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DIY - Complete PNP Harness for Paddle Shifter Retrofit - A Pictorial Guide
AoshichanX
Published by AoshichanX
10-20-2011
DIY - Complete PNP Harness for Paddle Shifter Retrofit - A Pictorial Guide

Disclaimer:
This DIY uses wire twisting and electrical tape to join wires. My vehicle has no problems and works well, but you may want to consider other methods of wire joining:

http://www.mmxpress.com/technical/connections.htm



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Background
No need to buy expensive harness like the BMS Kit or the Motive Mods Kit!

Build your OWN harness for half the cost using 100% OEM Parts!! No need to puchase new Multi-Function Button ("MFB"). BMS says you need it. Nope!

ENJOY!




Table of Contents
  1. Preparation
  2. Assemble Pins - Paddles to MFB
  3. Assemble Harness - Slipring to Shifter
  4. Installation Part 1 - Paddles to MFB
  5. Installation Part 2 - Slipring to Shifter
  6. Installed Videos





Preparation

information compiled and edited by AoshichanX
taken liberally from hugus311; miropm69;

Tools Needed
  1. 10mm Wrench/socket to disconnect the battery (Included in the OEM BMW tool kit above the battery)
  2. Large flat head screwdriver (prying the center console up, steering column cover removal)
  3. Medium flat head screwdriver (removing the airbag)
  4. 16mm socket with extension (steering wheel removal)
  5. Wire coat hanger or equivalent to pull the harness through the dash
  6. T20 & T30 torx tools (steering wheel parts)
  7. Crimper - Amazon (to strip wires; crimp)
  8. Ring Tongues - RadioShack (for ground connection behind airbag)
  9. Electrical Tape (insulate connected wires)

OEM Parts Needed for PNP
  1. 2x connector housing socket (12 contacts) 61 13 1 383 736
  2. 18x bushing contacts (female) 61 13 0 006 663
  3. 18x (for M3 DCT) OR 20x (for regular paddles) pin contacts (male) 61 13 0 006 664
  4. 1x connector housing socket (4 contacts) 61 13 8 380 696
  5. 1x connector housing socket (4 contacts) 61 13 6 925 611

OEM Parts Needed for Pin-Out
  1. 8x bushing contacts (female) 61 13 0 006 663
  2. 8x OR 10x pin contacts (male) 61 13 0 006 664
  3. 1x connector housing socket (short) (4 contacts) 61 13 8 380 696
  4. 1x connector housing socket (long) (4 contacts) 61 13 6 925 611

Guide
  1. Make 14 short cables with a male contact on one and a female contact on the other end.
  2. Take the 12 contact housing sockets and insert contact by contact until each clicks in place One connector takes the female contacts, the other one the male contacts.
  3. Note: it is very important to not insert any cables in the housing contacts 2 & 4 (of the connector with the female contacts) and 8 & 10 (of the side with the male contacts). Let these empty!
  4. Make two 40” (1m) long cables and crimp a female contact on one end. Insert it in the free slots 2 & 4 of your 12 contacts connector. (Contacts 8 & 10 over the other side will remain empty).
  5. You`ll have 4 short cables with contacts on remaining. Connect each of the long cables made to one of the short cables. Then insert the side with the male connectors in the (long) housing socket 61 13 6 925 611 and the one with the female in the short housing socket. The short cable connected to the long one that routes to pin 4 of the 12 contact connector goes into slot 3 and the one to pin 2 goes into slot 2.
  6. Always disconnect the battery ground terminal and reconnect it only after you`re completely finished or your airbag warning light will be on and you´ll need to get the error memory deleted.
Ok let's begin by going over the parts. Below are the Male Pin Connectors. You need 18 of these for the M3 DCT Paddle Shifters. You will need 20 for regular/LCI paddles.


Here are the two 12-contact socket housing connectors you need.


Shifter socket housing (long).


Shifter socket housing (short).


Shifter socket housing (long) - again.


The pin connectors come with wires preattached. Score!


Female pin connectors. You will need 17 of these for M3 DCT. 19 if regular.


Close-up of the 12-contact housing. You can see numbers 1-6.


...and the other side is 7-12






Assemble Pins - Paddles to MFB

NOTE:
I miscalculated the type of pins needed. You will not have this problem.

Lay out 4 Male Pin Connectors and 2 Female Connectors


Shorten Female Pin Connectors and strip. Strip to Male Pin Connectors.


Make 2 male to female wires.
[NO PICTURE]

Lay out 2 Ring Tongues.


Lay out 2 Male Pin Connectors. Note: I ran out of Male Pin Connectors so I just got two spare wires.


Strip the 2 Male Pin Connectors. Note: I ran out of Male Pin Connectors so I just got two spare wires.


Thread wire through Crimp-On Ring Tongue


Crimp both wires. Note: I ran out of Male Pin Connectors so I just got two spare wires.


Now you have two Ground Wires. Note: I didn't have Photoshop on my work computer so I used Paint to copy over the male pin connectors. This is how it should look.






Assemble PNP Harness - Slipring to Shifter

this is how it will look...imagine invisible wires in between.


Start plugging in the female pins one by one. Leave #2 and #4 empty.


Start plugging in the female pins one by one. Leave #2 and #4 empty.


Leave #2 and #4 empty.


The wires are too long, cut them. Then strip some wire with crimping tool. I bought the Irwin Industrial one from Amazon for $12.80 shipped.


Ok! All Stripped!


Do the same for the male connectors.


Now spread the wire like a fan and join with female like this:


Then twist like this:


Insulate with electrical tape:


Once all joined, plug the male pins in the other 12-contact connector.


Remember to leave pins #8 and #10 empty.


On the female side, plug an uncut female pin to pins #2 and #4.


Now it looks like this.


We need to lengthen these two wires...so we use the leftover cut wires to extend.


...repeat fan, join, twist, insulate process.


..I added three leftover cables to each wire. That make the two wires roughly 44" in length.


let's carefully pack it away and put it aside for now.


Now back to the shifter sockets. This is how they will look. Imaginary wires in between.


Plug-in male pins to the long socket like this:


Plug-in female pins to the short socket like this:


Adjust length of short one:


Adjust length of long one also:


Strip wires for both and they face each other like this:


Lift #2 and #3 up on both sides. Just say no to your dirty mind... Remember, #2 and #4 from the slipring harness will join #2 and #3 on the shifter harness, respectively. That is why we leave it alone for now.


Join #1 and join #4.


Join #1 and join #4.


Join #1 and join #4. Insulate.


Collateral damage...






Installation Part 1 - Paddles to MFB

NOTE:
I miscalculated the type of pins needed. I didn't have enough male pins, so I ended up jury rigging the two ground connections. I basically took the ground pin out of slot #2 of both paddles, then stripped wire, wrapped it around the pin, and insulated with electrical tape. You will not have to do this. It will just be plug n play for you; you will just need to plug in the male pins.







Take off your airbag. Remember to remove battery in trunk.


Here is a close up of the Paddle Harness. You can see the inscription #3, #2, and #1 above each slot.


Overview. Left paddle harness and Right paddle harness.


Let's take a look at the MFB. The red circle is where you wanna plug in.


The pin won't fit in. You will have to take out the MFB harness.


Take off the MFB


Unclip MFB Harness


The 2 Male to Female wires. Plug the Male pin to the Left Paddle Shifter #3 slot and Female to the MFB Slot furthest right. For the other wire, plug the Male Pin to the Right Paddle Shfiter #3 slot and Female to the MFB Slot in the middle.


Next, take the two ring tongue wires we assembled earlier. Plug those in to the paddles and the ring tongues to the ground. Here is the final assembled picture. A is the female pin to MFB. B is ground.
E & F are the left paddle connections. C & D are the right paddle connections. As stated earlier, I had to juryrig the ground connection to the paddles cause I ran out of male pin connectors. That is why D is separated. D is the connection from the paddle ground wire to the assembled ground wire.







Installation Part 2 - Slipring to Shifter




Take off wheel, view of slipring.


Slipring harness in view.


Blurry close-up of slipring harness.


Slipring harness taken off.


Connect to PNP harness.


I am not using PNP harness, I decided to just plug in the wires directly to slots #2 and #4.



I am not using PNP harness, I decided to just plug in the wires directly to slots #2 and #4.



Took old wires out from #2 and #4. Insulate the unused wires.


Ok let's take off the center console. See the blue connectors under the clip. We need to take it out and connect it to our harness.


Far away shot for perspective.


Disconnect the blue connectors and connect the ends to the new harness as shown.


Disconnect the blue connectors and connect the ends to the new harness as shown.


Connect #4 from slipring to #3 on the blue connector harness. Connect #2 from slipring to #2 on the blue connector. Insulate.


This is how mine looks once everything is connected.


This is how mine looks once everything is connected and placed back.



Enjoy!





Installed Videos
Here are my finished installation videos:



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THE END ALL. BE ALL, PADDLE SHIFT HARNESS HOW TO!

i salute you!

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By ska///235i on 10-26-2011, 09:59 PM
good shit...nice work
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One of the BEST DIY's on here based on clarity, detail, and the great pics!

Only thing I would have done different is to buy just the seperate male/female pin connectors and actually crimped them on to the end of a proper length of wire instead of buying the factory pigtails with pin connector precrimped on the end - this would do away with all the twisted connections on every run of wire to get a wire with male one end/female other end. If you choose to do it this way, I would use solder on the connections before shrink tube.

Where you have to run the 2 wires piggyback from slip ring harness to shifter harness obviously you have to strip a section of insulation off straight run and twist in the piggyback wires - here I would have also used solder on the joints before shrink tubing.

I agree this is much cheaper than buying the harness & proper MFB Buttons. In my case, I have more $$ than time, so I just went with the pre-made harness and the correct MFB Buttons.

And actually, I did not buy the version of MFB Buttons that BMS states are the only ones that work. I did not want the diamond/star buttons as mine are different - bought the correct paddle shift MFB with proper logos for my car and they worked fine.

Don't know why they specify that certain version MFB? Prolly, because those are the only MFB they tested their kit with, so as a CYA, they state they are the only ones that work...
Last edited by 1QuikWS6; 10-27-2011 at 03:07 AM.
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By AoshichanX on 10-27-2011, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by B-737 View Post
THE END ALL. BE ALL, PADDLE SHIFT HARNESS HOW TO!

i salute you!

Thanks!




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Originally Posted by ska325xi View Post
good shit...nice work
All thanks to your hard work too!!




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Originally Posted by 1QuikWS6 View Post
One of the BEST DIY's on here based on clarity, detail, and the great pics!
Thanks!!!




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Originally Posted by 1QuikWS6 View Post
Only thing I would have done different is to buy just the seperate male/female pin connectors and actually crimped them on to the end of a proper length of wire instead of buying the factory pigtails with pin connector precrimped on the end - this would do away with all the twisted connections on every run of wire to get a wire with male one end/female other end. If you choose to do it this way, I would use solder on the connections before shrink tube.

Where you have to run the 2 wires piggyback from slip ring harness to shifter harness obviously you have to strip a section of insulation off straight run and twist in the piggyback wires - here I would have also used solder on the joints before shrink tubing.

Yes absolutely!! Listen to this advice folks! This was my first wiring attempt ever. I youtubed how to join wires and the first video I saw showed the fan method.

I think I will redo everything just to be safe

I didn't realize male female pins could be purchased regularly haha...that's how new I am.


For Beginners like Me
http://www.mmxpress.com/technical/connections.htm


Use this DIY for an idea of how it should look in the end -- I'll update the OP when I get a some more time.
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By AoshichanX on 11-04-2011, 07:46 PM
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Completed the retrofit today; here are my finished installation videos:



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By Jeff@FusionAW on 11-14-2011, 01:24 AM
kinda confused
where should I start is I already have original paddel shifter and Navi..

do I need to get another mulitfuntion button?? cut wires...PNP harness..etc?

thanks
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By MacRed335i on 11-19-2011, 12:36 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 1QuikWS6 View Post
One of the BEST DIY's on here based on clarity, detail, and the great pics!

Only thing I would have done different is to buy just the seperate male/female pin connectors and actually crimped them on to the end of a proper length of wire instead of buying the factory pigtails with pin connector precrimped on the end - this would do away with all the twisted connections on every run of wire to get a wire with male one end/female other end. If you choose to do it this way, I would use solder on the connections before shrink tube.

Where you have to run the 2 wires piggyback from slip ring harness to shifter harness obviously you have to strip a section of insulation off straight run and twist in the piggyback wires - here I would have also used solder on the joints before shrink tubing.

I agree this is much cheaper than buying the harness & proper MFB Buttons. In my case, I have more $$ than time, so I just went with the pre-made harness and the correct MFB Buttons.

And actually, I did not buy the version of MFB Buttons that BMS states are the only ones that work. I did not want the diamond/star buttons as mine are different - bought the correct paddle shift MFB with proper logos for my car and they worked fine.

Don't know why they specify that certain version MFB? Prolly, because those are the only MFB they tested their kit with, so as a CYA, they state they are the only ones that work...
What was the part number for the MFB buttons you ended up using?

Thanks...
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By obert on 11-19-2011, 12:51 PM
Really good DIY !
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By VitaminXX on 12-12-2011, 10:04 AM
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Hi All,

with this PNP, do you have to shift the shift lever to D/S for using the shift paddles?
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By jasonn on 12-13-2011, 02:33 AM
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Hi All,

with this PNP, do you have to shift the shift lever to D/S for using the shift paddles?

Some early 2007 owners say DS is necessary before shifting.

Mine is a 02/2007 production date on the sticker, but NCSExpert says it's 12/2006. Do not need to move to DS. Shift in D and after a few seconds reverts back to D.

Very convenient.
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By RSNGH on 12-22-2011, 05:21 AM
do they illuminate?
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By Ufuk on 12-22-2011, 04:56 PM
Excellent work ! I'm really jealous you !

Extra note: Where did you buy this M3 gear shift ?
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By lpphreakx06 on 12-22-2011, 08:23 PM
Impressive..!
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By ska///235i on 12-22-2011, 09:28 PM
i have an extra set of MF buttons (same as the one in the video) for paddles.....shoot me an offer if interested
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Awesome DIY - thank you - especially for the pics of the connectors that are required.

Just curious ... in the gearshift lever shots - did you break your panel that has the P/R/N/D LEDs on it???
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By taibanl on 02-11-2012, 09:03 PM
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Excellent Job

A recommendation though.

The PINs only come with wire leads on them,

You can get the socket connectors with NO WIRE, and just crimp them right onto the male-pinned wires....makes a nicer harness with NO splice in the center.
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By Pseudo Nim on 02-11-2012, 09:23 PM
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That's a good idea. Do you have the part #s for those though?
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By taibanl on 02-11-2012, 09:27 PM
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Interesting.

You're saying

03 BUSHING CONTACT 0,75MM˛ 61130006665 $1.97

... is without the wire? it LOOKS like it has a wire, in the pic...
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I am not 100% sure THAT PART NUMBER is the bushing only,

However, I have BOUGHT THEM BEFORE..took a while to sort out but there is definitely a contact only part number.
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By Pseudo Nim on 02-11-2012, 09:32 PM
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I am not 100% sure THAT PART NUMBER is the bushing only,

However, I have BOUGHT THEM BEFORE..took a while to sort out but there is definitely a contact only part number.
It makes sense that there must be one with, and one without, the wire. Just to sort out which one it is...
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