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Old 08-08-2004, 08:48 AM   #1
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DDE Remote install (if you don't have footwell lighting)

So you want to have remote control DDEs, but don't have footwell lighting? The only thing you need is an extension wire and 20mins of spare time.

When you purchase the remote kit you'll gain access to a thorough description of how that is done. Therefore I'm only gonna show what you have to do if you don't have footwell lighting. The remote DDE kit needs to hook up to an interior light wire; this is what makes the DDEs work in conjunction with the interior lights. The remote kit wire enters the interior in this area (footwell), which makes the footwell light wire the most convenient one to hook up to. But.. if your car doesn't have footwell lighting, you'll have to find another interior light wire. I chose the dome light. As the supplied remote kit wire is not long enough to reach the dome light you'll need an extension wire. Any similar wire will do.

Ok, let me show you.

Connect the extension wire to the dome light interior light wire (red & blue one). Use supplied clip.


Pull the extension wire through the roof so it comes out at the top of the windshield.


Route the wire along the top of the windshield towards the a-pillar. Use a flathead screwdriver to tuck to wire into the gap between the a-pillar & the roof.


I did not want to mess with the airbag in the a-pillar, so I decided to route the wire under the black lining on the left side of the a-pillar.


Now you just need to connect the extension wire to the DDE remote wire. Use the above mentioned screwdriver to tuck the wire into the gap along the side of the dash foam.




Voila.


Thanks to Jlevi for helping me to accomplish this intricate operation.
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Old 08-08-2004, 05:10 PM   #2
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Stein,
Very well done, my friend!
I thought you were going to run it along the inside - or is that what you did, and I misread?

Hopefully Presns323i will read this thread
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Old 08-08-2004, 05:22 PM   #3
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Very well done, my friend!
I thought you were going to run it along the inside - or is that what you did, and I misread?
I ran the wire along the top of the windshield, then across the top of the a-pillar and then tucked it under the black lining on the left side of the pillar. There's obviously several ways to route the wire, but this one seemed easiest to me. I don't know.. just don't want the wire to interfer with the pillar airbag. Hm.. the airbag would probably blast the wire to pieces anyway but..
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Old 08-09-2004, 01:14 AM   #4
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thats awesome, whered you get the DDE extension wire?
i think my wire is too thick to run through the black lining
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:29 AM   #5
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I suggest 18 guage wire with MULTIPLE strands inside.

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Old 08-24-2004, 12:19 AM   #6
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i dont have the footwell lighting either, but i took the cover off under the steering wheel and there are about 30 wires all tied together running to the rear and the right side of the car.......

now ONE of the wires is actually red and blue......do you think that is the same wire that would normally be tapped into for the footwell lighting or is it for something else, i was going to tap it and see what happend, but i dont want to screw anything up.
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i dont have the footwell lighting either, but i took the cover off under the steering wheel and there are about 30 wires all tied together running to the rear and the right side of the car.......

now ONE of the wires is actually red and blue......do you think that is the same wire that would normally be tapped into for the footwell lighting or is it for something else, i was going to tap it and see what happend, but i dont want to screw anything up.
DONT DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thats what i did. i blew a fuse in my car, and the car wouldnt start anymore.
i had to get the car towed to a shop.
if you look closely, thers like 3 or 4 wires that are red and blue.
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:33 AM   #8
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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek

ok thanks, wow am i glad i didnt try it to see what happens
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Old 08-30-2004, 05:34 PM   #9
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Old 08-30-2004, 05:36 PM   #10
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thank God there is hope!
i did this install with out footwell lighting and i havent had a single issue...worked well!
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Old 10-07-2004, 03:13 PM   #11
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DONT DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thats what i did. i blew a fuse in my car, and the car wouldnt start anymore.
i had to get the car towed to a shop.
if you look closely, thers like 3 or 4 wires that are red and blue.
if you do this mod.. just make sure you have 5pin auto relay.. not the 4 pin.. the 5th pin is a 2nd trigger input. the new relay is a 30/40 amp 12/14vdc SPDT relay..
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Old 10-07-2004, 04:58 PM   #12
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if you do this mod.. just make sure you have 5pin auto relay.. not the 4 pin.. the 5th pin is a 2nd trigger input. the new relay is a 30/40 amp 12/14vdc SPDT relay..
Bingo - which is one of the components in the PNP Kit
Did you guys get the other set of DDEs fully installed, Fernando?

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Old 07-31-2009, 10:31 PM   #13
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Since i just installed a set I figured I would let you know ifd you don't have a foot well light. Connector x253(54 Pin ZKE black plug) pin 18 rt/bl. That wire is the interior light switch out of the GM tap into that for fade in and out of the remote trigger.


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supposedly this works also
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:02 PM   #14
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Aw dang why didn't I think of that. I took out the A*****ar and ran the extension up through it and into the headliner using a 22-gauge wire from radio shack.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:28 PM   #15
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i think ima set mine up tomorrow morning!
we'll see how it goes
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:21 AM   #16
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it works like a charm!
connecter x253 pin 18 rt/bl works in the glove box :]
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:04 PM   #17
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Wow, that's the biggest waste of time on an installation I've ever seen.
If you don't have a footwell light, tap into the light for inside the glovebox, no complicated connectors, searching for cables etc.
2 minute job if it takes you 1:30 to unscrew the glove compartment... Comes on when you unlock the car, turns off when you lock it...
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Wow, that's the biggest waste of time on an installation I've ever seen.
If you don't have a footwell light, tap into the light for inside the glovebox, no complicated connectors, searching for cables etc.
2 minute job if it takes you 1:30 to unscrew the glove compartment... Comes on when you unlock the car, turns off when you lock it...
your glovebox light?
i don't think so... it only comes on when you open your glove box... doesn't it?
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:37 AM   #19
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your glovebox light?
i don't think so... it only comes on when you open your glove box... doesn't it?
The power to the light comes on when you unlock the car and goes out when you lock it. If you leave the car off and unlocked it turns off after 30 minutes.
The light bulb itself has a mechanical push button switch that clicks it on when you pull the glove compartment down, which doesn't really matter, since you don't need the actual light on, you just need power on the wire to use as a trigger.

I've done this on 3 E46s, by FAR the easiest and fastest installation.
And if you don't care about the fading effect, which I don't (it just comes on and off), then you can save yourself money and use a 3 prong relay from radio shack for $3-$4 and not mess with the ECU box.
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:53 PM   #20
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Ok this is a loooonnnggg shot. Here it goes, could the images be re-hosted? Cause I seem to run in the same problem as OP with no footwell light. I have understood step 1 to 3. However, where do I tuck the wire along the a pillar? I don't want to mess with the airbags either...Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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