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Old 09-01-2014, 10:25 PM
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There are different ways of approaching the tail light issue and apparently the LED option is one of them. Here's the other option. http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...ation-fix.html
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On my '01 I first thought the problem was poor surface conductivity, etc. as detailed in the PDF fix early on in this thread. Problem came back though a couple of times, until ...

I realized that the root cause of the problems was that the conductors in the taillight assembly had separated from the plastic housing - those little melted nubs that hold the conductor in place has cracked off. This made the conductor looser than it should be, so that by some bending and tweaking, and polishing, I could get it back in place and convince myself that it was fixed. But the problem came back.

The fix for me was to drill tiny holes and put tiny screws in place, firmly holding the conductors in place on the plastic housing - doing the job that the melted plastic nubs had stopped doing. This way, the tension holding the bulb contacts against the housing contacts was strong and constant. No more failures since doing this.

It makes sense that once the plastic nub cracks off, contact pressure is lost, and an intermittent electrical connection can result. If left unrepaired, the resistance at that flaky interface will generate heat to melt things and make them worse.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:52 PM
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It makes sense that once the plastic nub cracks off, contact pressure is lost, and an intermittent electrical connection can result. If left unrepaired, the resistance at that flaky interface will generate heat to melt things and make them worse.
Great fix and your statement about further issues developing if this is left unresolved is so true - at least one member here has had his LKM killed as a result of the intermittent lamp contacts. Required new driver ICs to be soldered into the LKM...
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After HEAVILY researching tail light replacement options for my 2004 3.0...my main question centers around what, if any, improvements were brought about by the newer version of Spyder LED tail lights (ALT-YD-BE5300-LED-RC vs. ALT-JH-BE5300-LED-RC) From what I can tell, the top (turn signal) portion goes from more opaque white looking to more chrome looking and the clear (reverse) lens portion is made to be a full strip accross, instead of a small rectangle. I didn't think anyone needed ANOTHER tail light post, so I am piggy-backing off of this one. Can any one help me to discern between these two models any further? Ebay pricing is $150 vs. $300...I DO KNOW that much!
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from my experience you may need to replace the whole assembly, which i had to do for both sides.. Dont know if this thread was solved or not
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I know that these are consistently problematic from the factory (I have already replaced one whole assembly with genuine unit 2yrs ago). Needing to now resolve THAT replacement - I have decided to go the LED route for whole setup. HOWEVER, it appears that SPYDER has developed two different models, and feedback I was most interested in is any type of real comparison (besides the 2x price difference). Here is a visual of the different models:
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the LED ones looked cool but i am a fan of the halogen ones, it looked cooler going behind it a night time, from seeing other E53's with the halogens (no disrespect to the owners of the LED ones)
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Mario, I agree with you about the looks. Unfortunately, for my wife's e53 - I am ready to make the move to hassle-free LED's...IF that ends up being the case. Ha.
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After HEAVILY researching tail light replacement options for my 2004 3.0...my main question centers around what, if any, improvements were brought about by the newer version of Spyder LED tail lights (ALT-YD-BE5300-LED-RC vs. ALT-JH-BE5300-LED-RC) From what I can tell, the top (turn signal) portion goes from more opaque white looking to more chrome looking and the clear (reverse) lens portion is made to be a full strip accross, instead of a small rectangle. I didn't think anyone needed ANOTHER tail light post, so I am piggy-backing off of this one. Can any one help me to discern between these two models any further? Ebay pricing is $150 vs. $300...I DO KNOW that much!
I cannot see much difference either - the smoked is one is more expensive because smoked is more popular maybe?

BTW, the specs say these fit from 2001 to 2006 - which makes me a little suspicious, as there are many differences in pre- and post-facelift tail light connections and operation.... These may not be plug and play as suggested. And I'm not a fan of LED tails on the E53 anyway - the lighting system was not designed for LED and they can cause issues. Especially on the facelift cars (after Sep 2003). Yes, I know lots of folk run LED tails on the E53 with no problems - that they know of. Just as many folk have also had problems.

But given the utter crap construction of the OEM incandescent (not halogen, BTW) tails, I don't blame anyone for looking for alternative either!
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Thanks for the feedback, Wayne. Pics are both of "clear" versions (one with better lighting, obviously)...so I wouldn't even be paying for smoke!
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