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From Fri Apr 17 21:28:13 1998
From: Ron Stygar <>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 00:25:57 EDT
Subject: <E36> Lets Euro alarm LED my '96 328is

From comments on the BMW-digest (Rob Mudry was the original poster), I purchased the Euro alarm LED module just to see what it looked like. It has a finished look, unlike the lets drill a hole in a blank panel and mount the LED look. Although not plug and play, it is relatively easy to install.


        1 each BMW Control lamp 65 75 8 357 417           $17.30 retail.
        1 each BMW Connector    90 88 6 387 160            $4.55 retail.
        2 each BMW pins         61 13 8 366 260            $0.21 retail each. 
        2 each Pins AMP .025 MOD.IV Mouser 571-860162      $0.31 each.

The following is just a guide. Read it completely before attempting this modification. I completed this modification on my '96 328is (build date 4/96) with the stock BMW alarm. If your car is different, modify the following accordingly. As always, feel free to do it your way.

AMP 025

Here we go:

When I initially installed my Euro alarm LED module, it was not that bright. The LED was also off center. Since I had already taken the module apart to see what was inside (maybe that's why its off center :)), it dawned on me that the stock alarm LED has no resistor in it. The Euro module has a 5.1k resistor in series with the LED. I took the Euro alarm LED module apart again (pry open gently in the tab areas and insert thin vinyl shim stock or whatever between the tabs and outer case and work it out) and jumped out the 5.1 K resistor in series with the Euro module LED. I lined up the LED and put it back together. Now its nice and bright and appears to rotate as it blinks (How does it do that?). Looks good. When I woke up this morning, it was still blinking. It auto shuts down after 36 hours with no activity, according to the alarm owners manual. This proved to be true.

The Euro alarm LED module connector comes with no pins. Remove the shift boot by pressing in on the sides. Push up under the stock alarm LED blank panel assembly to remove it. Cut the violet and black alarm LED wires going to the stock LED. Leave a couple of inches of wire on the stock LED in case you want to use it again. Solder the BMW or AMP .025 MOD.IV connector pins that fit the Euro alarm LED module connector to the violet and black stock alarm LED wires. If you are installing the alarm for the first time or if there is enough slack you can unplug the two pin white connector (that goes to the stock LED) and do the soldering on your work bench. If not, place a towel over the console area, just in case, prior to soldering. Violet is plus and goes to pin 1 of the pin holder. Black is ground and goes to pin 4 of the pin holder. The tab on each pin goes in the rectangular opening just below the pin holder annotation in the above photo. Slide on the pin cover until it clicks in place. Run the connector up through the opening where the module goes. Plug the connector into the Euro alarm LED module.

Arm the alarm. If the Euro alarm LED module blinks, good job! Install the Euro alarm LED module. Install the shift boot., FLI BMW, FLY BMW, Marlborough, CT
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