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Old Fri, Jan-07-2011, 12:41:09 AM   #1
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Default Aftermarket Stereo Navigation

I have an 2001 M3 Coupe. It does not have factory navigation. I want to upgrade my stereo so I don't have to deal with the nav falling off the windshield all the time. I found the conversion bracket to move the climate control but that is as far as I've gotten. Any recommendations for this project and for a good head unit? I want it to have nav, bluetooth, and I want to be able to control my ipod with the actual unit. Not looking to spend a fortune but if I can pull this off the road will be a safer place for everyone...
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Try searching, this has been covered many times.
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Check out the Dynavin
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If you don't want to go the dynavin route, then pick out an aftermarket double-din unit with navi. I recently installed an alpine iva-w505 with navi, BT, ipod control, . You'll need the following:

- a/c relocation
- wiring harness and antenna adapter to work with the stock wiring harness ($20)
- heater vent/arm modification (purchase it from Janus or from other sources like ebay)
- radio trim for your new double-din

The dynavin is the cheaper route to go, since you won't need the radio trim, heater vent modification, and mounting bracket (it will cost you around $150-200).
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The dynavin is the cheaper route to go, since you won't need the radio trim, heater vent modification, and mounting bracket (it will cost you around $150-200).
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The dynavin is the only unit that I've seen that has an OEM like appearance.
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If you don't want to go the dynavin route, then pick out an aftermarket double-din unit with navi. I recently installed an alpine iva-w505 with navi, BT, ipod control, . You'll need the following:

- a/c relocation
- wiring harness and antenna adapter to work with the stock wiring harness ($20)
- heater vent/arm modification (purchase it from Janus or from other sources like ebay)
- radio trim for your new double-din

The dynavin is the cheaper route to go, since you won't need the radio trim, heater vent modification, and mounting bracket (it will cost you around $150-200).
I'm definitely going this route. I don't think I'm trying to spend alpine money right now but that sounds like an awesome choice. I found a shop to do the work. I don't think I'm skilled enough for this type of install. I'm replacing the factory speakers, getting a clarion 2 din head unit and getting kicker 700.5 amp installed. I think the shop is able to just modify the vents arm for me so I'm not gonna worry bout picking that up. Where should I grab the ac relocation kit and the double din radio trim? How many hours should this install take?
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A lot of people see the instructions and they think it's a lot of effort. To be honest, the time consuming part is cutting the plastic. The vent arm modification is extremely simple! It's the darn trimming of the plastic so that the metal cage can be mounted. Honestly, I think people are afraid to tackle this installation because of all the stuff they've heard, but it's really exaggerated. It's just trial and error, that's all. Trim it a bit, test fit the cage. Trim it some more, fit it again, repeat...

Do yourself a favor and google 'janus e46 double din installation instructions' and read that file to get an idea of the complexity. A local shop here wanted close to $1000 to do this. Uuhhh..yeah right. If you're still going to have a shop do it for you, buy the Janus installation kit and provide it to your shop so that it'll be easier. It includes everything needed to install and modify the vent arm.

A/c relocation kit, look in the f/s section, or order it new from Tischer. The double-din trim you can order it from Janus, or go on ebay and look for the Euro-spec version. See ebay item number: 320632907788

You can finish the installation of the double din within an afternoon using the janus kit.


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I'm definitely going this route. I don't think I'm trying to spend alpine money right now but that sounds like an awesome choice. I found a shop to do the work. I don't think I'm skilled enough for this type of install. I'm replacing the factory speakers, getting a clarion 2 din head unit and getting kicker 700.5 amp installed. I think the shop is able to just modify the vents arm for me so I'm not gonna worry bout picking that up. Where should I grab the ac relocation kit and the double din radio trim? How many hours should this install take?
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Thanks. Since I'm doin the speakers and mounting the amp I'm gonna stick with the shop but I'm def gonna look it up and give it to them. They are a friend of a friend so it might save me some of the labor expense. I'm trying to order the relocation kit now but I'm not sure which one to go with. I have four buttons on my car (sport, traction control, etc.) but I'm not sure if those are actually on a single switch unit. So do I need the one with the multi switch cut-outs or the single switch cut out?
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Here are the part numbers:

51168230902 (individual buttons)
51167001408 (single line of buttons)

see which one corresponds to yours:

http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=2756
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=2755



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Thanks. Since I'm doin the speakers and mounting the amp I'm gonna stick with the shop but I'm def gonna look it up and give it to them. They are a friend of a friend so it might save me some of the labor expense. I'm trying to order the relocation kit now but I'm not sure which one to go with. I have four buttons on my car (sport, traction control, etc.) but I'm not sure if those are actually on a single switch unit. So do I need the one with the multi switch cut-outs or the single switch cut out?

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