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    Question BMW E46 Interfaces?

    Hi Guys,

    I have read some details on the IBUS and KBUS interfaces. I am not 100% sure but I have found a couple of sites listing those USB / RS232 interfaces.

    I have tried joining the yahoo groups discussions on the interfaces connected to the BMW E46, but I am yet to find a full comprehensive document / detailed information behind the interfaces.

    As I would like to get a KBUS interface connected, the MBUS, IBUS and also the interfaces that BMW supplies with it's electronics.

    I want to be able to control most if not everything that can be controlled electronically and the guys does not seem to be able to supply me with much detail behind this. I have googled and yahooed and mp3cared for the threads but they seem to be scares?

    Thanks!

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    I have the same issue. I am trying to join the Yahoo group, but haven't gotten approval yet, so I am still waiting on that. Let me know if you get anywhere and I will do the same.

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    Most bmws 99+ use the Ibus, there are plenty of interfaces available, but the one to go for is made by a guy called Rolf Reseller, that has the best compatibility with all of the Ibus commands.

    As for the yahoo group if its hack the ibus, the group hasnt had any new members for a while, and people dont get replys from the admins that setup the group, the main site we all used has recently been closed as well, which had all the codes, just do a search for 'ibus' and tons of info will come up, from software (which can control the steering wheel buttons, as well as lights, windows, cruise control etc) to interfaces.

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    I'm also try to join Yahoo groub, but 2 week ago, no answer I think, must find the man, who joined to group, and ask him protection.
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    Another question arrose today:

    Is these types of interfaces really 'legal'? As I am of opinion you are not allowed to control the cars interfaces while driving, if this is not something done by the manufacture and approved by the (beuro of standards <- this might be SABS or different in other countries)...

    Also my major concern is how safe is it to use these interfaces?

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    also interested in any links to more information about i/k bus. especially where to access it in the trunk (wire, pin in harness) for my e46 wagon (built 2003/4)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceX View Post
    Another question arrose today:

    Is these types of interfaces really 'legal'? As I am of opinion you are not allowed to control the cars interfaces while driving, if this is not something done by the manufacture and approved by the (beuro of standards <- this might be SABS or different in other countries)...

    Also my major concern is how safe is it to use these interfaces?
    As far as im aware its legal as the ibus doesnt control any critical part of the car its only the accessories like windows, lights etc the same functionality as the buttons in your car, no different to driving and pressing the window switch or a touch screen button.

    As for safeness the worst that cud happen is damaging the ibus control unit itself, but its no diffferent to wot a cd changer could do it connected, seen as they plug in the same way and use the same line
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    Quote Originally Posted by upspace View Post
    also interested in any links to more information about i/k bus. especially where to access it in the trunk (wire, pin in harness) for my e46 wagon (built 2003/4)

    e46 in the trunk, left side where the cd changer would be, if you feel around you should see 2 wires stuck together the one small 4 pin connector is the ibus, tge other the connector to power + carry sound to the headunit
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonessc View Post
    tge other the connector to power + carry sound to the headunit
    The problem is my head unit is being removed. I have LCD 7" touch screen with carpc in place.

    Will this still work without the head unit? And then again I am not just referring to the IBUS interface, I am also referring to the KBUS, MBUS, en other interfaces I read somewhere...

    But man these types of interface information is so hard to find, unless you know the guys that do the programming for the chips....

    I still had no luck on yahoo groups could not really locate anything else...

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    Yea it will work normally without the head unit.

    This is the only interface to buy http://www.reslers.de/ its compatible with all ibus functions, get the serial version if you got it on your computer...
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