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[My E90 Project] 9500ci - Part 2 - The Installation

SAMIAM2010-08-18 18:49:44 +0000 #1
Here's where it gets less hands-on, as I hired the dealer to do the comprehensive installation. I did an install of the SR7 in my E46, which wasn't terrible, but I was uneasy about tearing into the new E90. I studied the 9500ci in detail, and crafted instructions as carefully as I could to make it easier for them if possible, and to get the best result possible.

For the benefit of anyone doing this, I'm attaching the instructions I made for the installer. In fact he said these were so good, Escort should use them for their actual instructions. I edited these to correct some errors.

9500ci Instructions (Updated).pdf: www.bimmerpost.com/f...=412987&d=1280503286

9500ci Instructions Continued (Updated).pdf: www.bimmerpost.com/f...=412988&d=1280503286

So how did it turn out? Not bad overall. The greatest value the installer provided was his knowledge of the vehicle, and he did a great job of routing the cables properly, making sure they would not vibrate or chafe, providing a hard-disconnect under the hood, wiring into the fusebox, and generally following the instructions.

The only place that fell short is the installer struggled with the three units in the front bumper, and eventually settled just to get it over with. Initially I thought it was acceptable, but upon putting the car on a lift and studying the situation, I've decided I'll have to pull the bumper and make some adjustments. I also will get new plastic "grid" for the bumper and re-cut the holes, and improve on it. But I am happy that the "heavy lifting" was done by the installer.

Here is a front shot. Note that in general lighting you cannot see the forward radar/laser devices, below the license plate and in the fog bays.


Here is a closeup of the main 9500ci unit under the plate. The dome on the left is the Active Cruise system.


From the side you can see the profile.


The lighting is poor, but you can make out the laser shifter at the top of the foglight bay.


From the rear at a distance you cannot easily make out the rear laser sensor/shifter.


A closeup.


Now onto the interior to see the modified dash component in place. It looks quite good. My only possible doubt is that I cut the controller hole parallel to the bottom of the cover, and from some angles it looks a bit crooked. I don't know that there is a better way. As is, it does follow the general character of the lines on the dash. To level it would create other issues. Perhaps moving both units under the row of buttons would be better, but I'm in no rush to carve up another piece.


In the following photo you can see how this would be nicer if we didn't need to work with the stupid power button (I'm looking at you, Escort!) The other odd thing you may notice here is that the Mute button looks a little odd. When I received this, the Mute button was slightly rotated so the text was crooked. Escort support said that I needed to return the entire unit and all pieces to the vendor (just for that!), or send in the controller for "repair," or pay $200 for a new one. Ugh. I didn't really have time for any of that so I popped it open, and made some minor changes to fix the button. It's not quite right, but I can live with it for now. If I'm going to buy a new controller, then hopefully they will have a better back-compatible one.





Here's the location of the GPS receiver in the back window. I would have preferred it in the center, but there were complications with the roller shade. It's not perfect, but not terrible.


In the following photo you can get a little idea of how these will need to be adjusted. The side of the unit furthest from the foglight needs to come down an eight to a quarter of an inch. The face of the unit is also parallel to the trim, which means it is actually facing in a non-ideal direction. the side toward the fog need to come forward, in the same way the fog itself is rotated forward on the outside. Also these units are actually pointed a little downward, instead of forward. Fixing these cannot be done without pulling the bumper.


I also plan to order new grid work and do a better job of cutting it than the installer did. You'll see in the closeup of the main radar unit that the installer jammed it into the grid, deforming it. It was close, but not quite. This needs to be better. I'm thinking of cutting these as close to size as possible, and ideally find a similar material to form a frame around the units, and glue or fuse the material to the grid. I have no idea what to use for that.


DieselPower2010-08-18 18:56:24 +0000 #2
EZ_TUR902010-08-18 18:55:32 +0000 #3
I want a jammer

Awesome setup!
Bimmer Nerd2010-08-18 18:59:14 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by EZ_TUR90

I want a jammer

Awesome setup!

its illegal in cali
ibeclueless2010-08-18 20:08:57 +0000 #5



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