Aftermarket 3rd brake light poor fit.

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Aftermarket 3rd brake light poor fit.

Post by steve_naive » Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:33 pm

I'd heard aftermarket lights were on par with the expensive OEM versions, so nabbed one off ebay:

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Am I doing it wrong? Had to really tighten the nuts down to get the rubber seal to snug in, and even then it was questionable.
I'd bought the newer, softer springs from BMW to avoid the whole issue of pressure cracking. So this is a big no-no!

Anybody know of an aftermarket version that actually fits?

Edit: should point out that it's the rubber seal that's the issue. Too squared off for purpose. The seal on the one I already had in is bevelled, maybe I could reuse it?

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Post by noiseboy72 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:43 pm

I found that heating the assembly over a blow torch allowed me to bend it to the correct shape. I didn't notice the seal being the issue, more the overly shallow radius.
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Post by steve_naive » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:55 pm

noiseboy72 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:43 pm
I found that heating the assembly over a blow torch allowed me to bend it to the correct shape. I didn't notice the seal being the issue, more the overly shallow radius.
Ooh. Is that with an aftermarket piece?

I don't own a blow torch, maybe a hot hairdryer! How do you assure an consistent radius when heating?

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Post by noiseboy72 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:53 pm

After market clear type.

I'm sure a hair dryer or hot air gun would work just as well. I just kept test fitting it until it was slightly over bent and then fitted the nuts.

Looking at it 12 months later, it's relaxed back a little, but is only a mm or 2 proud.
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Post by steve_naive » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:28 pm

Sending mine back. Bought a genuine one for 50 quid.

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Post by oldgitdave » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:15 pm

Yeah, I had a nightmare with a non oem one, not the only one either:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116958&p=1678206#p1678206
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Post by steve_naive » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:29 pm

oldgitdave wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:15 pm
Yeah, I had a nightmare with a non oem one, not the only one either:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116958&p=1678206#p1678206
How did I miss that one??

My connecter actually worked but the fit was rubbish. Literally only changed it to be watertight.

Also got my genuine one from prentice portadown BMW. Thought I'd be paying 80 quid. :thumbsup:

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Post by oldgitdave » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:47 pm

steve_naive wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:29 pm
oldgitdave wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:15 pm
Yeah, I had a nightmare with a non oem one, not the only one either:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116958&p=1678206#p1678206
How did I miss that one??

My connecter actually worked but the fit was rubbish. Literally only changed it to be watertight.

Also got my genuine one from prentice portadown BMW. Thought I'd be paying 80 quid. :thumbsup:
Me too. I was pleasantly surprised at the price from them :thumbsup: . I also found that that, as well as the fit, the seal is much better quality than the non OEM. Let's hope they last eh? :D .
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Post by steve_naive » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:29 pm

oldgitdave wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:47 pm
steve_naive wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:29 pm
oldgitdave wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:15 pm
Yeah, I had a nightmare with a non oem one, not the only one either:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116958&p=1678206#p1678206
How did I miss that one??

My connecter actually worked but the fit was rubbish. Literally only changed it to be watertight.

Also got my genuine one from prentice portadown BMW. Thought I'd be paying 80 quid. :thumbsup:
Me too. I was pleasantly surprised at the price from them :thumbsup: . I also found that that, as well as the fit, the seal is much better quality than the non OEM. Let's hope they last eh? :D .
I bought those softer springs and plan on being very gentle when closing the boot. :D

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Post by oldgitdave » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:37 pm

steve_naive wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:29 pm
oldgitdave wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:47 pm
steve_naive wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:29 pm


How did I miss that one??

My connecter actually worked but the fit was rubbish. Literally only changed it to be watertight.

Also got my genuine one from prentice portadown BMW. Thought I'd be paying 80 quid. :thumbsup:
Me too. I was pleasantly surprised at the price from them :thumbsup: . I also found that that, as well as the fit, the seal is much better quality than the non OEM. Let's hope they last eh? :D .
I bought those softer springs and plan on being very gentle when closing the boot. :D
Me too :thumbsup: . After reading on here I bought new springs & nuts. Just got to train wifey not to slam the boot :roll: .
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Post by AndyBeech » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:55 pm

With the OEM one it might not initially be flush but after fitting it'll settle into position. This is what I found with mine anyway. Also thought it was a problem but mine now sits flush like it should.
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Post by Mr roadster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:17 pm

Hi guys my third brake light disintegrated. Went to bmw dealership Stockton on tees Cleveland £97.00 so what did you guys pay.
I’ve ordered a spurious one hope it fits because I certainly don’t want to pay £97.00 incl vat :headbang:

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Post by saj77 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:26 pm

Mr roadster wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:17 pm
Hi guys my third brake light disintegrated. Went to bmw dealership Stockton on tees Cleveland £97.00 so what did you guys pay.
I’ve ordered a spurious one hope it fits because I certainly don’t want to pay £97.00 incl vat :headbang:
For a clear one...
Item 122739985899 on eBay. £54:40. BMW Coventry
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Post by oldgitdave » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:02 pm

saj77 wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:26 pm
Mr roadster wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:17 pm
Hi guys my third brake light disintegrated. Went to bmw dealership Stockton on tees Cleveland £97.00 so what did you guys pay.
I’ve ordered a spurious one hope it fits because I certainly don’t want to pay £97.00 incl vat :headbang:
For a clear one...
Item 122739985899 on eBay. £54:40. BMW Coventry
I bought this one:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-BMW- ... 3717079258
A tad more than that but still reasonable 👍.
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Post by Mr roadster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:14 pm

Thanks oldgitdave that’s a hell of a difference in price I thought all bmw dealers charged the same obviously not thanks again. I will ring them.i will keep spurious one for spare.

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