View Full Version : US to Canadian Conversion help needed.

01-30-2010, 10:38 PM
I'll be bringing my 740iL up next week and I have access to a parts car to hopefully get the items neccesary to bring it up to RIV standards.

Question #1.Is there a specific relay for daytime running lights? and if so , where is it?

#2. rear seat child seat belt attchments. How many & where?

#3. rumoured cluster change? Or can I use the display overlays?

#4. Anything else?

Thanks in advance for any help !

01-31-2010, 02:10 PM
For the DRL's, they can be programmed on/off with any GT1 machine

01-31-2010, 06:36 PM
i dont think you need to make any cluster changes.
program your DRLS as stated with the GT1. are you sure you need child seat anchors? i dont have any in my 3. and its legal.
also youll need a letter from BMW canada stating the car is devoid of recall defects (fork over some big change) not to mention a bunch of other red tape bs that lines the pockets of our ever so wonderful MOT.

01-31-2010, 07:12 PM
I imported mine a few years ago and you do need DRL and a BMW letter stating there are no outstanding recalls on the car. Cluster can stay how it is. RIV accepted a carfax for my car about the no outstanding recalls all, don't know how picky there are now a days.

btw I toke off the DRL after it passed inspection at the Canadian Tire which RIV makes ya do.

SFX Group
06-16-2011, 10:38 PM
I imported 3 motorcycles from the UK to Canada, know RIV very well now (not a good thing lol)

Dash will be fine (they give you stickers, however you have KPH in the middle so thats legal), Seatbelt you can do with getting the bolt, if you sound like you know what your doing the Canadian Tire people are good, i got away with alot on the bikes (no RIV sticker on that bike yet, was still in my hand, it passed).

Headlights can be programmed as it should be HIGH BEAM at half power, ive seen some with the HID main lights on all the time (which is legal) but will burn the lamps out.

I am sure i have the programming code needed to change those (once you are at BMW with the computer plugged in).

One dealer quoted me $100 to do it, was about 15 mins work to plug computer in and shoot the code to the car).

Your need a recal letter to confirm all recals completed and something to prove there are no chassis damage in its history (CARFAX will probs do for that), however letter from BMW will be the longest hardest part i think of all of this (had issues with the bikes over that).

Be carful about ringing RIV, they dont know everything (normal people in a call center), i spoke with Customs who knew what i needed way better, even told me to get stuff in email from RIV as they have a habbit of getting stuff wrong.

Your next problem (maybe) will be MTO, however with a USA car you should be fine (i have a UK bike with 12 digit VIN which the letter from Honda on there headed paper with my VIN on wasnt good enough for them, however was fine for RIV and Customs, go figure !!!!

while here, go to the RIV website, they have a nice form with check boxes for you to tick to make sure you did everything, worked wonders for me :)