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Old Sun, Mar-05-2017, 03:01:30 PM   #21
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HolyChitZombieThread!

Yes.
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HolyChitZombieThread!

Yes.
Didn't wanna make a new thread and get people to tell me to use the search bar
But awesome, thank you! Gonna buy an alarm now
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But awesome, thank you! Gonna buy an alarm now
Haha, I do the same thing. Good luck on the alarm.

I don't mind zombie threads unless it's a 2 year old for sale post bump or something 100% not on topic.
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I know I am rebooting a two year old thread but I had a few questions about adding the $302 alarm retrofit VO in NCS expert that I couldn't find anywhere else. I just bought a 2004 M3 and it doesn't have the factory alarm system, so I found a great deal on one from eBay and installed it. I just need to code it now. My main question (and concern) is that if I add the $302 VO to the AKMB and ALSZ ecu, will that reset any changes already made to those ecu's? I have a supercharger with a tune and I don't want any of those changes screwed up if I add the VO. Also, I know after I add the VO, I just have to clear and load the .Man file for the GM5 module and that will load its defaults back up, correct? I feel like its safer to just use NCS dummy for the GM5 module and individually activate each alarm feature (limits me from screwing something up). Would this approach work? I appreciate anyone willing to help and I look forward to being on the forum more - Robert
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Excellent thread. I have wanted to add an alarm to my car for a long time. If we just add to the VO and recode will it delete my other CSL codings etc?
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I know I am rebooting a two year old thread but I had a few questions about adding the $302 alarm retrofit VO in NCS expert that I couldn't find anywhere else. I just bought a 2004 M3 and it doesn't have the factory alarm system, so I found a great deal on one from eBay and installed it. I just need to code it now. My main question (and concern) is that if I add the $302 VO to the AKMB and ALSZ ecu, will that reset any changes already made to those ecu's? I have a supercharger with a tune and I don't want any of those changes screwed up if I add the VO. Also, I know after I add the VO, I just have to clear and load the .Man file for the GM5 module and that will load its defaults back up, correct? I feel like its safer to just use NCS dummy for the GM5 module and individually activate each alarm feature (limits me from screwing something up). Would this approach work? I appreciate anyone willing to help and I look forward to being on the forum more - Robert
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NCSExpert coding has zero impact on the DME (or EGS if you have an SMG), it can't code those modules. So SC-kit-wise you have nothing to sweat.

Otherwise you have it right. Yes if you have customizations to any in-car modules then doing a "code car" will blow those away. If you have no tweaks to the GM itself you can just do a 'Code ECU' on that after the VO is added. But you also can do it by hand pretty easily as you say.

If you do it by hand you don't strictly have to add the VO code, however, I always like to do it anyway, so that in the event somebody DOES do a "code car" in the future, that part will at least be coded automatically at that time.

Of course its always best to be sure you have saved backup TRC files for any modules you have modified so you can restore them in the case of any issues, NCSDummy makes that super easy to accomplish of course, and even names the files for you automagically. I always do that both before & after a coding. Not only does that give me a record of what I changed, but then if there's any incident with a shop or dealer using some software to do a "Code Car" on you, you can set it all back to preferred settings without much trouble.
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Excellent thread. I have wanted to add an alarm to my car for a long time. If we just add to the VO and recode will it delete my other CSL codings etc?
Same answer as to Roberto. It won't touch your CSL DME but any other coding tweaks you have will be blown away (example if you have M-track mode tweaks, etc.)
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Thanks for the reply geargrndr. I really appreciate it. Just some clarification: If I add a VO through FA_Write to the AKMB and ALSZ will that overwrite any changes made previously to those modules (i.e. reverting those modules back to default)? Or will the module customizations be deleted only when I "SG_Code" the GM5 ecu (reverting that module back to default)? I guess my bottom line question is which module or modules is being reverted back to default settings after I add the VO (I only want the GM5 ECU and nothing else). Thanks again!!!
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No - Adding the VO code itself should not change any modules as long as you don’t do anything else. If you’re really worried tho - like I said - do a full set of backups on your edited modules. Just do a Read, then load the TRC into NCSDUmmy and without changing anything export it back out again into a backup folder. (I like to do it that way to be sure the file looks fine and because Dummy will name the file for you). Repeat for any modules you have ever tweaked.

Then you’re bulletproof for being able to restore changes exactly as they are now.
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No - Adding the VO code itself should not change any modules as long as you donít do anything else. If youíre really worried tho - like I said - do a full set of backups on your edited modules. Just do a Read, then load the TRC into NCSDUmmy and without changing anything export it back out again into a backup folder. (I like to do it that way to be sure the file looks fine and because Dummy will name the file for you). Repeat for any modules you have ever tweaked.

Then youíre bulletproof for being able to restore changes exactly as they are now.
Sounds good. Thanks for all your help!!!
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