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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 02-05-2006, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know of a good way to run electrical gauges from the ignition switch? Currently i have them running from the Lighter but they are always on.
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Not positive about the e30, but on the e36, the green wire on the bottom half of the steering column is the ignition wire, you can tap that.

Or, yank the radio (easy enough to get out) tap the swithced ignition lead there, as it's basically the same thing as the aforementioned lead.
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sorry not trying to steal the thread or anything but is there a thread for pulling the radio out or any instructions. I have satellite radio and I want to bypass the fm tuner and attach the sat radio to the back of the bmw unit. Would hardwiring a sat radio work just like hardwiring a radar?
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Yes you are (totally threadjacking), and no there's no way to hardwire a Sat. radio system to an oem audio system-- that is unless your a master electrician, and could hardwire the unit to the CD changer bus in perfectly (ring tip lead) otherwise leaving you with tons of static and ground noise. In a word...no. Sorry. Buy an aftermarket head unit, or live the FM modulator (or tape adaptor) those are your only choices my friend.
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