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Thread: 2002 BMW 320d Install

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    Wink 2002 BMW 320d Install

    Hey there.

    Have purchased majority of the kit and cables required for my CarPuter install in my 2002 320d.

    My desired specification is:
    7" touchscreen mounted in dash (climate control/head relocated)
    CarPC in ZoomPC case (specs on my profile)
    Powered 4 port USB hub forward [behind dash] (for touchscreen etc)
    2 powered 4 port USB hubs aft [boot] (one for drives, other for auxilliaries - read on)
    Custom sub enclosure to fit nook on passenger side
    External DVD writer and HDD in CD changer space in boot
    All equipment in the boot mounted on a custom ceiling mount

    Also intend to:
    iBUS interface [USB] to interface steering wheel buttons
    OBDii interface [USB] (if possible for my car - not tested)
    Relocate JVC head unit to boot for amplification


    Will post log/photos as it happens!

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    Update

    Over the week I have installed the loom along the passenger side of the car (sills) and have decided to mount the head in the CD changer space (one of the two compartments with HDD/DVD in the other).

    Have also mounted a sweet reset button to the underside of the glove box (inside it) - very discrete.

    PC case itself is mounted onto my custom made shelf fitted onto the roof ceiling (along with a power distribution block).

    The loom I have made will basically extend the ISO connection for the head unit to the boot.

    The computer is working and formatted (no CarPC software yet). The USB hubs front and back also have their 5V power supplies and a 12V has been wired along with VGA for the screen.

    I have taken a bunch of photos and will upload later.

    Things still to do:
    Choose a 7" touchscreen and install into bezel
    Choose software and install
    Complete ISO connector wiring at both ends of loom
    Mount dedicated sub amp onto ceiling shelf
    Install power cabling to battery

    Ciao

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    Welcome to the DC forums.

    Im sure you'll find lots of help, ideas and friendly chat here.

    Get those pics up!

    PS maybe the mods could move this to installs for you.

    stealthe

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    Photo update

    Photos as promised (some turned out better than others - they were taken on a phone camera!):

    Boot space:


    Mounting shelf (initial version! will carpet it later):


    Left hand carpet wall removed exposing CD changer/iBus connectors etc:


    Loom coming through existing grommet in back seat wall:


    Poor photo of USB hub located in stowage compartment:


    Loom coming down passenger side of car from behind back seat:


    Loom coming out from glove box cavity (glove box shown removed):


    Glove box with reset button mounted (outside view):


    Blurred close-up of button (inside view):


    Another view of the reset button in the installed glovebox:


    That's all for now folks!
    Last edited by rick_ace_uk; 08-04-2007 at 14:19. Reason: Bad image paths

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    Looks good.

    Could you resize the images to the forum maximum of 800x600 please.
    Andy.

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    image resize

    Images resized as requested.

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    Smile Decisions decisions

    Now the majority of the work is done, I have to decide on a screen; I have a bezel for a 7" touchscreen and will relocate my climate control accordingly.

    I am currently considering the Linitx own brand screen and also the Lilliput 619/629. Any suggestions?

    Regarding software, I am going to try RoadRunner first and see how I get on. Any comments regarding this?

    My near future improvements once my to-do list (i.e. core functionality) has been completed is:
    • iBus interface (for steering wheel buttons)
    • GPS receiver (for sat nav)


    My future improvements will include:
    • Bluetooth (for carphone)
    • Microphone (for carphone)


    I know this install is hardly pioneering but if I get enough interest on here I may write a little guide with as many photos as possible, providing a central source of info (as opposed to searching for each step at a time!).

    Another thing is that whilst studying the ISO head unit connection I pondered the idea of providing an interface for the dashboard illumination signal to the PC so that the skin can be changed (along with other possibilities - ideas?) when you switch your head/sidelights on?!

    Finally in this post, anybody got any ideas regarding controlling a JVC head unit remotely? This would be a useful feature to control the volume (and radio?!) of the head unit via the PC?

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    Good looking install so far.

    As for the skin changing. Some frontends you can tell it what time to switch the skin, so it does it automatically and you don't have to worry about it.

    As for controlling the HU, you've probably seen many install with the fascia mounted away from the unit, possibly something to look at?

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    Head unit

    Thanks for your comment, have considered that however;
    a) I wish for a stealthy install and thus want no sign of the head unit visible
    b) When funds allow I intend to replace the head unit with a dedicated 4-6 channel amp.

    On the wiring loom adapter (the ISO to JVC one) on the head there is an inline jack socket which I reckon (though cannot find anything in the manuals etc) is something to do with remote control?! Anyone know anything about this?

    PS: My head unit is a JVC KD-DV4202 (http://jvcmobile.co.uk/product.php?pr=88)
    Last edited by rick_ace_uk; 09-04-2007 at 06:51.

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    Post Plan

    Here is a layout of my install. (Grey stuff is planned!)

    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Looking good.

    The Linitx is definitely the one to go for if funds allow.The screen gets great
    feedback from owners and Chris at Linitx is very helpful and a member here.
    Also check out the discount for DC members.

    Lillis have a reputation of unreliability and generally are lower spec than Linitx
    although I have a three year old one that still works fine. I'm sure the are many
    more comments about the two screens on the forums so dont just take my
    word for it. Search is your friend as the debate goes back some time.

    There are several other BMW owners on here so someone should be able to
    point you in the right direction as far as ibus is concerned.Check Sama and
    Enforcer for starters.

    stealthe

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    Smile Progress

    Completed termination of loom so now I have a fully tested and operation head unit fitted in the CD changer compartment!! (have replaced stock head unit until screen arrives! - see below)



    Also have connected fuse and power cabling to power distribution block - IT'S ALIVE!!!

    Well the computer appears to turn on and off with the head unit/ignition correctly.

    Things to do still:
    • Fit JVC aux adapter (when it arrives!! damn eBay)
    • Fit touchscreen (d'oh!!)
    • Configure PC
    • Copy my 50Gb music collection!!


    Oh and of course, the shelf needs carpeting and a bit of tidying up here and there!!

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    Nice one

    Looking good!

    Brilliant idea of putting the HU there ;-) lol

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    head unit location

    Yea came to me in a dream ;-)

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    Cool update

    (photos to follow!)

    Collected new climate control relocation carrier for sat nav cars [with smokers package {cigarette lighter socket!}] (BMW part no 51 16 8 230 903) today and fitted it (replaces BMW part no 51 16 8 208 789/51 16 8 202 180).

    No problems with doing that, the AC unit requires a very strong but gentle force to remove it (to compress it's metal retaining clips).

    The double unit carrier which the radio/AC unit was in (part no 51 45 8 196 112) could be replaced by the appropriate sat nav carrier but being like I am I decided to 'modify' mine by just sawing out the cross piece (will replace it when I sell the car!).

    Have run a USB extension to the glovebox for keyboard etc and pulled all cables through ready for my touchscreen which should arrive tomorrow, allowing to complete my core install.

    A tip when removing the centre vent: (remove radio first) Pull unit down slightly to release clips then pull bottom out towards you and wiggling it up and down. This should release it, it can be stiff since it has a foam seal to the vent pipes. Beware of the 'bike' type control cable from the hot/cold mixer knob.

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