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Old 03-26-2004, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I baught a set of corner lights for my e36 325i and attempted to install them today but ran into a little delema.
Once installed, they left a gap inbetween the top of the corner light and the metal of the car.

Origionally, the stock corner light fit tight against the metal the whole way around with the rubber.

I took it off because of this, and once I attempted to put the stock lights back they were having the same problem.

I'm not sure whats going on so if anyone has any past experience with this and knows anything that may be of use to me please let me know asap.

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Old 03-26-2004, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ae you sure they arent for 2 doors?

also im currious were these from ebay
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it wouldn't matter if they were from ebay or not in his case. He said he tried to fit the originals back on and he had the same problem. I'm wondering if maybe you broke something off in there, or you took a bolt off to something you shouldn't have? or like mark said they might be for the 2dr...
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The actual slider/rails for the corner light is actually attached to the headlight. So you have to adjust the headlight. Unscrew the bolts holding the headlight in place and move it around till the corner lamp slides in properly and fits the way you want it. It's quite difficult and time consuming, but it's the only way.

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I don't know if thats the problem he's having here.. did you not read his full post? he said he tried to refit the stock ones and he was then having the same problem as the clear corners.... maybe there is an adjustment you ended up changing when you removed the OEM corners.. I guess the only thing you can do is check that and if that doesn't fit it, use a crow bar and try and pry your headlights and wack your fender really hard to see if you can bend them together..... :P
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I don't know if thats the problem he's having here.. did you not read his full post? he said he tried to refit the stock ones and he was then having the same problem as the clear corners.... maybe there is an adjustment you ended up changing when you removed the OEM corners.. I guess the only thing you can do is check that and if that doesn't fit it, use a crow bar and try and pry your headlights and wack your fender really hard to see if you can bend them together..... :P
Did you not read my post? I said adjusting the headlights actually affects the position of the turn signal lens. There are a total of 5 bolts attached to the headlights which affects the overall position of the turn signal lens. The sliders/rails for the turn signal lens are attached to the headlight. Therefore, moving the headlight around will reposition the turn signal lens as well.

Simply put, the adjustments for the turn signal lenses are on the headlights. Exactly what I said before.

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Haha!
Thanks guys.

I see what he's saying. The rail to slide the corner light in is attached to the headlight and if the headlight is moved just a tab bit in the wrong direction it could cause the corner light to come unalligned.

Atleast, that's what I think he said. LOl, I think I'll fiddle arround with that tomorrow and see how that goes. In the meantime, any other ideas or suggestions are always welcome.
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Haha!
Thanks guys.

I see what he's saying. The rail to slide the corner light in is attached to the headlight and if the headlight is moved just a tab bit in the wrong direction it could cause the corner light to come unalligned.

Atleast, that's what I think he said. LOl, I think I'll fiddle arround with that tomorrow and see how that goes. In the meantime, any other ideas or suggestions are always welcome.
Yep that's what I said, or what I was trying to say.

Give it a try and let us know how things turn out.

Good luck,

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Autotechnica is correct. There are 5 bolt screws that hold the headlight assembly in place. Once removed, there are 5 plastic mounts (what the bolt screws fit into) that can be screwed in or out to adjust how high or low the assembly sits. Because the turn signal slides into the headlight assembly, the headlight assembly will dictate how the turn signal sits in the hole as well. Either that or you didn't get the turn signal in the two guides on the side of the headlight assembly correctly.

...i just wanted to say headlight aseembly one more time...
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Autotechnica is correct. There are 5 bolt screws that hold the headlight assembly in place. Once removed, there are 5 plastic mounts (what the bolt screws fit into) that can be screwed in or out to adjust how high or low the assembly sits. Because the turn signal slides into the headlight assembly, the headlight assembly will dictate how the turn signal sits in the hole as well. Either that or you didn't get the turn signal in the two guides on the side of the headlight assembly correctly.

...i just wanted to say headlight aseembly one more time...
Good point, I forgot to add that you change the position of the lens by screwing in those plastic mounts. There is also a little bit of left and right sideways play for adjustment as well.

When you tighten the screws, make sure not to over tighten. Many people (I'm one of them) make this mistake and actually crack the plastic mounts by over tightening. They are for adjustment mostly, so just tighten it enough so it won't move.

I said "Turn signal lens" 5 times in one of my posts. :lol:

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Thanks again guys, never got a chance to fool with it yet, but hopfully Monday I will have a chance.

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and once I attempted to put the stock lights back they were having the same problem.

You are puttin them back on wrong, the first time i took mine off and put them back on it left that gap, just mess around with it a bit and you'll get it right, but that same exact thing happened to me
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What did you do to solve the problem? Move the headlights?
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