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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1081 View Post
    I just trimmed the front of the radio shelf with a dremel. Same with the lip below the ac controls.

    Another note if you are going to dive into this... The stock ac zone control cable does not reachbfrom the new ac control location. You also have to cut and relocate the ac control box that mounts below the factory sunglasses tray. Can't be shy with the dremel
    oh the joys of a digital dash!

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    Someone has to take this a step further and write an app to display a radio and climate controls on the iPad, then use the dock connector (serial port) to interface with the vehicle. I'm sure that's coming soon enough!

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    great job!!

    FYI, for those who are going to attempt this using the digital out, instead of using the uber expensive onkyo unit suggested by soundman audio, i have confirmed that the turtle beach micro II will work to pass an unaltered digital signal. http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/...e-micro-ii.asp

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    Such a sick build. Clean too

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2pc View Post
    Someone has to take this a step further and write an app to display a radio and climate controls on the iPad, then use the dock connector (serial port) to interface with the vehicle. I'm sure that's coming soon enough!
    dont forget about an OBC app!!

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    Wow thats a sick install...Great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bimmernovice View Post
    Nice work!. Now if you can wire run gauges through it or on board diagnostics that would be the ultimate ICE piece.
    Rev2.0!!!!! Just need to have OBDII... which I do not... sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attack eagle View Post
    Someone finally
    a: pulled something off they said they were gonna do
    b: doesn't look garish as hell or poorly built.

    Thanks, I think that is a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by m2pc View Post
    FYI I read that you can use the Camera Connection Kit for iPad (the USB module) to connect to an external DAC via USB. This may improve sound quality and should be looked into.
    You can indeed. There is still an issue with charging at the same time though. Soundman has an installation guide that walks you through it. I decided against it for now because I couldn't find an audio processor made for in car use that wasn't close to a grand. I only paid $60 for the CL-RLC level control and it sounds pretty good. 1,000x better than my rotten stock speakers! Here is a video of the digital setup. Very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killaM3 View Post
    looks awesome... just be careful going into 3rd gear.. looks like it so close that u would hit it aha.. nice tho.. nice
    It is 2-3 inches away and I do not have a short shift kit. It is actually just perfect so you can make selections on the screen with your hand resting on the shifter.

    Quote Originally Posted by 12v Electronics View Post
    I like it!

    What did you use to cover it? Interested to see better pics of the detail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peelsbimmer View Post
    soooo...Where do I send my dash and center console to?
    Nice work man. Looks very clean!!!





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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumE36 View Post
    oh the joys of a digital dash!
    Actually, the zone selector is 100% mechanical and was the only thing I couldn't relocate... Extending wires is easy... Mechanical stuff is a bit more challenging for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by sy0296 View Post
    great job!!

    FYI, for those who are going to attempt this using the digital out, instead of using the uber expensive onkyo unit suggested by soundman audio, i have confirmed that the turtle beach micro II will work to pass an unaltered digital signal. http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/...e-micro-ii.asp
    If you read all the comments on the sound man site he mentions that one as well, but claims there is a clicking sound related to the sampling rate... Since he was already spending thousands on the Audison Bit One and Audison amps... might as well go all out.

    For most I think the sound quality of the analog method will suffice. I don't even have MP3s in lossless anyway, and I have mostly been listening to Pandora... it sounds pretty good streaming... But I think the quality of streaming audio / MP3s will limit sound quality before the iPads processor... But thats just my opinion.
    Last edited by steve1081; 08-24-2010 at 12:26 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1081 View Post
    Thanks, I think that is a compliment?
    It was! We tend to get a bit cynical around here... nature of the game.

    But you delivered.

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    what happens when you shift hard into 3rd and you hand slips or the shift knob pulls off? lol

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    Dam that install is super nice.. i want that so bad haha.... Maybe some day
    Quote Originally Posted by pwnage View Post
    what happens when you shift hard into 3rd and you hand slips or the shift knob pulls off? lol
    what if the world blows up tomorrow??
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    It looks like it will fit perfectly there. BTW, what are the hulu and pandora apps??
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBoostedBmwM3 View Post
    It looks like it will fit perfectly there. BTW, what are the hulu and pandora apps??
    Streaming Music and TV applications... Free!

    http://www.pandora.com/

    http://www.hulu.com/
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    Great work. Get some quality pictures and videos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryWhopper View Post
    Great work. Get some quality pictures and videos!
    I'm working on it...

    I finally got the last speaker installed today... Cutting for the 6 1/2's was a little more work than I expected.... It is a tough angle and it is difficult to cut a circle with a cutoff wheel...

    I am going to put everything back together and take some decent pictures tomorrow.

    Thanks again for all the feedback.

    Finally finished up today. Cleaned the car up and took a few pictures.































    This is behind the iPad. I am working on panel to go here that will be covered with the same vinyl... But I am still working on my bluetooth setup.



    This is the top of the AC control that I modified to hold the bottom of the iPad and the dock connector.



    Its good to have my interior back!
    Last edited by steve1081; 07-26-2012 at 12:12 AM. Reason: Correct Picture Links
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    This looks wonderful man, so clean.. so OEM looking. How do you pop it out? just pulling from the sides?

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    Good job, looks clean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkA View Post
    This looks wonderful man, so clean.. so OEM looking. How do you pop it out? just pulling from the sides?
    It fits pretty tight in there so I have to pull up slightly on the big ac vent above and then i can get a finger in there to pop it out.

    Eventually I would like to come up with something a little more slick... but I need a break from working on this for a few weeks...

    Next step is to find a bluetooth hands free solution. Let me know if anyone has any ideas.
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    Just as someone who has had multiple cars broken into, you might wanna definitely think about either some sort of cover for it, or a way to quickly and easily pop it out to stash in glovebox/take with you. Not sure if you discussed that already, since I was just skimming through looking for pics.

    BEAUTIFUL work, though, especially the wrapping the shifter surround. So jealous.



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    When I first saw the title to the thread, I did one of these:

    However, having seen your install and the very nice attention to detail, I will change to this:

    Outstanding!
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    I'm impressed, it looks really good.

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    When I first saw this post, I knew you had to get the idea from Soundman. Big fan of their work, equipments, advices, and videos. Great install!! I was originally going to do a Carpc install but this seems better, except I could use my phone as a modem and it on the Carpc instead of paying for 3g on the iPad...unless theres a way you could work around that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1081 View Post
    It fits pretty tight in there so I have to pull up slightly on the big ac vent above and then i can get a finger in there to pop it out.

    Eventually I would like to come up with something a little more slick... but I need a break from working on this for a few weeks...

    Next step is to find a bluetooth hands free solution. Let me know if anyone has any ideas.
    why don't you just use skype over your ipad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemz View Post
    When I first saw this post, I knew you had to get the idea from Soundman. Big fan of their work, equipments, advices, and videos. Great install!! I was originally going to do a Carpc install but this seems better, except I could use my phone as a modem and it on the Carpc instead of paying for 3g on the iPad...unless theres a way you could work around that.
    iPad has wifi too, so I would imagine that you could tether it to your phone as easily as a car pc.

    Quote Originally Posted by burrito007 View Post
    why don't you just use skype over your ipad?
    Not a bad idea; but... Im thinking that the integrated mic won't work to well in the car.

    Also not very convenient since i would have my contacts; incoming calls... etc.

    I am really looking for a solution to connect the iphone to the ipad. Anyone know of anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by SixSquared View Post
    Just as someone who has had multiple cars broken into, you might wanna definitely think about either some sort of cover for it, or a way to quickly and easily pop it out to stash in glovebox/take with you. Not sure if you discussed that already, since I was just skimming through looking for pics.

    BEAUTIFUL work, though, especially the wrapping the shifter surround. So jealous.
    I have thought about this. I had a $1,800 flip out alpine with nav stolen out of my truck about 10 years ago (when a flip out cost $1,800....)

    I can take it out pretty easily and probably will if I am parking somewhere questionable. However, I rarely drive the M3 anywhere but work and it is safe there.
    Last edited by steve1081; 08-30-2010 at 11:15 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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