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      01-01-2007, 12:42 PM   #1
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Samsung Helix in center console

First of all, thanks for everyone contributing to this website. It's been extremely helpful especially since I had to take apart some stuff in my car to get this done. I'd say this is about 90% done since I want to hardwire the Helix in the center console. Since I don't drive for more than 5 hours and charge it while at work, I don't need the charger yet.

Anyways, here are some of my pics of the install. Very straight forward. Hardest part was guiding the cable from the trunk to the center console.

In addition, I needed to drill a small hole at the bottom of the cup holder to get the cable through. (FYI - for those that have the 335i sedan, the satellite cable is where the CD changer cables are and not where the TCU is located)

I used the Belkin Tundock XM which works perfectly with the Helix car kit.

I also included some pics of my other mods (M-tech stuff)
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      01-01-2007, 01:31 PM   #2
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great job! that looks great. I dont think I could pass on the integrated ipod solution if I had idrive, but the portability of the helix is great.

Does the helix's integrated ant. not work without the sharkfin direct connect when in the car?
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If it's in the dock, it needs an external antenna, and unfortunately without the dock you can't use the FM modulator (if you wish to go that route).

The easiest solution would have been to just put the Helix in the sunglass tray and use the FM modulator, but that would have only worked with firmware 1.05.

I used to have the ipod and an OEM Sirius solution in my other car (pre-335i). I realized I just didn't listen to the ipod as much as the satellite radio. Plus, the Helix allows for MP3's, so I'm just more careful with which songs I have in there since I'm limited in storage.

If I could control the helix with my i-drive, i'd be in heaven....
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So you cantplug in the AUX into the headphone jack and use the built in stub ant on the helix? Also, when you do use the AUX, how does the sound compare to the FM modulated quality? My XM Roady sounds better through the FM modulator over the AUX which sounds muddy in comparison...which should be te opposite

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The aux is far better than the FM. I could plug in the cable from the headphone jack to the aux input, but that would mean the helix would need to be outside of the center console and I'd see the cable from the center console. And of course if the helix is in the center console, no reception.
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Is there a DIY you followed to do this? I searched but I couldn't find one. I'd like to do this but I have no clue how to get the antenna cable from the trunk to the center console.
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Is there a DIY you followed to do this? I searched but I couldn't find one. I'd like to do this but I have no clue how to get the antenna cable from the trunk to the center console.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16587

Read through to the end as most of the info is on pages 3 and 4.
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Brief Summary.

Take out the bottom of the back seat. You can run the cable under the trunk lining and through to the backseat. The hard part is routing the cable to the center console from the backseat. I had to remove the back of the console and cut more of the opening to guide a clothes hangar from the backseat to the center console. This took the longest time.

Just a hint. 1. Guide clothes hangar to the center console. Tie string to clothes hangar and pull back. Then tie antenna to string and pull from the center again. I hope that was clear.
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the antennae wire is easily routed under the rear seat, to the side of the rear pass side door sill, which doesnt even have to be removed, The wire can be tucked under. Then under the rear seat rails, and then up into the center console.

My install was a little diff having the Roady in the ashtray, but once you get the ant. up to the center console, you have another option to run it tucked into the side of the center console, and then hanger/wire it up through the front pass side, Hardly any pannels need to be removed.
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I've got the coupe, so I think there must be a way to keep the wire in the console the whole way, but there isn't a space under the rear tray like there is in the front console that I can see. I'm still looking.
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