E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > DIY: Do It Yourself

DIY: Do It Yourself
Post here to share or improve your wrench turning skills! All BMW E46 DIY tips, tales, and projects discussed inside. Learn to work on your car and know the right BMW parts you will need!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-13-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
jm323Ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Posts: 104
My Ride: 2000 323Ci
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.
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.

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:

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:

Pop the outer trim off by using the flat head screwdriver to lift one of the edges and pull.

The cover removed, exposing the trim and metal backing plate.


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.



Step 5:
Secure the cover to the table (or any another stable object)

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


Step 7:
After removing the cut out gently, I used a file to smooth out my edges


Step 8:
Test fit Homelink. Here I used a file and sanding block to make minor adjustments until the Homelink fit nicely.


Step 9:
Hard parts done. Now take the outer trim from before and cut off the center tab.

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

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!
__________________

Last edited by jm323Ci; 02-13-2009 at 11:48 PM.
jm323Ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 02-13-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
///BMW5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: CA
Posts: 489
My Ride: 330ci
looks pretty good!
__________________
///BMW5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
delmarco
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 6,303
My Ride: 330i
Send a message via ICQ to delmarco Send a message via Yahoo to delmarco
sweet
__________________




VISIT MY GARAGE TO SEE ALL MY MODS:

http://directory.e46fanatics.com/use...rMod&UcId=7917
delmarco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2009, 11:31 PM   #4
BM-MAN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: PA & NJ
Posts: 1,253
My Ride: Hot 3 coupe
Send a message via MSN to BM-MAN
Nice Job
BM-MAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2010, 12:20 AM   #5
325ci.com
Kabiela.com
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Manhattan, NY
Posts: 249
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325Ci
Send a message via AIM to 325ci.com Send a message via MSN to 325ci.com Send a message via Yahoo to 325ci.com Send a message via Skype™ to 325ci.com
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:
__________________
325ci.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2010, 03:53 AM   #6
toffa
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Milan, I
Posts: 43
My Ride: 320ci
Send a message via MSN to toffa
all black is better
__________________
toffa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 01:43 AM   #7
325ci.com
Kabiela.com
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Manhattan, NY
Posts: 249
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325Ci
Send a message via AIM to 325ci.com Send a message via MSN to 325ci.com Send a message via Yahoo to 325ci.com Send a message via Skype™ to 325ci.com
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:

__________________

Last edited by 325ci.com; 12-14-2010 at 10:23 PM. Reason: added photos
325ci.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 03:54 AM   #8
jm323Ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Posts: 104
My Ride: 2000 323Ci
^ 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?
__________________
jm323Ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2011, 10:26 PM   #9
TerraPhantm
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mountain Top
Posts: 5,913
My Ride: 2005 M3 Coupe
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?
__________________
TerraPhantm is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2011, 05:03 AM   #10
jm323Ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Posts: 104
My Ride: 2000 323Ci
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.
__________________
jm323Ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #11
325ci.com
Kabiela.com
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Manhattan, NY
Posts: 249
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325Ci
Send a message via AIM to 325ci.com Send a message via MSN to 325ci.com Send a message via Yahoo to 325ci.com Send a message via Skype™ to 325ci.com
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,
__________________
325ci.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2012, 09:01 PM   #12
rguti153
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Houston
Posts: 338
My Ride: 2004 zhp / 2000 323i
Anybody knows the part number fir the non sunroof braket
rguti153 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 05:06 PM   #13
sunsetcoast
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 802
My Ride: '99 323i & '00 323iT
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?

Last edited by sunsetcoast; 05-09-2012 at 07:03 AM. Reason: subscribed
sunsetcoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 06:20 PM   #14
rguti153
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Houston
Posts: 338
My Ride: 2004 zhp / 2000 323i
Thats the one i want
rguti153 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 11:44 PM   #15
Wharthog
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 5
My Ride: 2000 323iT Manual
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.
Wharthog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #16
ryn004
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Malta
Posts: 23
My Ride: '04 316i Sport
Send a message via ICQ to ryn004
My car has no sunroof and the ceiling has no compartment is there a DIY for cases like this?

__________________
ryn004 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 01:35 AM   #17
jm323Ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Posts: 104
My Ride: 2000 323Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wharthog View Post
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 View Post
My car has no sunroof and the ceiling has no compartment is there a DIY for cases like this?

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
__________________
jm323Ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 04:23 PM   #18
Mannydog
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Washington State
Posts: 102
My Ride: '02 330Xi 5spd
Quote:
Originally Posted by 325ci.com View Post
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:

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

'02 330xi 5 spd
Mannydog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #19
John in VA
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Leesburg, VA
Posts: 601
My Ride: '00 Farngrün 328i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mannydog View Post
Did anyone ever find out the actual part numbers for these?
Weren't they mentioned in Post #13?
__________________
John in VA
'03 530i
'00 328i
'86 535i
'85 535i
'85 325e - RIP
'74 2002tii
John in VA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #20
Mannydog
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Washington State
Posts: 102
My Ride: '02 330Xi 5spd
Quote:
Originally Posted by John in VA View Post
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 #...
__________________

'02 330xi 5 spd
Mannydog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diy, e46, homelink, sunroof

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use