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#1 (permalink) Old 05-12-2004, 12:43 AM
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I do not have the skills to install a head unit myself into my car. I was also told to be careful because installing a head unit into a bmw may mess with the onboard computer.

I was browsing the Best-Buy site and apparently only 1 yes, 1 head unit can be installed in my car by them.

Anyone know where I can find information on how to find a '98 328i installation kit and how to install a head unit myself? And will it mess with the onboard computer?

Any help would be appreciated ... thank you.

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I went to Crutchfield.com and got about 100 receivers that would fit my car ... forget BestBuy. Apparently i don't even need an installation kit (mounting kit?).

My question however does still stand ... will it be an easy install on a 1998 328i ... and will it mess with the onboard computer/electronics ... thanks.

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No, it will not do a thing to the OBC. The only problem you may run into is the factory amp. There are ways to get around it, but others here can post more detailed instructions on that.

To install the actual HU, you need to remove the factory one. There are two small flaps on the sides. Behind them are 8mm hex nuts. Use an allen key and remove them. The radio can then be pulled out. Disconnect the battery if you want to avoid the beeping noise of the anti-theft device. Pull off the harness and your almost done.

Take the two wiring harnesess you have (the one that came with the HU and the one you will buy as an adapter for the car) and connect the wires. You sodder, butt connect, spade connect, or just tape the connections its up to you. I prefer uninsulated buttconnectors covered with paint-on tape. Slide the trim ring into place (also will need to purchased seperately) behind the mounting sleeve, and push the sleeve into place. Bend the tabs with a screwdriver to hold them it place. Connect your harnesses, slide the HU into place, when it clicks attatch the face plate. YOUR DONE!

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he makes it sound easy doesn't he.

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it is easy. Time consuming, but easy.

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Yup, I'm definatly going to be installing it myself. Thank you for all of the help. If you order from cruthfield.com they send everything you need and include the BMW wiring harness for free. You also don't need to buy the installation kit. :P

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