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    Tips and hints for dismantling a Bmw dashboard

    i'm new with this kind car personalization, so any help will be handful.


    Both questions have to deal with dismantling the dashboard.

    The first problem i have is i'm not able of getting off the metal molds(red arrow) from the dasboard.

    Second one is with the dsc bottun(orange arrow). If it was disconnected will the computer notice it? i've thought of disconnecting the battery if i had to do this.

    Please comment any other tip or hint related to the dashboard dismantling or its internal connections. i would also be interested in how to move downwards the air conditioning module, although i have no questions yet since i haven't been able to put my hands on it.

    thanks



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    It's ok to disconnect the DSC button, even with the battery connected.
    In order to remove the metal trimming, you have to remove the passenger side one first. Just stick a screw driver in the gap on the bottom or on the right and push forward being carful not to damage the dash. There are not screws, they all snap in. You have to buy a special mounting bracket in order to move the ac down. They are available at the dealer for about $50. Keep in mind that there are 2-3 different brackets depending on what type of option you have on your car.
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    Unhappy Final Question

    Nice, thanks for all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There's only one thing that confuses me. You mean i can buy a bracket for only $50 in a bmw dealer? If its the bracket i'm thinking of, here in Spain that is unbelievable. I asked one day for the price and it was something like 150 euros, like $175. The bracket i'm have in mind is the one that has the ***-tray, the line of buttons for dsc,etc... and a space for leaving things? Or is it a bracket that goes inside this one in order to hold the a/c? thanks


    if you know any dealer please tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here anything, even a plastic, with the letters BMW doubles its real price.

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    sorry to hear that about the price.. but yes, the plastic bracket is the whole thing, including the astry and the compartment. it is the same bracket for cars that have Nav. I got mine for about $60 including tax.
    2002 BMW E46 (99% done)
    Lilliput 7"
    P4 2.0
    80Gb
    DLink FM
    Routis 2004
    Opus 150W
    1200watts of PPI power
    2 - 12" solobaric
    MB Quartz
    IBUS - steering control
    USB 2.0 DVD player

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    Thanks, i'll try finding a dealer which ships brackets, i would save $100. I've just come, from removing the metal trimmings. But when i was about to remove the radio... ufff the doubt overcame me. If I get it out, and later on I place it in again, would it function correctly? Sorry if i'm annoying but i'm really precautious with bmw security systems.

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    Unplugging the radio should be fine as long as you plug it back in the same car. If you plug it in a different car, then it will ask you for the passcode. The code should be located on a card somewhere in you owner's manual.
    2002 BMW E46 (99% done)
    Lilliput 7"
    P4 2.0
    80Gb
    DLink FM
    Routis 2004
    Opus 150W
    1200watts of PPI power
    2 - 12" solobaric
    MB Quartz
    IBUS - steering control
    USB 2.0 DVD player

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