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Old 02-02-2012, 03:11 AM   #1
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Exclamation Angel eyes install problem

Hi guys,
i have a 2001 318i, and started installing the LED halos last night.
I followed the install guide from:

http://www.fastm.com/m3/angeleyes_orionv2.html

finished every step apart from the last one, connecting the trigger into the ECU.
Problem: the wire in the ECU (supposedly Red/Yellow with white stripe), pictured below:



My ECU looks completely differently, and the cable is nowhere to be found:








Could anyone please let me know which cable to attach it to?
I took it to my mechanic/electrician and he couldnt find it either.




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Old 02-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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Do you see on the guide picture where the Red/Yellow with white stripe connects to the plug - third wire, bottom row. What color is the wire that connects to this slot on your connector?
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Do you see on the guide picture where the Red/Yellow with white stripe connects to the plug - third wire, bottom row. What color is the wire that connects to this slot on your connector?
+1

the only other thing i suggest is getting a volt meter and going from one wire to the next. turn ur car to the 2nd position and then back off. find which wire is putting voltage out for 5-10sec after u turn the key to the off position.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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+1

the only other thing i suggest is getting a volt meter and going from one wire to the next. turn ur car to the 2nd position and then back off. find which wire is putting voltage out for 5-10sec after u turn the key to the off position.
the volt meter sounds like a good idea.. as for finding the cable, my ecu box seems to be completely different arrangement compared to this picture. The 'group' of cable, where the red/yellow with white line cable should be, has no cables with 'yellow' perpendicular stripes.

Maybe because mine is a 318i? Hasnt anyone ever install angel eyes on 318?
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:27 AM   #5
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Do you see on the guide picture where the Red/Yellow with white stripe connects to the plug - third wire, bottom row. What color is the wire that connects to this slot on your connector?
I have the same problem ... that connector block does not exist on my 318i. There was no drama on installing Angel eyes on my 325i but where the hell to connect to on my 318i? Love to hear if ANYONE has wired angel eyes on a 318i.

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:58 AM   #6
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If they're Umnitza Orion V2's contact them and they should be able to tell you how to connect it on your car.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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I guess the problem is this forum is mainly frequented by guys in the US of A where E46 318i was not an option. Having to rely on participants from England, Australia or South Africa for a useful response.

Umnitza may not even be able to answer for this reason, no experience with Angel Eye installs on 318i where that connector with the Red/White line/Yellow trace wire does not exist.

I am thinking of going behind the fuse box and picking up a trigger from the Radio fuse, F7, and secondary trigger from Interior Light Fuse, F49.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:19 AM   #8
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Well I bit the bullet and dived in to fit the angel eyes to my 318i tonight.

As others have found, the 318i does NOT have the Red/White line/Yellow trace wire that the 325i has to hook up your 'always on' DRLs. Neither does it have footwell lights to connect the secondary trigger to.

On my RHD 318i, I popped the interior light to see what colour wire I needed and which side of the car it came down to the dashboard. Using a multimeter I found the Red/Blue line wire dropped from 12v to zero as the light faded. This was the wire I needed. It went down the LH pillar on my RHD car.

Next I removed the Glovebox and looking in behind I found the Red/Blue line wire that runs up to the Interior Light. This is the one to use for the secondary trigger allowing the Angel Eyes to fire up when you open the door or use your remote to unlock the car.

For the main trigger, I folded down the fusebox and clipped into the Violet radio wire from Fuse 7. (Any fuse from #4 to #15 will do as all of these are switched with the Accessory position). I ran these two wires into the ECU box (there is a half moon shaped hole from the back of the fusebox area into the ECU) and connected up the main trigger there and ran the other wire to the righthand side where the relay is mounted and connected to the secondary trigger wire.

Then it was only a matter of popping out the indicators, off with the trims and lenses and fitting the actual Angel Eyes and connecting everything up.

The wiring of the 325i makes the job so much easier than for a 318i, but hopefully this will help others wire in their Angel Eyes.

Enjoy
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:33 AM   #9
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I tapped into another wire and it works great.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:48 AM   #10
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I tapped into another wire and it works great.
The red wire, white stripe and gold tracer is the ACC wire. For this red wire you tapped into, at what time does your AE's come on and when do they turn off?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:56 AM   #11
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The red wire, white stripe and gold tracer is the ACC wire. For this red wire you tapped into, at what time does your AE's come on and when do they turn off?
It would appear that if it were an accessory wire, They would come on whever the key is turned, or the car is running, and will most likely shut off when the car shuts off.

If all else fails and you are afraid to do this for whatever reason, just rig up a switch inside the cabin somewhere with power coming straight from the battery.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:32 AM   #12
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Hi,

I tapped this green wire to the AE+ and it worked. No issues so far.

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