Idiots guide to Double Din Install.
ok guys - so I finally did it, I put a double din in the E46. I know many have done it before but I wold like to think this is a complete novices guide to installing a double din.
Ok first the parts list.
1. Eclipse AVN5500 - $1308.00 shipped from EBAY ( reputable seller )
2. SIR ECL1 - (sirius adapter) $99.99 - Circuit City
3. wiring harness - Metra- #70 - 8590 -$20.00 - Best Buy - not pictured ( do not purchase the 70-9003 even tho the website say it is the right one - Its NOT )
4. Bezel+Dynomat -$259.00 shipped Mybimmer.net
5. PAC SWI X - $50.00 I did not install this yet because I ordered a PAC SWI ECL - which is made for the eclipse head unit
6. BMW climate control relocation -$50.00 Palm Springs BMW - Part# 51-16-7-001-408 - PS BMW = Worse sales team ever. Nice service people tho
PLEASE READ! I will say that this is not for everyone. Also I am not saying that I know what I'm doing or suggest this is the right way of going about it. Iam doing this because I am a complete
novice at car electronics. I think this will help those who want to do it but are to scared, also this will hopefully simplify things for alot of people. Consider this" The idiots guide to installing
Double Din in a M3".
Well first thing I did was buy the Metra Harness 1st I bought the 70-9003 Harness -TOTALLY WRONG - Metra says that my car requires the 70-9003 harness but that is incorrect and this was
the biggest downfall of my install. I spent the night before the install sodering the harness to the Eclipse harness. I figured this would help. ( boy was I wrong ).
The next day I stated by first seting out my tools and what I thought I might need.
First I disconnected my battery -
pretty simple located on the rear passenger side. lift up panel and disconnect the cables.
next I remove the trim using a trim removal tool I bought at AutoZone for 5 bucks.
Starting from right to left I slowly lift from underneath until the trim is slightly popped out, when I reach the opposite end I pull slowly, then it just pulls off. pretty easy.
I do the same with the trim piece over the Business CD. - these trim pieces will not break as easily as it feels.
next i unscrewed the Stereo - and upper AC vents - then removed them both also remove the climate control underneath the business CD. remove the elctrical accordingly
should look something like this
Next I remove the sunglass holder and center console / SMG Dome etc
To remove this area first you need to pull straight up on the SMG shift nob, be snug with it, it will pop off. then pry the dome off from the backside it has a little space to pop the tool in.
then remove the electrical accordingly. and unscrew the 2 screws on the SMG base. and pop that off. going to speed up because this is all fairly simple - just remove all the screws and replace
the options buttons in to the new part - BMW Part# 51-16-7-001-408 - also place the climate control as well.
This is all very straight forward -
One thing to note: the original ash tray set up has a light in it and a plug for it. the new center unit will not have a light or plug. I just tucked it behind the panel.
without light (new unit)
I did not reasemble this area into the care unitl I was done. - It's easier to do this with the SMG area taken apart.
For cutting you can see here basically the same thing I did
Except I made mine of Sheet metal and dynomatted it to death - to seal air in - also the arm that controls the vents to the drivers feet ( basically opens and closes a little flap) can be removed or modified - this is a choice YOU have to make - yes i still want those controls and will spend time modifying the arm to do so or you can leave it open or close -
thats it - no magic - it's not too confusing and it's not difficult. - just make up your mind and do it. also I used a dremel to cut the vents and I removed the front panel so I could make a cleaner cut like this -
this pic was before i cleaned it up and added the sheet metal - i forgot to take pics of it with the sheet metal in there but basically it looks like everyone else with dynomat everywhere.
the wire harness was basic if you do it in advance - the problem I ran into was having to do the wiring twice because METRA doesn't have thier info right. Make sure you get the correct one -
this will make this so easy for you and complete plug and play - only hardwiring will be.... well none I can think of.
This is also a good way to mount the radio - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=359575
I did mine with a complete 4 " wide sheet metal band and around the unit and some plastic modifications. No pics sorry. I was in the moment -
The most dificult part about it was making room for all the harness wires everywhere - there are a lot!! - I found it easiest to run them along the top of the unit
by pulling the wires up from behind while i push the head unit in. kinda a pain but eventually you'll figure it out.
as for mounting the gps and siruis antennas I used this as my guide -
- for the most part it's pretty easy even for a guy with no car stereo electronic experience.
not that difficult at all. As for the unit - the AVN5500 is awsome -
Plays DVD's ( yes while driving also )
Nav ( Yes While driving also )
Sirius ( awesome - nice not having wires all over the place and the info on the screen - )
Radio - sounds great but who cares.
CD audio is great -
Cons - NONE i can think of.
worth it - BEST MOD EVER!!! THE NAV at night lights up in black!! SUPER DOPE!!!
would I do it all over again? YES
the reason I was able to do this is because of all the support from others before me - here are great links for those who don't have time to search -
these were the most useful for me.
THanks to Rich with Mybimmer.net - amazing craftsmanship and shipped it quickly for no extra cost, new how bad I needed the bezel. Also
thanks to S4play - his shop knows all.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS BECAUSE I HAD MANY MYSELF. I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP. MANY MEMBERS ON HERE ARE JACKASSESS
AND WILL TELL YOU TO DO A SEARCH. IN THIS CASE THE INFO IS SCATTERED AND DOING A SEARCH WILL NET YOU EVEN MORE QUESTIONS ALOT OF THE TIME.
Last edited by vic32amg; 08-07-2006 at 03:33 AM.