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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-13-2008, 08:30 AM
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Cable routing from trunk to dash

I know you can get from the trunk to the dash tucking a cable near the driver's side door sills but the cable has to be pretty thin to fit. I need to run several cables and one is pretty thick. I was thinking running via the center console but not sure how to hide the run from the trunk to center console. Anyone done this?
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:05 AM
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i'd be crazy enough to run it underneath the car and in through a grommit someplace.
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if you look at the retrofit instructions for oem satnav, it'll show you the factory routing for cabling. The satnav harness is very thick in places, so it will fit.
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I know you can get from the trunk to the dash tucking a cable near the driver's side door sills but the cable has to be pretty thin to fit. I need to run several cables and one is pretty thick. I was thinking running via the center console but not sure how to hide the run from the trunk to center console. Anyone done this?
I ran about 4 cables during my HD/Dice install. Once you get the cabling from the trunk to the driver's side back seat, it will need to run in a diagonal underneath the carpet and into the center console. You will need to make a cut int he carpet inside of the console to pull in the wires. I stuck my arm underneath the carpet to loosen it up because it is in there pretty good. I also used a fish tape to get things through. Once you get to the center console, the rest is a piece of cake.

Here is a link to some pics I took: http://picasaweb.google.com/mmm635/HDDiceInstall
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:53 AM
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I ran about 4 cables during my HD/Dice install. Once you get the cabling from the trunk to the driver's side back seat, it will need to run in a diagonal underneath the carpet and into the center console. You will need to make a cut int he carpet inside of the console to pull in the wires. I stuck my arm underneath the carpet to loosen it up because it is in there pretty good. I also used a fish tape to get things through. Once you get to the center console, the rest is a piece of cake.

Here is a link to some pics I took: http://picasaweb.google.com/mmm635/HDDiceInstall
Great pics, those will help immensely.
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Old 03-13-2008, 01:05 PM
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I ran a nav cable from my trunk to my aftermarket deck it was pretty thick and fit along the doors no problem, there is quite a bit of room if you go that route.
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