Fellow Z3'ers... I owe this to Rachel for her site. I included several pictures. Both light types/template
/Viper connectors/etc. I have installed footlights in my Z3M. I live in the SF Bay Area.... Fremont to be exact. You have some choices.... Trunk Lights or Real Footlights Trunk Lights: BMW part# 63 31 1 378 089 (need 2 see below) Pro: They have external electrical prongs that you can easily make a solder connection Con: It's a hard-wired connection that cuts down flexibility in removing the lower panel.
Either you can insert a connecter (Radio Shack) somewhere in your wire or choose the real
footlight option. Real Footlights: BMW part# 63 31 8 360 588 (need 2 see below) There isn't any BMW part number for a just footlight wiring harness. On the cars that have
OEM footlights the connector is built-in to their major harness. You can either directly soldier the wires (difficult they have indented electrical prongs)
or a better approach is to obtain a connector that fits. I'm sure you read about Z3FixitDay.com
at Daniel's BMW in Penn. I mail-ordered the lights from Don Getz at Daniel's
(you can from any dealer). I was also able to hunt down and speak to the Dan Neeman (973) 596-2302
that originally installed the footlights at FixIt Day. He had moved to New Jersey.
Here's what he does and that's what I did. Search the Internet for dealers that install Viper Car Alarm systems. Some of their customers don't
want the door lock feature and the blue & green wire connectors are thrown out. This is what you want
.... quantity 2 (1 for each footlight). These connectors do need some sanding to fit, but they're
great when you need to remove the lower panels. (see below) I got/brought a pair from Donna M. Robinson at email@example.com. Either they gave them to me or I
paid $5.00.... I said I was working on an amateur home project. The footlights are cut in the lower panels (above the driver and passengers feet). The panel has 3
or so half twist plugs. Cut template: Once you have your light type selected, make a template out of cardboard
(holds are smaller then the lights - look at the underside). Location is decided my available space
in the lower panels. Using your template and move it around until you find the location that
minimizes structure loss. I used a razor knife and file to smooth the edges. Take your time
and think before each step. . (see below) Hope this helps...... There are other messages on the board on which wires to tap into to obtain
the same dimming feature as the dome light; run wires up one of the pillars and connect to the 2
wires that connect to the dimming dome light. I'm sure you'll enjoy the footlights. They really should be OEM. "BOBS Z3M" 2000 w/wing Estoril Blue Bob Czerwinski
In Reply to: help! installing footwell lights..... posted by CanuckZ3 on June 13, 2001 at 20:13:54:The wire you want to tap into is brown with black stripe. This wire is also accessible under the dash behind the glove box.