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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-01-2015, 12:10 AM
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Posted By johnf
I almost ended up with a cabrio when I ordered my...

I almost ended up with a cabrio when I ordered my coupe, but BMW corrected that a couple weeks before production.

There must be some interesting refinements you can make to a cabrio.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By johnf
So, you guys all have cabrios? Oh, forget what I...

So, you guys all have cabrios? Oh, forget what I have written. ;)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 02:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
That wouldn't hurt, but I am pretty sure the tail...

That wouldn't hurt, but I am pretty sure the tail light wiring does not go into the boot/trunk lid. From memory, there is wiring into the lid for the trunk light, trunk lock, license plate lights,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 01:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By johnf
You may find the distractive glare to be a bit of...

You may find the distractive glare to be a bit of a challenge. Almost all white LEDs have a honking big blue peak around 460 nm, since they are really blue LEDs with a phosphor adding a second,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 12:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
You are welcome. As you may have guessed (or...

You are welcome. As you may have guessed (or know?), I have done some similar projects.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By johnf
If your car doesn't have foot well lights, they...

If your car doesn't have foot well lights, they are also good to add. The 1-series has some multicolor LED units that might be fun to try.

The two issues I noticed after changing to LEDs were ...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
The Canadian DRL module pulse width modulates the...

The Canadian DRL module pulse width modulates the high beams at 40% on. You could use a couple power resistors clamped to the chassis to dim the low beams. They would need to drop about 2V and...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
Pulse Width Modulating the bulbs to be on roughly...

Pulse Width Modulating the bulbs to be on roughly 3/4ths of the time should dim them about right. The bulbs should still be hot enough to support the halogen cycle.

It was just a thought. I can...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2015, 12:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
I like those numbers. Dimming those bulbs to 1500...

I like those numbers. Dimming those bulbs to 1500 lm would roughly double their already long life.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-26-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
Perhaps I should put them in sooner. Osram has...

Perhaps I should put them in sooner. Osram has since come out with a Silverstar Version 2.0...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-26-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
From what I have read, 100W bulbs don't win you...

From what I have read, 100W bulbs don't win you much. I gather folks slip insulation over the wiring inside the headlight to protect it from the added heat.

I can't use the ones I have seen...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-26-2015, 02:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
I did a little checking in the BMW wiring...

I did a little checking in the BMW wiring diagrams and took apart a check control module.

I think you are right to not want to increase the fuse size. The brake light circuit has some 0.35 mm^2...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
I don't think U.S. E36s ever had rear fog lights....

I don't think U.S. E36s ever had rear fog lights.

The E36 was first designed for Germany and Europe, and then adapted for North America. As part of the adaptation, someone decided to neuter the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
Yes. A cold brake light filament has about one...

Yes. A cold brake light filament has about one tenth the resistance of when it is hot which puts a very large initial surge through the brake light switch contacts that slowly burn them away. The...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
Folks have successfully doubled up the brake...

Folks have successfully doubled up the brake lights that way. The one drawback I expect is that you will have to replace the brake light switch more often. That issue would disappear if you converted...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,120
Posted By johnf
That's right, both sides have dual filament...

That's right, both sides have dual filament bulbs. The law only requires a rear fog light on the driver's side, but allows another on the passenger side. I like having two as it appears you are...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2015, 02:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By johnf
Would these...

Would these (http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=13175) threads (http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=40804&highlight=obc+retrofit) interest you, about replacing your present little...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-24-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,365
Posted By johnf
Where are you looking?

Where are you looking?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-24-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,365
Posted By johnf
They must have come off a U.S. market car. A...

They must have come off a U.S. market car.

A car would fail the annual light test and the biannual vehicle inspection if that pin were missing on the driver side tail lamp.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-24-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,365
Posted By johnf
Rear fog lights are standard safety equipment...

Rear fog lights are standard safety equipment throughout Europe. I would be quite surprised if there were any cars built for the EC that didn't get them.

A 1996 German and a 1996 U.S. owner's...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-18-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 224
Posted By johnf
The project is harder than you might suppose. You...

The project is harder than you might suppose. You need an LED or LEDs that shines a ring of light sideways, most of the way around a circle.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-18-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 224
Posted By johnf
Give it a little time. A 194 is 3.2W, nine times...

Give it a little time. A 194 is 3.2W, nine times the original wattage.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-03-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 548
Posted By johnf
That looks like sheet -00 from a 1998 European...

That looks like sheet -00 from a 1998 European ETM. If you look a little more, or click the link a couple posts back, you should end up with an ETM compiled specifically for your NA car and model...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-03-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 548
Posted By johnf
Look around for something like "1993 e36 bmw...

Look around for something like "1993 e36 bmw wiring diagrams", find sheet 6312.0-01 and print it out. It is a secondary source and probably more specific than the tertiary Bentley manual.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-03-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 548
Posted By johnf
The orange object is one of the airbag crash...

The orange object is one of the airbag crash sensors. The check control module is under the dash.

That eliminator could have internally overheated and shorted out, blown out the circuit it was on,...
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