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Some folks have seen Whizzkid11 M5 (black M5 with the ACSchnitzer bodykit).

Well not having satnav was kinder bugging him bigtime, so being a hardcore modder (and slightly crazy), he asked me whether it could be done, to which I replied of course!! "where there's a mod, there's a way!"

This install isn't for the faint hearted, alot of work is required, but is well worth it. I cannot take full gratitude for this satnav mission, Andy D (D4/Alpina forum) was the "brains", and a fellow M5 owner (Rogbacon) popped by and got stuck into helping out! Cheers guys!

He set about getting the full satnav kit :



There's also a whole bunch of wiring looms/brackets/bolts/antenna's that are part of the kit, but not shown in the pics.

Wiring it up (to check all the bits work ;) before comencing surgery..



Taking out rear seats to trace/install new wiring loom :



Front seat removal is necessary to lift up all carpets to place wiring loom, also speaker connections to both doors need to be changed, pain in the *** getting to the door plug wiring.



lowering bottom half of the dash, and centre console area to get the wiring loom in place and over to driver side..



Removing drivers side seat :



New meaning to Backseat driver.. lol.



The aim.. satnav installed...



Just got a few little things to iron out, and it'll be completely finished.

Thanks to Was, for letting him strip an M5 :M5thumbs:
 

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You guys have lots of guts. Hope the glory went with all the hard work.
 

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Tin you guys got your hands full, but it looks like your well on your way. I was going to do that to my 528 but decided to buy a M5 with a nav system instead.
At least that's what I told my wife, " but Honey this car already has a nav system....).
Good luck, hope all works well.


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Damned....good luck with all that:thumbsup:
 

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Very nice work.
Interesting interior (from a US perspective). Looks like the sport pattern leather, single color (i'd never seen gray here) with wood trim, so many more choices outside of the US....
 

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thanks guys, yep this little adventure has enhanced my knowledge a great deal, but I agree its far far better and easier to get a M5 with the satnav already inplace :M5thumbs:

Yep, all grey leather interior, gives the cabin a light feel, compared to my silverstone interior.
 

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I did the same thing 2 years ago on my `96 E39. and on a 98 E39 touring

If i can help let me know ok!
 

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Tin, you're right it was good fun, and makes you appreciate just how much is involved in getting a modern car with all the toys out of the factory.

It's a testament to the quality of the car that all the bits and pieces that had to be removed could be put back in so easily without there being any evidence of removal.

It was interesting to note that Whizzkid's passenger seat belt pre-tensioner cable was detached - either he's dislodged it via some very mad driving, or he's had the seat out before! I reckon it's the former.........:biggrin:

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rogbacon said:
It was interesting to note that Whizzkid's passenger seat belt pre-tensioner cable was detached - either he's dislodged it via some very mad driving, or he's had the seat out before! I reckon it's the former.........:biggrin:

Roger
lol, yep infact we found the missing part (down behind the seat back), and just have to reconnect it to the bottom of the seat, will do that next time, as it was getting way to late.
thanks again for the help roger, would have taken twice aslong with just one person doing the install, those door pins where just a pain to get to.
 

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good work guys, Was is braver than I to embark on this, but he seems to have the modding bug pretty bad in ALL areas of the car!!!

catcha soon
piers
 

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Well... I am just coming to terms with what the beast had to endure... but luckily it was in the hands of some of the most enthusiastic individuals in the BMW modding world.

I wish to openly extend a very BIG Thank YOU to Tin, Andy (D4BMW) and Roger (rogbacon).

Just to highlight what was involved, I purchased the basic components initially, the Widescreen, the DVD NAV Unit, Euro Pro Radio module and the TV Unit.

This was followed up myself, Tin and Andy, having a few con-calls, emails etc researching and drawing up a list of what was required additional to the many versions floating on the net. Once all identified, components were ordered in...

Saturday morning, Tin arrived at 8am, Andy came from north of Loughboro for 9am and Rog came a bit later. All three of them performed the install and overcame a few unexpected obstacles... working through the day and finishing at abt 9pm, over 12hrs later!!

Tin returned the following morning for a further few hours of modding...

This is what is called enthusiasm, the temperature was low, but luckily enough dry. However with the adrenalin that was flowing, the rain would not have stopped them.

Once again, Many Thanks to Tin, Andy, Roger and this forum - because it was in May 2004 on a very rainy day at a board meet, that I met all three of these guys as well as foxyboym5 for the first time - and it was then we spoke about Sat Nav retrofitting - and now they were there in my car, in my garage, in my house -while I was away..... thank God I don't have a wife!!!

:cheers:
 

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Whizzkid11 said:
Well... I am just coming to terms with what the beast had to endure... but luckily it was in the hands of some of the most enthusiastic individuals in the BMW modding world.

I wish to openly extend a very BIG Thank YOU to Tin, Andy (D4BMW) and Roger (rogbacon).

Just to highlight what was involved, I purchased the basic components initially, the Widescreen, the DVD NAV Unit, Euro Pro Radio module and the TV Unit.

This was followed up myself, Tin and Andy, having a few con-calls, emails etc researching and drawing up a list of what was required additional to the many versions floating on the net. Once all identified, components were ordered in...

Saturday morning, Tin arrived at 8am, Andy came from north of Loughboro for 9am and Rog came a bit later. All three of them performed the install and overcame a few unexpected obstacles... working through the day and finishing at abt 9pm, over 12hrs later!!

Tin returned the following morning for a further few hours of modding...

This is what is called enthusiasm, the temperature was low, but luckily enough dry. However with the adrenalin that was flowing, the rain would not have stopped them.

Once again, Many Thanks to Tin, Andy, Roger and this forum - because it was in May 2004 on a very rainy day at a board meet, that I met all three of these guys as well as foxyboym5 for the first time - and it was then we spoke about Sat Nav retrofitting - and now they were there in my car, in my garage, in my house -while I was away..... thank God I don't have a wife!!!

:cheers:
Would like to see the finished product. Any pictures?

Joe
 

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Was - you are most welcome, it was an interesting exercise - to be fair Andy and Tin did most of the work!
 

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Will try and take some tomorrow... maybe a couple of days..
wanna buy a digital camera Was???

hiha hiha hiha
 

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cool, no probs was, will catch up when i'm back from hols :M5thumbs: don't get lost now :D
 

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Wow Tin, that's quite a project...impressive work and guts to mess around with all the wiring and upholstery....:byebye:


Ed
 
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