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Old 09-06-2009, 05:02 PM   #1
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Cool Pictorial DIY: BMW Homelink UGDO Remote Control Module Installation on the E46 Sedan.

Because it is not just a Garage Door Opener...

Trolling around on eBay waiting for parts you need to come up may not be the best way to spend your free time but time and time again you will get rewarded (i.e some old lady list an in demand part but doesn't know what she's selling so she mislabels it, prices it way too low, and you are the only one who sees it to buy it for 90% cheaper than it is currently selling for).

I put a bid on this new BMW Homelink device set at $40 and won it for $40 because the dude listed it in the wrong section and didn't use BMW in the title.



These things rarely sell for under $80 (Even the older style BMW E38 Homelinks sell for $75 and up). This one was brand new and the new style for rolling codes. I was tempted to resell it and triple my money but being a techie I needed to see what it looked like in my car and I also say the need for upping my total Homelink control buttons to 6 (when you include the 3 that is already in my Premium Package mirror).

You can buy the Homelink receivers modules through the Homelink website (www.homelink.com) or you can find various devices on eBay that can be controlled by a Homelink remote or will allow Homelink to control other devices such as computers, coffee makers, home security alarms, door bells, door locks, lights in your home, gates, garages, etc...

Basically if it plugs in and/or powers on with electricity Homelink will let you turn it on and off from your car seat.

My dream is for them to make a Carlink that will allow you to remote control other cars on the road. So if you got some slow poke in front of you, holding up the passing lane, you can remote control his a$$ over to the shoulder.

So just follow the pictures and you will see how easy it is to cut up your sunroof motor hatch lid and install your own OEM Homelink device.


And remember it is not just a Garage Door Opener!

Tools Needed:
-Butter Knife (dull and shiny)
-Razor (sharp and shiny)
-Flat head screw driver
-Oh and you should check to see if your car is prewired for Homelink. (If not then don't worry all you need is to buy the homelink connector harness from your local dealer or maybe a local Scrap Yard may have one from all those E38 that seem to be going there as of late. Upon procuring the harness all you would need to do is splice the 2 power wires {these would be the 2 non-brown wires} to any power source in the car and then splice the 1 brown wire to any ground source in the car)

LETS BEGIN:

PART 1:





Your Homelink wire harness will be wrapped up in black velvet tape and should be tucked in towards the passenger side of the car. I had to dig pretty deep to get mine out. Be careful not to damage the sunroof motor parts.





View of BMW E46 E38 E39 E53 Sunroof harness and switch from the back.



And lastly we have this this flat wide white connector in there which I have NO IDEA what it is for; either a Bluetooth related device (ie. Microphone) or the BMW SOS Assistance Module.







Before you cut into your car please be sure that the part you just bought off eBay works and more importantly works with your car



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Old 09-06-2009, 05:03 PM   #2
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PART 2.

Time for some cuttin' uhm I actually mean pryin'!






The plastic groove is very soft and just rubbing a razor or knife a few times over and you will see or feel it giving way. You do not want to cut all the way thru the plastic and cut the fabric underneath. (The reason is the cut you will eventually make in the fabric HAS to be smaller than the square cut out in the plastic or when you insert the homelink the fabric will peel and fray off. You want to be able to fold the fabric back into the hole as you insert the homelink. That way the homelink in tightly secured and the fabric is not loose at the edges.)
Again, just rub the razor over the grooves a few times and begin prying with your flathead.















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Old 09-06-2009, 05:03 PM   #3
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PART 3.

The insertion and connection...
















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Old 09-06-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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PART 4.

Fun stuff...









Put the hatch lid back on. With the Homelink the lid was alittle tight going back on. Just tuck the wiring to the side and give it a good push up (remembering not to damage the sunroof motor) and it will eventually clip into place.













Mmmmmm...next DIY idea perhaps. Installing this BMW SOS switch but wiring it up to an aftermarket Bluetooth Speaker (such as the Bury CC9040 Speaker Phone Kit) to initiate a voice command call out. I believe our car has prewiring for this BMW SOS switch which is the flat wide white connector that I saw inside the hatch

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Old 09-06-2009, 10:57 PM   #5
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Here is a link with more information on programming your new Homelink with just about anything you want to turn on...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=384653
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:02 AM   #6
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Great DIY! I've been wondering how you would cut out where the unit would go, and thought maybe there was a precut hole for it, but now I know there is! Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:37 AM   #7
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Sweet deal, and awesome DIY!
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:53 AM   #8
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Awesome DIY! just installed mine today with this DIY. have a question, do these homelinks have 6 available buttons? how were you able to program for your apartment as well as your parents? Also how do you program to open the front gate? Is there a "learn" button on the gates that i have to press as well?
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Awesome DIY! just installed mine today with this DIY. have a question, do these homelinks have 6 available buttons? how were you able to program for your apartment as well as your parents? Also how do you program to open the front gate? Is there a "learn" button on the gates that i have to press as well?
No. All homelinks modules come with 3 buttons. I have the module and the mirror with homelink buttons on the bottom (see the arrows at the bottom of my mirror in this picture here)

so 3 and 3.

If your gate has a remote control for it or a module box attached you can remote learn your homelink to open it. My Mom doesn't have the gate yet. We are looking online for something called "Liftmaster Gate Arm" Basically you add these to your gate (they are about $200 to $2000 depending on your set up+) and they swing open and close your gate via remote control and/or sensors.


Here is the main website

http://www.gateopenersonline.net/id2.html

They also have a few on eBay for cheaper.

We are talking light to mid weight gates here, no monster fortress gates.
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No. All homelinks modules come with 3 buttons. I have the module and the mirror with homelink so 3 and 3.

If your gate has a remote control for it or a module box attached you can remote learn your homelink to open it. My Mom doesn't have the gate yet. We are looking online for something called "Liftmaster Gate Arm" Basically you add these to your gate (they are about $200 to $2000 depending on your set up+) and they swing open and close your gate via remote control and/or sensors.


Here is the main website

http://www.gateopenersonline.net/id2.html

They also have a few on eBay for cheaper.

We are talking light to mid weight gates here, no monster fortress gates.

oh i see the 4,5 and 6 arrows in your picture now! haha i get it. And the gate is for my apartment. I have a remote control for it, but i guess i dont have access to their box to program it I'm going to see what i can work out with the people here. Thanks for the help!
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oh i see the 4,5 and 6 arrows in your picture now! haha i get it. And the gate is for my apartment. I have a remote control for it, but i guess i dont have access to their box to program it I'm going to see what i can work out with the people here. Thanks for the help!

No, you can just program it from the remote control. Its easy and quick.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:48 PM   #12
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Awesome DIY! I bought a Homelink and installed within 30 min or so. THANKS FOR THE PICS AND INSTRUCTIONS DELMARCO!
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Awesome DIY! Great Pics and Instructions! Just swiped mine off eBay for $50 shipped!!! Can't wait to get it and complete the install and throw out the clunky Genie visor clip on !!!
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I vote delmarco master of DIYs
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I vote delmarco master of DIYs
Thanks but wait I'm not done yet....

These are the DIY I have coming the next few weekends (hopefully before it gets too cold)

1. Parrot CK3000 w/ Connects2 full Bluetooth installation w/ full OEM use and command of E46 steering wheel bluetooth control buttons and full use of CD53 Radio bluetooth phone mute/speaker/display DIY (all for under $120)

2. Complete OEM upgrade and guide to CD53 MP3/iPod/Sirius upgrade with necessary Amplifier Antenna upgrade DIY (since there is no current guide or DIY for upgrading our CD53s to the correct one

3. I also got to wrap up the power folding mirrors DIY

4. And do a interior paint trim DIY.
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Thank you for the DIY. I installed mine last night and the installation and programming was flawless however I can't use the garage remote not unless the key is inserted in the ignition
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I can't use the garage remote not unless the key is inserted in the ignition

uhm...yeah that is how it is supposed to work.

No key, no power, no dice!
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Thank you for the DIY. I installed mine last night and the installation and programming was flawless however I can't use the garage remote not unless the key is inserted in the ignition
Hey what brand opener are you using? I did the installation without a hitch until i got to the programming. The homelink just WON'T LEARN THE SIGNAL from my GENIE transmitter!!!
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I second that!! Excellent stuff man. Getting my opener installed soon. Now to find a cheap module. Can't wait to see your Parrot bluetooth DIY. I want that exact setup.
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