EBA for headlights cleaning system retrofit?

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  1. 1 Dec 2019 at 8:46 AM #1
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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for the original BMW retrofitting instructions for the headlights cleaning system (EBA 9788807 - if I'm not wrong).

    Does anyone have a copy of this documentation?

    Thanks for your help,
    Thibaut.
     
  2. 1 Dec 2019 at 6:22 PM #2
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    I will also be fitting the headlight washer system to my 98 m3 and would be good to have the instructions, if you do get hold of it can you pm me please.

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    I have it. Anywhere I can upload it? Otherwise PM me with your email address.
     
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    Thanks mate, I will send you a private message. I will try to upload it somewhere afterwards, so other members can benefit from it. :)

    By the way, in my researches, I came accross a librabry of EBA documentations for the E36 : https://www.file-upload.net/download-8767652/EBA-e36.rar.html

    Unfortunatly, the headlights cleaning system EBA is missing.
     
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    I have the whole BMW EBA on .iso image with all docs.

    The site bmweba.com is offline now.
    Probably taken down by BMW.

    The other good source is temporarily down:

    http://www.ow.no/index.php
     
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    Yeah, I checked for a few hours on google, but everything that I could find was either hosted on a down website, or it was missing the SRA documentation. No luck!

    I have sent you a mail with my email address, thanks for your help mate. :shades:
     
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    Even better than the EBA, I complete the project in december and made a DIY video. I will post the same in the E36 FAQ section for further easy reference.

    By the way, I received the EBA from MParallel, it was only useful to see how the telescopes and lines are installed. For the wiring part, bmw used to sell a separate wiring loom with extra relays. The retrofit described in the EBA is quite intrusive (drilling in the front strut towers is required to fit a fuse carrier), and moreover this extra wiring loom is NLA.

    So for the wiring part, it was better to install it just like it came out from the factory :)

     
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    Absolutely impressive work, well done.
     
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    Nice one T.

    Funny how retrofitting the factory wiring is easier than the retrofit loom.

    Did you buy everything new? Looks like you did.
    That module is expensive, but can (could?) be found for a few tenners.
     
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    Thanks mate! :shades:
    For the PDC, the retrofit loom was much easier with the extra gong directly located in the trunk, and not under the steering wheel. But for the headlights cleaning system, the only 'difficult' part is to wire up the dedicated fuse in the front power box. Takes a bit of time, but it's much more neat and you don't end up with a separate fuse bolted on the front shock tower. Factory-like wiring was the way to go to retrofit this option.

    Yes, almost everything is new. At first, I purchased a used retrofit kit and the spray nozzles were leaking, telescopes not working well, and all the metal parts rusty ... . I ended up buying almost everything new from BMW, except the SRA pump & Wi-Wa module as these are expensive and usually never fail.

    It was also the perfect opportunity to repaint my front bumper together with the front nose panel, replace the aux fan, new air duct for oil cooler, all the bumper plastic trims and the front grill. :)

    Slowly getting to the 'full' options goal, still a few more to tackle.:rolleyes:
     
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    Please don't take this as a criticism for anything you have done, but do they actually work to clean the headlights?

    We have two cars with high pressure headlight washers and wouldn't say the headlights are ever noticeably cleaner than the rest of the front end, and during particularly grubby winter weeks still have to manually clean the headlights along with the rear lights and registration plates.

    Can't see them doing much more than blast off proper lumps of mud or very light dust.
     
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    No offense man, it's a valid comment. I must admit that I detail my car very often, so it's rarely in a condition where I would actually need this option to improve the visibility.
    However, when I tried it for the first time, I was impressed by how powerful the sprays are. The headlights cleaning pump is also almost 2 times bigger than the one used for the windscreen. It will easily get rid of the mud/water splash coming from the road ... it can be improved even further if you have a coating on your headlights. I guess the headlights cleaning system offered by Mercedes during the same generation are way more effective because they use additional wipers.

    So in short, this is not the most useful option out of the catalog, but I just love the 90s look that it gives. :shades:
     
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    I think this is valid for most, if not all headlight cleaning systems.
     
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    Yeah the PDC definitelty was easy electricl wise.

    I might have to get back to my SRA retrofit (2011) on the old 328i. Everything is in place, except the wiring. Couldn't bother at the time and never really looked into the factory wiring. But seeing how easy it is (I retrofitted the Wi-Wa+SRA over 10 years ago for the intermittent programming function) it looks to be only a couple of wires that needs to be done.
    Back in the day I didn't want to use the headlight switch, but instead, fit the wiper stalk with the "S" button on it (for the intensive wash function only available up to 94) and have a dedicated switch for the headlight washers.
     

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