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BMW E36 Parking Sensor Installation – Part 3

30th March 2011

BMW E36 Parking Sensor Installation – Part 3

 

Hello,

Finally, I’m happy to tell you guys that I’ve finished the last videos and now, I’m ready to show them to you. I only needed around 4 hours to do all the work, but creating the videos is what really took the time, so please accept my apology for that.

First, let’s summarize what I’ve done until now, for those who didn’t read my previous posts. In my first post BMW E36 Parking Sensor Unpacking, you saw the parking sensor I bought and the different pieces that came in the package. In the second post BMW E36 Parking Sensor Installation – Part 2, you saw how I made the holes in the car’s bumper and how I passed the wires from beneath it and into the trunk. Now, obviously, you’re going to see how I connected everything and how I provided the power to the parking sensor controller unit. Also, you’re going to see how I mounted the system monitor. Take a look:



 

Next, you’ll watch while I’m testing the parking sensor and how it works:



 

Please notice that the system is directional which means that if there’s an obstacle at the left of the car’s rear, the monitor should indicate that on the left side lights. The same happens if it was on the right side. The monitor, however, was designed to be mounted on the car dashboard (not exactly what I wanted), so, I had to switch the sensors that were connected to the controller unit. The left ones connected to the right sockets and the right ones connected to the left sockets and it worked like a charm.

Honestly, I enjoyed doing this to my car and now, I’m motivated to do even more, so, please stay tuned as I’ll be publishing more soon…

NOTE: Please feel free to let us all know what you think of this DIY and if you have any questions. Just write them in the comments below.

 

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27th March 2011

BMW E36 Parking Sensor Installation – Part 2

 

Hi Guys,

This is the second part in the BMW E36 Parking Sensor installation DIY. In the following video, you’re going to see how I calculated the exact distance that should be left between each sensor and the next one and watch while I make the holes in the car’s bumper. Also, you’re going to see how I mount the parking sensors and pass their wires beneath the bumper and into my car’s trunk.

I hope you’ll find the video useful. Please notice that I’m going to post another video soon to show the installation of the monitor and may be include the test video that shows the parking sensor in action. I’ve already finished it and have been using it for 3 or 4 days now, but I didn’t find the time to prepare the other videos, so, I hope you’ll stay tuned for the rest of the DIY and the test videos.

Ready? enjoy…



 

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14th March 2011

BMW E36 Parking Sensor Installation – Part 1

 

Hi,

I know, I have stopped writing on this blog for a long time and although I meant to start writing again, I have been very busy that I almost stopped doing anything here other than comments and forum moderation. Even my car has been suffering neglect and she’s very sad about it.

A week ago, I ordered a parking system and wanted to install it in my car and thought this would be a great chance for me to start writing again. Even, if I didn’t write as frequently as I used to (around 2 posts/day), I may write once in a while and keep you guys posted about my latest BMW E36 changes and projects.

The system has the following features:

  • 4—Piece Rear Parking System
  • 3—Color Led Indicator
  • Digital Distance Indicator
  • Sensor Cutout Saw Included
  • Built-in Beeping Alarm

In the following video, you can watch me unpacking the parking system I bought and in the next 2 or 3 days may be, I’ll prepare a complete photo shoot or a video with the installation instructions for this system. So, stay tuned and enjoy:-



 

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14th January 2009

Miss January 2009 . . . Great!

 

Hello guys,

Jeremiah was very kind to send me some pictures of his 1999 BMW E36 M3 with its hardtop on. Honestly, this is a very nice car indeed and as he said in his own words about the hardtop:

I think it makes the car look really low and aggressive and I love how much it improves the overall handling / stiffness of the drive.

With that being said, I decided to feature it as Miss January 2009 as it’s a very good example of how a well-maintained BMW E36 (M3) should look like. I hope you like it:




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30th December 2008

Miss December 2008 . . . Great!

 

Hello guys,

It’s time for a new model for the month of December 2008. I believe I’m a little bit late with this post as I decided long time ago to make these posts in the beginning of the month or at least in the middle but not at the end. I guess this month is a special case and I hope you’ll forgive me for that. Take a look at this cool car. It’s really nice and I’m sure many will kill just to get one with such clean exterior and interior. Take a look… Can you beat that?


   



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