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    So in all my time, I've found the BMW prices for pins and connectors to be outragous. At £0.70-£1.20 per pin, and connectors ranging into the 50+ pin count, the connectors in a project could run to more that £50.

    BMW uses TYCO/Aphenol and I've found Farnell and RS carry the pins.

    Here are some part numbers that will get you pins for ~10p each instead of 7-10 times that at BMW.

    The lever housing connectors used on E46/E39 and later is the Tyco MQS quadlok system, and these MQS pins are also used on the electrocromatic mirrors, and all the low current sockets for your switches. There is a high current MQS power series for things like heated seats.



    The BMW D connectors on E30/E36 etc are the TYCO 2.5mm system or AMP DIN 72585. These are used on the doors, the windows, window switches, any waterproof connections for the lights, brake light switch.



    You will find a mixture of D series and MQS on most BMWs, at least up until the E90/MOST bus era. I've not checked that series.

    On then to the part numbers in no particular order. Note they don't carry the various housing BMW uses, but they do have some of the 3 and 6 pin stuff, but it may not be keyed correctly for the BMW part you are trying to use. At least you'll save a tenner or two on the pins.


    MQS from farnell/RS

    Farnell
    1328887 Cover 18 way
    1330227 female pin for MQS
    1328884 female socket 18 way
    1328882 cover 12 way
    1328881 404 – was female pin housing, 12 way.
    1328868 male pin for MQS
    1328872 MQS 3 way
    1330225 MQS receptacle pin
    1328873 MQS 6 way socket
    1328875 MQS 6 way pin housing


    RS MQS parts
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    680-2467 Seal protector,Quadlok,22 awg
    718-7167 18 way pin housing MQS
    718-7182 Housing FH 12 way Rec Quadlock
    718-7185 Housing FH 12 way Rec Quadlock
    718-0718 Shield 12 way Rec Housing Quadlock
    718-1301 Shield 6 way Rec Housing Quadlock
    718-7107 Housing FH 6 way Tab Quadlock
    718-7185 Housing FH 12 way Rec Quadlock
    718-7160 Housing FH 3 way Pin Quadlock
    718-7075 Housing FH 6 way Rec Quadlock
    718-7176 Housing FH 3 way Tab Quadlock
    718-7110 Housing FH 3 way Rec Quadlock
    718-7182 Housing FH 12 way Rec Quadlock
    718-6909 Housing FH 8 way Tab Quadlock
    680-9011 Housing,tab,MQS/MQP,yellow,20W
    718-6870 Housing FH 5 way Rec Quadlock
    712-2539 Plug Housing, 81 way, Rec, Timer MQS
    712-2520 Plug Housing, 40 way, Rec, Timer MQS
    681-1708 Housing FH 26 way Pin Quadlock
    712-1450 Lever Assy, 81 way, Rec, Timer MQS
    712-1454 Lever Assy, 40 way, Rec, Timer MQS
    720-2436 MQP female Power pin (used on amplifier Manufacturers Part No. 968074-2)

    Here's what they look like. Black 6 pin fits the CDC. 3 pin black recepticle does, 3 pin black plug doesn't fit the CDC recepticle, unless you buy the matching blue plug and swap it for the black one in the car.




    UPDATE: RS is adding more and more MQS PCB connectors, which is a good thing. Try here and here.

    For X1070 and X1071 try
    681-2806 Tyco Electronics 967618-2 (X1071)
    681-2802 Tyco Electronics 967618-1 (X1070)
    718-3792 Tyco Electronics 1-1355154-1 (X1070)


    And for the BMW D connector/2.5mm series/DIN 72585 from Farnell/RS


    Farnell D series

    3455737 circular contact D system socket 1.5-2.5mm (regular cable)
    3455725 circular contact D system socket 0.5-1mm (thin cable)
    3455701 circular contact D system pin 0.5-1mm (thin cable)
    3455713 circular contact D system pin 1.5-2mm (regular cable)
    1328863 rubber bung D contact system
    3455749 rubber bung d system 0.5-1MM2
    3455750 rubber bung D sy
    3455695 Round socket 4 way
    3455671 Round socket 3 way
    3455660 Round socket 4 way
    3455646 round socket 3 way
    3455774 mounting ring round socket
    3455786 3455798 3455816 3455830 Backshell round socket
    3455762 blanking plug
    1291662 extraction tool



    RS D seires

    Search for AMP DIN 72585
    395-7381 2.5mm crimp pin contact, wire is 1-2.5sq.mm 929968-1
    395-7369 2.5mm crimp pin contact,wire is 0.5-1sq.mm 929967-1
    395-7375 2.5mm crimp socket contact, wire is 0.5-1sq.mm 929974-1
    395-7397 2.5mm crimp socket contact,wire is 1-2.5sq.mm 929975-1


    Note: Farnell/RS minimum spend is £25 for a credit card, so it might be wise to plan all your electrical projects at once, eg, buying a bag of resistors, LED bezels, shrink tubing, wire, relays and 605ish nm orange LEDs etc.

    Cheap 12 pin black and white connectors for your headunit/tuner can be found on ebay by seaching celcius quadlock.

    **Space reserved for cheap source of E36 Fan connectors.**


    DICE MEDIABRIDGE
    Uses Molex Microfit
    237-3603 16 way receptacle
    670-1850 female contact
    670-1869 male contact


    HTH.
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    Hiya,

    Used both companies in the past, not for vehicle elctrics though

    Nice info, nice to know a cheaper oem option for anything let alone the fiddly electrical bits

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    I've got my pin connectors from Maplins before I can't recall the price though but it was a lot cheaper than BMW
     
     

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    You may find that CPC Farnell (Farnell company) also stock these items. CPC is aimed at the DIYer so does not have minimum order values like Farnell. Farnell are aimed at corporate accounts who buy in bulk. So if you are only ordering a few bits might be worth a try. Just type in the description and see if they stock the items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E46330DSport View Post
    You may find that CPC Farnell (Farnell company) also stock these items. CPC is aimed at the DIYer so does not have minimum order values like Farnell. Farnell are aimed at corporate accounts who buy in bulk. So if you are only ordering a few bits might be worth a try. Just type in the description and see if they stock the items.
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    http://cpc.farnell.com/
    CPC don't seem to stock these items, you would need to search the manufacturer's part number at CPC because CPC and Farnell don't use the same part numbers.

    Farnell part numbers will work at Newark (Farnell USA).
     
     

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    Hi,

    What are the parts I need to get to connect to the cd changer wiring in the trunk of an e46?

    I think I need a three pin male and a 6 pin male connector, but it is difficult to match to the tyco part numbers. Has anybody ordered these from farnell or rs, they could maybe confirm what they ordered.

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    Here are the Tyco part numbers I eventually ordered if anybody else is interested.

    1379118-1 is the plug for the 6 pin connector that carries the audio.
    1-968700-1 is the plug for the 3 pin connector that carried the ibus.
    1-928918-1 are the pins, you will need 9 of these.
     
     

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    Does anyone know the MAF plug part number?
     
     

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    Gents,

    I bought a IPOD retrofit kit for my e60 (65412160342).
    Since my car did not have a CD changer or provisions for it, I had the wire a cable for this (61120412795)

    In the package there was a blue connector which I broke and want to order from BMW again. My Stealer is Stupid and If I dont supply them with the complete number of the part, they cant find it and cant order it.

    here is my problem. On the 4 pins connector there are the numbers 0409639 (Marked as 1 in the picture)
    Anyone know how to find the missing numbers which come in front?
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