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Old 06-02-2005, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,

I just got a 92 325is and am working on making the DRL lights normal... I have the "Canadian lights on all the time" version.

Does anyone know where the Daytime Runing lights Coding Diode is physically located?? I cant find the component location in the Bentley Manual...

Thanks very much, and if all works well I will do a write=up to swap it over to a normal DRL setup.
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Old 06-02-2005, 12:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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pretty much your screwed as far as getting the switch to work. the DRL system is directly connected to the ignition system. i had my bypassed but its a pain in the ass, we had to run a wire from teh switch to the fuse box, pull the proper relay and patch the proper prong, plus we used an inline fuse and upgraded fuse just in case.

basically it was no walk in the park nor do i know if its entirely safe, because ive only had it like this for a month. where in canada are you located if you are a resident here?
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Hey Furious,

It looks to be somewhat of a pain but I believe I can do it with one wire now...and it will be safe!

I just moved to Vancouver and sold my Grand Prix and got this 325. So far I am very happy! I would be even more happy if I could find this diode pack, I just replaced all my interior lighting and would like to wire the system the PROPER way and not the original hack job. (I can't believe BMW would do it this way )
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nice, as for the wire, yes thats what i did, just be extra extra cautious, because if you start an electrical fire in the fuse box, your cars gonna be an expensive fix.


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Update,

Well I have succeeded in my attempts! I have converted the Canadain early DRL to a normal operating switch.... With 2 cuts and one wire....but 2 cuts may only be needed if your light switch has continuity between 5-6 in the park and the headlight position. Mine did not even though the schmatics say it should ghead ohwell one wire later and it works fantastic!

I will do a complete write up with pictures once I have some time.


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