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post #1 of 218 Old 29th August 2006, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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DIY IPod MOST Adapter Install in 2006 M5

Finally Tackled it today total 30-45 min.

The BMW instructions posted in the previous thread are helpful but a little different.

Notablely: 1. No need to disconnect power 2. Fiber Optics are already connected to the X18180 connector 3. No need for software flash

My car 2006 built week 49 Dec '05. Aux input installed after delivery. Software version updated to 21.02 (I think?) when they did steering angle sensor.

Here goes step-by-step (pics to follow). Remove all cd's from changer before beginning.

1. REMOVE GLOVE BOX:

Open glove box and remove the 2 pins holding the box up on each side by pinching the tip with needle nose pliers and pushing outward then pull from the head of the pin.

Close the glove box and remove the two hinge plates on the bottom (2 screws each)

Open box and gentle lift off.

2. REMOVE 6-DISC CHANGER:

Flip down small flap on lower left and right corners to expose torque bolt.

Loose both bolts A LOT (this pulls the retaining tabs on the side in so it will slide out)

Gently slide out 6-Disc Changer.

Disconnect the X18180 Connector (4pin +2 fiber optic)

3. CONNECTING IPOD interface:

Test first by connecting X18180 and the Ipod cable to the interface. Then connect Ipod and then turn on car. It should work. It takes a little bit to load all the music. I then switched back to another source and turned the car off.

4. Sliding Interface into the slot:

Place felt on top and bottom of Interface and slide into place (wires towards the front of the car BUT run the IPod end of the connection cable out next to the interface so you can feed it into the glove box next).

I used the wire ties to secure it into place and shimmed both sides with a small piece of felt. Trim ties.

5. Replace Glove Box:

Set on support bar alighn and close. Make sure no uneven gaps exist between the box and dash.

Replace hinge plates to the bottom.

Test alignment while opening and closing.

Replace pin for the two supports (Strap & Piston)

Feed a small amount of Ipod connector into glove box and check that closeing the box doesn't crimp the wire.


Viola!

Good Luck. Now I'm gonna go play with the functions etc.
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Thanks for sharing. Doesn't seem difficult at all.
No Problem. It's pretty really pretty easy once you figure out how to take it apart. Pics are now attached and labeled.

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Great job!

Doesn't the MOST bus accommodate many devices? Isn't there a way to also keep the changer?
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Great job!

Doesn't the MOST bus accommodate many devices? Isn't there a way to also keep the changer?
Thanks.

I believe the problem was that the MOST Bus does accomadate multiple things but they are all occupied by Tuner(AM/FM/Weather), Sat, DVD, Aux, CD & CD Changer. Unfortunately since there was no other open slot if all options are installed one must go... they designed around replacing the Changer.

Good trade off... 6 cds for over a 1000 cds(or at least 250)

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About a week ago I called the BMWNA guy listed on the internal release memo to ask him about the six-disk changer ("say it doesn't have to go") but was only able to leave a VM. He was great and left me a VM saying they really had no way of keeping the six-disk changer in the glove box or moving it to the trunk with the ipod attach. What I didn't think to ask was dropping the in-console CDROM, replacing it with a blank, and keeping the six disk changer. Maybe someone that is doing the install on their own can test this. Since I was having the dealership do the ipod install tomorrow I will ask them as well.
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Nice work, Mike! I installed mine about an hour ago per your excellent instructions. I had planned to do it over the weekend, but got busy. I had some time tonight, and saw your post and decided to go for it. It went as expected, but I took a bit longer in mounting the interface. I wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied with the mounting, knowing it would not rattle under any circumstance. In the process I went through about 20 zip strips trying to perfect it.

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This looks great! Thanks mcw331 for the info and pics.

Do you all think this would work without software coding if my car already has been upgraded recently? The issue is I don't have an AUX input in my car and I understand that requires the dealer to activate that. Is that also necessary to get the ipod to work?
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This looks great! Thanks mcw331 for the info and pics.

Do you all think this would work without software coding if my car already has been upgraded recently? The issue is I don't have an AUX input in my car and I understand that requires the dealer to activate that. Is that also necessary to get the ipod to work?
Yes you should be fine. No aux need for the Ipod.

I mentioned it because my service guy said I couldn't put it in beacuase I already HAD an aux installed. Lucky for me because I finally got time to do it and saved a couple of hundred buck$.

It simply replaces the 6-disc changer.

We now know it works with V21 software with no reflash (it may work with older versions also?)

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