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  • melloh
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    Sorry to revive an old thread, but perhaps my almost old brain can't learn new tricks.

    I'm trying to emulate the same setup you have (no remote or anything fancy), but I'm confused on which wires connect where.

    I have 3 green e36 switches and they have 2 different sets of wire colors, none of which match what you posted AFAIK.

    Also, I seem to have 4 wires while your picture shows 3?

    If anyone can give me some clarity as to which wires connect to what, that would be greatly appreciated!

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  • george graves
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    Originally posted by Garrick2007 View Post
    Can this be done with e38/e39 switches....but not for one touch
    Short answer is no.

    Long answer is yes, but not without modifying the switches, and enough wires that would look like a bowl of spaghetti connected to 4 relays (4 for each window, 8 relays for a 2 door, 16 for a 4-door! Yikes!) - the number of connections needed would be maddening. It would take the better part of the day just to mock up - assuming you knew what you were doing.

    The next question people ask is "can I steal a module out of a e36/e38/e39 and use that? No. After the e36 BMW added some electronics into the motors that that make in not work with the e30 wiring and motors.
    Last edited by george graves; 08-17-2017, 03:18 AM.

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  • Garrick2007
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    Can this be done with e38/e39 switches? I rather the look of these switches and someone hacked them for use in e30's before but not for one touch, they fit nicely with a little bit of filing. If anyone knows how please let me know. If not I kind of think I may be able to rap my head around this guide and add the module onto it. Resource: https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...One-Switch-Mod

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  • george graves
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    Yes, see here: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=296371

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  • Mahalaleel
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    Originally posted by george graves View Post
    A bit better way to do things...

    New custom circuit board - my own design, fully rebuilt switch. New LED, resistor.



    Ah yes, that looks nice:

    Are you selling these? I'd like the simplest and most elegant one touch install possible.

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  • yanal
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    Originally posted by gmont02@yahoo.com View Post
    So bump?
    You could do two windows with one switch, but you're going to need two modules, and you need to modify both modules.

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  • gmont02@yahoo.com
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    So bump?

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  • gmont02@yahoo.com
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    not a bad idea, but highly doubt i would do it. the thought of opening and closing it lol

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  • george graves
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    I didn't say it couldn't be done, I said I wouldn't do it because I 100% believe you wouldn't like it. :) Maybe that's what you meant.

    If you really want a "clean look" and only 2 switches, maybe consider hiding the rear switches in the ash tray? Hope that helps.

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  • gmont02@yahoo.com
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    can this do 2 windows with one switch? i asked george if his kit can and he said no. just looking for a cleaner look on my vert and delete two switches, plus not to mention 150x4 is kind of a rip off imo.

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  • yanal
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    Please make sure you post your questions here, I get a lot of PM's with the same questions, other members will be able to see question/answer in the thread.

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  • KingjGar
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    Awesome!! Thanks

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  • ajune
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    I am monitoring this thread -_-

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  • Odyssey
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    @Yanal Thanks for your writeup. I'm currently partway through implementing it. Soldering is done but have a question about the wiring.

    Your write-up doesn't mention what to do with the switch up & down wires coming out of the module. Do they connect up to the switch itself somehow or just stay unconnected (you mention connecting the switch to the wires soldered directly to the module's board).

    Any additional detail you could provide on the wiring would be a huge help!

    Thanks in advance.

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  • yanal
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    Originally posted by george graves View Post
    A bit better way to do things...

    New custom circuit board - my own design, fully rebuilt switch. New LED, resistor.



    Ah yes, that looks nice:

    pretty awesome! nice work.

    Originally posted by 318i Twins View Post
    As said above, I just want the windows to close when the alarm is activated.
    you need a module like the one mentioned before for each window. it cuts off power instantaneously once the motor starts drawing more current, the motor will draw more current when the window is fully closed or fully open, or someone's hand is in the way!

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