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Old 07-02-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Cool DCT Shifter retro-fit into e46

Some of you might have seen my previous posting in regards to trying to get a DCT electronic shifter to work in an e46.... http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...701&highlight= or previous to that ....http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...381&highlight=




Well, I can close those threads down. Got all my answers from tracing out circuitry and metering out voltages, etc. Have to thank Arty :thumbup: :thumbsup: for the idea of isolating the selector switch (had thought of it Arty, didn't think it was isolated like that) and Delmarco :woot:for getting me interested in the mod in the first place. Not going to repeat mechanical steps, Delmarco covered them extremely well in his post http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=760259

Well, got it working by isolating the selector switch; applying power to the common terminal vs. grounding as it was originally connected. Moved cables and terminals from existing lighting panel (bought to be salvaged) and extended the data cable on the DCT shifter (actually nicked it when drilling out the centre of the shifter to allow installation on the stock e46 stock, so I had to remove and recrimp connector; so extended it another 6 inches)....

That addressed the PRND lights, but I had to use a micro relay and another series resistor and diode (to replacate original diode betweens pins 1 & 3 on X1600) and then use the ground connection to close relay. Other side of relay runs batt voltage through 610ohm resistor to drop voltage to power M/S LED. Only thing I've not addressed (would require a little more circuitry (maybe version 2 LOL) is that the D LED remains on when the M/S LED is lit. Personally, I like it, but could design a cancellation circuit to turn of D LED when M/S selected (like I said, maybe version 2). Going to add 0.5A micro fuse to both power lines on board (batt and dimmer) to protect incase of short and will eventually put cover on box to close. Right now tucked next to lighter under console. Ribbon cable is routed so it rests on Shift release motor and seems to move freely in all positions.... Will check in a few weeks and see if there are any rub marks present...

Here's the pics.















Final assembly.... Nice and neat!!



Still need to integrate electronic shift lock into P switch on shifter. Maybe this weekend....
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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great work!
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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Thx!! It was driving me crazy to see this uncompleted project on the bench, so I got determined to figure it out. Several guys have attempting before, but none worked so far..... Going to try and hit LaPaloma's tonight.... Looks SICK @ night!
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Bill.... Finally u did it.... good determination...
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:33 PM   #5
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Bill.... Finally u did it.... good determination...
Man I was getting FRUSTRATED First we had to measure and trace the circuits cause no one, not even BMW (with a 650Ci in the showroom with the shifter) could find me a pinout..... Still have 2 pins unaccounted for (believe they are for hall effect sensor), but it was fun..... and looks AWESOME. especially @ night.... couple last things to resolve and it'll be done.....
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Old 07-03-2010, 03:47 AM   #6
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looks good, u should black out the old PRND letters tho....


but that ashtray is
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looks good, u should black out the old PRND letters tho....


but that ashtray is
Firstly, going to get the paint (that plastic stuff everyone's talking about) in about 10 mins, and the ashtray was ****ing disgusting. Its been washed and vacuumed since taking those pics (whole area has been). It was cleaned before final re-assmebly...... Didn't realize it was so prominant in the pics till later when I was reviewing them and it was SO disgusting....

Even though I smoke, I try to keep the car pristine.... Been absolutely swamped between work and other comittments; let things slide. Made me wanna My apologies to the entire BMW community for letting it get so dirty....
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Updated pics......

Tried a night shot using BB..... Not great, but gives the idea....

Centre console painted now; getting Plasti-Dip later this week and will post after that's completed....



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That looks beyond stupid.
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well, glad you like it.....
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I think I've managed to get Redlinegoods (www.redlinegoods.com) to make a custom shift boot to match the new red CF interior I will be wrapping this weekend. If it looks as good as I suspect, I'm going to have to sell my current set next week!! anyone interested in a complete 9 piece set? includes all standard interior trim and centre console....
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:58 PM   #12
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Received my new shift + e-brake boots and armrest cover.... Got the shifter boot installed (temporarily); waiting for my buddy to come by and help install permanently and assist in swapping e-brake and armrest covers.

Original automatic shifter plate still installed under the boot and is actually pressed fitted (with some 3m tape) into base..... will change once finalized..... probably during the week.

Here are a couple of pictures......







Boot a little tight @ moment when in park, but hangs nicely when in gear.... May order slightly longer boot if really needs it (this one is 1" longer than stock standard boot (estimated).....
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