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jm323Ci 02-13-2009 11:22 PM

DIY BMW Homelink for Non-Sunroof E46
 
I was searching around the forums and found many write ups on how to install the homelink in under 10 easy steps. After looking at them all, they all had something in common. They had the sunroof panel, were a razor blade cut will do. After no luck in finding one for non-sunroof I came up with my own DIY. First DIY write up so please PM or post questions and comments. Enjoy
**disclaimer: I will not hold responsibility for any damage to the vehicle or user**

Parts:
Cover: 51448250115 ($11 CAD)
Bought it just in case I fail. :woot:
For Ref: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...51&fg=40&hl=32

Tools:
Flathead screwdriver
Dremel/Rotery Cutter
File/Sanding block (anything to remove and smooth out edges)

Difficulty: 4/10
Time: 1hr - 1.5hr (Dremel and steady hands make for faster time)

Step 1:
If you have this set up, you can continue with the DIY.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02746.jpg
Start by using a flat head screwdriver and gentle pry open the cover. the 2 tabs will pop out and you will be able to slide the cover out.

Step 2:
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02747.jpg
You can see the underside of the cover, the 2 tabs at the top that lock. Note: 2 "L-shaped" sliders at the bottom, those help hold the cover.

Step 3:
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02748.jpg
Pop the outer trim off by using the flat head screwdriver to lift one of the edges and pull.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02749.jpg
The cover removed, exposing the trim and metal backing plate.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02751.jpg

Step 4:
Measure out spacing. I found if you score a line with a razor, its makes it easier to cut out. Dimensions are 2.5" by 2.0" Use the part number, BMW symbol and microphone slits to help you with the orientation of the cover. Please note I took the photo after I cut to show the dimension lines.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02756.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02757.jpg

Step 5:
Secure the cover to the table (or any another stable object)
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02754.jpg
Notice I have scored the line I want to cut. I found it easier to measure out the piece and making the lines BEFORE CUTTING. That way you were able to see your general cut out shape. Should be 2.5 x 2.0 rectangle.

Step 6:
Here is were you will need the Dremel. Take the cover and cut along the razor lines. I also suggest you leave yourself a little room so you can file/sand down the extra towards the end. It doesn't matter which side you cut first. Safety Eyewear is a good thing to have here, Dremel bits may break, or plastic pieces may kick up. You can see how I cut the 4 sides
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02758.jpg

Step 7:
After removing the cut out gently, I used a file to smooth out my edges
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02759.jpg

Step 8:
Test fit Homelink. Here I used a file and sanding block to make minor adjustments until the Homelink fit nicely.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02760.jpg

Step 9:
Hard parts done. Now take the outer trim from before and cut off the center tab.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02762.jpg
This is required because the Homelink will conflict with the tab once installed causing it to not sit overhead properly.

Step 10:
Reverse your tracks and install your new Homelink.
I started with popping the outer trim back in (with the cut tab edge facing the back of the car), follow the metal backing plate.
I fit the Homelink to the cover first like so
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02761.jpg
Then install the cover and Homelink simultaneously. You will need to give it a good push to get it back in, but nothing should break.

FINISH!
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Y/DSC02764.jpg

///BMW5 02-13-2009 11:32 PM

looks pretty good!

delmarco 08-24-2009 01:59 PM

sweet

BM-MAN 11-11-2009 11:31 PM

Nice Job :thumbsup:

325ci.com 08-17-2010 12:20 AM

waitaminute~! there is no need to do all this cutting. the trim panel with the cutout for the homelink is available as an OEM part from BMW~! that's what i did with mine. (i installed this back in 2001, so my memory is a bit faint, but i'm 100% sure i didn't cut anything or do any DIY for it-- just bought the parts, plugged it in and that was it).

here is the photo of my homelink that i had installed:
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_NF1ZxMRWEZ0/TC...2/IMG_5779.JPG

toffa 08-17-2010 03:53 AM

all black is better;)

325ci.com 11-22-2010 01:43 AM

well, i sold my car and i took out the transmitter. so was selling the stock trim piece now and took photos of it (FYI, i already sold it on eBay). notice (see the photos) that it not only has the correct centered cutout for the homelink unit, but also a metal frame on the other side that stabilizes the trim piece and also hold the homelink unit there.

Photo detail of it:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_fRV-KJVYnS8/TN...0/IMG_8627.JPG
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_fRV-KJVYnS8/TN...0/IMG_8629.JPG

jm323Ci 02-13-2011 03:54 AM

^ Its been a while since I checked up on this.

I was looking for something like that.
I even asked the dealerships here and they gave me a funny look. Do you happen to know what the part number was?

TerraPhantm 02-15-2011 10:26 PM

Wow, I've never actually seen a non-sunroof E46 before - I never knew how different that area looks. GJ on the DIY (though I do agree that the all-black looks better)

Any particular reason you mounted it offset instead of centered?

jm323Ci 02-21-2011 05:03 AM

Hey TerraPhantm,

I actually didn't know about the black mounting brackets were offered OEM. I've tried to search it on realoem.com to see if i could provide a part number to the dealers locally here and no luck. When I asked them, they had no clue what I was talking about.

And the reason for offset was to avoid the center reinforcement bar, it just make the cutting of the hole from my original plate a little easier to access.

I agree, I like the black after seeing it.

325ci.com 02-22-2011 11:26 AM

I've been getting a few message about the OEM Homelink mounting "kit" that I posted above. It was so long ago (bought it in 2001 when I bought my car) I don't remember much about it. I know I ordered it from a BMW dealer here in the USA so it should be an OEM and available part.

If you look at my photo here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink
==> The part number there says 8 171 514 -- maybe you can try looking that up??

Cheers,

rguti153 03-05-2012 09:01 PM

Anybody knows the part number fir the non sunroof braket

sunsetcoast 05-08-2012 05:06 PM

Metal Bracket: 51-44-8-171-515
Bezel: 51-44-2-268-975
Cover: 51-44-8-250-118

But I can't find the p/n for the pre-cut cover... Anybody?

rguti153 05-08-2012 06:20 PM

Thats the one i want

Wharthog 05-10-2012 11:44 PM

The stock parts are NLA
 
After doing a lot of research, I learned that the OEM parts are NLA. I just did this DIY installation tonight. Went well and was quick and easy. Thanks for the post.

ryn004 10-04-2012 11:48 AM

My car has no sunroof and the ceiling has no compartment is there a DIY for cases like this?

http://www.a1bnspares.co.uk/parts_im...e_2001_048.jpg

jm323Ci 10-07-2012 01:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wharthog (Post 14382552)
After doing a lot of research, I learned that the OEM parts are NLA. I just did this DIY installation tonight. Went well and was quick and easy. Thanks for the post.

I'm glade this post helped.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ryn004 (Post 14787410)
My car has no sunroof and the ceiling has no compartment is there a DIY for cases like this?

http://www.a1bnspares.co.uk/parts_im...e_2001_048.jpg

Mine also had no sunroof, but I don't think I've seen that before. Is you headliner all one piece? You could try and pop the center light unit out and feel inside to see what you have to work with. You might have to cut your own opening, similar to what they did in this DIY The only difference is that you might have to pull your whole headliner down if its all one piece :thumbdwn:

Mannydog 11-09-2013 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 325ci.com (Post 12491549)
well, i sold my car and i took out the transmitter. so was selling the stock trim piece now and took photos of it (FYI, i already sold it on eBay). notice (see the photos) that it not only has the correct centered cutout for the homelink unit, but also a metal frame on the other side that stabilizes the trim piece and also hold the homelink unit there.

Photo detail of it:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_fRV-KJVYnS8/TN...0/IMG_8627.JPG
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_fRV-KJVYnS8/TN...0/IMG_8629.JPG

Did anyone ever find out the actual part numbers for these?

John in VA 11-10-2013 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mannydog (Post 15824284)
Did anyone ever find out the actual part numbers for these?

Weren't they mentioned in Post #13?

Mannydog 11-10-2013 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John in VA (Post 15825655)
Weren't they mentioned in Post #13?

I wasn't clear if those were for the parts as shown in the photos, or different variations.
Tried to confirm online, but have yet to see a good pic with a part #...


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