Antenna Problem - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > General Category > Audio and Electronics
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

Audio and Electronics The place to go to discuss sound systems and show off your I.C.E. along with security systems and radar detectors too!

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-05-2005, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
I am going to be redoing my antenna, it has been cut my the previous owner. I am going to take the cut factory antenna and connect it to a american antenna adapter by cutting the adapter and soldering(i know that is not spelled right) them both back together. Has anyone done this or know how to do this. My main problem is I am not quite sure how to get the head unit back out(it has the bendable tabs to hold it into place), also I am gonna has to do the soldering inside the car and more difficultly inside the headunit area since the cable is not long enough to pull out of there.


HELP PLEASE, SUGGESTIONS

jshearer
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-05-2005, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Car: Its slow, gotta M20 in it
Posts: 4,840
Photos:
da_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
I have done this many times. It is a coaxial wire (2 wires inside that cable). There will be a braided outside shielding and the inside wire is probably a single solid core wire. It is absolutely neccessary to make sure these wires DO NOT touch each other. Make sure the wires arent touching and just solder the wires together. You can use heatshrink tubing or a quality electricians tape to make sure they dont touch when your done.

I usually use an old antenna or one of those adapters (i.e. BMW to Motorola) cut the BMW end off, and use the factory made Motorola end to plug into your new headunit. Doing it this way gives you a factory style end that probably wont go bad and it sounds like you need a little more antenna extension behind the dash anyways.

My 2 cents...
__________________


-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2005, 02:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
Hey thanks, I am undergoing the procedure, as i call it, on tuesday I thought i would try to get some advice before i did it.

jshearer
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2005, 08:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Car: Its slow, gotta M20 in it
Posts: 4,840
Photos:
da_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
Quote:
Originally posted by jshearer@Feb 6 2005, 02:38 AM
Hey thanks, I am undergoing the procedure, as i call it, on tuesday...
[snapback]286719[/snapback]
Kinda like a vasectomy?

Hope that helps....good luck
__________________


-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2005, 10:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
WOT in Reverse
 
jllphan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Cashville, TN
Car:
Posts: 3,441
Photos:
jllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to jllphan
Yeah, that's a pretty delicate operation. Like dabull said, it's a two phase lead (pos+ and neg- are both inside one lead), and it's imperative the two don't touch. Are you saying the oem termination was just lopped off by the previous owner? If not you can get an antenna adaptor for like 12 bucks and would be much simpler than trying to change the termination.

As for removing your head unit (I assume it's aftermarket), it came with a set of keys (two) that fit one in each side. IF you don't have these, you can get them from the manufacturer, or a nice install shop might let you borrow a pair if you ask nicely.
__________________
jllphan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 01:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
When I installed my clarion hu I noticed the antenna wire had a bunch of black electrical tape on it. Me being stupid and not thinking I start to unwind it to see what is up and find that the thing has been completely cut through and the connector "head" is separated from the wire. There is not really any wires left that are long enough to get a good connection. I have the adapter and am going to cut it and cut into the factory wire(further up to get the full wires) and splice those two together. I called a bunch of install shops and this is what they said they would do.

I should also say that I am going to attempt this, if I can not do it I will have to take it to a shop. The main thing I am doing on Tuesday is removing the trunk cd changer. It is a aftermarket POS that doesn't work anyways, so I am gonna trace the wire back to the trunk from my dash and take it out. I just figured while I was doing the work I should attempt the radio. I am getting tired of only cds right now.


jshearer
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 05:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Car: Its slow, gotta M20 in it
Posts: 4,840
Photos:
da_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
If the aftermarket changer is an FM modulated type, you may be in luck. They usually have a male and a female regular antenna end coming from a small silverish control box behind the dash somewhere, usually within 12-18 inches of the radio. The factory antenna usually plugs into that box. If this is so, you might not have to go through with your surgery. You can just unplug it from the FM mod box and plug it back in to your radio.

FM Mod cd changers supply their signal to the radio by creating their own FM signal that the radio picks up as an FM station. Usually down low on the dial, 87.9 - 91.1 roughly.

Good luck
__________________


-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 10:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
It is a Fm modulated cd changer, but when i pulled out my stereo it used to have some reception although bad at times, and after i took the tape off and such has absolutely no reception. Plus the antenna lead in the dash had the european plug on it. I guess I will find out tomorrow though. Thanks for the posts guys.
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2005, 01:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
An update for anyone that cares.

I removed my cd changer(Fm modulated), had to remove the lower part of the dash(bentley manual has all pics of everything, but i did not have this yet i had the Chilton and it had nothing). Took me a lot longer than it should have. Found the wire going to the trunk for the actual changer and ended up cutting it in places to make it easier to pull out. There is still a piece under the carpet somewhere inbetween the front kick panel to the back side panel.
There was a small modulator box in the dash that i left in there for now.

I still did not get the antenna working, but i have an appointment tomorrow to have a professional pull my stereo out and cut the antenna wire back and solder it to a cut end of the antenna adapter wire. Said it would be like $15 and maybe 30 minutes. I figure that is better than me doing it for like 2 hours that it would take me.
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2005, 05:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Car: Its slow, gotta M20 in it
Posts: 4,840
Photos:
da_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
If they are going to do it for $15, then by all means let them do it, thats pretty inexpensive (i hate the word cheap ). Plus they should warranty their work if they are a reputable shop. The 30 min is about right, start to finish
__________________


-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2005, 11:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
alright it took all of like 15 minutes, i watched the guy and it was not that big of a deal but he does this constantly, it would have taken me like 2 hours to figure it out. Cost me $15 even and now i get to listen to what other people listen to......as much as i don't want to admit it i missed the radio.....was getting bored of having to choose my own music with my cds.
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2005, 05:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Car: Its slow, gotta M20 in it
Posts: 4,840
Photos:
da_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
*cough* XM Radio, I love it *cough*
__________________


-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2005, 01:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bitchincamaro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kansas City, MO
Car:
Posts: 86
Photos:
bitchincamaro is an unknown quantity at this point
hey just noticed you were both from MO... one from KC... Ciao!
bitchincamaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2005, 02:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally posted by bitchincamaro@Feb 23 2005, 01:27 PM
hey just noticed you were both from MO... one from KC... Ciao!
[snapback]297807[/snapback]
Finally someone else in Missouri. I am in KC up North close to the airport.
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2005, 08:00 PM   #15 (permalink)
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Car: Its slow, gotta M20 in it
Posts: 4,840
Photos:
da_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond reputeda_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
Springfield, close to the cows . Actually down the road from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company...
__________________


-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > General Category > Audio and Electronics


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Erratic Idle / Misfire / Cutting out makdolby 3-Series (E36) 12 02-05-2012 07:57 AM
2006 530xi shark fin problem guy293 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 4 11-13-2005 04:15 PM
Smg Problem On 330i johanfunsale 3-Series (E46, E90) 0 02-28-2005 07:33 AM
Speradic Antenna Problem RIPN RAY 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 4 11-30-2004 10:57 PM
Alpine 9835 Fm Tuner Problem ultraviolet353 Audio and Electronics 7 09-22-2004 11:09 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:58 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.