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      12-01-2009, 12:01 AM   #45
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To be perfectly honest - alarms are a complete waste of money since most people simply ignore an alarm siren - dismissing it as an annoyance. If an experienced thief wants into your car - he will get in.

Most people in the past purchase alarms for (2) features - confirmation chirps when the door is locked and and the blinking mirror LED as a deterrent.

Let's give a possible scenario of 5 M3s parked out front of a nightclub side by side, only 1 out of those 5 have the blinking mirror LED. Most times, the thief will go for the easier target (excluding valuables in plain view inside the vehicle).

You rarely hear of BMWs being stolen, they have a very efficient disable system that works with EWS equipped from factory.

Alarms are simply noisemakers in today's society and will only sound off after the damage has already been done. A suitable deterrent is what's needed and exactly what remoteKEY will provide.
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I appreciate the response. You make a good point, however there are cases where an alarm can be somewhat valuable.

1) Your car gets hit/bumped in the street in front of your house. You'd at least know about it and have a chance to go outside and see who caused the damage. Most people are not honest enough to leave behind their contact info.

2) A smash and grab of sunglasses, loose change, etc. that may inadvertently be left in the open. Again, if the car was within earshot (home, work...) you could save your valuables from disappearing.

A couple months back a coworker of mine had his Ford truck door lock broken by some punk who wanted his camera that was not properly tucked under the front seat. We heard his alarm go off and ran outside and watched some kid running off. The camera was saved. Unfortunately the scum got away.

The most likely way your Bimmer will be stolen is by flatbed. Someone smart enough to come with a flatbed is also probably smart enough to rip out the rear wheel liner and cut the siren wires. They know what they are stealing if they've got a flatbed.

I'm looking for the smash and grab or hit and run protection that the OEM alarm offers. it may be arguably small, but its definitely better than not having it.

About Remotekey, I like what you've done and I guess you definitely address the needs of a good number of BMW owners.
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      12-01-2009, 12:28 AM   #46
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Tom do you have a DIY for this yet?
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      12-01-2009, 04:05 PM   #47
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Tom do you have a DIY for this yet?
The new harnesses just arrived today - we will be scheduling an install this week for photos.
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Thanks Tom. Once I check out the DIY I will decide whether I can do it myself or come by an get you to install it
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      12-01-2009, 08:14 PM   #49
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The new harnesses just arrived today - we will be scheduling an install this week for photos.
I have a '09 that was built right around the date that BMW made the change. Is there a way to determine if my car is prewired for the alarm? I do not have the premium package and therefore do not have the 'clown nose'. At least I think that is why I don't have it. So .... it doesn't sound like I would need the new harness. Please let me know.
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DIY just posted: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=329420
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Is there an easier spot to tap into for the clown nose if the car is pre-wired?
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Is there an easier spot to tap into for the clown nose if the car is pre-wired?
LED Clown Nose wiring terminates at the proximity sensor in the headliner, there is an alternative install method which we may be documenting later.

If you would like me to run down the steps over the phone, give me a call on Monday morning.
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whats the price on this!
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whats the price on this!
Pricing is on our website, so we can keep this thread technical-related.
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Yes sir I did - good hearing from you again. Expect a reply soon.
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is this enough to get the clown nose going?

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A total of 4 wires are tapped for interaction. Here are earlier installed shots from our e92 M3 project:

Open glovebox to access fuse panel/CAN wiring:


Access panel removed exposing fuses/wiring harness:


Harness pulled for easier access, CANBUS wires are twisted pair in green & orange color:


remoteKEY installed - simple 4 wire tap. Green LED confirms proper install & CAN activity:


The alarm buzzer is routed into the engine bay though the firewall (existing grommet) for audible confirmation during arming.
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is this enough to get the clown nose going?
No, there is a separate harness included that must be routed to the mirror - this only takes about 10 minutes at most.
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