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  1. DennisCooper

    Charged E39 M5

    Hi, Nice to see a well written advert and as per above an epic M5 indeed! Sorry Mr Yokozuna - I don't know the owner of this car.... Hopefully it'll sell quickly to someone looking for such an example. Cheers, Dennis!
  2. Hi Bumba - The E38 7 series doesn't weigh that much more (does depend on model though)than an E39. - The E39 530i Kerb weight is around 1600 KG and a 728i is around 1785. Of course, there's some weight disadvantage, but even if the S62 was standard, it'd easily be able to move an extra 180-200KG or so. As for the manual aspect, then yes, the 7 series would always be 99.95% automatic transmission, however this car was built with specifics in mind, like plenty other BMW projects - 2JZ's, V10's in E30s/E46's etc etc. I know project BMW's aren't for many enthusiasts/purists ! $58,000 selling price which equates to £45,000. I suspect after all part/build costs, he's made a modest profit ! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. Bumba, Why do you say that then?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Painting Interior Trim

    Hi Stu, The high gloss grey I think does look really good and it's fairly rare to find! I have a nice set in my collection of rare E39 trim sets! I still really want the Arizona Sun ones, only ever seen 2 RHD sets for sale ! What colour and interior is your car again please?! Cheers, Dennis!
  5. Hi, This car is an absolutely phenomenal build indeed ! No expense spared, everything done properly and right as well ! I've sent a few choice products to the owner when he had an E39 Touring and he put in an American V8 into it ! A great guy and a pleasure to deal with. Last month's Performance BMW magazine had a feature on this E38 as well. I think the final bid price will be quite a bit higher too Cheers, Dennis!
  6. Hi, These are excellent items and as mentioned, well documented and reviewed for E60/61 owners. I have a pair of these in my E39 front door builds Free bump & GLWTS! Cheers, Dennis!
  7. Hi, Oberlointment - Depending on what OEM setup is in your car currently, it'll change/affect on how you install and connect this unit up. If you have one of the IMPRINT compatible Alpine head units, it can directly connect as well for instance. If your OEM setup is or isn't DSP, then that'll change the wiring/connection etc. The processor is very capable and to get the best from it, you'd use excellent quality amplifiers and speakers and consider placement/angle of speakers in order to get the very best from the Time Alignment feature for instance. You don't 'have' to of course and can just use the oem locations with a more solid baffle of course, just be mindful that 'some' capabilities/performance won't quite be what is achievable. Ultimately, depending on what kind of SQ and performance you want in your car, you can evaluate if you'd need this unit. Happy to advise and discuss with you your requirements if you'd like and also point you in the direction of well established and highly reputable installers if and when needed for you. LilDonut - Fantastic price level indeed! Free Bump and GLWTS! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Touch Screen Head Units

    Hi Pzero, Fantastic post there ! thanks for making the roundup of what's available currently. My suggestion to you would be to make a specific post in the Audio section and to copy this content there so it's more visible when searching and can be added to if/when updates happen. Cheers, Dennis!
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    New car

    Dan I agree! I've been in both scenarios where some clients were awash with SO much money, they'd have looked down at you if you weren't driving anything less than a Porsche ! others, would have their back up when a contactor arrived on site for the first time in a flash car and the client would get wind of it before the car had even been parked! Just one of those things I guess! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Touch Screen Head Units

    Hi Supertramp - Count yourself as one of the lucky ones! for every purchaser like yourself, there's many more who weren't as lucky, like Pzero mentions above. To sum up, buying one of these chinese unit's is still a gamble. The custom D pillar pods for the Touring I had made for me were one offs and to my specs/requirement. They're hand made using fibreglass so there's no technical diagrams etc and the costs are manual labour. I'll speak to the car audio fabricator I used to see if he'll make another pair and get ballpark figures of cost for you if you'd like? For those looking at the various E39 fascia's be aware that almost all of them don't include the bracket that fixes to the dash aperture for the plastic to fit/snap into. This means extra work/fabricating some way of securely affixing the fascia to the dash area and partly the reason they're cheapies. Some pics to illustrate; You'll see plenty of listings on ebay for E39 double DIN fasica's and the accompanying picture often looks like this When kits first began to be made for the E39 circa 2008/9 Connects2 released their kit and I purchased it for my then Alpine iXA-407BT which was their first mechless and slightly shallower double DIN unit. The kit allowed dual fitting of a single or double DIN with some inserts. Here's how that kit looked In the top right, you can see the metal frame piece and that initially fits into the dash aperture and is screwed in place using the existing holes. The fascia then 'snaps' into place and it's held very securely. All the cheapy fascia's on ebay etc are missing that metal (sometimes plastic) frame. There's some which do have a frame but they're more expensive and some which don't need the frame piece as their design means the existing mounting holes are used and the head unit is held in place with the inner panels and again, they're more expensive and seem to be the 'tilt' versions so not with a 'flat' front as it were. I did have listings on the audio section here for some of the solutions above, but over time items were discontinued etc. Cheers, Dennis!
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    New car

    Hi Lennox, The aspect you mention of working in a professional role and image being a factor rules out some of the above mentioned cars. When working in a consultancy or contract role, I'd still say there'd be sneaky views as to what you are driving when turning up to a client site which are then fed back to the powers that be who are dealing with your rates etc, so you'd need to have something more subtle yet packing a punch under the hood. I'd suggest perhaps looking at an Alpina B10 if you want to remain with the BMW side of things, the M6 GC also I think manages to look subtle enough as most will think it's a 640d. The Jaguar and the S8 are also contenders, but from your initial post and the 4 pictures, it'd be the M5 for me but that AMG estate if you do need more practicality and space every now and again. For me, the C Class AMG's do have the wrong image overall, too many are in the hands of those who just want them for a while (a bit like M3's as well to be fair) and have a kind of hooligan owner image. The E Class AMG? a lot less visible and when you do see one, they're not (usually) being driven like a C class ! Lastly, if you can wait till Q3 and onwards this year, and if the UK does end up with a no deal brexit, you might be able to pick up even more of a bargain ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Folding mirror owners

    Hi, Only a theory, but I think one mirror folds more than the other in order to provide just that little bit more clearance when folded from passing cars. Reason I think this is that the AC Schnitzer mirrors I had on my car one was ever so slightly smaller than the other. They're off the car now & in storage so I can't take a picture right now! I may be completely wrong though ! Cheers, Dennis!
  13. DennisCooper

    heater stopped working.

    Hi, I'm currently in the same situation. My car has done big mileage 275K + and over the last few years my airbox/fan would just stop working altogether and every now and again would have the 'chirp' sound. After a few days, it would suddenly begin working again. Perhaps 6+ months later, the same thing would happen and repeat. Finally, it stopped and has now not returned at all. The quick thing to change is the FSU I believe, it 'might' be the cause and some threads have been posted whereby changing it has made the airbox work again. I suspect mine is totally worn out so I'll be buying an OEM fan part for the internals and have it swapped along with a new FSU. Have a search through here and other forums for the same issue, and maybe there's other things to check as well - fuse(s), loose connection somewhere, wiring continuity/split etc. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Touch Screen Head Units

    Dan - I see that you're still trolling me ! Any more trolling posts to come ?! Busterbvi - Do keep in mind there's a lot of very unhappy purchasers from the two massive USA BMW forums, and the UK's M3cutters forum where the Eonon brand were kicked off. They're a sponsor on another US forum now and there's threads there with unhappy purchasers. Wouldn't be surprised if they're kicked off there. The various UK companies that have tried to sell these kinds of units here have all either stopped selling them or gone out of business - hardly confidence inspiring ! Maybe Audio Tech Direct will buck that trend and last longer term for UK owners?! When more installs are done and owners perhaps post up about their audio upgrades, you'll see their feedback, thoughts and pictures! Cheers, Dennis!
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    faulty dynavin n6 (bmw e39)

    Hi Rad22, Is this the place you've tried to get in touch with ? https://dynavindirect.co.uk/contact/ If so, give them a call and hopefully you'll get through to ask about out of warranty repairs/spare parts. They 'should' be able to offer this given they're the UK official distributor. If you can't get through and there's no response, try the head office - http://www.dynavin.com/contact.php. I'd have thought you should get a response from them. They'll know the part number of the components used and if it is the TFT panel itself that's faulty, they should carry spares. Else, they might take it back to test to see what's wrong at a minimal charge and then let you know the cost of a repair. Hopefully you do get somewhere with them as there's nothing about repairs/parts etc on these sites. Let us know how you get on. If you don't get a response or what they come back with isn't so good, then there are independent car audio repair specialists in the UK you could talk to. I suspect they won't have any schematics or parts lists for Dynavin or other Chinese units, so they might charge extra to try and identify components and IC's that have been used to see if they're available via their suppliers. Here's some independent specialists; http://www.caraudiorepairspecialists.co.uk/ Northolt Car Radio Repairs, 6 Ealing Road, Station Parade, Northolt UB5 5HR. 0208 845 1525 https://www.centralservicescaraudio.co.uk/car-audio-and-navigation-repair (I've previously used these guys and been happy with the work done) http://www.caraudiorepairservice.co.uk/default.asp http://carradiorepairs.co.uk/repairs.html Cheers, Dennis!
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    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!
  17. 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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi Pzero, It's readable now ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi, Something I've been developing for the worldwide E39 community More details coming very soon ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    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!
  23. 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!
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    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!
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    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!