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Old 03-09-2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Thumbs Up AVIC-F90BT||Double Din Install~Lots of Pics

First off I would like to say that at this point in time this retrofit is in no way "Plug and Play" or "Simple" even with the aid or retrofit kits and wiring harnesses.

This install is not for those who are afraid of cutting into their BMWs, dealing with lots of wires, or doing a lot of customizing to get everything to fit right.

That being said, let's move on to what everyone wants to see. As I go through the pics I will try to make it as "DIY" as I can. I will definitely point out what's important and/or tips and trick I found out along the way.

Parts Cost: < $1000
Labor: 23 Hrs


Components:


Avic-F90BT


GEX-P10HD


HVAC Relocation, Antenna Adaptor, R17 Wiring Harness, HD Radio Box




PAC SWI-PS




Janus Kit w/ Bezel







Now to the install:

Removed Trim



Removed Radio



Removed Center Vents (Damn they were in there tight!)



AC Controls pop right out



Taking out shift boot and removing trim





Removed remainder of center console and Air Box cover



Shot of condenser and servo arm



Footwell duct hole



Valve that needs to be modified



After hours of cutting and test fitting, because I had no template



Modified Servo Arm (Cut ~3.5 cm from tip)





Test fitting servo arm



Modified the Valve





Smaller half has to be glued in



Videos of valve and arm functioning correctly





And finally the box fits (Just to this point took about 8 hrs)



Applied insulating foam to reseal the majority of the air box (Note: you have to cut a new hole for the AC Temp sensor as you will have to cut the old hole out)



Box installed (Top screws have to be done with a small 90 degree drill)



Temp sensor install and starting to aluminum tape the holes





Ended aluminum taping the whole box



Test fitting carrier, it sort of fit. Major interference with bezel



Had to remove the material protruding out the front



Had to shave the back of the bezel to get it to fit right

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Old 03-09-2009, 12:48 AM   #2
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Next came the bezel, which had MAJOR fitment issues in width. So 4hrs of filing and wet sanding with 400 grit followed by 2000 grit got it looking almost like it never even had to be f@&!ed with lol
(This is not the fault of EuroSpec, they cannot guarantee fitment of every single head unit out there)







A MESS



Me setting the new head unit into the carrier



And after about 13 hrs or work, it fits



Soldered all the wires



Shrink Wrapping each one (this is a b!tchin tool)





The wiring harness (Big shrink tubing covers all the wires)



Pictures like this used to scare me, anyways wiring harnesses in



Tapping into VSS (Also tapped in Reverse and Steering wheel control all from sub-connection box on top of fuse box)

Things to note
  • VSS (Speed Sensor): Black and White
  • Reverse Sensor: Blue and Yellow
  • Steering Wheel Control: Red and White w/ Yellow dots
  • All wires in the car are unique and mean the same thing no matter their location in the car
  • By previous statement, the VSS and steering wheel control can be tapped into very easily by wiring looms located near the AC/Radio (I discovered this after the fact)
  • Only the Reverse absolutely need to be tapped into through the glove box



Dad helping me remove A-pillars so we can run microphone wire and NAV antenna wire





Gauge Cluster had to come out to run wires



Long story short, HD Radio box and SWI-PS run and located behind glove box in empty space







This is a great chasis ground location for the head unit and other things (ie. parking brake sensor from head unit



Almost done



Radio and AC installed



ALL DONE!!!







Microphone



Nav Antenna



Overall I am very happy with the install. I'm having a lot of fun playing around with the features and the ipod integration is so many times better than my old cassette tape and wire method!
I would like to thank EAS and Eurospec. I would also like to thank Tom and EAS, for their help and support through this as well as awesome customer service. I definitely recommend doing business with both of them!
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:00 AM   #3
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sick DIY.
I bought a sub and am scared to pull it apart and just put it in, this helped me abit
I might just give it a try
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:18 AM   #4
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Good job! I just finished mine this weekend as well (avic f700bt). I used the same install kit which I bought off ebay, they sent me a .pdf for the template. The whole install took me about 14 hours, I never want to do it again. The PAC-SWI doesn't work that well for me, it seems to lag quite a bit.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:18 AM   #5
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j/k, amazingly done! Attention to detail is everything.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:22 AM   #6
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Good job! Mine was done 2 weeks ago (avicf900bt) and i love it. The pac adapter works good for, it just has a little lag every once in a while only when using my ipod and trying to skip/rewind a song, but always works great for volume control. Oh by the way, the mic for the bluetooth on mine got installed on an empty littel vent that it's located on the headliner, right next to the sunroof switch if you what i mean, or i might just post pics later this week when i get my car back from the body shop. Great job again!
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:43 AM   #7
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:23 PM   #8
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:48 PM   #9
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Very nice!

I still haven't gotten a chance to put mine in yet.

Are the wires all color coded the same between the Pioneer F90BT and the aftermarket harness? Did you have to install the parking brake switch too?
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:51 PM   #10
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wow way too much work... but looks good
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:31 PM   #11
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when i did mine i also used the kit from euro spc and had no template. i like you jsut cut cut and re cut. i was really nervous i was going to cut it to big one time on accident and be F'd. Overall i love the f900. im getting pissed at it right nwo because i cant get the stupid clock to turn ahead an hour and save that time. Anyways, install looks great man.
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when i did mine i also used the kit from euro spc and had no template. i like you jsut cut cut and re cut. i was really nervous i was going to cut it to big one time on accident and be F'd. Overall i love the f900. im getting pissed at it right nwo because i cant get the stupid clock to turn ahead an hour and save that time. Anyways, install looks great man.
Thanks, and I know about the time, HOW ANNOYING!!! I'm gonna get around to reading the manual soon enough.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:30 PM   #13
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<3 the detail!
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:36 AM   #14
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good job with the install.
i hope to be installing my double din soon.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:10 AM   #15
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What are you overall thoughts on the Janus kit? Is it worth the $$?
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What are you overall thoughts on the Janus kit? Is it worth the $$?
It is definitely worth the money, even with the modification/customizations that have to be done. It still saves a lot of time, and let's face it, this is still a custom install.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:00 AM   #17
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good write up! I dont really understand how to tap into the wires behind the glovebox though. I am still deciding between pioneers 700 and 900 unit. Seems like the 900 can play DVDs...
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does this unit work with the factory amp? all you did was install the HU and you had full sound?

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does this unit work with the factory amp? all you did was install the HU and you had full sound?

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Yea, as long as the blue and blue/white wire are connected, you're good to go.
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Yea, as long as the blue and blue/white wire are connected, you're good to go.
i assume those are the amp power signal wires. thanks, and great job!
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