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Old Sun, Nov-19-2017, 10:36:24 PM   #311
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Tell me more about the brake light output upgrade mod you did :-)
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Old Sun, Nov-19-2017, 10:52:44 PM   #312
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Tell me more about the brake light output upgrade mod you did :-)
I’m going to make a thread detailing the how, as I think the stock lights on the wagon are dangerously shitty, and every touring owner should do this, but the short version would be...

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Coded the brake lights to run dimly as running lights
Coded the running lights to run brightly as brake lights
Coded the 3rd brake light to strobe under ABS braking
Coded the outside brake lights (original brake lights) to strobe under ABS braking

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Added bulbs to both rear fog light housings
Coded them to come on as running lights dimly with headlights
Coded them to come on brightly as brake lights under hard braking

Completely for free you can double the number of brake lights, double the number of running lights, and add brake force display to the 3rd brake light.
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Old Mon, Nov-20-2017, 02:12:32 PM   #313
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I've always wondering. I see the benefit of the stobing emergency braking feature but don't you think it's going to confuse 95% of the people on the road? It's euro feature correct?

Do you think someone's 80 year old grandmother or new teen driver is going to recognize in that scenario that the stobing means you're emergency braking rather than say just screwing around and taping the brakes?

I get that it certainly increases the likelihood that someone will notice you're braking but again in those scenarios it's a split second decision and I'm not sure most people would put two and two together.

That being said I do think the this kind of technology should be instituted in the US.


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Old Mon, Nov-20-2017, 03:12:22 PM   #314
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I've always wondering. I see the benefit of the stobing emergency braking feature but don't you think it's going to confuse 95% of the people on the road? It's euro feature correct?

Do you think someone's 80 year old grandmother or new teen driver is going to recognize in that scenario that the stobing means you're emergency braking rather than say just screwing around and taping the brakes?

I get that it certainly increases the likelihood that someone will notice you're braking but again in those scenarios it's a split second decision and I'm not sure most people would put two and two together.

That being said I do think the this kind of technology should be instituted in the US.


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My hope is that it draws their attention to the car, and alerts them to something going on. At the very least it should make them look at the car... hopefully. E.g. if they're look at their phone, a strobing light in the corner of their eye maybe will cause them to look up.

The only time anyone has ever commented on it was a cop. I went past him at an extra legal speed, braked hard (this was the M3), and when he pulled me over the first thing he said was, "I like how your brakes strobe when you brake hard"

In both the (M3) wagon and M3 (coupe) I have the brake lights go normal under normal braking, extra bright under hard braking, and only strobe under ABS braking. So, hopefully I'm getting the best of both worlds-- first a second level of brake lights, for people that are aware, and then the strobes for people that aren't.

I believe it's better on average than not having it. But, probably not for everyone, for the reason you point out.

I might be extra sensitive to this because I've been rear ended in the M5 twice (so far has no brake force display, though I'm hoping to add a tiny bit this winter (e39 is too old to have all the provisions for it).
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Brake lights do remain on as well (not all lights strobe):

^he just did the BFD addition, not the coding for more brake lights (though he did add a second rear fog light)
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Edit: on my phone and just saw you post the video and didn't see your explanation post.

I see your point, better than nothing. It's cool no doubt about it and I wish the DOT would institute this across the board.


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Old Tue, Nov-21-2017, 03:52:59 PM   #317
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After seeing the normal brake lights in that video I can see why you were paranoid about it. In TN we do not have vehicle inspections (other than emissions) and I absolutely hate when I'm following a car and their 3rd brake light doesn't function. It is so difficult to tell when they're braking if you're not staring straight at their lower brake lights.

If your touring lights up like a christmas tree that would certainly get my attention even if I wasn't looking at the road.
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Old Wed, Nov-22-2017, 07:51:46 PM   #318
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Converted to a black headliner/pillars/accessories. I did this buy buying an entire kit from a euro M sport car, other than the headlight itself (shipping was cost prohibitive). Side perk: no airbag warning stickers on the sun visors (also have this in my M3 coupe). The headliner itself I dyed with a product the braymond suggested, and it came out remarkably well. You can feel the difference, but rarely do I touch my headliner. Inside the car, the color difference is pretty imperceptible.







Interesting discovery on this front. The euro A and B pillars are lower profile than the US ones. I found this out because they don't exactly line up with the US spec headliner I still have. You can only see this if you're looking for it, and I'm not going to change them for US parts because I like the extra visibility (A pillars) and shoulder clearance (B pillars) that these provide. If it was the M3 coupe I wouldn't stand for it, but standards are different here . Best pics I could get of the mating interface not being 100% spot on:







And, as previously mentioned, I'm temporarily running a Recaro Profi SPG XL on Brey Krause side mounts using OE BMW e46 power sliders.





They do improve practicality in the form of back seat leg room. This is the space behind me (6'4) in my default driving position with these seats:



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Thanks to Jon (who found these and did the local pickup for me down in Miami!), I just secured a set of 17" BBS RG-Rs for the wagon. I'm pretty excited for these-- the 18s were just a bit too form over function for me. I've actually been looking for a set in 17" since I got the car, but apparently they sold VERY few of them.



17.2 lbs each, 8000 ton forged, pretty perfect sizes/offsets
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