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    Smile '03 BMW 325xi RR No HU Factory AMP 95% complete

    I have been lurking a while and figured I could post my progress so far.
    I just got this car, and have been working on the PC for a while. Had it in my sailboat for navigation first, then moved it to the car.
    I decided to ditch the Headunit, cause I definitely don't want to have it in the glovebox or trunk. At first, the audio was too quiet, even with the Sven4. So I got some Pheonix gold line drivers.
    So here is what I have so far (sorry some pics are missing) I will put them up later.
    Here is the Hardware list-
    VoomPC case


    Via SP13000 motherboard


    M2-ATX Power supply

    Directed HD tuner


    Mitch's cable to connect HD tuner to serial port

    Lilliput eby-701 touchscreen


    AC relocation piece from BMW Part number 51 16 7 001 410 (to fit the lilli in dash)

    Relser's iBuss serial interface (to use steering wheel controls)


    Linksys usb wifi adapter WUSB54GC

    GPS USB antenna Model TN-200


    2 of the Pheonix Gold TLD22 line drivers (to amplify line-out to the stock HK amp) they take RCA in/ RCA out, and have a remote power also.

    Software-
    Windows XP
    RoadRunner with Dfx 4.0 at this time. Played with Linux-Ice for a while, and would love to run this all on Linux... Saw something a while ago about a beta Ubuntu touchscreen version...
    VLC
    Winamp V 2.91 with Line-in plugin
    deciding on Navigation software

    Right now, it is all installed except the dash piece I am fabricating for the touchscreen, ibus interface, and bluetooth dongle.

    More pics to come- as I make progress on the dash piece. I am using the expanding foam, kitty-hair, and bondo method to fabricate it. So far, it has been slow going on that. I have the foam piece and am whittling away on it with a hobby knife at this point.
    Here I am ripping my dashboard apart to relocate the climate controls

    More pics to come of the post-install.

    -Micah

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    Since your car is similar to my compact I will follow this thread with interest.

    Aspecially if you do go Linux :-)

    Q's->
    Is the tuner XM?
    Are you keeping the HK poweramp?
    Do you really need the dfx?
    You realize there is a frame replacement at bmw for clima relocation (50$ or so)?
    You've desided not to buy the ready made bezel for 7'?

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    Q's->
    Is the tuner XM? ---The tuner is High Def FM/AM. No satellite.
    Are you keeping the HK poweramp? ---Yes, I thought it was most cost effective to keep it.
    Do you really need the dfx? ---You mean spending cpu cycles? I like Dfx, and cpu doesnt seem to hit the roof..
    You realize there is a frame replacement at bmw for clima relocation (50$ or so)? ---Umm, I thought that's what I used to relocate it. Are you talking about something different?
    You've desided not to buy the ready made bezel for 7'? ---I chose to fabricate my bezel after looking at pictures of the bezels on the market already. I held up my touchscreen in my car on a sunny day, and figured that I want to recess that screen as much as I can manage. The bezels I see don't recess enough. I am trying for a 1" recess to provide shade for the screen. But, I haven't finished the bezel yet, and it is definitely more difficult than I initially thought. So I still may go with the mybimmer bezel if I fail at this one.

    -MB

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    This ready made bezel for the 7'... Is this a Double din BMW made part that would fit the 7" touchscreen in my E46 dash?
    Thanks,
    MB

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    So here is the progress of the bezel fabrication. I started out with spray foam. This looked good, until the foam dried and was very poor at holding it's shape. I later found that the foam made by DOW called "Great Stuff" is more rigid, so I bought a can of that. My problem may be that I am not using the front plate off of the lilliput in the foam mold to support it. The Great Stuff held it's shape well while it set up, and didn't fall off the top lip, but it did start to shrink after being trimmed down to size. So I've put it back in the car, and sprayed around the edges where it has shrunk. Ran out of Great Stuff foam and used the rest of the white stuff that didnt work so well.



    I may be starting over on the bezel...

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    Not made by BMW even if the price suggest it would ;-)
    http://www.janus-design.net/english/...edin/index.php

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    Im doing a very similar instal In my 03 325i. My parts are not all here yet but should be by the end of the week. Im kinda dreading the dash mold considerin the time it takes. keep pics posted on your progress. Im gona try doing an 8" lilliput. if it dont work ill revert back to the 7".

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    So I ditched the foam method of making a mold. Foam kept shrinking.. I am using cardboard and glue. I applied kitty-hair (bondo-glass) right over the top of the cardboard. I am thinking that I will soak it in warm water once it is set up to remove the cardboard.


    I may have put too little creme hardener in-- it has been setting overnight and still not completely hard. Although it is hardening up.
    -MB

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    http://www.shopmaninc.com/foam.html
    this is the foam you should have used. Its extremly rigid and will not flex or loose its shape. little expensive and extremely messy. but it works great and expands fast and sets up in like 30 mins. I used it on my back deck install....


    my idea is to use a aftermarket single din stereo kit to work off of. it gives a good base and has the line that goes from side to side already cut in, as well as the mounting tabs. That way i mostly only have to build the bottom area from scatch. For around 15 bucs it will hopefully save some headaches.

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    post install

    So here is the kitty-hair (long and strong) fiberglass solution I ended up with for the dash bezel.
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