From RonStygar_at_aol.com Fri Apr 17 21:28:13 1998
From: Ron Stygar <RonStygar_at_aol.com>
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.
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.
Ron_at_unofficialbmw.com, FLI BMW, FLY BMW, Marlborough, CT
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