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    I searched and found a reference to a write up but the link is now dead. I know I can get the bulbs cheap but figured LED's would last forever and be more durable. As soon as I pulled my good lightbar out one of the bulbs went bad...ain't that a B. Thanks in advance.

    88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
    89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
    85 323I S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZ
    91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH



  • #2
    I have that page saved as a PDF. PM your e-mail & I will send it to you.
    GraemeD

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    • #3
      can I have it also? Want to do this myself

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      • #4
        I hate to ask but would you mind sending it here too?
        1989 E30 M3 DD
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        • #5
          Barry, what is the URL of the dead link? The page might be cached somewhere.

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          • #6
            I now have the PDF (thanks Graeme). If anyone is interested in it please email me at [email protected] and I will reply with the file.

            88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
            89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
            85 323I S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZ
            91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH


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            • #7
              http://www.savefile.com

              Try that, then anyone can DL it at leisure : )
              Steve
              "Technology is the only replacement for displacement" - TRD

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              • #8
                can you email me the file too? chivas228 at gmail.com

                thanks!!
                -Dan

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                • #9
                  I don't mean to rain on the parade, but the Radio Shack 6V bulbs I have used last forever. The ones in my M3 have been in there since 1998 (68K miles ago). The original bulbs are 5 volt, wired in series. But when I checked the supply voltage in the OBC, it was over 10 volts. With that in mind, it is not surprising that the original bulbs burn out.
                  Before I tried the Radio Shack bulbs, I had bought a brand new light bar. It lost a bulb after 2 1/2 months.
                  John
                  88 ///M3 Cinnabar
                  84 318i Black
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                  • #10
                    John, I agree with you. However, these bulbs are not as durable and are more susceptible to vibration than LED's. Whenever I mess with the OBC, including removing the plug on the instrument cluster, it seems one of the bulbs goes bad. It's very frustrating. Since I wanted to get my OBC back up and running I just bought two new bulbs from radio shack and all is well again. This time, I moved them closer to the screen so they aren't as dim and I applied silicone between the board and the bulbs so they won't vibrate as much. Looks just as bright as the factory lightbar.

                    P.S. I found the file and I emailed it to everyone who emailed me about it.

                    88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
                    89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
                    85 323I S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZ
                    91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH


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                    • #11
                      I found the directions here as well.

                      http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2205147

                      http://newling.no-ip.com/rep/bordcom...led_licht.html


                      Disclaimer: Remember, I know absolutely nothing, but it doesn't prevent me from having an opinion or suggestion. :

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Graeme

                        Has anyone used led in the instrument cluster? Mines kind of dim and ill be in there this week doing a bat replace.
                        Last edited by Lumanikus; 09-23-2006, 05:32 PM.
                        1989 E30 M3 DD
                        2002 R1150R

                        Donate some social capitol to my cause please?

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                        • #13
                          my problem is what color LED to use... red, green, rellow... blue...
                          -Dan

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                          • #14
                            but will the LED's work with the dimmer?


                            Goodbye M3, you served me well.

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