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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 04-22-2014, 02:37 AM
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Bypassing ecu

Hi does anyone know how to bypass an auto ecu? For a manual gearbox?


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Old 04-22-2014, 07:28 AM
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Why? You need the auto ECU for the ABS function on your car, if you did the manual swap. If you bypass it, bad things can happen for someone that believes in Form over function. Very bad things.
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Why? You need the auto ECU for the ABS function on your car, if you did the manual swap. If you bypass it, bad things can happen for someone that believes in Form over function. Very bad things.
Well, I mean, ABS isn't really that important. If you are a good driver with extensive time driving under adverse and emergency conditions without ABS, you'll be fine.

I wouldn't suggest removing ABS for the record.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:38 PM
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If youneed a ecu with abs for manual I have one...lol

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:29 PM
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If youneed a ecu with abs for manual I have one...lol

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That won't work unless he swaps out the ABS module, along with the harness, DME, reverse light switch, clutch switch, etc. Ask me how I know...
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:13 AM
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If you have the proper scanner all you have to do is clear out the "variant" adaptions on the ECU, ABS, and EWS. This will make it so that the car learns what it has. As long as you have the manual harness you should be okay.
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