Stereo system for Bavaria C Professional (RDS) radio – BMW 5 Series (E34)

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BMW Installation Instructions

Stereo system for Bavaria C Professional (RDS) radio - BMW 5 Series (E34)

Also: conversion of “Bavaria” single-unit radio to Bavaria C Professional (RDS)

The work must be carried out by a skilled person familiar with the equipment.

Installation time approx. 5 – 6 hours, but depends on the

car’s condition and equipment specification.

Conversion time approx. 3 – 4 hours, but depends on the car’s condition and equipment specification.

Important installation notes:

1 Installing wiring

To prevent electrical interference, always keep to the precise wiring paths specified at various points on the car.

Never use “Scotchlok” quick connectors , as these could interfere with the car’s electrical system .

Make sure that wiring is not kinked or otherwise damaged when installing it on the vehicle ; extensive work may be needed to trace such faults later, if they cause interference. Note that BMW cannot accept the cost of such rectification work.

2 Installing equipment

Check the intended installation position before starting work. Always use only BMW-approved parts for this installation.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) depend on the car’s equipment specification; they are only standard on certain models or on certain national markets, or are available as optional extras or accessories.

Note:

All work is illustrated on a car with left-hand drive. On right­ hand-drive cars, certain work must be performed in a mirror­ image fashion.

Assembly instructions:

When installing the auxiliary wiring harness, you will need additional cable straps and self -adhesive cable clips.

Tools and other equipment needed

Screwdrivers Nos. 2, 4
Phillips-head screwdrivers Nos. 2, 4
1/4-inch ratchet head
1/4-inch extension
1/4-inch socket wrenches , 8, 10, 13, 17 and 19 mm
Double-ended wrench , 12 – 13 mm
Side cutters
Allen key, 2.5 mm
Soap
Wallpaper knife
Plastic adhesive
Water-soluble marker pen
Tape measure

Contents – installation

Section Page of German instructions

  1. Removing rear seat cushion and seat back
  2. Removing luggage compartment trim
  3. Removing left front seat
  4. Disconnecting battery
  5. Removing rear-window shelf
  6. Exposing left wiring duct
  7. Detaching lower left fascia trim
  8. Removing left footwell trim
  9. Removing right footwell trim
  10. Removing instrument cluster
  11. Removing centre console
  12. Installing radio wiring harness
  13. Installing connecting cable between control unit and receiver
  14. Installing receiver
  15. Installing rear loudspeakers
  16. Installing footwell loudspeakers
  17. Installing front mid-range loudspeakers
  18. Installing control unit

Contents – conversion

Section Page of German instructions

1 Removing rear seat cushion and seat back
2 Removing luggage compartment trim
3 Removing left front seat
4 Disconnecting battery
5 Removing rear-window shelf
5.1 Removing mid-range loudspeakers
6 Exposing left wiring duct
7 Detaching lower left fascia trim
8 Removing left footwell trim
10 Removing instrument cluster
10.1 Removing radio
11 Removing centre console
12 Installing radio wiring harness
12.1 Installing aerial cable
13 Installing connecting cable between control unit and receiver
14 Installing receiver
15.1 Connecting rear loudspeakers
16.1 Connecting footwell loudspeakers
18.1 Connecting control unit

1. Removing rear seat cushion and seat back

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Fold up the centre rear armrest.

Lift the rear seat cushion (1) out of its holders in the direction of the arrow, and remove it.

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Pull the head restraints* out upwards.

When installing:

Press the retaining lugs (1) for the trim (2) into cover (3).

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Turn the two slotted screws (1) at the right and left sides of the car through 90′ and remove cover (2).

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Fold the centre rear armrest down.

Pull off the aperture trim with burr fastener strip for the centre rear armrest. Press the catches together in the direction of the arrows and remove the centre rear armrest.

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Unscrew and remove the hex nuts (1). Unscrew the hex bolts (2) from the seat belt.

When installing:

Hex bolt tightening torque 46 Nm.

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Fold back the insulating mat (1) at left and right.

Unscrew and remove the hex nut (2) for the seat back at the left and right sides.

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Take off the plastic seat belt covers in the direction of the arrow. Pull the seat back up out of its holders, then pull forward and remove.

2. Removing luggage compartment trim

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Take out the luggage compartment mat. Remove the rear bulkhead trim (1) by taking out plastic screws (2). Lift ski sack* (3) rearwards out of the car’s interior. The rear bulkhead is in two sections if a ski sack or cold-store box* is fitted.

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Turn plastic screws (1) through 90° and remove the luggage compartment side trim (2).

Remove the right luggage compartment trim similarly.

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Press the pins into the spreader rivets and remove the rivets. Fold in the centre section of the rear trim (1).

Note:

Do not re-use the spreader rivets.

3. Removing left front seat

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Run the seat forward against its stop and raise it to the highest possible seated position.

Disconnect wire cable (1) from seat belt height adjuster. Unscrew and remove bolt (2) from the seat belt holder.

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Unscrew and remove the seat rail retaining bolts (arrows). Push the seat fully back and pull off the head restraint.

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Raise the seat until it can be slid forwards out of the retaining brackets.

Release the cable straps for the electric seat adjustment* or seat heating* wires and separate the plug connector (arrow).

4. Disconnecting battery

When the battery is disconnected, the fault memory is erased.

Print out the fault memory first.

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520i, 525i

Unscrew and detach the negative pole terminal clip and place it to one side.

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530i, 535i, 524td

To disconnect the battery, detach the cover (1) from the rear seat base.

Detach the negative lead from the earth (ground) contact point.

Disconnect the auxiliary battery*.

5. Removing rear-window shelf

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Lever out the four pop rivets (1) and pull the rear-window shelf off forwards (as shown by the arrow).

Take off the noise-absorbent mat.

5.1 Removing mid-range loudspeakers (during conversion work only)

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Loosen and remove left and right loudspeaker covers with flat domed-head screws (arrow).

6. Exposing left cable duct

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Using a screwdriver, lift out and remove the left front and

rear door sill trim strips (1). Pull off the lower part of the edge protection (2) at the doors (up to about half the height of the entry aperture).

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Fold back the carpet and detach the cable covers (arrows)

on the left side of the car by removing the spreader rivets (1).

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Remove spreader rivets (1) and take off cable cover (2).

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Remove cable cover (1) in the luggage compartment.

7. Detaching lower left fascia trim

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Take out Phillips-head screw (1) and remove the trim (2) in the direction of the arrow.

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Turn plastic screws (1) through 90″ and take them out.

Take out the four Phillips-head screws (2) and pull the fascia trim (3) away downwards.

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Pull the plug off the gong (arrow), air conditioning* temperature sensor plug and the vacuum hose.

Remove the fascia trim (1).

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Lever out the three caps (1) with a screwdriver and take out the Phillips-head screws (2). Remove trim (3).

8. Removing left footwell trim

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Remove cap (1), take out screw (2) and pull off lever (3). Turn screws (4) through 90′ and detach the footwell trim.

During conversion work only:

Disconnect footwell loudspeakers from the car’s wiring.

9. Removing right footwell trim

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Remove cover (1), turn screw (2) through 90° and detach footwell trim (3).

10. Removing instrument cluster

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Remove the two Phillips-head screws (1) and pull the instrument cluster (2) out as far as possible.

10.1 Removing radio (during conversion work only)

Release the retainers, pull the radio out and separate the plug connections.

11. Removing centre console

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Apply the handbrake firmly. Lift out cover (1). Pull flexible gaiter (2) off handbrake lever. Take out the two screws (3).

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Take off cap (1) and remove screw (2). Take out screw (3) and detach console (4).

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Lift out flexible gaiter (1) at gear lever. Pull off trim panel (2) and take out foam rubber interlay (3).

12. Installing radio wiring harness

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To simplify assembly, carefully lever out the lugs of retaining hoop (1) in the direction of the arrow, and pull off the hoop.

During conversion work only:

Remove the existing wiring harness at this point and install the new one. Run the aerial wire back as far as the car’s luggage compartment.

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Run the plug for connection to the control unit through at the marked point (arrow), and pass it over the steering column to the radio control unit’s installation point.

Install the wiring harness as illustrated, and secure in the existing cable straps.

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Connect the 8-pin plug on the radio wiring harness to the car’s main wiring system at knee height in the left footwell (arrow).

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Connect the 2-pin parallel display plug (1) if the car is so equipped, otherwise leave the wire tied back.

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Run the wiring harness to the rear in the cable duct on the left side of the car, and connect the 8-pin plug to the power supply (arrow).

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Note:

On cars built up to 09/90, use the adapter cable (1) included in the installation kit.

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Take out the rubber grommet (1), cut out the appropriate cable entries and install the wiring harness in the luggage compartment. Install the aerial cable (3) according to the separate instructions.

Run loudspeaker wires (2) to the rear-window shelf as illustrated.

Note:

Before inserting, rub soap on the rubber grommet.

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Run the loudspeaker wires under the clips (arrows) on the rear-window shelf.

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Run the cable in the luggage compartment as illustrated.

12.1 Installing aerial wire (during conversion work only)

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Run the existing aerial wire to the rear from the fascia, as illustrated.

13. Installing connecting lead between control unit and receiver

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Pass the round plug (1) of the connecting lead through the installation aperture for the control unit and run it to the propeller-shaft tunnel as illustrated.

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Run the connecting lead (1) to the rear on the propeller-shaft tunnel as illustrated, and pass it under the carpet at the marked points (arrows).

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Fold back the carpet and run the connecting lead (1) under the cable cover (2) to the seat back.

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Run the connecting lead (1) along the seat base to the right side of the car, and pass it through the rubber grommet (2) into the luggage compartment.

When installing:

Lubricate the rubber grommet with soap.

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Run the connecting lead (1) to the receiver installation point as illustrated. Secure the lead with self-adhesive cable straps.

14. Installing receiver

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Attach receiver (1) to holder (3) by means of lugs (2), and secure with screw (4). Place sheet-metal nuts (5) on the holder.

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Insert the receiver with the holder at the right side of the luggage compartment as illustrated, and secure with screws (1).

Attach the plug from the radio wiring harness (2) and the connecting lead (3), and secure with cable straps (arrows) to the receiver holder.

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Install the aerial cable (1) according to the separate instructions, and connect it to the receiver.

15. Installing rear loudspeakers

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Cut out the pre-formed sections (arrows) of the noise­ absorbent mat with a wallpaper knife.

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Insert three spreader nuts (1) on each side.

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Place four sheet-metal nuts (arrows) on the lugs of the loudspeaker frame.

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Secure each loudspeaker frame (1) with three self-tapping screws.

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Connect up loudspeaker wire. Place the loudspeaker in its frame.

Place the loudspeaker cover over it and secure them both with four flat black domed-head screws (1) and washers.

15.1 Connecting rear loudspeakers (during conversion work only)

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Run the loudspeaker wire (1) through the opening (2) in the frame (3), and connect to the loudspeaker (4).

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Place the loudspeaker in the frame.

Place the loudspeaker cover on top and secure them both with four flat black domed-head screws (arrows) and washers.

16. Installing footwell loudspeakers

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Remove insulating material from the loudspeaker cutouts in the footwell trims.

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Place the loudspeaker (1) against the back of the footwell trim.

Place the spring washers in position and secure each loudspeaker with four nuts (arrows).

16.1 Connecting footwell loudspeakers (during conversion work only)

Attach the new loudspeaker wires correctly to the footwell loudspeakers.

17. Installing front mid-range loudspeakers

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Using a small screwdriver, lever out trim panel (1) at the right and left sides of the car.

There is a cutout in the trim panel (arrow) into which the screwdriver blade must be inserted.

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Push on the sheet-metal nuts (arrows).

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Connect the loudspeaker wires (arrows) to the loudspeakers. The loudspeaker wires leading to the mid-range speaker installation points are already in position in the fascia.

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Insert the loudspeaker into the cutout and secure with two Phillips-head screws (arrows).

Insert the trim panel again.

18. Installing control unit

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Insert the holder (1) as shown in the drawing.

There are four different holders in the installation kit:

one each for right-hand and left-hand drive cars without air conditioning, and one each for right-hand and left-hand drive cars with air conditioning.

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Screw on pin (1), pre-assemble plug (2) with housing keeper (4) in socket housing (3) and attach the socket housing to the control unit.

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Carefully pull off the control unit’s front trim panel (1). Push the control unit fully into its installation aperture and tighten the Allen screws (arrows).

Attach the trim panel again.

Re-assemble all items previously removed from the car in the reverse order of work as appropriate.

Reconnect the car’s battery. (Input the radio code in accordance with the accompanying instructions.) Check radio functions.

18.1 Connecting control unit (during conversion work only)

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Screw on pin (1), pre-assemble plug (2) of new radio wiring harness with housing keeper (4) in socket housing (3) and attach the socket housing to the control unit.

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Carefully pull off the control unit’s front trim panel (1). Push the control unit fully into its installation aperture and tighten the Allen screws (arrows).

Attach the trim panel again.

Re-assemble all items previously removed from the car in the reverse order of work as appropriate.

Reconnect the car’s battery. (Input the radio code in accordance with the accompanying instructions.) Check radio functions.

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