Just this second finished my Ipod and Alpine 6 disc changer install. Along the way I took a few pics so I could do a little write up incase it helps any people out there who are thinking of going this route.
Personally I think its the best Ipod / M3 solution out at the mo…. I had an Alpine 6 disc changer from my previous car, so seeing as its also MP3, I thought i’d install it as well as the Ipod
PLEASE NOTE< THE INTRAVEE ONLY CONVERTS THE ID3 TAGS FROM THE IPOD AND CHANGER TO TEXT, THAT IS ITS PURPOSE
First of all the equipment. To Install the IPOD and the CD Changer, you will need
1 x Ipod
1 x CHA-S634 Alpine 6 CD & MP3 changer
1 Intravee unit
1 x Alpine KCA-420i Ipod interface
1 x Alpine KCA-410c
I did a little mock set up indoors as shown below… Its all connected as it will be in the car.
STD BMW harness to Intravee
Intravee to the KCA 410
KCA 410 out to CD Changer and 420 Ipod interface
Ipod interface to Ipod
If you are not installing the MP3 CD Changer, you can do without the changer (obviously) and the KCA 410. The 410 is only needed when fitting more than one AINET source. In my case the cd changer AND the Ipod interface.
The Intravee with the Ipod Interface and the KCA 410
Intravee, Ipod interface, 410 and the CD changer
Now to take it all outside and fit it to the car
[color:"red"]BEFORE ANYTHING, DISCONNECT THE EARTH ON THE BATTERY, LOCATED IN THE RIGHT POCKET OF THE BOOT [/color]
You need to open the boot and remove the rear left panel that hides all of the nav and stereo equipment and the left side storage tray. You will need the tray to fit the 410 to later. Its easy to do.. just have a look and take your time. Once removed you are left with this little lot
Remove the 4 x 10mm bolts that hold in the original cd changer/storage tray dependant on your spec. Withdraw the changer and remove the two BMW wiring harnesses. These two plugs will connect to the Intravee
For peace of mind, I now did a dummy install to make sure it all worked. Below is the dummy connection set up
Right time to crack on installing it all….
Redundant cd changer
Empty space and BMW harnesses
The Intravee connects to the std harnesses as so
Its best to tuck the Intravee out of harms way, So I used double sided pads to locate it behind the barrage of equipment as so
Next step is to remove the mounting brackets from the STD CD changer and transfer them to the new changer. As I am using an alpine changer, the mounting holes are identical, so its a basic swap as shown below
remove from old changer
Install on new changer
Time to connect the supplied AINET cable from the changer and route it behind the panel shell and down to where the storage tray was… and slide the new changer in to place
Installed intravee and CD Changer
2 out of 4 done! Next step is to install the 410c and 420 Ipod interface. There is a perfect spot on the side of the CD / Nav DVD changer tray for the interface, and the Storage tray is the only possible place for the 410c as space is so tight!
I used sticky velcro pads to secure the Interface to the trays and screwed the 410c in to the storage tray.. its an IDEAL fit!
Interface and 410c installed
Connect the AINET cable to the interface and route the other end in the same direction as the CD changer, To where the storage tray is and plug both in to the 410c
also plug the ipod cable to the interface and route this in the same direction as the ainet cables.
As said before, install wiring is as below
Now its time to replace the boot trim and storage trays, reconnect the battery and make sure all is tidy
you should be left with something like this
Please note, that is not the final place for the ipod, i need to get a holder for it so I can mount it in the boot.
Last thing is to check it works.. Oh and work it does!
I will report on it ease of use , but so far looks good and fully operational from the OEM head unit! :ok: