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    Originally posted by cobra View Post
    This thing is awesome! I love how it seamlessly connects and just works. After figuring out which plugs to use, the install went pretty smooth.
    I concur. It's the best modification I've done by far. Thanks again, Ted!

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      Originally posted by cobra View Post
      This thing is awesome! I love how it seamlessly connects and just works. After figuring out which plugs to use, the install went pretty smooth. I mounted it where the old bluetooth module was, and zip-tied everything down so it wont rattle around.

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      Originally posted by Will View Post

      I concur. It's the best modification I've done by far. Thanks again, Ted!
      I'm super glad you guys are enjoying it!

      -Ted

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        Hi Ted and BlueBus community,

        I received my BlueBus 3 weeks ago and have been unable to install it as the weather went to pot. It is supposed to warm up this next few days and I was to take advantage of it to get the BB installed. I was stuck on planes yesterday for 12+ hours and I read through this entire thread from beginning to end and I have a few questions I think will be easy to answer for you (and possibly other informed posters). I apologize if your reaction to my Q's is something like "you read the entire thread and THESE are your questions!!!".

        Car: 2008 Z4 3.0si Roadster w 48k miles
        Build date: 8/2008 (last one?)
        DSP with Carver
        Business CD, Phone Prep
        No CD Changer
        iPhone 15 max

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        Questions:

        1 - The sound is pretty good already through a cheap AUX line-in BT dongle and I looked behind the seats where I believe I found 4 speakers, 2 a side). Carver 10 speaker?
        2 - Is my car Analog or digital DSP? I have the DSP preset choices via the HU.
        3 - While my desire is to keep this install as simple as possible, the discussion of improved sound performance via a digital coax connection is VERY appealing. Does my set up allow for this the coax digital connection?
        4 - I intend to use the BB for phone. Remove the TCU altogether seems to be the preferred way to go?
        5 - I have watched videos on BB installation but have only found one on a Z4 Roadster and it was light on the wire locating portion (video highly sped up). Are the wires and components for my car to be found attached to the front trunk panel or over on the left side near the wheel well?
        6 - Will all of the needed connectors be near each other?
        7 - Given when I received my BB (and phone connector) what hardware and firmware versions?
        8 - Now that I have displayed my ignorance, what other questions SHOULD I have asked here? Educate me please.

        I would love to hear from you Ted, but also others with their personal perspective on this setup as well.

        Thanks!

        Jim



        Last edited by Aloyouis; 01-31-2024, 04:46 PM.

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          And to be honest, after re-reading my post above it is obvious to me I am asking a lot. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

          Jim

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            I sent an email to Ted as well as the above post. He answered almost immediately with the following including the pictures:

            Lets see if I can knock out your questions --

            1. Yes, Carver "HiFi Professional" system.
            2. Analog. They dropped digital in 2005.
            3. No, but it's not worth it on the E85/E86. I retrofit this input ONCE and it was a waste of time. If you had an E38/E39/E53 then I would encourage you to use the digital input as the difference is substantial. I believe they used a higher quality ADC on the LEAR-made E8x DSP amplifiers, which nullified the issue of audio performance via analog.
            4. Yep, remove the TCU.
            5. They will be found on the rear bulkhead. If you're looking at the bulkhead on the trunk side, you'll see a cutout near the trunk floor. The connectors for the CD Changer are usually tucked in there. The TCU is on the left side of the bulkhead. See the attached PDFs as well.
            6. Yes
            7. Hardware Version 2 and software version 1.3.4
            8. Honestly, I don't think you missed anything. The E85 is unfortunately of the harder vehicles to install the BlueBus in, but it's still not too bad, especially when you're armed with the knowledge that the connectors you want are probably hiding from you, as I noted in answer Groups

            Thanks!
            -Ted​​

            THANK YOU!


            Questions:

            1 - The sound is pretty good already through a cheap AUX line-in BT dongle and I looked behind the seats where I believe I found 4 speakers, 2 a side). Carver 10 speaker?
            2 - Is my car Analog or digital DSP? I have the DSP preset choices via the HU.
            3 - While my desire is to keep this install as simple as possible, the discussion of improved sound performance via a digital coax connection is VERY appealing. Does my set up allow for this the coax digital connection?
            4 - I intend to use the BB for phone. Remove the TCU altogether seems to be the preferred way to go?
            5 - I have watched videos on BB installation but have only found one on a Z4 Roadster and it was light on the wire locating portion (video highly sped up). Are the wires and components for my car to be found attached to the front trunk panel or over on the left side near the wheel well?
            6 - Will all of the needed connectors be near each other?
            7 - Given when I received my BB (and phone connector) what hardware and firmware versions?
            8 - Now that I have displayed my ignorance, what other questions SHOULD I have asked here? Educate me please.

            I would love to hear from you Ted, but also others with their personal perspective on this setup as well.

            Thanks!

            Jim



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            Last edited by Aloyouis; 02-01-2024, 03:39 PM.

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              Installed! Make sure when you plug in the connectors that you push them all the way in!

              Works great! Now I just need to figure out the menu system. Success turning on the OT blinkers but not the locks...

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                Originally posted by Aloyouis View Post
                Installed! Make sure when you plug in the connectors that you push them all the way in!

                Works great! Now I just need to figure out the menu system. Success turning on the OT blinkers but not the locks...
                The locks not working is my fault, no Ted's. My family has been going through a rough time so I've not had the freedom (nor really been in the right state of mind) to complete the feature.

                From the BlueBus thread on M5Board:

                I know this feature has been in the pipeline for a while, but I've needed to prioritise family in the last year or two.

                While it's a reasonably straight forward feature, it requires a good deal of due diligence, as issuing the wrong diagnostic command can be potentially hazardous. This became apparent when developing comfort blinkers, as the command to activate the blinker in one vehicle would activate high beams in another. As you can imagine, unwittingly blinding oncoming traffic is, er..., suboptimal, to say the least!

                However, unlike the light modules- which are reasonably straight forward with only eight variants, the central body electronics (ZKE) encapsulates over twenty module variants between three buses (K-Bus, I-Bus, and P-Bus). I've already experienced the pitfalls of this complexity when during testing I managed to double lock/arrest the doors (as you would when leaving the car), but.... the key was still in the ignition. Needless to say, I've gotten used to entering/exiting the car via the boot which now remains ajar during development Click image for larger version

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                Anywho, the feature is largely completed, but you'll have to bear with me. I'll get there!
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                  Originally posted by Aloyouis View Post
                  7. Hardware Version 2 and software version 1.3.4
                  Hi t3ddftw, has version 1.3.4 been released officially?

                  I’m still running 1.3.0 and was wondering if it’s worth upgrading my HW version 1 device to this new FW version.

                  Thanks!
                  2003 Stahlblau E46 320d Touring – 6MT
                  2001 Topasblau E39 530i – 5MT

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