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Old 04-13-2010, 08:45 AM   #41
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Thanks Hartman.

So it sounds like if I want to leave the iPod in the trunk, this should be a 15 minute install.

I have an old iPod Mini that no longer plays from the headphone jacks, so I don't bike or work out with it. I'd prefer to not pull the radio/glovebox. This is exactly what I wanted to hear and I can piece together the pics of the changer harness. Thanks!
If you want to leave it in the trunk, then it should be more like a 5 minute install.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:43 PM   #42
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Delmarco, your DIYs are incredible. Quick question, does the USA-Spec display song titles on the display?
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sometimes i'm into it and my one hand gets tired, i try switching, but then it's like someone with lou gehrig's trying to peel a carrot.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:24 PM   #43
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Delmarco, your DIYs are incredible. Quick question, does the USA-Spec display song titles on the display?
yes. it scrolls song artist / song title / playlist#/track#
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:51 PM   #44
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Great write-up. How do you disconnet the head unit without pulling it out of the dash?
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:43 PM   #45
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same question as mnpracing. do you really have to pull the HU as I recall that was not in the Dice instructions. Or is simply disconnecting the battery enough? thanks
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:51 PM   #46
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same question as mnpracing. do you really have to pull the HU as I recall that was not in the Dice instructions. Or is simply disconnecting the battery enough? thanks
I just pulled the #7 and #41 fuses when I did my install. It has been going great ever since.
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So you didn't disconnect the battery just pulled the fuses?
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:14 PM   #48
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So you didn't disconnect the battery just pulled the fuses?
If you are just doing the trunk install then there is no reason to pull the HU from the dash.

NO, you absolutely DO NOT have to disconnect the battery. Pull both fuses & you will be fine.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:16 PM   #49
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Is it possible to control the iPod by hand?
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:22 PM   #50
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Is it possible to control the iPod by hand?
Only in what i think they call "Direct Mode". I this mode you have control of the iPod via the iPod controls AND the HU controls.

The bad part is in this mode you no longer get text displayed on the HU.

I beleive the Dice supports text while giving you control form both the iPod & the HU at the same time, but the Dice sucks for so many other reasons (primarily quality) that I wouldn't touch it.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:39 PM   #51
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Only in what i think they call "Direct Mode". I this mode you have control of the iPod via the iPod controls AND the HU controls.

The bad part is in this mode you no longer get text displayed on the HU.

I beleive the Dice supports text while giving you control form both the iPod & the HU at the same time, but the Dice sucks for so many other reasons (primarily quality) that I wouldn't touch it.
Makes sense, do you have to flip the dip switches for this mode or can it be enabled from the headunit?
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:36 PM   #52
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I see someone saying you def need to pull battery, others saying you don't- can someone who's gone through the install confirm (with as much detail as you can for noobs giving this a shot.)

I just received PA12 today- planning to make sure it works (before doing the proper install and wiring) by plugging cd-changer connection and ipod into PA12. I want to make sure I don't break anything (or hurt/kill myself via a few shocks of electricity!)

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If you are just doing the trunk install then there is no reason to pull the HU from the dash.

NO, you absolutely DO NOT have to disconnect the battery. Pull both fuses & you will be fine.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:40 PM   #53
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I see someone saying you def need to pull battery, others saying you don't- can someone who's gone through the install confirm (with as much detail as you can for noobs giving this a shot.)

I just received PA12 today- planning to make sure it works (before doing the proper install and wiring) by plugging cd-changer connection and ipod into PA12. I want to make sure I don't break anything (or hurt/kill myself via a few shocks of electricity!)

Thanks!
I would just pull the #7 and #41 fuses, attach the PA12 to the CD changer plugs in the trunk and test. If it all works, then you can go about fishing the cables around the car, I personally leave mine in the trunk.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:43 PM   #54
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I see someone saying you def need to pull battery, others saying you don't- can someone who's gone through the install confirm (with as much detail as you can for noobs giving this a shot.)
Thanks!

I installed mine today on my lunch. I did a 5-min install in the rain...Literally
So here is my 'NOOB: USA SPEC HALF ASS INSTALL!'
  1. Open the trunk
  2. Pop off the panel button clip thing in the middle of the panel
  3. Pull out the bulb carrier
  4. Pop the panel out at the top above the amp area
  5. Reach down and start fishing for the CD Changer cable behind the amp
  6. Pull it up, and checked the wiring in the small 3pin connector is correct.Click image for larger version

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  7. Plug the cars harness to the PA12 cable put the panel back
  8. put the panel button clip thing back
  9. I ran the pa12s wire out the top of the panel
  10. Put bulb carrier back
  11. Plug the wire into the pa12 white box, and plug iPod dock cable in
  12. Shut trunk get in car, and drive
  13. Done.

This weekend when I get the time I am going to go back and install it to my glove box I will also be installing my Parrot Bluetooth setup, so I will be disconnecting the battery. Delmarco Did his install the right way, and there is no reason not to do as he did.
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Delmarco, just installed the USA-Spec using your Video as a reference, was done, with the trunk portion anyway in 15 minutes. Thanks for the help man, keep up the great work.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:04 AM   #56
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It was between 15 F degrees to mid the 20's F during the time I was out there. But I was so determined to get this done that I didn't even notice.
I had mild frost nip for the following two days from taking my gloves off and touching the metal bits in the car.

Delmarco,

could you please explain this - on one hand you say, I have to disconnect the battery and the radio and then on the other hand you say the engine had to be running to keep the battery from discharging... a bit confused here and getting ready to do this DIY...

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Old 06-14-2010, 11:34 AM   #57
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Delmarco,

could you please explain this - on one hand you say, I have to disconnect the battery and the radio and then on the other hand you say the engine had to be running to keep the battery from discharging... a bit confused here and getting ready to do this DIY...

Marc
I did this last week and all I did was remove two fuses for the radio before I plugged anything in. I believe they are 7 and 41, but it will be on the fuse diagram. I didn't have any problems and didn't get any error lights.
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Finished

OK, just ran the USA Spec all the way up to the Glove Box, took, maybe an hour, I have the cable now coming out of the Slot where the change holder 'used' to be, looks decent enough, but I think in the coming weeks I'll try to determine a better situation for Ipod, Iphone. At least now I can control the music within the cabin and not rely on Random.

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Old 06-23-2010, 09:06 PM   #59
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Hey all. I'm hoping someone can help me with this. Looks like a pretty straightforward install that I was looking forward to doing tonight. However, not very straightforward when the CD changer wire harnesses don't exist. I have on 03 330CI with HK and the trunk says "pre wired for BMW CD player". All I have are the bluetooth (I think) harnesses. There's a total of five harnesses. One of them looks exactly like the 3 pin connector that should be there for the cd changer. As you can see from the (tiny) pictures There is one strand of wires that goes to the amp and a second that goes to the bluetooth harnesses. Nothing else Am I missing something or do I have some random "special" car that doesn't the wire harnesses it should.

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Old 06-24-2010, 10:51 PM   #60
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The pics are a little small for them to be useful. Have you figured it out or are you still stuck?

I don't have HK in mine so I simply found the 6pin & 3pin connectors wrapped up in cloth tape up over the rear wheel well.

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