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Old 08-18-2005, 01:14 AM   #1
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E36 Floorboard Lights Installed! Took All Day/Awesome pictures!

Two things for those interested in this simple to do mod.

1. I installed a small rocker switch (similar to the heated seat switch and in the same place next to the lighter) so that i could turn on/off the light whiles driving or whenever. This is different than the lights that came out the factory with later E36s and E46s that only come on and off with the doors.

My lights are also wired to power on with the opening of the doors and "fade" off (as the overhead lights do)with the closing of the doors and/or activation of the keyless alarm.

2. The kit is an OEM BMW light kit that cost about $12 at the stealership for both lights, clips and all the wiring. The parts numbers I forgot but if you google "E36 M3 Z3 BMW footwell lights kit" you will see a few websites that give parts numbers and installation info or they also sell the very kit.

Installion is alittle tough for pre 1996 E36. And the Glovebox must be removed to wire the lights. Also a fuse invovled in the interior lighting for the cabin MUST be upgraded before you begin the work.

If you follow the info given by the website you will be good to go.
Anther note DO NOT use aftermarket footwell kits or conventional bulbs to fabricate this kit or you can end up burning your BMW footwell insulaton foam (not good).

Anyway PM if you are interested. And I can sort of walk you thru. My friend David Hall at Dave's Auto in Long Island City, NY who is a genius for BMW cars did most of the hard wiring part and he removed my E36 glovebox in under a minute...whiles I turned my head to look in the trunk. So I can't help you with that. Also the E36 glovebox is known in the DIY circles to be a bitch to remove and put back on correctly if you are not familiar with the E36 car. So beware that auto shops may charge alot of dough for this labor alone.









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Old 08-18-2005, 01:20 AM   #2
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That looks great man.. cool inexpensive mod.
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Old 08-18-2005, 06:51 PM   #3
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Hey nice!

What parts do i need? post a list ?
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:33 PM   #4
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thats kool. My foot wells already have that light in it, it lights up when i un-lock or open the car.
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:56 PM   #5
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:15 PM   #6
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apparently so are u since ur only worth 900grand on humanforsale.com

i think the 96 and newer cars have it,but correct my if im wrong
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:20 PM   #7
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:31 PM   #8
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mine has it...
but i gots da switch on mine

actually it was a stupid idea..I was just driving home on the Belt Parkway and I swithed my floor lights on...
The shits were distracting as fcuk!
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Death why does your Calypso Red look much more riper than my Calypso Red?
Dude...your car looks purple in this sig!!!!!!
BTW...nice sig...
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Old 08-19-2005, 12:02 AM   #10
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Death why does your Calypso Red look much more riper than my Calypso Red?
Dude...your car looks purple in this sig!!!!!!
BTW...nice sig...
"riper" eh? Turns out my paint isnt Calypso red, its Canyonrot Mettalic, paint code 343. didnt really notice a difference till i saw the pics of your car when it got fixed.

And the sig was made by my buddy,(DinanM6)
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:15 PM   #11
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apparently so are u since ur only worth 900grand on humanforsale.com

i think the 96 and newer cars have it,but correct my if im wrong

well im 23 i smoke and i didnt go to college i think thats where it lowered my value..
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apparently so are u since ur only worth 900grand on humanforsale.com

i think the 96 and newer cars have it,but correct my if im wrong
http://www.humanforsale.com I am worth $2,213,070 on HumanForSale.com

I don't think the 96 and newer cars are any better. It asks nothing about your car.
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:27 PM   #13
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used to have blues ones in my mustang, I liked them for like a week after that I kept them off most of the times, it just gets annoying...
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:31 PM   #14
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so Del you made a toggle switch? So if I kept them say turned on when I turned off my car, when I unlock the doors would they turn on for a sec or would I have to put the key in the ignition?
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