BMW 2 Series/M2 DRL Boards - Installation Guide

BMW 2 Series/M2 DRL Boards - Installation Guide

Installation Guide for LED DRL Boards on BMW 2 Series/M2

At DrlsDirect, we understand the passion for upgrading your BMW 2 Series or M2. That's why we carefully crafted this guide on how to install DRL boards on your BMW 2 Series/M2. This guide covers both pre-facelift and facelift models of the BMW F series. So, let's dive in and transform the look of your car!

Note: Always consult your vehicle's manual or seek professional assistance if you are unsure about any step. Our DRL LED boards are designed to fit only original headlights and are not suitable for aftermarket headlights.

Gather Your Tools And Materials

  • T20 Torx screwdriver or 5mm Allen key (depending on your car's specifications)
  • Knife or blade
  • Double-sided adhesive tape (preferably thermal glue)
  • Clean cloth or alcohol wipes for cleaning
  • Replacement circuit boards (CSL-Yellow, Red, Blue, or RGB variant)

Installation Process

Before we dive into the installation process, it's important to ensure the ignition is off and the battery is disconnected, to prevent electrical issues.

Step 1: Prepare Your BMW For The Upgrade
  1. Start by locating the DRL module. Depending on your specific model, it may be secured with either T20 screws or 5mm Allen bolts.
  2. Remove all three screws or bolts, taking care not to misplace them. Gently lift the cover to reveal the circuit boards.
  3. On either side of the circuit boards, you'll find pinch release cables. Pinch and release these cables to disconnect the circuit boards.
Step 1: Prepare Your BMW For The Upgrade
Step 2: Removing The Old Circuit Boards
  1. Carefully detach the old circuit boards from the frames. The boards are held in place with glue, so it's important to exercise caution during this process.
  2. To remove the circuit boards, insert the blade of a knife between the board and the frame. Slowly and carefully work your way around, gradually separating the board from the glue.
  3. Take extra care not to damage the circuit boards, as you may need to re-install them in the future.
Step 3: Installing The New Circuit Boards
  1. Clean off any residual glue from the frames using a clean cloth or alcohol wipes. Ensure the frames are free from debris and thoroughly dry.
  2. Apply the thermal glue to the bottom of the new circuit boards.
  3. Carefully match the orientation of the new circuit boards to the original ones. Pay attention to the plug and LED orientation.
  4. Align the new circuit boards with the frames, ensuring they fit snugly. Press the boards firmly onto the frames, taking care not to touch the LEDs.

Note: Be sure to allow the thermal adhesive to dry before reapplying and testing. To ensure the best results, it is advisable to consult the product's instructions or manufacturer's recommendations for the specific drying and curing times.

Step 3: Installing The New Circuit Boards
Step 4: Reinstalling And Testing The DRLs
  1. Gently slide the DRL module back into place, making sure it aligns correctly. Secure it by reinserting and tightening the screws or bolts.
  2. Connect the pinch release cables back to the circuit boards on both sides, ensuring a secure connection.
  3. Check if both sides light up. If everything looks perfect, the installation of single color boards is complete. Proceed with the next step if you have the RGB variant.
Step 4: Reinstalling And Testing The DRLs
Step 5: Installing and Connecting the RGB Boards
  1. The initial steps for installing the RGB boards are the same as those for the single color boards. Once you've successfully installed the boards, you'll find there are extra wires to manage.
  2. Run the wiring harness from the boards to the RGB controller. The controller features a QR code on its back for you to download the required app to manage the RGB+W control.
  3. Next, you'll need to connect the harness and Bluetooth module to a switched power source. Attach the black wire (grounding wire) to a grounding point on the chassis, and connect the red wire (positive wire) either to the battery or using a clamp piece to the headlight wiring harness.
  4. The wire from the RGB+W boards gets pinched between the headlight housing and the foam gasket of the heat sink. This doesn't exert too much pressure and the foam gasket seals around the wiring to prevent water ingress.
Step 5: Installing and Connecting the RGB Boards


We hope this guide has been helpful to you, and we encourage you to consult professionals or experienced individuals if you have any doubts or concerns during the installation process. Remember, your safety is paramount, so always disconnect the battery before working with electrical components.

Thank you for choosing DrlsDirect as your trusted source for automotive lighting and information. Safe driving!


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