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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:15 AM
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it drives me crazy to see the cig lighter without something in that port!
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:18 AM
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it drives me crazy to see the cig lighter without something in that port!
A starter button has crossed my mind just to fill the hole but I'd feel silly turning the key and then moving my hand to hit a button. I just leave an old cig lighter in there to cover it up, mine doesn't even have power running to it because I stole it for my power seat retrofit.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:23 AM
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Yeah i leave the old cig lighter there too. mine does work, I just don't really use it for much of anything.

sometimes i'll plug my phone in, but haven't really taken this car on a long tirp yet. Nothing more than 1 and 1/2 hours.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:55 PM
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A starter button has crossed my mind just to fill the hole but I'd feel silly turning the key and then moving my hand to hit a button. I just leave an old cig lighter in there to cover it up, mine doesn't even have power running to it because I stole it for my power seat retrofit.
Heres the ones I got from rally road. Dont mind the hideous armrest..getting a all black one soon. That one was the ebay special lol.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:59 PM
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Ever since I accidentally dropped a dime into the cigarette lighter of a previous car and fried a fuse, I've always kept the lighter in place. But yes, those gauges are yummy. I want a similar setup as well.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:02 PM
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I have one of those mini flashlights in my cig outlet, looks nice and is handy.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:08 PM
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I used the power for my shift knob.
Heres the ones I got from rally road. Dont mind the hideous armrest..getting a all black one soon. That one was the ebay special lol.
Oh you fancy witch'ur quad stitching.

That e-brake handle is sexy too, might have to get one of those whenever I decide to replace the knob.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:41 PM
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Oh you fancy witch'ur quad stitching.

That e-brake handle is sexy too, might have to get one of those whenever I decide to replace the knob.
O you know son
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:55 PM
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What kinda gauges are those? Best E36 gauge match I've seen.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:06 PM
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They're just VDO gauges. Fairly common brand, but it also happens to be the case that VDO also makes the instrument cluster for our cars.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:08 PM
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They're just VDO gauges. Fairly common brand, but it also happens to be the case that VDO also makes the instrument cluster for our cars.
I really want to do that to my car, but isn't it fairly a PITA to wire them up?
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:12 PM
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Well, it's all relative. You need to find places drill/tap a few holes for installing the various sending units, but that's about as hard as it gets. So while it's not a simple plug & play affair, hot rodders have to do this sort of thing all the time. I think people make it out to be a much bigger deal than it is.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:20 PM
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Well, it's all relative. You need to find places drill/tap a few holes for installing the various sending units, but that's about as hard as it gets. So while it's not a simple plug & play affair, hot rodders have to do this sort of thing all the time. I think people make it out to be a much bigger deal than it is.
Yea, seems like a good idea for one of my next mods. However, first I must replace the oil pan gasket and I want to refresh the rear bushings and then the front end componets before anymore mods.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:26 PM
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Yes, by the time you buy all the gauges, sending units, etc., it ends up getting somewhat expensive. I've always wanted one of these in conjunction with gauges down under the HVAC:

http://store.bimmerworld.com/ati-epo...lder-p899.aspx

I'd put water temp and oil pressure up high where your eyes can see them easily/quickly, and then oil temp and battery voltage down low. As cool as they look & seem, putting gauges down behind the shifter is actually one of the worst places you can locate them. Looking for your water temp behind the shifter while at speed in a track setting would be pretty sketchy.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:21 PM
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I plan on getting a simple pillar pod for the important ones and throw a few others behind the shifter.

People always seem to think the pillar stuff is ricey but I always thought it look cool and useful.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:45 PM
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I'm jelly. Moving out west is in the works within the next couple years.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:32 AM
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Been working on Eddie's 633CSi. Painted the horrid chipped, faded and brake-dust-covered wheels after cleaning them up. Need to finish the cut-and-polish on the rest of the car, but we've been so excited driving it we dropped the pretty-up campaign for a bit. Ordered $850 worth of bits and pieces for it yesterday, mostly maintenance and suspension stuff.

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Old 10-09-2012, 09:31 AM
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:52 PM
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:43 PM
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I always enjoy updates from Ken's BMW farm.
so funny to call it a farm...but i can sooo ototaly see that.

i also enjoy these updates, though. secretly i am jelly...



but i do like the console guage set up, and i like the a-pillar. not sure i like the column mounted deal, though...would probably have to see it in place.

would want to use an a/f, coolant temp, oil pressure, and maybe some others (not yet sure) but i *do* want them to match the oe style of the instrument cluster.

will have to go check out vdo's....


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Old 10-09-2012, 05:49 PM
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:33 PM
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Today I installed two new center caps on my wheels. Makes the other two look *warn* so ill probably order two others...

And I looked at all my parts that came for the rear shock refresh. Except the shocks.... Le sigh. I'll have to wait till November for those.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:38 PM
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Bummer to have to wait like that. At least they'll be super easy to install when you finally get them.
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