Okay, my turn for a couple questions. My wife has finally okayed the install (it's Christmas, after all), so I guess I'll tackle it over the holidays. I'm looking for full functionality, including phone, streaming music, navigation, etc, and I'm not planning on doing this again, so want to make sure I get it all the first time. I'm sure I'm missing something, and have a couple questions, so here we go for all you guys that have done this before.
First, I'm a 2002 with NO DSP. Already removed. Gonzo. I still have all the factory wiring and DO still have Nav (trunk) and the factory radio module (trunk) as well as the factory 16x9 (obviously).
I believe that I need:
1 x PB7839BP
1 x Ressler Interface
1 x BMW 61138377072 - 3 pin connector for chassis side
1 x BMW 61136931929 - 3 pin connector for interface side
3 x BMW 61130005198 - 3 pins with wire for interface side
5 x 6m RCA's to get signal to my amps
1 x 6m RCA for a backup camera
1 x 6M Fakra Radio Antenna Extension
1 x 6M Fakra GPS Antenna Extension
1 x Xtrons OBD02 OBD connector
1 x 3D printed mounting brackets
Am I missing anything obvious here?
1. Does anyone have a high-quality backup camera that looks factory? E.g. integrated into the for the plate or the trunk release? There must be 50 options on the XTRONS site
2. Any reason NOT to order from Amazon for $70 less than directly from XTRONS?
3. Is there an option for HD radio in the States? I see DAB+, but that doesn't work here...
Since I've already removed my DSP, it seems from everything I've read that this is (over)simplified as: Run RCA's + Fakra cables, Connect cables to amplifiers in trunk, install head unit (inc Ressler), turn on head unit. Did I dumb it down so far that I've missed something?
You can pretty much go ahead and remove what you have left; the radio is not used, nor is the nav and of course nor is the factory screen. Then if you've already removed the DSP, then you will just connect your amps to the head unit like a normal stereo.
However, if you did have a factory nav with DSP, the way the car is wired, I'm pretty sure you will still need the 6m Xtrons extension cable to run to the trunk. It's what provides all the other connections like the power wires and Ibus wires etc.
I would say the rest of your list looks good and you've got all that is needed, you could even remove the BMW 3 pin connectors... you could hardwire those to the extension harness's extra 4 wire connector (should be removed anyway) or if you happen to have some servo connectors (see my post HERE
), you can use those too, but I would just hardwire it and save yourself a few bucks and a separate order.
To your other questions:
1. I tried ever style that make for the E39 and they all sucked. The trunk handle style I didn't like because it made the it too narrow to get my hands in there comfortably and the angle of the camera was too high and you can't adjust it and the quality of the few I tried where not that great.
The license plate light style was no good for the fact that it's built in aftermarket LED for license plate illumination, would flicker with the light checks and the color of the LED was way off and you cant find another to match for the other side. The camera also blocked the light from projecting all over the license plate. And they aren't watertight like the factory light housings as there are big holes in them from the way they designed the retaining clips. And like the other style, the cameras are aimed too high and can't be adjusted.
So I decided the only answer was to take the license plate light style and improve on that style. I wanted it to be as OEM as possible so I removed the OEM license plate housing (be careful, these can be really stuck and I had to purchase a new one but they only cost $13 for a new OEM one) and drilled a hole off to side of it modified it a little with a Dremel so that the wires can go through it and mounted THIS
great $30 camera to it. It has little wedge shims that you can install to tweak the angle of the camera, I used both shims. It has great a quality picture and an excellent low light response. And you can select what backup lines you want to use and can even select lines that are for cameras that are offset from center. Also allows me to use stock light bulbs so both sides are balanced looking and the camera only blocks just a tiny bit of light.
2. The only reason to order directly from Xtrons and pay extra is that they give you a 2 year warranty. Where as Xtrons on Amazon or ebay give you a 1 year warranty.
3.We do have HD radio here in the US, and you can buy HD radio tuners, but I'm not sure how you could add it to these units. Somewhere, I've got an old HD tuner from my car PC days that I'm going to play around with one of these days, but I can't remember how it hooks up. And I think most of them will have an external display.