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Old 02-12-2011, 10:42 PM   #41
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I like those too. The ones I was looking at are below. I think I may end up getting the ones you have. I prefer how the smoked area matches between the inner and outer pieces.



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I hadn't seen your thread before either....and I'm a 'wagon hunter' too. great thread...and congrats. thanks for posting - the iPhone dock is exactly what I'm looking for.
The Kuda mount and the Pro-Fit passthrough dock are the easiest to deal with in the car. The positioning is great and doesn't get in the way at all. The only problem is that the cost is a bit high. But personally, I think the convenience is worth the price of admission.

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that custom bezel for the subwoofer control is sweet, props to you. are you sure that the dynavin does not let you control the subwoofer from the unit, or does it only let you control the bass of the midrange speakers?
As far as what I have read in Jeff's Dynavin thread, the subwoofer output is designed as a "non-fading" output. Meaning that the line level of the subwoofer is not independently adjustable.

I say it should be adjustable, but that's just my opinion, I guess. I installed car audio professionally from 1994-2001 so what do I know?

Either way, even if Dynavin decides to make it adjustable in the future, I will still use my PAC LC-1 to adjust my sub level. Its way too easy to just reach down and turn a knob, as opposed to dealing with multiple steps to get to the right menu to adjust it through the head unit. I like a different subwoofer level on each song, so having the sub level so easily accessible is important to me.

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Awesome job on the sub control. I'm thinking about doing something similar for the switch for the sprint booster. My next two DIYs are rear fogs and steering wheel paddle shifters.
Thanks! Just FYI, those little switch blanks are pretty cheap.

How do you like the sprint booster? I am curious if it is really worth it? Can the same thing be accomplished by just pressing the gas harder?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #42
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Thanks! Just FYI, those little switch blanks are pretty cheap.

How do you like the sprint booster? I am curious if it is really worth it? Can the same thing be accomplished by just pressing the gas harder?
You have a different panel than mine. I have the one piece with multiple switches. Just like the one below. Not sure if I could retrofit the early switches and blanks into my car.



I have yet to install the Sprint booster but I have driven a half dozen BMWs and a couple of non BMWs with it. You do notice the difference between stock and the Sprint booster.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:43 PM   #43
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You have a different panel than mine. I have the one piece with multiple switches.
Ah yes, I forgot about the two different switch types. That could make things interesting.

Retrofitting early switches may not be feasible, since yours has only 2 plugs on the back, whereas the older style like mine would have an individual plug for each switch.



I would try taking the case apart and see what it looks like inside. It may still be possible to add your own switches to it. It just may be a bit more involved. It might just be a case of needing a little "engineering" to get it to work.

After having the sub control mounted this way for the past week or so, I can say that I really like having quick access to adjust the sub level. I think it is in the perfect spot.

As far as the K40 goes, the LED's I used are bright as sh!t! 5000 MCD is fine for daytime use, but at night the blue one will blind the hell out of you! I really need to replace the LEDs with something in the 2000-3000 MCD range.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:59 AM   #44
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I could take it apart but I do not want to risk damaging it. That is just how my luck usually is.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #45
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So true.


Looks great man! But does it have 350hp at WOT
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:06 PM   #46
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More preparation for the Dynavin

Had a little fun today. Installed the backup camera. Sorry for the crappy phone pics, but you get the idea.





In order to test it out, I had to use this old tube TV I had laying around in the garage.



There is some additional work required for my car to install the camera due to the fact that it is a touring. The snap in cameras you see all over eBay are WAY too deep.

What I ended up doing was removing the entire rear body of the camera, leaving just the front plate. Inside the camera body it is pretty much hollow so once the rear housing is removed, so this is not a problem.

There touring's rear handle has a sealed cavity that the reverse light is housed in. So by using Permatex Ultra Black sealant, I was able to seal it at the front and back, so no moisture can get in.

The LED lights that the camera has are brighter than the BMW license light, so now I need to find an LED license light for the other side. I'll have to experiment a little to find the right brightness to match the camera's LEDs.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:38 PM   #47
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i'm thinking of doing the same thing, more info on what kind of camera and pics with LED lights on ?
we have twin tourings lol!
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:54 PM   #48
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I forgot to mention, the diagonal lines on the TV don't show in person. It has something to do with the refresh rate of the tube TV vs. the iPhone camera.

The reverse cam I bought is from the eBay seller "Factory Kiss". I'll post a link in a sec.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:04 AM   #49
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=130398587071

I dont have any pics yet of the difference in brightness between the factory light and the LED light on the camera.

I'll try to take a pic of it tomorrow for you.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:04 AM   #50
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Awesome thx sir
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:37 PM   #51
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Ok, here are a couple pics of the license lights (cam is on the left side):





I've got a bag of 8000 MCD white LEDs left over from a previous project. I'll probably try to make my own light from those.

It may take some experimenting to find the correct amount of light output to match the camera, but it's a project that I'll enjoy. If I can't get it to match, I may just replace the LEDs supplied in the cam with my own. Then it will be sure to match.

Another option that I actually considered for a few minutes, is to just buy another camera and slap it in the other side. They are only $32 shipped. But nah, I'm not that lazy!
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:51 AM   #52
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nice, i have the WeissLicht LED plate lights which are super bright.
I wonder if the light color would match or not
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:20 AM   #53
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I mentioned these earlier in the thread, so I thought I'd provide some follow-up.

The new smoked taillights & tailgate lights arrived from Germany, and I installed them over the weekend. They look really nice & duplicate the external fit of the original lights perfectly. Had to do a little massaging on the mounting studs, the ones that fit into the plastic retaining clips (which look like bakelite). Two on each taillight and one on each tailgate light. Basically, I dremeled the sides of the flange on the mounting studs so they'd fit inside the the clips. Otherwise, the clips wouldn't clamp down enough on the sheetmetal to hold the lights tight. Also, for some reason the wiring was reversed on the tailgate lights - the Euro fog lights were illuminating instead of the reverse/backup lights. Good thing I checked before reassembling the inside of the tailgate! The plugs weren't interchangeable, so I had to cut, swap & solder the hot wires for each light (they have a common ground). A wee bit of hassle, but worth the effort.

I like how they match the smoked front corners and side indicators I installed earlier.

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Nice, I've been thinking about getting a set of smoked lights for my Touring too.

Best i've seen so far...
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:39 PM   #55
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good choice, i got the same....

i painted the creme plastics matt black tho
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:51 PM   #56
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I could take it apart but I do not want to risk damaging it. That is just how my luck usually is.
I understand that. I can't blame you for not wanting to risk it.

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So true.


Looks great man! But does it have 350hp at WOT
Yes and when I switch lanes is scares the piss out of me.

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Those look good. When it comes time to get tail lights I'm definitely going with those.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:26 PM   #57
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login, My LED license plate bulbs seem brighter than yours.

What do you think about retrofitting both headlamp washers and rear PDC on my touring? Worth it or not?
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #58
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I still need to resolve the lighting difference left to right. Most LED kits for the license lights are pretty bright, so I'm not surprised yours are brighter.

I'm not too concerned with them being super bright, but I would like them to match from left to right. I think I can probably get them to match pretty good but it will take some experimenting though.

As far as retrofitting the rear PDC and headlamp washers... For me, I don't think its really worth the hassle. My Dynavin will have a rear camera which will mostly eliminate any need for PDC.

Headlamp washers are cool but I can't think of a time when they would have been useful in my area. My headlights already stay pretty clean for the most part.
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I thought I replied to this earlier...but my wagon came with PDC and I fell in love with it. The wagon is easy to back up and park...but the PDC really does help. It is so great, I retrofitted the sedan with oem pdc...the sedan is very hard to back in to a space or park in the garage, etc...i am always so worried about hitting something - I would end up leaving a huge gap...so the PDC makes life so much better.

I would like to add the backup camera to the wagon since it has the nav
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Nice car and nice DIY work!!!

but did you keep the Amber Lamps!?

I love my amber lamps.
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