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Re: Thanks Joe- (archive)

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Posted by JOE ORDING on October 18, 2001 at 11:05:12:

In Reply to: Thanks Joe- posted by MicahO on October 18, 2001 at 10:45:28:

Yeah, figuring out the wiring will be a little trickier in the sedan. These instructions were for an E30, where the tail lights are all one piece. In the E34, the parts on the trunk are separate, so it's not as simple as just running a wire across. Doing it from the CHMSL is a good idea, though.


Now I just have to dismantle things enough to cross power from the brake lights (possibly just the center highmount) down the side of the hatch to the rear light assembly. I will have to repair the hatch wiring sometime in the next year, so I will just run some extra wire at that time.

I think that headliner repair from headlinerkit.com is going to happen first - $40 and some work for a new headliner sounds (&^%$%g great. The Touring roof may actually be easier to work on than the sedan, as it comes out in 6 smaller bits. My actual sunroof panels are in good shape, so I only need the front, back and doglegs re-surfaced (especially the back!).

This is the post on the UUC digest talking about how to wire up the rear fog lights to work as brake lights. Really bright ones...

"Sorry... I first got the idea from some web page somewhere...

In a nut shell, you go to a junk yard and find a trashed tail light. Lift
the bottom contacts out of two of the lights. Now open up your tail lights
and add the contact to the un-used rear fog position. solder a wire from the
new contact to the existing brake contact. Re-assemble the light bars, add
bulbs, remove the little plastic bits in the reflectors and there you go.

I was going to add a relay to run the extra lights, but I looked at the
wiring and the innards of the check relay and felt comfortable going
without.

I am still waiting for the stock 7.5A fuse for the tailights to pop. I am
over the throretical max by 4 watts. I have a 10A ready for replacement.

- --
Joseph M. Krzeszewski
jski@wpi.edu






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