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Old 07-12-2004, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I remember someone saying to take off the 3rd brake light and tint around it because it looks better. Can anyone help me out with this, I searched but couldn't find it anywhere.
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I would also like to know, I'm about to tint as well in a couple days.
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Ok, I have really dark tint around all my windows on my 535i!! 5% back 3 windows and 15% on front 2 and it looks just fine with the 3rd brake light not tinted... My sister has 35% all the way around her 325is and it looks good without tint over the 3rd brake light, but if its easy to do, I might look into it when I get my tint darker but I dont know yet!!
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The entire procedure is this:

Remove lower rear seat cushion by pulling up on its corners to release it from the restraints.

Remove upper seat cushion by pulling toward you on the upper left and right hand corners. This part takes a considerable amount of effort compared to the lower seats. If the upper portion has never been removed, there will be an 8mm bolt on each side fastening it in place behind the seatbelt latch. Don't reinstall it, as it serves no purpose.

With both seat sections out, remove the pillar trim on each side. Its fragile, so you'll have to coax it rather than just yank.

Next you need to unclip the rear shelf. Slide a screwdriver underneath the pop rivets, pry them up, and they'll come right out. Now you can slide the rear shelf forward. You can take it out of the car if you wish, as it will give you more room to work, but you don't have to. To remove it completelt unbolt the seatbelt fasteners on the bottom and slide them through the opening.

Now you will have access to the 3rd brake light. It is held in place by 3 screws. Unscrew them and remove the unit.
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I took out all the stuff like El Presidente said and its not easy, I wanted to clean the 3rd brake light because it had dirt on it. I wouldn't recommend it but since I'm going to tint in a couple days I guess I could leave all that stuff off and get them to tint over the light.
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