I thought I'd outline my experience installing the Dynavin N6. There are a couple of obligatory posts to review if you're considering this and they are pretty much spot-on and a good read:
There's also a good overview of the features on Youtube
The reason I went with the Dynavin is that, to me, it appeared to be the easiest to install with the DSP amp and had a factory fit and finish. The main features I was interested in were iPod integration, handsfree phone, and updated navigation. I had the old school 4:3 in my MY2k TiAg M5.
Based on several positive forum reviews, I went with Jeff at J&T distributing
. Excellent guy to work with and answered all of my questions before and after the sale. I would highly recommend them.
I thought I'd document my experience since I want to get in the habit as I take on more advanced things with the beast. Also, I'm hopeful that it might be beneficial. I did make a few discoveries along the way.
So I got a very nice UPS box, well packaged about a week after ordering.
This is the backup camera. It's got a double sided tape or can be screw mounted. I only ran the video cable to the trunk and didn't connect it yet. I'm working on integrating it to a standard e39 latch. I've picked up a couple from Clemster. Hopefully, I can work on this in the next couple of weeks.
I picked up the USB cable, wiring harness and Fakra cable.
Also in the box:
Several adapters depending on your specific e39 radio configuration. Also, input jacks for the camera.
Can bus, FM antenna adapter (green), and GPS software and antenna (blue). You will need to insert the MicroSD card and load the nav software. It has a dedicated file location and is a separate 'program' inside the Dynavin OS.
I started in the back and connected the device to ensure it was working.
This wasn't connected before....and wasn't used with the Dynavin
So here is where I made a critical, but recoverable mistake. Notice the lights for the factory GPS are still on? I wanted to keep the hole filled, but did not disconnect the unit. Leaving the factory GPS connected introduces a unique feature in the Dynavin. The factory GPS appears to be one of the first things to boot up on the car. On the very first Dynavin boot-up after battery connection, everything works normally and as expected. EVERY time you turn the car on after that, the sound cuts out after about 2 seconds. I'm guessing a signal from the GPS was interrupting/overriding the Dynavin. Anyway, once I disconnected the factory GPS, the system worked great!
As recommended by Jeff, I ran the wires up the driver side since the battery cable runs on the passenger and could introduce noise/interference.
I found that an inexpensive flexible fishtape from Amazon worked quite well for feeding the wires were needed.
The microphone has been updated sometime recently and is actually quite good. I picked up an Alcantara headliner from Clemster with a HomeLink garage door opener (mine didn't have this). He was kind enough to include a few extra of the slotted plugs. I cut a hole in one and mounted the microphone directly to it. Works fantastic!
I ran the USB interface into the sliding door cubby. I couldn't envision a use for it, but thought it would serve admirably to hide my lightning cable. Also when I took the center console apart, I spliced the orange wire to the cigarette lighter (grey/red)
to make sure the Dynavin came on with the lights.
Once the wires were routed through, its time to assemble the bracket. The U-brackets that hold the radio are mounted to the side plates which attach to the dash at the sides. I used a factory screw up top and a Dynavin machine screw below. I recommend putting in a cloth or towel to prevent losing bits down the center console! The brackets will look crooked, but are straightened by the rectangular cross brace installed next.
The rectangular cross brace probably goes in easily if you have ET fingers. Otherwise, if you have stubby sausages, be prepared to swear.
The Dynavin fits VERY tightly. I recommend removing the AC controls below so that there is a little more flexibility in the bottom part of the dash. It will fit, but just be patient!
The software is very intuitive and easy to use. You don't have to read the manual or watch the video to figure it out, but you'd benefit greatly if you did. There are a lot of beneficial features under the hood such as level controls based on device.
The nav did do something interesting....it knows the speed limit from the maps and everytime you go over (3-5 mph?), you hear, "DING! YOU ARE GOING OVER THE SPEED LIMIT!". It does this every chance it gets....but I won't say how many times it did it to me