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Old 11-29-2009, 11:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Why not installing an additional on/off button? You can place is somewhere under the dash, and you could use it to 'kill' the car. And as an extra safety feature.

I didn't use the Z button. I used a regular push button, and a couple of on/off switches. But, my setup eliminates the key completely. Check it out:

BMW E36 Start Button and Kill Switch DIY

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I thought about the ashtray idea but in the end I went for the cigarette lighter option as I don't smoke. I put a simple switch for the Ignition switch in the switch panel directly next to the new starter button and simply ran a bridging wire to make the starter button live when the ig switch was activated. Been like it for 2 years and all is well.
I only did it cos my ignition barrel jammed. Still need the the key in the barrel for the immobiliser and you never know the barrel might un-jam one day and that would be scary at full chat if the key wasn't in

The only problem was that I then had nowhere to plug my sat nav in so I had to hard wire it and that opened up a whole new can of worms, but thats another story
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Old 01-07-2010, 01:42 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Post Z8 Push Button Start Parts Update

Anyone still looking to do this mod, i have some parts info, i was looking for a socket and contacts for the switch and i found them. universal socket - 61-13-8-380-696 and bushing contact- 61-13-0-005-197 and the Z8 button- 61-31-8-377-343 it fits OEM perfect and that was what i wanted, hope this helps
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