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Who has done power windows? What did you do? How did you do it?

Yes, I used the Forum Search. The first thing that comes up under "power windows" is, "Palin abused her power." D'oh! It seems we can't get away from the Politics subforum, no matter what we do. I also found this - but the write-up talks about alarms (Otis already has an elaborate alarm system), and the link to the power window write-up produces, "Bad Host."


I am aware of kits from a few makers of parts for the hot-rod crowd, so I have a pretty good jump-start on what to do. But mostly, they deal in American iron. I wonder whether I could adapt something from an E30.

In case you were wondering why I want to go with power, I just ordered new door panels from BLUNT, and they arrived and are beautiful (read - unsolicited plug for and endorsement of BLUNT's products). Although the backing board has cutouts for everything, the vinyl is untouched (i.e., no holes). Before I go poking and cutting into those beautiful panels, I said to myself, self, why not just go with power? It's a cleaner look, and I never liked the position or look of the window crank, anyway. Going with power would be way-cool, so any specific help you can provide, would be greatly appreciated.

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a 2002, be advised that there are two entirely different assemblies used in E30s. Cars built before March 1988 use a spiral cable mechanism that I don't think would be adaptable to an '02. Also, the Bosch motors are problematical in that they accumulate water and rust solid. You're better off starting with the later style mechanisms used from March 88 on--they have much better motors (some Japanese brand!) and the mechanism is a pantograph that's similar to what's in the 2002.

FYI I did a column on E30 electric window repair a couple of years ago if you have back Roundels...



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does those and power door locks routinely in the cars he builds.

Since he is in the business, not sure if info is free. Lawrence is one of the nicer fellows around though.

Maybe you could offer to buy the "kit" he uses.

He mounts the switches on the flat part of the console right by the shifter.

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