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  1. DennisCooper

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi Oberlointment, Thank you for your kind words there! I wanted to develop a solution that is high quality and to OEM specification levels after seeing the poor quality/design existing solutions for the E39. It has been challenging at time for various aspects, but I'm very happy to have overcome them in order to keep the quality levels how I envisioned them! Once more, I really appreciate your compliment! Cheers, Dennis!
  2. DennisCooper

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi, Adamhearn - Pricing is always something which needs careful consideration. To give you some context, there's other E39 specific fascia's which vary in price from £25 or so to around £160'ish. As Stu mentions above, none have any buttons/illumination for a much closer OEM look and you'd need to fabricate your own secure fitting solution. Some are oddly shaped and a little flimsy, the most expensive one requiring the cutting of the airbox to fit the mounting bracket. If a car audio shop needs to do that, then you'd be looking at perhaps 2/3 hours of labour charges on top. The NX-G39 I've designed to include the fitting solution for both traditional depth Double DIN and the latest shallow depth ones, there's nothing separate to fabricate/buy and you potentially save on any labour costs if professional fitting is needed as I'd say an hours worth of time is what would be charged. There's a few similar solutions for other brand and specific cars , one for an Audi TT which has no electronics/illumination for £349. I wish you good luck with your audio upgrade plan if it's my solution or any of the other existing ones that you go with. Dan101 - There's two internal panels which are blank and leave perhaps 5-7mm gap to the head unit chassis. Given there's different head units out there which all have multiple screw holes, it's not feasible for me to have many holes drilled at manufacture. By looking at the head unit chosen to be used and test fitting, it can be determining where on the panel holes can be drilled to match the mounting holes on the head unit chassis. Some Hex head screws/bolts can be then used to securely fix the head unit in place. Some pics below; DIY fitting ease was integral to my design and I'd say a modest level of DIY competence is needed. The head unit is first affixed to the NX-G39 and then the complete package installed into the car's dash. Stu08 - I have all the same unit's you purchased as well ! Will try to modify them to re-purpose them somehow ! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. DennisCooper

    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi Pzero, It's readable now ! Cheers, Dennis!
  4. Hi everyone, I'm pleased to announce the first custom manufactured solution from Innovadrive for BMW E39 owners! The BMW E39 5 series OEM audio systems and packages have become outdated in recent years due to the fast paced nature of the car audio and electronics industry. Many owners have faced the dilemma of wanting to upgrade their cars to have the latest audio and safety features, but have been reluctant to lose the aesthetics within the dashboard. This issue has now been resolved with a new solution which combines the best of both worlds - the very latest technology and an OEM look ! The Innovadrive NXG-39 is a combination fascia and fitting kit allowing a double DIN head unit to be installed whilst maintaining the design aesthetic of the sought after OEM 16:9 monitor fitted to some E39's optioned at the factory. Features & Highlights * Combined fascia & fitting kit - Designed primarily for the latest generation of shallow depth head units the NXG-39 is a single piece solution. No extra fitting kits are required to be purchased and installed, additionally, the existing mounting holes in the dash pieces are utilized to securely mount it. The fitting process reqires a modest level of technical knowledge in order remove/refit the car's cabin trim and to make mounting holes on the fascia's inner mounting panels. The locations of those holes would be determined by whichever head unit is chosen. * Design - Close resemblance to the OEM button and rotary knob sizing, shape and press feel to match the OEM 16:9 monitor. The rest of the design has been proportionally altered whilst cleverly maintaining OEM styling and aesthetics to suit the fitment of a larger double DIN head unit. Dimmable backlighting when connected to the cars loom is integrated along with a close resemblence to the car's original dash backlight colour. The laser etching for the characters and symbols is extremely precise as would be expected at this level of quality. The full cycle of design, CAD modeling, prototyping, manufacturing and finishing has all been in partnership with UK based automotive manufacturing specialists. Innovadrive's close involvement with each of these stages maintains very high quality standards and are similarly trusted by some of the worlds most famous marques such as Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc. * Strength & Resilience - An over engineered design results in an extremely sturdy item using the correct automotive grade materials and components throughout. Japanese (Matsushita) soft press buttons and LED's are specified for the PCB and the overall design of the electronics components. The fascia's strength is derived using CAD modeling where the best levels of strength were acheived for the entire piece taking into account technical characteristics of the actual material and moulding process. * Automotive grade finishing - The specific automotive interior paint used to give a very high quality and robust finish has a light texture feel to it and is found in some of the worlds finest automobile manufacturers vehicles. Technical characteristics include excellent levels of UV, temperature and humidity resistance along with common contaminants often found in cars from different climates around the globe. * Future development - A 'phase' 2 which is currently in initial stages of R&D - the button symbols and characters can be changed to custom choices as the PCB can recognise which button has been pressed. A separate control/interface unit can interpret those and can then subsequently be used to control other aftermarket products/features such as, heated seats, massaging seats, air ride controllers, TPMS systems etc. The development process will also evaluate the potential to relocate the OEM ASC, DSC, Sport, Window Blind switches. Price: £239 inc UK delivery. Please get in touch if your location is in a higher delivery charge location or international for a customised shipping quote. LAUNCH OFFER - 15% off for the first five BMW5 Gold Members ! (Please reply below to this thread with your name) Pictures: NXG-39 & Parrot Asteroid Smart installed in my own car NXG-39 & Alpine iLX-700 installed in an M5 FAQ's * Q - Can I fit a standard depth double DIN head unit? A - Absolutely! Just the modification to the cars airbox to make the space needed for the extra depth of the head unit is required to be done. Due to the strength of the NXG-39 design, there's no extra expense to get a fitting kit to hold the deeper head unit in place. * Q - What do the buttons do? A - The buttons and rotary knob detail are for aesthetic purposes in order to give as best an OEM look to the fascia as possible. The minimum design specification was to have the buttons as backlit, dimmable and pressable. Future development and options means that the button caps can be swapped and the PCB connected to an interface unit to which specific aftermarket products can be connected and controlled. Innovadrive is currently developing these elements! * Q - Can I fit my own screen panel and make use of the buttons the way I want? A - Definitely! with the NXG-39, you can choose which hardware you'd like to fit giving flexibility to any personal projects you may have in mind. * Q - Why aren't there any fixing holes on the inner panels? A - Due to the myriad of head units, screens and other modular displays available and their differing fixing mount locations too many pre-made holes would need to be incorporated into those fixing panels. * Q - Is the material easily drillable to make holes when installing? A - Yes, using a good sharp drill bit means only modest pressure and spin speed is needed when using a small drill. * Q - When I switch the car lights on but the head unit is off, do the buttons illuminate? A - Yes! When connected to the correct panel illumination wire in the cars wiring loom. The intensity can also be varied by using the car's dimming wheel. Cheers, Dennis!
  5. DennisCooper

    Introducing - Innovadrive

    Hi everyone, I'd like to introduce my company called Innovadrive to BMW5 and all it's members! Some background - I'm Dennis and I've always been an avid car enthusiast, even before I'd passed my driving test way back in 1990! I along with the family, have always had BMW's and modified them to suit my own preferences. After studying Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University and through the 90's I'd also work in conjunction with a number of car audio and modifying companies in and around West London as a sub dealer and quickly found I preferred custom, rare and higher quality products and services which gave customers a real sense of pride for their cars. That led to collaborating with some of the best known specialists in order to have some features of my cars which hadn't been attempted previously or were unique. During this time, my career in the Financial IT industry took off and gave me a fantastic insight into business, finance, taxation and legal sectors for clients ranging from micro businesses to the biggest corporate names in the world and consulting within some of the big investment banks in Canary Wharf. The car stuff took a backseat (excuse the pun!) for the most part and I also went into the then family business of importing and distributing automotive products - tasked with the IT and Strategy side of things, it led to being the UK's second largest Powersellers on Ebay and a large warehouse supporting a network of 50+ dealers across the country. That venture has been handed over to a very good friend and the family business has now taken a different direction in another sector of business. I purchased a 2003 E39 530D Touring as my Japanese Akita was growing fast in 2006 and the car had just been retired from patrolling the M62 for the Yorkshire Constabulary and within a few days I'd already started to modify it ! Over the years I've changed plenty of aspects to it and I also then spotted a niche in the market for when it came to audio upgrades and which gave rise to me developing my concepts and being able to now announce my new venture. Innovadrive has been created in order to provide high quality, niche products and services to both car enthusiasts and owners who are general motorists. By analysing trends for specific marques/models of cars and common requests or requirements, Innovadrive leverages business relationships with specialist OEM level manufacturers and specialists in order to bring custom solutions to market. Attention to detail, creative design and OEM levels of quality are core principles and all aspects of custom products, are developed entirely within the UK covering the entire design, development, testing, prototyping, and manufacturing cycle. Innovadrive maintains close contact with Tier 1 manufacturers who partner with world wide known brands like Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Bentley. For the custom manufacturing operations, the main focus is for creating solutions to integrate cutting edge technology products into older cars whilst maintaining a close OEM aesthetic that's preferred by the vast majority of owners. By keeping the product life cycle within the UK, any market changes or forces can be quickly responded to. In addition to car brands, Innovadrive maintains relationships with electronics brands such as Alpine, Kenwood, Sony, and Pioneer to anticipate product lines which are suitable for good integration based on consumer trends and requirements. In addition to the custom manufactured operations, Innovadrive partners with other automotive service providers and product manufacturers both within the UK and abroad to provide a channel of distribution and representation. The focus here is for offering to the UK market products and services that are not usually available here and promoting bespoke options from UK companies given their specialist areas of expertise. Vehicle styling, wheels and refinishing options, electronics, interior refinishing and paint/bodywork services are part of the range of what Innovadrive offers and all at the very best levels of quality. I'm pleased to be able to announce my company launch and initial product which is an OEM look fascia & fitting kit for Double DIN head units. I'll post details of it in a specific thread. There's other E39 specific custom integration product's that are in the pipeline and these also have the advantage of overlapping with the similar era E46/E38/E53 ranges from BMW. Gradually, as things progress, other marques will be covered as well, so not just BMW's ! Innovadrive's commitment to quality is fundemental in everything the company does and is proud to be included in the Made in Britain initiative which promotes UK businesses on the world stage and allows use of it's collective mark - https://www.madeinbritain.org/ In addition to that, Innovadrive is a member (approval renewal pending) of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) which is based in the USA. The organization annually hosts the worlds biggest automotive products show in Las Vegas each year which has been an absolutely fantastic resource - https://www.sema.org/ the specific show/event site - https://www.semashow.com/. Maintaining these and other industry level accreditations is another fundamental operational aspect. I'm looking forward to showcasing here on BMW5 and providing members with information, advice and help and welcome all feedback, suggestions and requests. I'll attend the main UK shows and events and also the various regional ones when I can and meet and chat with more BMW5 members ! Website - In development Phone - 07708 804500 Email - With website development Cheers, Dennis!
  6. DennisCooper

    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi, Stu - I'm working on typing up the thread to announce it right now ! Pzero - I've had the Parrot Asteroid Smart in my car and this head unit is 11cm in depth and of course, there's a little more protrusion for the Cable harness's/RCA's etc. By putting those cables to the side, there's plenty of clearance of the lower rear edge of the head unit and the top front edge of the airbox. The Kenwood is 75mm deep so there's more room just behind the unit, so there's no need for any concern in this regard. The crucial aspect is the depth from the cabin trim piece to the top front edge of the airbox, in RHD E39's due to the slight curvature of the dash and it's trim piece, the corner closest to the steering wheel has a depth of around 13/14 cm - a head unit's lower edge that is deeper than that will hit it. The other corner has a few more cm of space. NF - Thanks for the info there on the iLX702E46 ! Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    E60 MB Quart Speaker Upgrade issue

    Hi Goonybird, If you'll want to use the older Philips components set you mention, you'll likely need to drive them with an external amplifier as they'll most likely be an impedence rating of 4 ohms. The BMW amplifier unit will be a different rating and I think also may vary between driven channels but you may need to find out more there. Brands like MB Quart, Gladen, Rockford Fosgate, MTX and a few others do a complete 3 way upgrade kit that are impedance matched to the OEM amplifier and give a great increase in Sound quality. Later, when you add a suitable aftermarket amplifier to drive those same speakers, they'll play even better ! There's very few Valve type amplifier's for car audio on the market and the parcel shelf isn't such a good location to install an amplifier either ! Speak to Audio File (and others) to get more of a good picture on getting or DIY'ing a good install for your budget and sound quality increases requirements/expectations. Cheers, Dennis!
  8. DennisCooper

    Diesel 11p a litre more than petrol

    Hi, Average UK price for Diesel is £1.31 and Unleaded is £1.21, so quite a bit cheaper around Brum ! https://www.petrolprices.com/ OPEC have also just announced a reduction in barrels per day being produced in order to limit supplies. The resulting increase in the price of a barrel will quickly be passed on to UK motorists at the forecourt ! In 5+ years time, I'd envisage prices pushing £1.75 per litre for petrol and pushing £2 per litre for Diesel as electric cars become more affordable and more of the non enthusiast motorist choosing them over fossil fuel powered cars. Cheers, Dennis!
  9. DennisCooper

    E60 MB Quart Speaker Upgrade issue

    Hi Goonybird, I haven't got direct experience with the E60 custom fit options and vaguely, I do remember some cutting might/could be involved for the underseat subwoofer upgrades but not for the cabin/door/rear deck speakers - but I could be wrong. To help you get some knowledgeable and experienced feedback, give these guys a call; https://www.audiofile-incar.co.uk/audio-upgrades/bmw-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-and-x-series I'm sure they'll be able to give you some pointers over the phone and if you are anywhere near them, it might well be worthwhile to have them do the installation. If you are further away, let me know your location and can perhaps point you in the direction of other reputable, high quality and experienced installers. Cheers, Dennis!
  10. DennisCooper

    E39 M5 Wanted

    Hi Dan, Remember, it's a discussion forum, with varying opinions and thoughts. My standards are different to yours, and many other members have much much higher (or lower!) standards to me, you and many others. I have seen that recently you want to pick on a lot of my responses which is fair enough, keep them coming I say. Just because I have a view it doesn't mean that you directly need to comment or personally insult me - I won't and never will respond to you (or anyone else) in such a manner when you do. For these two cars, I know full well how old they are and how their life may have been and upon initial view of the adverts, I'd say a lot of those who may be looking for a car will see the obvious flaws and click the back button. Other's will think about it and others will actually go to view. Lastly, I agree the good, honest, clean and well looked after examples are getting thinner on the ground and their asking/selling prices are higher. The rest have higher asking prices and take a lot longer to sell given the obvious and not so obvious flaws. Take a look at another Silverstone example on Ebay, the different shade wing is so clear to see. Cheers, Dennis!
  11. DennisCooper

    E39 M5 Wanted

    Si & Dan, You need to get to specsavers! You can indeed see the car from all angles, I just pointed out the colour difference in the offside wing compared to the A Pillar and Bonnet, it's clearly apparent in two different angle pictures. Given the Silverstone one has panel gaps that look odd and rbond9 has put them both together as potential cars on his shortlist, it's not clear from these pictures of the LMB one if the panel gaps are similar or like how the car left the factory! We all know that pictures don't show the car well enough in most cases which is why I mentioned going to view them in the very first few lines of my response above. Rbond9 - I'd say perhaps look at this forum members M5 listed in the FS section - The latter pictures are also not clear/too dark, the initial images are better. As ever, with any E39 looking great in pictures, you must view the car in person ! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    E39 M5 Wanted

    Hi, I'd suggest going to view these and other's you find and expand your search to nationwide. Plenty of excellent advice on here and M5 board and pistonheads forums for you to lookover so that you can examine each car you see for faults/issues etc. The first one you reference has a very well written advert but poor pictures. The second one not as good description and so so pictures. What you can see from the Silverstone one is odd panel gaps to the bonnet and both wings. The Le Mans one has poor lighting for the pictures so you can't see anything immediately out of alignment for the panels etc, it might be the lighting angle again, but check carefully for poor respray colour matching nearside wing looks a different shade to the bonnet and A Pillar for instance. Good luck in your search! I think there's a good example in the Cars for sale section too Cheers, Dennis!
  13. DennisCooper

    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi R44M BM, I think you're slightly misunderstanding my solution ! I've developed a fascia/fitting kit to install a double DIN head unit and designed it to provide an OEM aesthetic that many E39 owners would like when putting in a double DIN unit. If you wish to keep the M audio setup speakers/sub then you'll need to retain most or all of the OEM modules and you'll not need my solution. I'll be providing all technical details in a thread I'll be creating over the next few days/week or so Cheers, Dennis!
  14. Hi ttrw2, I'll have the undertray from you please ! I will also take the headlamp unit as well Please let me know your payment details please ! Cheers, Dennis!
  15. Hi Pzero, The OEM setup is modular, so you'll need the OEM monitor, GPS computer, Amplifier module, the correct loom (intact, but it has been known to have been cut as reported by others looking to restore/refit the OEM stuff) You'll need to check all that (you have the Mk4 DVD based computer already) to make sure it's all in situ and connected properly. If there's missing modules, or turn out to be faulty, cut looms etc then you'll have to fix/replace accordingly. Making this aspect a bit more of a pain is to ensure the GPS antenna, radio AM/FM antenna signal booster are present and all working too. At that point, you can then buy the required Alpine Ai - Net cable to connect the KCA-420i and Intravee up. Hopefully, it'll all work now. I think even without the OEM head unit, if you toggle the instrument cluster display, you can access the OBC there. You'll need to research more to see if the clock can be changed/re-set if the OEM setup isn't in place and see the changes in the cluster display, I'm not 100% sure on that. The advantages are of course 100% oem looks and the OBC functionality. Disadvantages are cost of maintaining the OEM setup as each module has multiple points of failure over time, additional cost if you want to add more OEM modules (Bluetooth and Digital TV, reverse camera, Digital Radio reception) to the setup and, more cost if you want to then improve the sound quality. Each of those extra oem modules have their own particular advantages and disadvantages too. No one uses cassettes nowadays and using CD's in the car is waning in popularity and also, interest/usage of iPod's is also waning as well as everyone moves to Audio Streaming instead. Depending on what you want and your usage, it'll be for you to decide if keeping with the OEM modules is the right choice or not. Cheers, Dennis!
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