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Old 01-10-2014, 02:23 PM   #621
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Look inside the hood pin catches and make sure you see them actuating when the cable is pulled. You'll have to have a friend or camera for this since it's too far to see them while pulling the handle.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:18 AM   #622
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Look inside the hood pin catches and make sure you see them actuating when the cable is pulled. You'll have to have a friend or camera for this since it's too far to see them while pulling the handle.
thanks!! I think I got it fixed, I'm not 100% sure what the problem was but I basically I pulled the cable out of the latch then put it back in and now everything is
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:32 AM   #623
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yesterday I got to my garage early to finish up some things before my friend came over with his laptop/coding software....

started by putting this unicorn (impossible to find used) of a switch block into the trip piece, its held by two screws from the back...
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this trim piece took me about 1 hour to install (it was brutal), the wiring loom that runs behind the sunglass holder needs to be perfectly tucked away. after pealing 1 inch of tape off at a time I managed to get the loom tucked out of the way enough for me to screw the front ash tray, sunglass holder ext. into place.

My friend arrived early so I quickly put my drivers seat into the car so he had somewhere to sit while doing coding (I didn't know his cord would reach rear seats). After that it was time to put the battery in the car for the first time in over 2 years and turn the key (only to position 2, I did not try to start it). Before I turned the key I pulled fuse 54 so the fuel pump wouldn't be pumping dry (I have no fuel in the tank ATM) when I turned the key to p2 this is what I saw

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it may look ugly and horrible to many people but for me this was very exciting. The simple fact that the tachometer lights from 4-9k was illuminated made me happy (at least I did that wiring correctly). In addition the car does actually have 40k miles as the PO told me (I had to take his word for it because everything was in pieces when I got it.), also ambient temp seems to be working it read 33 and that was accurate.

After that we had a minor setback, my friend who was going to help me with the coding did not have the NCS files for e46 only e9x. so when we plugged it into his NCS it would just say "chassis Faulty". I have another friend with NCS for the e46 so I'll be asking him for a help soon (hopefully next weekend he can help, I know he is busy with work).
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:43 AM   #624
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after hitting a snag with the coding it was time to concentrate my time doing something else. I have found this is very important with a project like this, I regularly hit snags, I could get stuck on it and waste my entire day, but I usually try to walk away and work on something else I know I can get done. Yesterday was no different, after getting stuck on the coding I moved back to the radiator where I had to replace the passenger side foam gasket. I got frustrated after tearing up my knuckles on the radiator so I decided I was taking the front bumper/support ext. back off. 5 min later it was off (should have done this from the beginning instead of trying to fit the foam piece in).

After I got the front off I had to figure out how to get the broken foam piece out from behind the plastic on the radiator, I figured out that only these two screws (located on passenger side of rad) hold the plastic around the gasket.
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After I got the screws out there was plenty of room to get the gasket into place, but first I cleaned some of the debris that was trapped by the old (broken) gasket. In this pic. you can see how much room I had to work after removing the two screws in previous pic.
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then I put the gasket in and fastened the two screws from above.
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just a side view showing how the gasket should fit, you need to remove the two bolts or you will never get the gasket in place, the area between the rad and the plastic is way to tight of a squeeze.
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After that I put the front back on (took another 5 minutes...starting to get good at this)
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:51 AM   #625
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I need some advise from you guys... I installed the ECU/EWS and ignition/steering column from my donor (salvaged m3), I only have one key from this m3. I have multiple keys for my 328i, what is the best solution for me? I would prefer to have my m3 key open the doors and start the car, but if something happens to the m3 key I'm in major trouble because its the only key I have that matches the m3 ECU/ews... I also hear bmw wont sell you a key for a car is salvaged... (I'm not actually 100% sure if my donor was every deemed "salvaged" or not.)

What are my options?
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:44 PM   #626
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I need some advise from you guys... I installed the ECU/EWS and ignition/steering column from my donor (salvaged m3), I only have one key from this m3. I have multiple keys for my 328i, what is the best solution for me? I would prefer to have my m3 key open the doors and start the car, but if something happens to the m3 key I'm in major trouble because its the only key I have that matches the m3 ECU/ews... I also hear bmw wont sell you a key for a car is salvaged... (I'm not actually 100% sure if my donor was every deemed "salvaged" or not.)

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Looks like things are coming along VERYYYY nicely...PM me I'll try to get you a key =)
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:58 AM   #627
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Looks like things are coming along VERYYYY nicely...PM me I'll try to get you a key =)
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:41 PM   #629
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I need some advise from you guys... I installed the ECU/EWS and ignition/steering column from my donor (salvaged m3), I only have one key from this m3. I have multiple keys for my 328i, what is the best solution for me? I would prefer to have my m3 key open the doors and start the car, but if something happens to the m3 key I'm in major trouble because its the only key I have that matches the m3 ECU/ews... I also hear bmw wont sell you a key for a car is salvaged... (I'm not actually 100% sure if my donor was every deemed "salvaged" or not.)

What are my options?
I would virginize the DME and mate it to your original EWS. That lets you keep your original keys.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:06 AM   #630
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I would virginize the DME and mate it to your original EWS. That lets you keep your original keys.
But my original keys are not the cool diamond ones...

Haha maybe your idea is the best idea that way my door locks, trunk, glovebox ext all work...


Thanks for everyone's feedback
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:07 AM   #631
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Looks like things are coming along VERYYYY nicely...PM me I'll try to get you a key =)
Awesome ill b in touch

Thanks again for everything you have done
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:52 PM   #632
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I would virginize the DME and mate it to your original EWS. That lets you keep your original keys.
I think i'm going to go this route because it seems it will be the only way I can keep all my locks functional?

Do you (or anyone) have any info on how to "virginize" the DME? or at least what program I should be using (I have basically all the e46 coding software now)

thanks again for you help Kalim


I will be doing the coding Monday evening with the help of another friend who has more knowledge than me on it.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:53 PM   #633
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I think i'm going to go this route because it seems it will be the only way I can keep all my locks functional?

Do you (or anyone) have any info on how to "virginize" the DME? or at least what program I should be using (I have basically all the e46 coding software now)

thanks again for you help Kalim


I will be doing the coding Monday evening with the help of another friend who has more knowledge than me on it.
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thanks for pointing me in the right direction!....I'll be a coding pro in the next year or two (its A LOT to learn)
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:32 AM   #635
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early this week I got permission from my sponsor, Good 'N Plenty Restaurant to move my car into "the car barn" for anyone who has followed this thread or has seen any previous pics you know my car was (until now) in an old barn that had no heat/AC and as of recently has no electric. Another problem with this old barn was that it was very small working space. This was only a small part of the reason I wanted to move everything (the major reason was to be in a more safe/secure location)

anyway this was the first time it has been in sunlight in over 2 years and the first I got to see what it looks like with all OEM m3 suspension.
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the barn also had a couple small leeks (this probably destroyed my paint in a few spots, I will wash it and try to buff it a bit when its closer to completion)

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and here she sits in her new home, and i can open the doors the entire way!!! this barn is climate controlled, security coded, drain in floor (so you can wash your car in warmth while its snowing outside) bathroom sink ext. the only thing it doesn't have is a lift and a paint booth....you guys remember the scrambler we put a tranny in a year or so back? yea well its my cars roommate now

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sorry for terribly blurry pic. I took this just to get an idea of the upgraded in room available for me to work.

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Old 01-23-2014, 10:52 AM   #636
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ok yesterday after a bit of effort we got my DME to communicate with a laptop....barely I have a feeling this is going to be another long slow learning process for me...

we tried connecting to INPA but almost immediately we get an error that it wasn't communicating with the EWS and it would stop.

So we gave up on that and tried CARSOFT

and we had our only tiny bit of success talking to a module...
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below is just another terrible pic, same as above

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after a tiny bit of success I was feeling better until we tried to communicate with all the other modules and got this. (again sorry for blurry pics, I was in a rush and didn't realize they were this bad)

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basically on the left of this blury pic its listing the different modules and on the right its saying the status of them (they all have the same status with exception to the DME) "Module does not respond"

so this is where we left off. I'm more lost and worried than ever about this project... especially after I read post #223 on this thread yesterday.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...977520&page=12

I pray that he is wrong (but I know Terraphantm knows what he is talking about) Hopefully we can figure out a way to run mk60 (because I spent many hours adding all the DSC/Mk60 stuff into my car)
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:57 AM   #637
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:21 AM   #638
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If anyone is interested in learning to code stay tuned, I'll b posting the most useful links I have found. Let's start off with the basics found here..

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...ith-NCS-Expert
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It is possible to code mk60!!!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=895699
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Dam dude your In for a hell of a time. I hope everything works out for you
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