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Old 10-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Cool No Holes PDC Electromagnetic Parking Sensor PD1 Installation Pictorial DIY

Since I been to London this summer and seen the full potential of the European E46 (power folding mirrors, rear fog lamps, parking sensors, driver's side glove box) I set out to do some mods to my USA Spec E46 to bring it up to snuff.

At my home I usually park in back against the wall so when I leave in the mornings it is easy to pull out between the two cars on either side of me.
I prefer to get my car as close to wall as possible since the driveway space in front of the parking spot isn't all that wide and lots of my neighbors still have their outdated oversized grocery getting SUVs Trucks.



The Electromagnetic kit is simple. There are three main parts; the ECU body, The antenna sensor strip that looks like a roll of scotch tape and sticks to your bumper innards, and the speaker that goes into your cabin.


I took a really big gamble when I got my kit for only $29 on eBay. There is the famous Parking Dynamics kit sold out of the UK and via eBay that costs around $100 to $119 USD. Their kits have 100% customer praise and 100% of their 30,000 or so customers claimed that their kits all worked perfectly. Their kits are also guaranteed and warrantied. Still $119 sounded extreme. So after extensive research I found out that most of these kits are originally called PD1 (sound alert) and PD2 (visual & sound alert) and are basically all exported from China. So I took a chance and got the $29 no guarantee no warranty kit. In retrospect based on the success of the $29 kit I would recommend the $100 kit since that kit allows you to add extra stuff and you can always upgrade or replaced parts of your current kit that is under warranty. In short, the technology works well enough that $100 spent is not going to be money wasted.


I had a hard time removing my bumper so I opted to place the sensor strip in my lower E46 bumper trim strip. Which incidentally is the same location that the OEM sensor dots are located in.


The strip comes off quite easily. No special tools where needed for this entire DIY. Removal tools for the bumper (T50 Torx bit and a big arse ratchet will be needed if you plan on removing the entire E46 bumper) is all that I could see most people not having in their household. Other than this, a basic splicing kit for splicing the wiring to the reverse tail lamps, and needle nose pliers for plucking the trunk liner anchors off would be needed. I also bought two tubes of Silicon Sealant ($4-$5 a tube at Autozone or Walmart) for weather coating the antenna sensor strip.






Once you are waiting for the bumper or bumper trim strip to dry you can return back out to the car and begin setting the wiring up


It is pretty straight forward what you need to do.


Push the wires that you are splicing to the tail lamps and the ECU Connector head thru the firewall where you will connect the white connector to the ECU box and run the splice wires to the location where you will splice them to a ground source AND the blue/yellow power source coming off the reverse tail lamps.







I wasn't sure how loud the speaker's beeping would be. The manual says you can put it in the trunk area or under the driver's side footwell area. I didn't want it to be too loud or too faint and I wanted the location to be fairly easy to access in case I needed to troubleshoot down the road. The passenger side B P-i-l-l-a-r was the best place. From here I can hear the beeping clearly.























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Old 10-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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Water got inside my first layer of coating so I reapplied the strip better and coated it a second time using a generous amount of silicon sealant. Note that the sensor strip itself is weather and waterproof and works when wet, but the metallic components will age quicker from road salt, repeated wettings and I figure it is best to seal it in and be safe.
Parking Dynamics supply extra sensor strips as well. So $100 may not be a bad investment if it guarantees you a lifetime supply of sensor strips.





I realized that the best way to apply the sensor strip was to run it from the connector head first down to the tail end and then double back the extra tail to run parallel with
strip. The package warned not to cut the sensor strip but suggested to loop the extra tail and tie it down. I had not idea how to do that so I figured double back the tail and tape it down was the best solution.










Said and done it worked like a charm against the rear wall at my parking slot.



See videos for the PD1 in action.



Here because of the low placement of the sensor strip it gave trouble reading the distance of the 2008 Honda Accord parked behind my car.

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Old 10-09-2009, 04:08 PM   #3
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its awkward how sometimes, ordinary people have to repeat processes to get things done to excellency... but thats what makes us humans, read it all and loved the way you wrote on the photos... you better write manuals man, than reinserting silicon, and resisting water...
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:28 PM   #4
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that's yet another great DIY, thx for ur effort
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:58 PM   #5
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its awkward how sometimes, ordinary people have to repeat processes to get things done to excellency... but thats what makes us humans, read it all and loved the way you wrote on the photos... you better write manuals man, than reinserting silicon, and resisting water...
Thanks. I'm very pleased with the kit. I may even just buy the $100 kit from parking dynamics and try to run two antenna sensor strips at the sametime-if I get my entire bumper removed. This way I have a lifetime guarantee of sensor strip replacements and the dual sensor strips will give me a better read out for various other objects.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:48 PM   #6
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its awkward how sometimes, ordinary people have to repeat processes to get things done to excellency... but thats what makes us humans, read it all and loved the way you wrote on the photos... you better write manuals man, than reinserting silicon, and resisting water...
Actually I will re-do this DIY showing how to remove the rear bumper and storing the strip inside the bumper
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:25 PM   #7
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I have this on my Golf GTI and it is very unreliable. Beeps randomly but does the job when getting close to object's.
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I have this on my Golf GTI and it is very unreliable. Beeps randomly but does the job when getting close to object's.
Dino,
Aren't you the bloke from MK who has a VW Blog somewhere online showing the installation of this kit?
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Nope, must just be a coincidence! lol

Do you have a link?
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I found an eBay seller that has this kit for a great price and maybe willing to work some sort of group rate out

http://shop.ebay.com/ebuyer43/m.html...;_trksid=p3686

http://myworld.ebay.com/ebuyer43/

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Nope, must just be a coincidence! lol

Do you have a link?
http://uk-mkivs.net/forums/t/279442.aspx

Actually he was from Lincoln
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:12 PM   #11
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I found an eBay seller that has this kit for a great price ...
http://myworld.ebay.com/ebuyer43/
Appreciated the heads up, I bought my kit from the seller today. That price is better many of the group buys that come along, so I jumped on it.
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Does it constantly beep even if you are just backing up down an alley or something?

Seems like i does need to be mounted higher up in order to work reliably.
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Appreciated the heads up, I bought my kit from the seller today. That price is better many of the group buys that come along, so I jumped on it.
He is a nice guy. I've been corresponding with him over the last few days via blackberry email. He originally wanted me to set up a group buy via the forum and would've worked out some discount for members but I don't know how to do that since he does not have a website nor do I have the time to coordinate something of that magnitude since he is a UK seller and I have my DIY followers in the UK, Asia, Canada, Mexico asking me for places to buy the kit.

Said an done, $39 is a fcuking good price for that kit and he only charges like $6 to ship International.

I looked at his status for this item he literally sold like over 20 of them since the weekend when I posted the link and it's only Monday.

Hopefully everyone is happy with what they get.
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Does it constantly beep even if you are just backing up down an alley or something?

Seems like i does need to be mounted higher up in order to work reliably.

Just like the video shows. It beeps once when you hit reverse and once you get within 2-3 feet of an object you start hearing the beeps and it gets louder and more constant the closer you get.
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Excellent writeup! I like the pics and the vid. I didn't even know this type of thing existed. I always wanted PDC but didn't want holes in my bumper. I wonder if this will work with my CF MTII diffusor

thanks again for the writeup
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from where can i buy this parking snesors????
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Sorry for the n00b question. But do you have the specific part number on Ebay to look for.

I find matches when searching but none look like yours.
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from where can i buy this parking snesors????
http://myworld.ebay.com/ebuyer43/

if he doesn't have it just PM him and he will get one for you.

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Sorry for the n00b question. But do you have the specific part number on Ebay to look for.

I find matches when searching but none look like yours.
It's from China. These kits are all from China so no official parts number.
However if you cash to burn and want the best of these kits (best because it comes with a warranty) the check out Parking Dynamics UK website.
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NICE!!!!!!! Its looks like an awsome DIY! Ehh maybe you dont need to remove the whole bumper, you could place the sensor inside the upper bumper strip, and it will also protect it from weather. Also its the furthedest part of the bumper so readings might be more accurate the in the lower strip. My 2 cents?
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I just did this diy. I have a post face lift sedan, and we don't have the thing on the bottom. So I put it in the body molding in the rear bumper, i did take out the whole bumper though. I wasn't able to put it in the bumper itself because of the metal support thingy in there. I haven't tried it on a wall, but I tried backing up on our suv, its alright, it beeps randomly when i get close by, but doesn't do the long beep. It is at 22-23 inches where I have it. Maybe it works well on walls, just not on cars .
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