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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Mar-14-2018, 12:17:23 AM   #1
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Default Help finding spot for interior switch.

Hey so there appears to be no "blanks" or obvious locations to mount an auxiliary switch in the cabin.

Any suggestions or examples? The switch in question is a momentary DPDT switch to control exhaust dump/butterfly valves. It is exactly 1-3/4" long x 1" wide x 1- 1/2" deep.

The depth has been the killer finding a spot. Ideally it would be great to have it under and to the side of the e-brake handle but im not sure there is enough clearance for the body underneath. Its way too deep for ash tray mounting of any kind and being able to close the lid.

I have the euro center console with slide top storage and no armrest...
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Hey so there appears to be no "blanks" or obvious locations to mount an auxiliary switch in the cabin.

Any suggestions or examples? The switch in question is a momentary DPDT switch to control exhaust dump/butterfly valves. It is exactly 1-3/4" long x 1" wide x 1- 1/2" deep.

The depth has been the killer finding a spot. Ideally it would be great to have it under and to the side of the e-brake handle but im not sure there is enough clearance for the body underneath. Its way too deep for ash tray mounting of any kind and being able to close the lid.

I have the euro center console with slide top storage and no armrest...
I have one in my ashtray for the same purpose, works perfectly. You can also put it behind the cupholder in the cubby thats part of the coinholder.
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Old Wed, Mar-14-2018, 04:55:55 AM   #3
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Default Re: Help finding spot for interior switch.

Use a wireless remote, you can even sync it with your garage door opener buttons, that's my plan when i install mine.
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Holy crap, that is a great idea. It does have the fob that opens and closes it all the way but I was thinking having a hardwired switch somewhere accessible in the cabin would allow me to adjust just how much open/closed I want it, and for optimum sound tuning.

But yea thanks for the idea. I really hope it works.
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i like my secret switches on the knee panel under the steering column. Its easily removable so you can wire up any switches quiet nicely.
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I have an AE switch installed by my left knee.
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Use a wireless remote, you can even sync it with your garage door opener buttons, that's my plan when i install mine.
Got everything wired up under the car. The ash tray was the best place I decided after finding a smaller switch.

I guess my motors brain runs on a different frequency then any garage door opener. Couldn't get it to pair/sync with the HomeLink. Oh well, the key fob and ashtray button will be plenty.
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Default Re: Help finding spot for interior switch.

Late to the discussion, but here is a pic of the switch I added for my Valentine1.
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There was a decent amount of room under the trim panel~
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Late to the discussion, but here is a pic of the switch I added for my Valentine1.
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There was a decent amount of room under the trim panel~
I did similar for a laser jammer kill switch - exact same type of button as yours, but I found a blank trim piece from an E39 that is the exact same dimension as the mic panel on the right there, and put the button in that. Looked 100% stock except for the green LED.
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