11,037
Reputation: 0 tom @ eas is on a distinguished road





Default

I wasn't a fan at the very beginning - but they've definitely grown on me. From past experience, those are the mods that stick with you the longest.
__________________
Tom G. | european auto source (eas)
email: tom@europeanautosource.com web: www.europeanautosource.com tel 866.669.0705 ca: 714.369.8524 x22

GET DAILY UPDATES ON OUR BLOG FACEBOOK YOUTUBE FLICKR INSTAGRAM
Jump to top tom @ eas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, May-16-2010, 03:48:54 AM   #6
STALKER
Moderator
 
STALKER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 8,415
Reputation: 578 STALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond reputeSTALKER has a reputation beyond repute
Location: Toronto, ON

Canada




Default

The new LCIs look sharp at night.
__________________

2010 GT3
2016 GT4
2016 Cayenne Diesel
Jump to top STALKER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, May-16-2010, 06:02:40 AM   #7
Wayward
TwinTurbo
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 19,022
Reputation: 0 Wayward is on a distinguished road

United States




Default

love the E90 LCI lights the best
Jump to top Wayward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, May-16-2010, 06:18:11 AM   #8
leletyM3
640rwhp
 
leletyM3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 12,998
Reputation: 0 leletyM3 is on a distinguished road
Location: Bay Area

Italy




Default

Nice mod for sure. How about the front headlights?
__________________
05 BMW ///M3 SMG -->now 6MT - Jet Black/Gray

08 BMW ///M5 6MT - Sapphire Black/Gray

HPF Stg2 Turbo Kit 640rwhp, HPF Stg2 Feramic Clutch, HPF Carbon Fiber Stg3-4 Intake,HPF Catch Can, HPF Carbon Fiber Air Duct, HPF Methanol Switch, HPF Under Brace, HPF Subframe Kit, Custom AEM UEGO and AEM Boost Gauge in the OEM Mirror, Okada Plasma Coils, Eisenmann Race 83x4, Bilstein PSS9, Volk TE37 Time Attack, Toyo 275/30/19 & 245/35/19, Brembo BBK 380mm 6 pots & 345mm, Hardwired V1, 6K HID bulbs, 6K HID Fog Lights, 6K Umnitza Orion V2, Depo Smoked Corners, Solaris Bulbs, Full LEDs interiors,Umnitza LED licence plate lights, 30% Tint All Around, V-CSL V2Front Bumper with Race Lip, OEM CSL Bootlid, V-CSL Diffuser, ///M3 Monochrome, Flat Black Kidneys & Side Grills, Carbon Fiber BMW Emblems, Powerflex RTABs, Dension Ipod ICE>Link Plus, AudioControl unit, Phoenix Gold 600Ti, JL Audio 12W6v2

Jump to top leletyM3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mon, May-17-2010, 01:59:37 AM   #9
Vbcarguy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 38
Reputation: 0 Vbcarguy is on a distinguished road





Default

what kind of rims on that car. Also I love light I will order soon.
__________________
1988 E30 M3 Hennarot Red
1995 Avus Blue M3
2001 Laguna Secca Blue M3
1953 Willys cJ3b
Jump to top Vbcarguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mon, May-17-2010, 04:00:34 AM   #10
///M_PWR
I see what you did there.
 
///M_PWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,418
Reputation: 0 ///M_PWR is on a distinguished road

United States




Default

nice. does that nifty diag pad come as a no-cost option?
__________________
///M...the Power of three.
Fortune Favors the Brave
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlpineEcstasy View Post
As soon as you (or your friend) even considers flying just on the off-chance he can get laid, that immediately puts the ***** on a pedestal and that's a serious mistake.
Jump to top ///M_PWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
▀▄, 2011, eas, lci, overview, qanda, retrofit, taillight

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 03:26:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright 1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing ▀▄ eas - 2011 LCI Taillight Retrofit Overview - Q&A in the E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Forum - {Engine: S65 - Max Hp: 414 hp (420 hp Euro) at 8,300 rpm / 295 lb/ft at 3,900 rpm} at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)