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finale36
02-03-2004, 04:20 PM
I purchased a 40 gig neo MP3 unit for my car and I'm wondering where a reasonable install shop would be. The instructions seem fairly straight forward and i already have RCA in, and it comes with the FM modulator is required. Really it only looks like 3-4 wires but i don't know where a wire tied to the ignition is, so it cuts the power when the car is off properly. The unit comes with a din adapter and i plan on having it cut into the sunglass holder. in adition i want to wire up a HK boost switch to the rca adpater to flick off and on the line in to enable or disable the cd chager i already have. I'm pretty sure i won't be using the cd changer anymore if they can make it work with the fm modulator effectively.

There's discussion about how to make the display orange, i found a few sheets of red foil seem to do an ok job of making the display blend in a bit more.

does anyone know of someone who's familair with the e36 and can do a quick job for me.
here's some pics of what it'd look like.

Mystikal
02-03-2004, 05:07 PM
Safe & Sound Installations
416-757-7233
180 Nantucket Boulevard,
Scarborough, ON
M1P 2N9

BMW specialists, great place. *th-up*

finale36
02-03-2004, 06:22 PM
Whats the average shop rate for stereo guys?

kennedy road is pretty close to where i work, i'll give them a whirl.
the last few "shops" i went into didn't seem to havea clue about bmw cd changers (they wanted to sell me fm modulators with a screen taped to my dash, when i was asking for a soundgate interface and a compatible 12 disc changer. so i really wasn't interested in rolling in and having someone tear up my interior when they didn't even know what cd changer options were out there.

Mystikal
02-03-2004, 06:27 PM
I have no idea what he would charge for something like that, it's not exactly a mainstream install. Note that the owner has a nice E36 318is, which he knows the electronics of inside and out. If anyone in Toronto can do it cleanly it would be him.

finale36
02-03-2004, 06:33 PM
woooo, maybe he would install my heated seat wiring at the same time!?

Mystikal
02-03-2004, 06:35 PM
Probably, and if not Lakeside Motors (BMW place) is right around the corner, really good guys over there too. I spend a lot of time in the area. :D

finale36
02-03-2004, 06:39 PM
i just called them and i'm scheduled to go in thursday! it's way cheaper to use up stereo guys labour than the mechanics.

Mystikal
02-03-2004, 06:43 PM
Good stuff, when you get there ask him if he remembers the guy with the red E30 that had strobes put in last year and tell him I sent you. You may get something out of it. ;)

finale36
02-03-2004, 06:53 PM
Overall it doesn't sound like alot of labour for them actually, the mechanic would do it but it's their first time attempting a heated seat retrofit. I have 6 more HK speakers to swap into my car also, i'll have them busy all day.

Can I ask why you put strobes in ? i'm not sure they'd know a "mystikal".

I'm looking forward to 40 gig of mp3 in my trunk. the changer worked great off the head unit and took CD-rw's but really i was too lazy to make new discs all the time. this neo mp3 unit goes up to 120 gig and so far i've loaded over 80 entire mp3 cd's into it and havent' filled the 40 up yet. should save me from the torment of FM radio forever.

Mystikal
02-04-2004, 12:07 AM
The strobes were done as the result of a dare more than anything. They can be fun to clear the fast lane in front of me at nights, however. *angel*

Just remind him of a red E30 that had them installed, he should remember me by that.

finale36
02-07-2004, 01:02 AM
Safe and sound did a pretty good job. clean and professional. i think i threw a tough job at them (wiring up heated seats with used wiring and switches). they kept me updated and warned me up front that it'll take longer than one day for all the stuff i asked for. Best of all i didnt' end up with my airbag light tripped!
thanks for the referral