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Keyless Entry Installation Question


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for those of you with keyless entry door lock installations, where are you drilling to get that 5/16" cable into the door? Is an inch above the lower hinge plate on the body the best place or right through the hinge plate? anybody with a picture of their pass through into the door? any help and advice is gratefully appreciated! TIA!

Bob

BMWCCA #4844 (#297 of The 308)

1974 2002 Sahara, MM 2400 Rally engine, MM 5 speed and conversion

1976 2002A Anthracite parts car

1991 525i AlpinweiB II

2002 330ci AlpinweiB III

2007 530xiT Titanium Silver

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I drilled my door about one inch above the brake strap and then one inch below it on the body. Its a bit concave and gives the wire room when the door is closed. I wrapped it with that corragated split wire cover that extends into the door and body secured by blask zip ties. It doesnt look to bad. I have seen (i think on the forum) some nice rubber covers that look like stock (on newer cars) but couldnt find any locally, plus Id spent too much money already.

Bill

1973 2002 Chamonix sunroof (soon to be M42 swap)
2015 Ford Explorer-Wife
1999 Jeep Cherokee

1991 318i convertible (donor)

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thanks, Bill. so are you saying the cable doesn't move where it enters the body and the door, and the slack in the cable fits in the gap between body and the door when the door is closed?

Bob

BMWCCA #4844 (#297 of The 308)

1974 2002 Sahara, MM 2400 Rally engine, MM 5 speed and conversion

1976 2002A Anthracite parts car

1991 525i AlpinweiB II

2002 330ci AlpinweiB III

2007 530xiT Titanium Silver

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I just finished a keyless entry install last week. I drilled my hole about an inch below the lower hinge. That way it was real easy to run the wire on the car body side to under the dash. However, when I finished, I didn't like the look of a wire hanging out, so I bought some minivan sliding door contacts that will transmit the power when the door is closed and make the install look more factory. They havn't gotten here yet, though. I got mine off ebay, but after that, I rememberd that a company called "Autoloc" sells them. They are super cheap, like $3 each! If I remember correctly, their website is www.autoloc.com and you'll have to search the site becuase it is hard to find the door contacts. You will have to cut or drill a bigger hole in the door, but it should look a ton cleaner than running a wire - especially for $6! If you do decide to go that route and do it before me, please post pics. Thanks! -Matt

1976 '02 - My first...

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thanks, Matt. you're right, finding that contact is hard, I've been on the site a while and haven't found it yet. do you know if that contact will pass 5 wires/channels through?

Bob

BMWCCA #4844 (#297 of The 308)

1974 2002 Sahara, MM 2400 Rally engine, MM 5 speed and conversion

1976 2002A Anthracite parts car

1991 525i AlpinweiB II

2002 330ci AlpinweiB III

2007 530xiT Titanium Silver

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Yeah, I contemplated running the wire elseware but liked near the doorbrake because visually you see the brake along side the wire. It seemed to me that if you put it higher or lower your eyes would be drawn to it, i didnt like that. If you can find those rubber connections the other member mentioned, it will look factory and probably would not matter where the hole was, good luck,

Bill

1973 2002 Chamonix sunroof (soon to be M42 swap)
2015 Ford Explorer-Wife
1999 Jeep Cherokee

1991 318i convertible (donor)

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I don't know if you can run 5 of those contacts - It seems like all you would have to do is just add more though. They are modular. Good luck and send me some pics - It'll be a while before I 'll have time to take my doors apart again... Oh, and I used the website search feature after I go ttired of surfing their page - that's how I found it.

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those contacts are $7.50 per door pair. to get 5 wires, need a top and bottom contact pair, then add/gang 3 center contact modules. I haven't decided to do these contacts yet until I know the size, how much metal I have to cut out, and quality of parts. inquiry under way, stand by ...

thanks Bill and Matt for your input!

Bob

BMWCCA #4844 (#297 of The 308)

1974 2002 Sahara, MM 2400 Rally engine, MM 5 speed and conversion

1976 2002A Anthracite parts car

1991 525i AlpinweiB II

2002 330ci AlpinweiB III

2007 530xiT Titanium Silver

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  • 2 years later...

I just recently installed mine, Drilled both the door and the jamb about an inch below the door brake. I used a piece of 3/8" vacuum hose, ran the wires through the hose. glued it to the door and drilled a slightly over size hole in the jamb. The tubing slides into the jamb when you shut the door and keeps the wires from crimping, or rubbing on the metal.

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