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  • quasi mofo
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    Originally posted by m5james View Post
    The wiring was similar to any other stereo...the screen mounting on the other hand was a different story. These screens are originally intended to mount with tabs that have about 2" of adjustment in any direction, but I went much further for aesthetics sake and had to epoxy the mounting tabs on in different locations. I also tilted the screen upwards a bit for better visibility. I'm at work currently but I can try to remember to take pics this evening if you'd like. Envisions |\ wedges like such that were epoxied between the tabs and the backside of the screen itself...took a few hours of cutting, sanding and then used 5 min epoxy but it worked out great and is improved from the original picture now that the screen is tilted slightly upwards.
    Thanks! My car is getting a new headliner installed right now so I don't have access to it. Need to pull the stereo and figure out what kind of iso adapter I might need. The Joying stock adapter looks very different from a Kenwood harness plug.

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  • m5james
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    The wiring was similar to any other stereo...the screen mounting on the other hand was a different story. These screens are originally intended to mount with tabs that have about 2" of adjustment in any direction, but I went much further for aesthetics sake and had to epoxy the mounting tabs on in different locations. I also tilted the screen upwards a bit for better visibility. I'm at work currently but I can try to remember to take pics this evening if you'd like. Envisions |\ wedges like such that were epoxied between the tabs and the backside of the screen itself...took a few hours of cutting, sanding and then used 5 min epoxy but it worked out great and is improved from the original picture now that the screen is tilted slightly upwards.

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  • quasi mofo
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    Originally posted by m5james View Post
    Flame suit on...but the GF loves it and I do as well.

    Joying 10.25" Android stereo powering RF speakers throughout, eventually it'll get a small sub enclosure w/ a matching RF monoblock amp. This killed multiple birds w/ one stone...beforehand it had an outdated CD player w/ no bluetooth, OBC screen has a leaking LCD but it's not like we used it anyways. This has better fitment that the one I'm running in my E36 in that hers doesn't block the heater vents at all and the width matches perfectly with the dash.
    Really close to pulling the trigger on this. My car came with a Kenwood Excelon KDC X-998... how difficult was the install/stereo swap for you?

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  • Vincenze
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    Here is the manual for Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46
    https://www.blaupunkt.com/fileadmin/...0_BA_MULTI.pdf

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  • Vincenze
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    Originally posted by moatilliatta View Post

    Yours in the video?
    No.
    It's one of the first installed.

    The Bremen is on Amazon.de now.

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  • moatilliatta
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    Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
    The Blaupunkt Bremen installed.]
    Yours in the video?

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  • Vincenze
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    The Blaupunkt Bremen installed.

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  • mchang
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    I love the idea of using a bluetooth amp. I think I will try this and keep the stock head unit for the remote turn on wire but just bypass it entirely at the amp in the back. Anyone else do this?

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  • roguetoaster
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    The block off plate looks out of place on non centered stacks IMO, but there's nothing wrong with a simple setup as suggested. If I were to go that way I might keep a stock radio in place, and possibly connect it to the amp, depending on inputs of the model in question, just in case I happened upon an area of the country with no cell reception but plenty of AM/FM or wanted to hear some news.

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  • Victell
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    I'm considering no head unit and just using a Bluetooth amplifier to reduce components and wiring. I listen from my phone most of the time and rarely listen to terrestrial radio. There's several of these type amps out there but this JBL GTR-104 might be good. Plus a radio block-off plate.
    • 240 watts RMS x 2 bridged
    • wired remote unit has controls for Bluetooth streaming, hands-free calling, party mode (multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections)
    • preamp and speaker-level inputs


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  • Staszek
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    Originally posted by Mark89 View Post


    Bump my question, think it got overlooked.
    I dont have an answer but I am bumping for hijacking before lol

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  • Mark89
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    Originally posted by Mark89 View Post
    How does Blaupunkt compare to the clarion m508 spec wise? Which is better?
    Bump my question, think it got overlooked.

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  • Staszek
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    Originally posted by m5james View Post

    Ignore these guys with mostly base model 318's and 325's trying to preserve their $3k cars as if they're $30,000 M3's lol. Do whatever makes YOU happy. Go back a few pages and see the "non-spiritual" modern tech stereo that I installed in my GF's car that works great for daily use vs the those who wish to stay stuck in the 80's for strangers at occasional car shows. I walked around E30 Picnic, arguably the largest E30 meet in the world, and I didn't once think "OMG, look at their pristine tape deck" lol. Unless it's an trailer/garage queen and/or an M3, who cares!
    Hmm not sure I agree with you on that one due to the title of the thread, this head unit does not at all suit the E30 interior, and that is the ask in this thread.

    You can make another thread, best Modern Feature head unit for an E30 and this would fit.

    BTW not sure if you have seen prices lately but a $3000 E30 is a shit box.

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  • quasi mofo
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    Originally posted by m5james View Post

    Ignore these guys with mostly base model 318's and 325's trying to preserve their $3k cars as if they're $30,000 M3's lol. Do whatever makes YOU happy. Go back a few pages and see the "non-spiritual" modern tech stereo that I installed in my GF's car that works great for daily use vs the those who wish to stay stuck in the 80's for strangers at occasional car shows. I walked around E30 Picnic, arguably the largest E30 meet in the world, and I didn't once think "OMG, look at their pristine tape deck" lol. Unless it's an trailer/garage queen and/or an M3, who cares!
    Appreciate it. I don't want to make anyone angry. I'm new to E30's (despite having wanted to own one for 20+years). One of my favorite things about this car community vs others I've been part of is that everyone is pretty nice and accommodating of different ideas about the cars.

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  • quasi mofo
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    Originally posted by rturbo 930 View Post
    That's pretty much the opposite of what this thread is about.
    Sorry about that. I didn't want to start a new thread because I figured the folks who know about ICE installs for E30's would be here.

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