DIY: Do It Yourself
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|04-11-2016, 10:56 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Houston, Tx
My Ride: 330i
BMW e46 Easy integrated Bluetooth calls and streaming audio solution: parrot Mki9000
This is the evolution of the dated parrot ck3000 Bluetooth solution for our cars, it´s very easy to install.
With this solution you will have:
I was a happy user of delmarco´s solution for Bluetooth calls using the parrot ck3000 evolution and connects2 harness, but call quality was bad, people did not hear me when driving, also no Bluetooth music streaming.
I managed to partially solve the music streaming issue adding a blackberry Bluetooth stereo gateway, but I could not skip or reverse tracks using the steering wheel, so I started to look for a solution similar to connects2.
So I found this:
The JustCarKits harness kit comprises a parrot unika steering wheel control box and a plug and play harness for our cars.
On ebay, Amazon, etc. You can find a Parrot MKi9000 handsfree kit like this:
When you got both you will have a complete bluetooth solution.
This harness is basically plug and play, so you won´t be guessing what goes where and what to do.
I will detail every harness connector in this picture:
Steps for installation:
You need to remove your current Bluetooth solution if you have one.
Get the blue box from the parrot Mki9000 kit.
Get the multimedia cable and the microphone.
You don´t need the supplied harness that comes with the parrot MKi9000 or the remote control but keep it for an option in installation that you might want to do.
In the justcarkits harness: connect the 24 pin connector to the parrot blue box
Connect the power. This is a black 4 pin connector that is separated from the 24 pin harness cables. Don´t confuse it with the audio line out cable!
Connect the multimedia cable. This cable will allow you to connect a 30 pin ipod, a usb memory or a line in audio plug.
finally connect the other multi pin connector to the unika box. Don´t worry, you will know which goes where when got everything.
Unplug the radio and put it apart.
remove the cowl in the drivers side to have access underneath the dashboard. Don´t bother trying to put the harness and box behind the glove box, it will not fit.
connect the radio harness 17 pin connector to the supplied harness, remove the aux in or cd player connectors first.
Connect the other end of the justCarKits harness to the back of the radio, but first move the connectors for cd player or aux in to the new harness if you have them.
Tuck everything below the dashboard in the driver side. I used a big tie strip to attach both boxes to a piping structural support above the small drivers glove box.
Use the flat base supplied with the double microphone, remove the adhesive cover and put the microphone on the stock mic location. This is the only part that will not look OEM in the car but the double microphone is great because it filters the ambient noise and allows your voice to be clear. Also the mic is directional, you need to point it at the driver side for better reception. The OEM location is great because it also requires to be about 2 feet away from your mouth.
Route the microphone wire through the A pillar to the Mki9000 and plug the jack turning it to lock in place.
Finally, route the multimedia cable from the glovebox (or you preferred location to the Mki9000
You´re all set!
When you turn on the ignition, the unika module will self program for your kind of steering wheel controls which are:
Turn on the ignition switch.
Pair your phone with the Mki9000 using the universal 0000 password.
Once paired you will hear a gong every time seconds after you turn on the ignition. Then you can play music from your phone, make calls, etc. If no sound comes from the speakers but you see the track playing on you phone do this:
The call quality is amazing! because of the double microphone and a more advanced noise filter circuit your other party can hear you clearly even when you´re driving at high speed.
Optional steps once installed:
You can have an ipod or usb memory in the glove box and alternate between several audio sources.
Note: When you´re streaming music from your phone, your radio basically locks out, you cannot control music volume using the knob, only the steering wheel buttons work, also you cannot access audio options, change audio source etc. but there is a solution for this if you want the MKi9000 to route the music through the standard bmw aux in port (speed vol enabled) and handle calls as usual. (i will post that later).
When you stop the music the radio returns to normal operation mode.
This is the installation instructions sheet that comes with the harness:
I hope this is useful for you too!
Last edited by ralf; 04-14-2016 at 01:03 PM.
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|04-12-2016, 09:04 PM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Leesburg, VA
My Ride: 328i/325xi/328iX
EBay has a UNIKA Steering Wheel adapter for sale in FL & MD.
John in VA
'06 330ci ZHP
'85 325e - RIP
|04-13-2016, 11:10 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Houston, Tx
My Ride: 330i
|09-14-2016, 01:18 PM||#6|
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
My Ride: 2004 330i MSport 6MT
|09-15-2016, 12:31 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Los Angeles
My Ride: used to be an auto
Anything for a nav car?
Original Car: Silver Grey on Grey, A/T (1 of 186)
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