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Installing Plasma Gauges For Your BMW E36 . . . DIY!

14th September 2008

Installing Plasma Gauges For Your BMW E36 . . . DIY!

 

This DIY (Do It Yourself) is a contribution by Daniel Castro, thanks Daniel. In the following text, you will find a detailed procedure on how you can remove your gauges cluster and disassemble it in order to replace your OEM gauges with the Plasma type. I know that almost everyone here is looking for these gauges but unfortunately I couldn’t find them on the German eBay where I found them for the first time. I’m not sure where you can get them from now, but I will keep looking and hopefully I will find them. Daniel, do you know where I can get this from? If you want to know how they should look like after you finish, take a look at the BMW E36 With Plasma Gauges and BMW E36 with blue interior LED lights . . . Wow!

Disclaimer: Use this info at your own risk!! The author is not responsible if this didn’t work for you :-).

1. Removing Screws:

Remove upper Left & Right screws using a 4 cornered screw driver. Once removed, use a flat screw driver to remove the whole unit from above.


2. Removing Sockets:

Pull the unit until the wires at the back are exposed. Remove the sockets by pushing the lever upwards or to the direction shown above. 3 sockets are to be removed, Black, Blue and White.


No need to remove the Steering Wheel, adjust it to the lowest position. After all the sockets are removed, just slowly slide the unit to the right side of the steering wheel, as shown below…


3. Unit Disassembly:

Use a #T-9 screw driver. (hex shaped) to remove the screw (3 pcs) as shown below. Then Lift the level locks on the left & the right.





Lift both levers at the same time. Notice the outer back cover is lifted. Now, you will see 3 stick locks, Rotate the white locks wrapped around the black plastic poles.

Afterwards, you may separate the front cover from the middle part.

In my case, I have not locked them back, so I can easily lift or separate the middle part along with the back part. As shown below…

Using two flat screws, or anything that can lift the needles (of the Instrument Cluster).

BEWARE : The Needle pins are very SENSITIVE, as it can easily be bent.

Once all five needles are removed, remove the smaller hex shaped screws and place the Illuminating gauge face.


Placing the needles back is tricky, I recommend you rotate the pin by 45 degrees, hold it down, then place the needle slowly, pointing to 0 or minimum.

Reverse the whole process to install it back to itA?a??a??s original place.

 

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11th September 2008

Convertible BMW E36 . . . Can you make it better?

 

Hi Guys,

Razvan,a reader of the BMW E36 Blog, has sent me some photos of his convertible BMW E36. The car looks great and it’s very clean but I have some ideas that could make the car look even better. First, I would change the rims to something similar to this one. Also, the car looks a little bit high and looks like it needs a drop. So, this is the second thing to do. Other than these points, I think the car looks great and doesn’t need any other modifications.

Take a look at the photos and let’s hear your opinions. Do you think there’s something else you. can do to this car?

   

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9th September 2008

BMW E36 325is Burnout In Place

 

Take a look at. this burnout in a BMW E36 325is. The burnout in place seems to be the hardest type of burnouts to me, but then, I’m no expert in that field. So, I’m going to leave the explanation for the experts here. How can you do this? Anyone tried this before? and most important to me, can a BMW 318is do that or you need a stronger engine?




 

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7th September 2008

BMW E36 From France

 

Hi Guys,

Julien, a reader of the BMW E36 Blog, was very kind to send me some photos of. his white 1998 BMW E36 316i. The car looks great and with a fabulous background. Honestly, I couldn’t stop myself from publishing these photos. I’m 100% sure that you are going to love them.

Take a look at the photos and let’s hear your opinions…

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5th September 2008

Fixing BMW E36 Headliner . . . Video

 

I wrote before about Fixing BMW E36 Headliner and provided a link to where you can buy a kit to fix your car’s headliner. Today, I’ve found this video which shows how you’re supposed to fix your headliner. I couldn’t find a specific procedure to fix the headliner for the BMW E36, but this will give you an idea about how you’re supposed to do when you get the headliner fixing kit.

Take a look, I hope you like. it.




 

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