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Old 07-13-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Official DRL hardwiring removal for Canadian 93-(early 95) e36s

First off, THANKS go to Nick_ll for this solution. It was written in another thread but not in as much detail and I got help from him through PMs. This is by far the cleanest solution and does not involve running any new wires to the fuse box or elsewhere.

This mod will get rid of the hardwired low beams, interior (dash) lights, parking lights, and taillights that usually all come on with ignition on the early (93-95) e36s. 92's are a little different so I don't think this will work with 92s.

Your switch will function like this (AFAIK this is what it's like in Europe):

Position 0: Nothing on
Position 1: City lights/AEs/parking lights/corners + dash lights + optional fogs
Position 2: City lights/AEs/parking lights/corners + dash lights + low beams + optional fogs + optional high beams

STEPS:

1) Remove lower dash under steering wheel (3 screws)
2) Remove "knee bolster" - this foamy beefy thing right under 1) (3 bolts)
3) Locate "left splice panel". It is above the kicker speaker/footrest. You will see a few bundles of wires running close to it.
4) Locate 5 GREEN/RED wires going into this splice panel
5) The 5 wires are plugged into a metal piece that "splices" the 5 wires together. This is encased in a plastic piece that plugs into the "splice panel".
NOTE: I found the plastic piece with the wires outside of the splice panel already, bundled with a big bundle of wires.
6) Remove the plastic casing (there are little plastic tabs you need to push from the inside of the piece where the wires go in)
7) ***THIS ORDER MAY NOT BE THE SAME ON YOUR CAR****

When holding the metal piece with the wires pointing UP and the bulgy sides of the metal piece facing you, the order of the wires in my car was from left to right:

1] Fuse 25 wire (this is the one that generally provides power with ignition to the other 4 wires)
2] Headlight switch - this goes to the headlight switch
3] Left parking light(corner) / left taillight
4] Right parking light(corner) / right taillight AND interior dash lights
5] Low beam relay - goes to low beam relay

8) Cut 1] and 2] from the metal connector.
9) Splice 1] and 2] back together directly leaving 2 spots on the metal connector. Solder and heatshrink/electrical tape.
10) Find the YELLOW wire (make sure it is pure yellow and doesn't have some other stripe) that starts behind the headlight switch. Try and follow it from behind the switch into the bundle that is beside the splice panel and close to the wires you've been working on.
11) Cut the YELLOW wire making sure you have enough wire left on both of the new ends.
12) Splice one of the new ends of the yellow wire into the metal piece that you cut 1] off of.
13) Splice the other new end of the yellow wire into position 2 of the metal piece where you cut 2] off of. Solder and heatshrink.
14) Put the plastic covering back on to the metal splice piece.
15) Tuck everything away
16) Put the knee bolster and lower dash back (leave the chime disconnected if you don't want the annoying chime when the door is open with the key in the radio position)

That's it!

This is very valuable for people that have HIDs in their low beams and don't want them constantly on.

It took me a few hours but that's because I didn't know what each of the 5 wires did and I had to figure it out and think about where to connect to the yellow wire and which wires to connect to it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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do you know the colors of wires #1 through 5?

I already did the lowbeam drl delete mod by runnning a wire from the fusebox but this sounds even better

think you could snap a couple pics?
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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The wires 1] through 5] look identical and are green with red stripes. I didn't take any pics except for these. These are the 5 green/red wires and metal piece within the plastic covering.

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Old 07-18-2009, 01:50 AM   #4
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I'm going to be trying this tomorrow. I hope I do not mess it up.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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i gave this a shot this morning and I had no clue finding the (5) green/red wires. I found two but I had a hard time tracing it back. Im dying to take off the dash lights, and tail lights it bothers me too much
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:36 PM   #6
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Way to go dude.
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:51 PM   #7
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i gave this a shot this morning and I had no clue finding the (5) green/red wires. I found two but I had a hard time tracing it back. Im dying to take off the dash lights, and tail lights it bothers me too much
THat might be the hardest part of all this... I was lucky my wires were already out of the splice panel. The 5 wires will come together into the plastic/metal splice piece but it's stuck up inside the "splice panel".

You're gonna have to remove the splice panel off the side of the car to get a better view. Someone said you lift and pull toward the passenger side. Someone else said there are 2 10mm bolts on either side...I'm not sure. Also, you might have to unclip the relays hanging on it first.

BTW can you tell me something... When you put the key in the radio position, do your window switches light up? I'm interested because after you turn off the car and it goes into the radio position you can even take out the keys and the sunroof switch will stay lit. I can't remember if the window swtiches ALSO used to before I did this... Also, they're supposed to turn off once you open the door for the first time.
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:57 PM   #8
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Ya, I think I will pass on hard-wiring the DRL's. It seems like too much for me.

And no, when I turn the ignition in the radio position my light buttons do not light up. I didnt know they were suppose to...mmm..Im going to look under the button to see if there is a bulb
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I said I wasn't sure if they're supposed to in radio position. They are supposed to light up with the rest of the dash lights though.

Yo you can pass by I can take a look for the wires if you still got the dash apart and all.
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nice, I guess i ll do this eventually, and reinstall the fuses for my highbeams/DRLs LOL
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If you've got the high beam DRL, this won't work... You need the US relay.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:22 AM   #12
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If you've got the high beam DRL, this won't work... You need the US relay.
nope same as yours, i just removed the drl fuses. It means i have no highbeams either, but it beats DRLs. Mine is hardwired.
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Can't remember which, but one of my e36s does that too. I believe this is totally normal as it will eventually turn off. Some sort of timer maybe I don't know.

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I said I wasn't sure if they're supposed to in radio position. They are supposed to light up with the rest of the dash lights though.

Yo you can pass by I can take a look for the wires if you still got the dash apart and all.
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Nick, I like how the buttons stay lit until you open a door. However, my question was if the window buttons (and not just the sunroof) are supposed to stay lit after you remove the key from the ignition position.
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Yes they are. They should all stay on because the sunroof and window buttons are basically the same thing.
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