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Arbioo
04-20-2013, 06:11 PM
I've seen some videos on youtube with these guys that open the rag top with just the FOB key...

I asked BMW and they told me they cant do that .. its only in the Europe..

Anyone locally that does this??? its apparently a computer mod that has to be done??

starbuck
04-20-2013, 07:07 PM
Isn't this an option on the computer that can be active, where you hold the lock/unlock button on the key to open and close the top?

Question OP, when you hold the unlock button, do your windows roll down?

madonthemike
04-20-2013, 09:55 PM
I've seen some videos on youtube with these guys that open the rag top with just the FOB key...

I asked BMW and they told me they cant do that .. its only in the Europe..

Anyone locally that does this??? its apparently a computer mod that has to be done??

Thats BS, this can be done with NCSExpert, its just a matter of coding either your CVM or GM5 control unit (cant remember which one), 5min job. If you have the software (just google NCSExpert) you can do it yourself.

CVM - Vert Module
GM5 - Central Body Electronics

So basically what it is you need the cable (<$30) + software (all over the internet) and read out some of the parameters in the GM5 module:

KOMFORTOEFFNUNG_FB : convertible top opens by holding the open button on remote..Or opens all windows & sun roof on non convertible
KOMFORTSCHLIESSUNG_FB : convertible top closes by holding the close button on remote..Or closes all windows &sun roof on non convertible

Im pretty sure if you can set the above parameters to active, you will be able to drop top/close top with remote. I assume its currently deactivated.

Isn't this an option on the computer that can be active, where you hold the lock/unlock button on the key to open and close the top?
Exaclty
Question OP, when you hold the unlock button, do your windows roll down?

yeah simple coding, when I got my car a few months ago it wouldnt do anything, now I can roll up/down windows, get blinkers to flash upon lock/unlock, lock doors at certain speed etc..

Effay
04-20-2013, 10:49 PM
would PA soft work for this? i would like to change some of the options on my e46

madonthemike
04-20-2013, 11:30 PM
would PA soft work for this? i would like to change some of the options on my e46

Yes it should, Ive personally never used it, but my understanding is that PA soft is a more user friendly way of setting different options/coding. It gives you various options you can tick on/off - its a good way of going about if you dont feel comfortable with factory tools like NCSExpert etc..

Effay
04-21-2013, 09:41 AM
Yes it should, Ive personally never used it, but my understanding is that PA soft is a more user friendly way of setting different options/coding. It gives you various options you can tick on/off - its a good way of going about if you dont feel comfortable with factory tools like NCSExpert etc..

thanks , I plan on getting a PA soft unit very soon. just wanted to see before I buy.

Thanks for the help ill let you know how it goes *th-up*

Arbioo
04-22-2013, 10:38 PM
Thats BS, this can be done with NCSExpert, its just a matter of coding either your CVM or GM5 control unit (cant remember which one), 5min job. If you have the software (just google NCSExpert) you can do it yourself.

CVM - Vert Module
GM5 - Central Body Electronics

So basically what it is you need the cable (<$30) + software (all over the internet) and read out some of the parameters in the GM5 module:

KOMFORTOEFFNUNG_FB : convertible top opens by holding the open button on remote..Or opens all windows & sun roof on non convertible
KOMFORTSCHLIESSUNG_FB : convertible top closes by holding the close button on remote..Or closes all windows &sun roof on non convertible

Im pretty sure if you can set the above parameters to active, you will be able to drop top/close top with remote. I assume its currently deactivated.



yeah simple coding, when I got my car a few months ago it wouldnt do anything, now I can roll up/down windows, get blinkers to flash upon lock/unlock, lock doors at certain speed etc..

madonthemike

where do I get this stuff.. Im a newbie .... can you please help me out?? you just went over my head..

tiquitaca
04-26-2013, 03:11 PM
I found a guy on Maxbimmer who does this. He coded my E46 M3 vert.

tthai4
04-26-2013, 04:27 PM
I just bought a module for my e46 vert... i originally was saving up for a SmartTOP but thats about 300+, i did some youtube/google search and came across this:

http://www.fbc-electronics.com/en/Home.aspx


i bought the open/close module for 90 dollars shipped (came in 5 days from italy). Other modules and features are available too.

the website itself is a tad weird/sketchy so i just contact him via email and he sent me a paypal invoice. His name is Fabio.

Didnt know about coding, would have went that route, seems cheaper.

Arbioo
04-27-2013, 02:20 PM
well I tried it without know what will happen, thought my windows would open or nothing.. the top actually opened up ... but I cant get it to close..

any ideas?

davericher20
04-27-2013, 03:22 PM
Can't get it to close from the fob? Or close altogether? I think the system is only designed to open it from the fob, though I've been wrong once before in my life, and even then...I was right.

scott_88
05-01-2013, 10:48 AM
It can definitely be done. Mine was done from factory. It's a pretty sweet feature, but I want to recode mine such that it only opens the windows in a different order. Right now it is front --> back --> sunroof. I want sunroof --> front --> backs.

Perhaps I'm being a bit simple-minded here, but I'm pretty sure Rocco at RMP can do it. He did my DRL deletes so he definitely has the equipment to at least hook up to your bimmer and screw with the software.

azn_oo1
05-01-2013, 11:01 AM
i can open and close the top with my key fob. Came with the car programmed from dealer

Arbioo
05-06-2013, 11:18 PM
i can open and close the top with my key fob. Came with the car programmed from dealer

I get mine to open, but cant close it... what do you press???

thanks

tiquitaca
05-07-2013, 08:52 AM
Press the lock button once and then press and hold it until the top closes.

Arbioo
05-07-2013, 11:06 PM
Press the lock button once and then press and hold it until the top closes.


Doesnt work on mine... I donno.. maybe its not set up to close...

tiquitaca
05-08-2013, 09:54 AM
Doesnt work on mine... I donno.. maybe its not set up to close...

Most likely it hasn't been set up. You can find someone on Max to program it for you, or if you have the cable and the program you can even do it yourself.

I didn't want to invest on something that I'll use only once so I have someone to program that for me.

orange260z
05-20-2013, 09:44 PM
I just bought a module for my e46 vert... i originally was saving up for a SmartTOP but thats about 300+, i did some youtube/google search and came across this:

http://www.fbc-electronics.com/en/Home.aspx


i bought the open/close module for 90 dollars shipped (came in 5 days from italy). Other modules and features are available too.

the website itself is a tad weird/sketchy so i just contact him via email and he sent me a paypal invoice. His name is Fabio.

Didnt know about coding, would have went that route, seems cheaper.

I was just looking at this module to be able to do the "one touch" opening and closing of the top. How difficult was the install? Did you have to cut any wires? How well is it working for you? I can't seem to find any reviews of this product out there.

Thanks in advance!

tthai4
05-21-2013, 12:14 AM
Hey, it can be installed in 5 mins or less, behind where the nav and cd player is theres an cable wrapped up in tape, you upwrap it and it expose three cables, the cables are colour coded adn the module has three colours to match up. tape them or slice into them and your done.

The people from fbc sends you an install manual via email once you purchase it. Ive had it for two months now and its been working great.

The ordering process is kind of weird, i was skeptical lol, I placed the order online and nothing really happend i had to contact them via email and he sends me an invoice over paypal. The whole process took about a week from ordering to receviing, and i got it in the mail from Italy with tracking number

tthai4
05-21-2013, 12:16 AM
when i said behind, i meant in the trunk lol, where the cd player is held in convertible.

royst
05-27-2013, 11:17 AM
I found a guy on Maxbimmer who does this. He coded my E46 M3 vert.

Who was it. Want to get mine done.

Thanks

TdotM3
06-27-2013, 08:49 PM
Just rolled through this thread just out of curiosity. I'm not sure if you have found your answer for the reprogramming of your roof through remote but Rocco @ RMP just hooked this up for me last week on my E46 M3 within seconds(literally). Press and hold UNLOCK for windows/roof down, press and hold LOCK for windows/roof up.

royst
06-27-2013, 10:56 PM
Thanks Tdot
I'll give him a shout.
How much if you don't mind my asking.