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    hi all,
    about to start this very soon and have all the parts ( i hope ) to enble me to do it but i was wondering if anyone has the exact wiring changes that i need to make to 1, get it to start and 2 have the reverse lights working. its a 1995 non ews
    i have read up and sort of know what to do but if anyone else has done this could they help out with a full breakdown.
    also, would a manual engine 325 ecu be required or do i still just use my auto one, and finally, once its fitted can i just bin the autobox ecu ?

    any help would be brilliant and appreciated.
     
     

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    It should be easy enough.
    You'll want the manual pedals, clutch and flywheel, and some of the clutch hoses. There is a metal one that runs behind the engine for a while before the flexi to the slave.
    You won't need to do much with the electrics, but there is a park/neutral switch, which you'll need to cut, ground or put 12v down. I can't remember which, but I think cut it the answer.
    The only thing left is to take the autobox warning light out of the dash.
    The ECU should run it fine, the idle may be at the same slightly higher level compared to a natural manual, but you'd probably not notice.
    Check for it hanging between gearchanges, and it that is the case, I'm sure you'll find a chiptuner who can sort you out with a manual chip and a few extra horses!
     
     

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    i like that idea !!
    but where or how do i set up the reverse light connections ?
     
     

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    E36 Transmission Conversion step by step, this was my life saver when i did mine hope this helps
     
     

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    Here's some help on the X20 plug

    X20 Connector pins
     
     

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    when i join wires 2 and 3 from the auto plug, the reverse is on constantly. do i run new wires from each one,2 and 3, up to the x20 ? if so.......number 10 is the only one that is mentioned...where does the other one go ? this is the last job to be done. runs and drives great, just this reverse issue.
    please leave any instructions for me in idiot proof language with clear steps to follow.

    cheers all.
     
     

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    One will most likely just be a power supply (or earth) and the one that does something will be the one at pin 10.

    BMW usually stick to switched earths, so you might find that grounding pin 10 at the X20 switches the reverse lights on

    I'd start by skinning a small part of pin ten by the X20, and see what is happening. Check if it is permanently live with the lights off, or whether it is "grounded" and showing about 0.1v.

    If it's 12v, grounding it will put the light on, if it is grounded, 12v will put the lights on.

    From there, you will then have to put one side of the switch to pin 10, and the other to either 12+ or earth.

    On the bright side, unless it has changed in the new laws, the reverse lights aren't tested in the MOT, but it's nice to have them working anyway.
     
     

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    wont it need an electric fan conversion too?
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    ?? lost me that one bud.
     
     

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    most auto's have a mechanical viscous fan the manual petrols usually have an electric fan as it improves efficiency and mpg on manuals manuals tend to get quicker and broader RPM variation and heat fluctuations....

    i doubt its really essential but it may be better for the engine and economy as they warm up quicker and dont try to overcool the engine as much when it dosent have to in the first place, its just more accurate in the cooling and heating up proccesses...
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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