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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 01-13-2012, 09:47 AM
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E39 Android Tablet Install

I posted this up on bimmerforums since I am on there more than on here typically, but in case anyone here has been thinking about this idea, I figured I would post it on here. If anybody has any questions or anything, feel free to let me know.

Hey everyone. For a while, I had been tossing around the idea of using an Android tablet as a headunit of some sort, very similar to the what qcdstick was also considering. Anyway, I decided to give it a go, and I figured I would share my experience with you guys in case anyone was ever interested in trying something like this (or if you just enjoy reading about E39 electronics!)

Prior to starting anything, my E39's interior looked very similar to this one (which isn't mine, but a since I forgot to take before pictures, a google search had to suffice) with the exception that mine is automatic:



As you can see, this look is a very classy look and works for many people. Although I appreciate the simplicity and elegance of this, I figured I would try something out, and if it turned out poorly, I would just go another route. I took a Janus kit that I already owned, and I used a Dremel grinding bit to hollow out the back of it, thus allowing me to bring the screen closer to the front of the bezel. I then fashioned a mounting mechanism that lets me bring the tablet in and out of the car with relative ease for updating and portability. Finally, I plasti-dipped the bezel to give it a uniform finish that matches the interior plastic a little bit more than the bezel as it comes. The tablet itself is a 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab for Sprint. As far as how the audio setup works, I had a typical single din headunit lying around that had several functions that I wanted including 3 RCA pre-outs, bluetooth, and auxiliary inputs. I got the PAC steering wheel interface which allows me to control volume and other functions using the steering wheel, and I am exporting the audio from the tablet to the headunit via auxiliary. Granted, this isn't the greatest way to get audiophile sound, but at this point, I am satisfied with the sound as it is much superior to the DSP system. This is how it looks now:





I also decided to get a bluetooth OBDII adapter and use torque to obtain ECU data. This is demonstrated here:



Using Google navigation for Android has been an absolute treat. One of my favorite things is that since the tablet is also the source of audio output, the music pauses and resumes during navigation seamlessly.



Tethering from my phone allows me to access the internet from anywhere, and this is shown here:



I gutted the DSP system since the sound was not quite what I was hoping for. I did new front and rear speakers, powered by a 4 channel Kicker amp, and I mounted two 10" subwoofers into the rear deck in place of the stock Nokia baffle, powered by a separate 2 channel amp. I had all of this equipment lying around from before, so thankfully, I did not have to spend a large chunk of money during this project. Here is a picture of the rear deck subwoofers:



As an added bonus, I decided to do a brushed aluminum interior wrap to update the interior a bit. Here are a couple of pictures for kicks.





As of now, I am getting constant 12V power from the cigarette ligther source as shown here:



Once I receive the BMW flashlight to cigarette lighter adapter, this will allow me to do exactly what I want to do, which is to have the tablet turn on automatically when the car turns on (I have an app that makes it so the screen remains on while it has power and turns off when it loses external power. Here is a daylight photo of the home screen:



Here is a picture of the single DIN headunit in the glove box:



The wires look messy, right?



Not anymore! =) Now, as far as how I went about mounting the unit, I’ll try to describe what I did with some pictures here. Like I mentioned before, I took a Dremel grinding bit to hollow out the back of the Janus kit. Here are some pictures to demonstrate this:









If you’re wondering whether I used a cutout of a cupcake box to fashion the top of the bezel which covers the top of the bezel, the answer is yes…LOL. I also had to grind out some room for the auxiliary cable, shown in the picture below. Also, the bezel from the Janus kit has these metal rods sticking out, but with a tablet in place, it would not reach the mounting points, which I will show in a little bit here. So I bought some rubber stoppers and drilled holes in them. Then I bought a metal rod of similar diameter and used a Dremel cutting but to cut these metal pieces shown in the picture below. I put the rods into the opposite side of the rubber stoppers and I used an epoxy to bond everything together. FYI – epoxy smells TERRIBLE so do this outside if you are going to try this. This is shown below:



Now, for the actual mounting.



As you can see in the picture above, I put the 3M fasteners on the bezel and on the back of the tablet. I thought about getting a back case for the tablet and putting the fasteners on that, but really the only use I have for this tablet is in the car, so I didn’t mind putting them on the back. Then I used fasteners to hold the tablet in place, like this:



Remember the mounting points I referred to earlier? These are shown in the picture below. The metal mounting pieces that I made go into the rubber holes here, and this holds the whole system in place very nicely.



You can see the RCA cables and other wires behind here. Thank goodness the tablet covers this mess!

The navigation is so simple and nice using this. I just hold the search button and say, navigate to ____. I did Panera Bread here just as an example.



Then it brings up this screen, where I can pick my endpoint:



And here I am, ready to go to Panera Bread!



The navigation truly is seamless. Kudos to Google on this one. Here I am listening to some OneRepublic:



Some Linkin Park:



And here I am, watching some Dark Knight with blu-ray quality, for good measure. The pictures really don’t do the screen justice though.

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Old 01-13-2012, 10:21 AM
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Wow that's an awesome setup!
do your steering wheel buttons still work [for volume control]?
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Very nice.. it's making me think of changing up my setup...
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:11 PM
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Wow that's an awesome setup!
do your steering wheel buttons still work [for volume control]?
Thanks man. Yes sir, I have the steering wheel controls hooked up to the aftermarket single DIN headunit so I can control volume with the steering wheel. I can even switch inputs (aux, radio, bluetooth) using the R/T button.

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Very nice.. it's making me think of changing up my setup...
Thank you sir. What is your current setup?
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Hats off to a very good idea and install!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:35 PM
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Hats off to a very good idea and install!!
Thank you! So far I am enjoying it =)
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That's pretty sharp, and Android is a great platform for a carputer.

My only comment would be on the surround, and I don't know if this would end up looking as good as it does in my head () but what about covering the upper portion of the surround that lines up with the wood trim with the aluminum wrap you used to make it flow more continuously?
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That's pretty sharp, and Android is a great platform for a carputer.

My only comment would be on the surround, and I don't know if this would end up looking as good as it does in my head () but what about covering the upper portion of the surround that lines up with the wood trim with the aluminum wrap you used to make it flow more continuously?
Your idea is excellent, and I actually did attempt that. The only problem is that the top of the fascia is not perfectly uniform because of the Dremel work I had to do on it, and when I had wrapped it in the aluminum wrap, all of the imperfections on the top aspect of it became clearly evident. For that reason, I removed it and went back to black. When I get some time, I may use some fiberglass or Bondo or something to fill in the top and then sand it smooth, and THEN the aluminum would look excellent.
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Ah that makes sense, no point drawing attention to imperfections when the setup is so sweet as it is. Certainly doesn't look bad as is.

I've always been for the stock look, but since I have an upgrade on my Verizon netbook line and seeing how nice this looks.........I'm very tempted.
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Thank you sir. What is your current setup?


I'm currently running a pioneer double din with Bluetooth an hd radio add ons.
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I'm currently running a pioneer double din with Bluetooth an hd radio add ons.
I used to have a Pioneer double din as well. How are you liking it?
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That's a nice prototype, refine it and you could sell it as a kit.
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As an added bonus, I decided to do a brushed aluminum interior wrap to update the interior a bit. Here are a couple of pictures for kicks.
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Wow, that is nice trim.
You posted as wrap brushed aluminum.
Could you give more info what kind of 3M you have used? I really like your trim.
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Super clean and I love the ingenuity. Definitely finish off the upper part of that bezel/trim with the aluminum wrap and you'll have a very OEM looking setup!
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Do you have any daylight pictures? Looks kinda of dark. To see how's over all finish
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Do you have any daylight pictures? Looks kinda of dark. To see how's over all finish
The last 6 pictures in the OP's post are daylight pictures of the setup

Cheers, Dennis!
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Hey everyone, thanks for all the feedback! Due to some unfortunate circumstances (ie dead transmission and no time) I lost my E39 =( I will be back for an E39 M5 in a few years time though, you can count on that. To answer the question about the trim - 3M Di-Noc Brushed Aluminum ME1434. I don't think I have any more daylight pictures than what I posted already. Sorry man.
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Great job on the install and making your own custom installation kit. I would like to see a DIN adapter kit that would allow you to pop out your android tablet or iPad mini using a spring loaded actuator. In my Google search, I found a car audio company that makes a radio designed to dock with a Tablet.
Absolute AVH-1100AN Car Stereo w/ Android Tablet !

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For the record, these threads are related:
- How best to integrate an Android cellphone or iPhone smart phone into your E39 (1)
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Ipad in a 2000 528i
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > E39 Android Tablet Install
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > It's 2013: What do you currently use for handsfree cellphone & audio in your Bimmer?
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