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Old 09-20-2012, 09:58 AM   #701
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^ Yes. You can replace older CD or tape HUs with newer models. In some instances you will need an adaptor for the antenna, but that should be it.
Do you know a part number to the antenna? Or where I can get one? I wanna know my costs and see if it'll be worth it to change my radio or go for a GROM or blitzsafe.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:12 PM   #702
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Bavarian sound werks sells one, as do Crutchfield and others.

Have a search in DIY and Sound / Audio, there are DIYs and more info on what you need to do.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:26 AM   #703
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Bavarian sound werks sells one, as do Crutchfield and others.

Have a search in DIY and Sound / Audio, there are DIYs and more info on what you need to do.
Sorry but I'm still not sure what I'm looking for. After reading around I noticed there were different adapter for hooking up antenna's to aftermarket radios and newer head units. Do you have a link to any of these adapters? I just need to copy and paste a name so i can search for the best price.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:32 PM   #704
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tried making my own cable and couldnt get my HU to read AUX (i tried with and without capacitors and resistor). gonna try another set of computer cables today
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:49 AM   #705
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While its not documented, press CDs 1-6 to change the gain voltage.
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have to try push the music note button? button between "-" and "+".
While aux is connected, press music note button. it will show input level which will control input volume level.
Ok so I been reading damn near this whole thread and pretty much found an answer to everyone of my questions... EXCEPT, I put the Aux to "5" the highest it can go yet it is still fairly quite! I made the aux input wire myself and it works perfect and even shows and Aux mode when my phone is disconnected.

Also I just remembered I also couldn't find an answer to how do I get the aux cord down by the cigarette lighter? I read alot about it but when it all comes down to it, I cant figure it out! I popped out the air control and the slot under the air control, fed the aux toward the cigarette lighter slot but I cant find my cord?!?!! Sorry for bringing up these questions again but I can honestly say I spent a good 2 hours reading this thread and researching and still cannot find an answer!
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #706
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what i didn't see an answer to and maybe i overlooked it... The connectors that go into the back of the HU... where did you get those? or is that connector already back there?

Did the connectors come off of your computer cable as well?
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #707
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what i didn't see an answer to and maybe i overlooked it... The connectors that go into the back of the HU... where did you get those? or is that connector already back there?

Did the connectors come off of your computer cable as well?
If you read through at least some of the guide he clearly says the cables that he used are ones from an old computer of his. I too was confused until I personally took apart one of my old computers and found the cable that fits into the pins. Theres quite a few of them in there but on a side note old laptops do not work. I took apart one of my old laptops and all the pins were too small!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:13 PM   #708
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what i didn't see an answer to and maybe i overlooked it... The connectors that go into the back of the HU... where did you get those? or is that connector already back there?

Did the connectors come off of your computer cable as well?
The cables are internal USB cables(the cables that connect front USB ports to the motherboard) or the IDE cables(the cables that connect IDE hard rives/CD-DVD drives to the motherboard) from desktop(usually).
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #709
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did this sounds awesome bought the connectors used at a computer salvage store for $2 and routed the cable into the sunglasses tray for my blackberry only problem is i cant charge my phone and listen to music at the same time.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #710
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For anyone who has trouble finding info about the resistor / condensors mentioned in this thread and to alleviate the problem of charging whilst playing audio from your device, have a read of this thread by GTRaptor. He has also included instructions in a PDF:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=427248
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:17 AM   #711
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:19 AM   #712
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I have a 2002 HU with the "MODE" button. Build Dec 01, SW 40, HW 43. Someone tell me this will work.
Having a mode button doesn't mean your stereo is aux compatible. It needs to be manufactured on 2003 or later. Some say 09/2002 is the first that got the aux feature.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:28 AM   #713
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I first tryed the simple AUX directly into radio, but that didn't work for me at all (european version) now i've soldered 2 capacitors and 1 resistor, it works like a charm!! and no interuption when charging whatsoever

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:37 PM   #714
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Read through the thread and got the gist of it all. Checked my car and production date was 12/01 and SW was 40.

Only thing that confuses me is that i have a cable coming out of my glove box and i can play music and charge at the same time. Is this feature already included in most bimmers? Does this mean i can do the aux cable? I dont see why not when my car can do it through that plug.
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On my iphone and it double posted my bad.

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #716
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Read through the thread and got the gist of it all. Checked my car and production date was 12/01 and SW was 40.

Only thing that confuses me is that i have a cable coming out of my glove box and i can play music and charge at the same time. Is this feature already included in most bimmers? Does this mean i can do the aux cable? I dont see why not when my car can do it through that plug.
So you can play and charge your ipod/iphone? You probably have a grom module or something similar.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #717
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So you can play and charge your ipod/iphone? You probably have a grom module or something similar.
Ahhh i see, just searched it up. I'll just have to open up my head unit to make sure and hopefully i can run an aux input.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:13 PM   #718
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This is not how to install aux input cable rather how to make it.
Seriously, I don't want to spend about $50 for a stinking cable.
I'm in Canada and usually BMW parts are more expensive than US.
I HAVE A 08/2001 E46 325Ci Coupe M54 USA and looks like this..would it work?


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Old 01-07-2013, 02:23 AM   #719
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Guys,
According to the instruction, we have to use C0.22F and 300Kohm,

but I only have 0.1uF and 10Kohm in hand, is it ok?
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:51 PM   #720
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