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E63 / E64 6 Series (2003 - 2013)
The E63/E64 BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:31 PM
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Mods, Mods, Mods...

Here's a List Of My Current Mods.

They're mostly modest and comfort convenient based or maintenance like new wheels to replace bent Elips.

I've been working on these for a while and I have just a few things left to do but here's my progress so far.


Front lighting
OEM LCI front turn signals upgrade (installed with proper custom harness)
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6000K MTEC headlights
6000K HID fog lights

Additional installed LEDs (all installed with no resistors needed)
10W AEs (waterproofed) not super bright, but 6000k color matches well
Rear directional signals
Front side markers
Doors
Foot wells
Center overhead lamps (not over mirrors, too harsh IMO)
Trunk
License plate lights

Enabled rear fog lamps (installed new European spec switch)

Wheels

OEM M6 chromed wheels
Hancook V12 NRF tires
Red MGP caliper covers
Carbon Fiber center caps
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Compact spare tire/jack kit (in trunk for long trips only)

Programming with NCS coding

AEs as DRLs
High beams using main headlights
Enable fog lamps with high beams
Dash lighting always on
Digital speed on dash enabled
Fan marker LED on in auto mode
Enable tail lights for DRL
Windows up from key fob
Delete weather band from radio
Remove Nav warning splash screen
Remove all bulb warnings for LEDs

Nav Screen and audio

NAVVIDEO monitor adapter installed - allows on-screen video anytime
Rear camera on license plate
Rear camera on CAN BUS automatically on during reverse
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Video in 1 iPod with video/movies on-screen (not controlled by iDrive)
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Video in 2 HDMI out from Android Motorola phone to read txt and email on dash (I used a HDMI to composite video convertor)

Video in 3 rear camera on full time

Mod for USB charger port in center compartment next to aux-in
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Additional internal parallel aux-in connector on for iPod adapter

Updated map DVD

Misc.

Schnitzer Pedals and foot rest
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Carbon Fiber front and rear Roundels
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Upgrade to rear view mirror with compass

Remove yellow air bag warning on visors

Trunk mesh hold-down

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:31 PM
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Beautiful mods on the car. My favorite part is how nice the chrome M6 wheels complement the black color.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:08 PM
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Great mods now you have to come to my house in Cali to do mine hahahah. Wish you never posted them now huh...
I really want to learn more about the front turn signals, the usb charger and video on screen. Did you do these yourself if so can you show me how?
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:20 AM
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Great mods now you have to come to my house in Cali to do mine hahahah. Wish you never posted them now huh...
I really want to learn more about the front turn signals, the usb charger and video on screen. Did you do these yourself if so can you show me how?
Yes I did everything myself, but with some expert help at times. I'm happy to share the details. Lots of details behind each one.

I was thinking of trying a SoCal get together with some local board members. I'm just north of LA near 101, and close to Malibu

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Can you please share insight and needed equipment to get your ipod to play the movies. I bought a Dension Gateway 500 and it didnt work for it so would love to know what it takes with instructions if you would be so kind.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:15 PM
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Can you please share insight and needed equipment to get your ipod to play the movies. I bought a Dension Gateway 500 and it didnt work for it so would love to know what it takes with instructions if you would be so kind.
I decided to not go the Dennison for that reason. It gives you good iPod control but not video.

It's actually pretty simple to do this mod.

First piece is the NAVVIDEO. This device simply interrupts the BMW Nav screen and allows up to 5 inputs including Rear camera, Aux 1,2,3 and an RGB input.

It feeds the devices directly to the screen. It uses the CAN buss and the steering wheel and menu buttons for control.

I purchased a standard 30 pin adapter cable and ran it to the center console. Connected the video out from the cable to the NAVVIDEO in and ran the audio to the Aux in.

That was really it. Hope that helps.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:33 PM
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Hi Roseng can you supply some pics I saw the video but do you have more? I want to see the inputs and the set up if possible! Thanks!!!
Otherwise I will have to drive down and have a day tutorial if possible? Maybe on a 6er convention.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:27 AM
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Thank you. They mention buying an audio module from BMW you dont need to do that to get audio with your video correct?
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Thank you. They mention buying an audio module from BMW you dont need to do that to get audio with your video correct?
Not to step on Gary's toes (Roseng) and dive into his thread, but he did not need to worry about that since he has a 2007 model year car and already has the Aux In option factory installed.

Your 2006 does not have the factory installed Aux In, if you do not have it retrofitted from a previous owner then you would need to add the Aux In retrofit in order to use the Video with Audio feature. Unfortunately adding Aux In would require that you either install yourself by disassembling the center console to get to the back of the radio or paying the dealer a bunch of money to do so. Also, once the hardware is installed, the car Idrive has to be programmed, again can be done by dealer or by you if you have the wish to buy a coding cable.
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Not to step on Gary's toes (Roseng) and dive into his thread, but he did not need to worry about that since he has a 2007 model year car and already has the Aux In option factory installed.

Your 2006 does not have the factory installed Aux In, if you do not have it retrofitted from a previous owner then you would need to add the Aux In retrofit in order to use the Video with Audio feature. Unfortunately adding Aux In would require that you either install yourself by disassembling the center console to get to the back of the radio or paying the dealer a bunch of money to do so. Also, once the hardware is installed, the car Idrive has to be programmed, again can be done by dealer or by you if you have the wish to buy a coding cable.
Thanks Mark. Feel free to jump in anytime.

There are some DIY's on various forums if you are up to trying the Aux-in install yourself.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:37 AM
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Mod list is on point.......not a fan of the caliper covers but everything else is great................Phil
Yea, it was a decision, including what color to go with. My calipers were rusty and looked like c**p.

Since I'm not a big fan of body kits or blacking out the chrome (I bought the car because I think the designers did a GREAT job) I decided this would be my Bling.

When I had the Elipse wheel it was much more subtle but I don't mind it.
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Hi Roseng can you supply some pics I saw the video but do you have more? I want to see the inputs and the set up if possible! Thanks!!!
Otherwise I will have to drive down and have a day tutorial if possible? Maybe on a 6er convention.
Unfortunately, pics of my install won't show you what you want to see.

There is a manual on the NAVVIDEO. There is a breakout connector on the box, It had LOTS of RCA connectors on it. All sources connect there. Other connectors go to to power, CAN BUS, and of course the iDrive screen.

The real trick is where to put it. With the cable length to the screen you are very limited on where you can put this device. In addition the massive amount of cables make for somewhat if a rats nest. I always dress my cabling carefully but there is no way to do that here.

I wound up putting everything in the space where the CD changer would go, behind the removable pannel in the glove box. It barely makes it but once it's done, you don't see anything at all.

I hope that helps.
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Yea, it was a decision, including what color to go with. My calipers were rusty and looked like c**p.
The debate on caliper covers vs painting is one that has come up on this board and the M board in the past. Personally, 99% of the people out there will not notice that they are covers. If you didn't know covers were out there you certainly wouldn't think to notice!

They look good and are a quick, easy mod.
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The debate on caliper covers vs painting is one that has come up on this board and the M board in the past. Personally, 99% of the people out there will not notice that they are covers. If you didn't know covers were out there you certainly wouldn't think to notice!

They look good and are a quick, easy mod.
And cheap too!
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I love the covers!! Maybe would have stopped my rear spring from popping off. Can I purchase these online? If so can you recommend anyone?

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They are made by MGP.

http://www.calipercovers.com/_e/gdep...3/6_SERIES.htm

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install is very easy.
It took only 5 minutes on each wheel (not counting wheel removal)
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Roseng- the aux input you showed in the pic has a USB plug on it. Is that custom? I usually see the aux plug alone. I would love to purchase that I hate the one siting in my cig. lighter plug.
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Roseng- the aux input you showed in the pic has a USB plug on it. Is that custom? I usually see the aux plug alone. I would love to purchase that I hate the one siting in my cig. lighter plug.

For the USB mod you can get a combo USB/AUX that fits where the aux in is now. It's used in newer models and is the same size.

I had to mod the connector and fit a computer USB port where the factory connector was. I basically used a separate USB extension cord.

I ran the other end up front, above the passenger foot well. Then I used a USB cigarette lighter adapter that I took apart and wired to the power above the foot well on that side. Takes a while but it's not that complicated.

You can order it from Tischer.

Let me know if you need more info.
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A few questions about the covers...
What's the most common color people use on a 6'er? (mine is white)
Do they come "blank" or have the MGP logo on them?
I'm no wrench, easy cheap install? And seek who/type to do it?

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A few questions about the covers...
What's the most common color people use on a 6'er? (mine is white)
Do they come "blank" or have the MGP logo on them?
I'm no wrench, easy cheap install? And seek who/type to do it?

Thanks in advance.
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I think the color is really a style choice. They have a rainbow of choices and will do custom too. I went with red since I have a black car and I think they would look good on white not I might no go with red on silver for example, but black would work too.

Installation is a breeze. Remove the wheel and it's about 5 minutes per wheel for the install. Really, anyone can do it.

They come stock with their logo but for about $80 or so extra they will put what ever you want. Look at the website. All the info it there.

Good Luck.
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Hey roseng, awesome work!

Where did you get the custom harness for the LED indicators? Is it a plug and play harness or does it require cutting up of wires? Furthermore, did you need to code the ECU for the light out warning or did the resisters in the harness take care of it?
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