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Workin' on the car annnnd loving it! (long) (archive)

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Posted by BillP on July 07, 2000 at 23:25:24:

This afternoon I decided to leave work just a bit early so I could perform two small projects I've been putting off: removing all of the ugly stickers from the interior of my '00 540iA and hardwiring my Valentine1 radar/lidar detector with the remote display. Although both have been discussed in this forum before, there are probably folks new to the board who would appreciate the info.

Getting Rid of the Stickers:

I actually had six stickers. Three on the window (two were the Swiss and Austrian highway passes from my Euro delivery experience and one more was some kind of "don't use electrical devices in the car" sticker put on the car after it hit US shores). Two more stickers on the felt visors and the last sticker on the center console under the "cup holders."

The center-console sticker came off with no chemicals and no hard work. I used paint thinner on the window stickers with pretty good luck (still needed some fingernail work). The visor stickers were a PITA. First I tried paint thinner - no good. Then an orange-based chemical - no good. Finally good old goof off (sp?) did the trick. Coat it on, let sit for thirty seconds, then peel back a corner and the whole thing came off in one (rather stretched out) piece. The felt is matted down somewhat, but it looks much better than the tacky sticker.

Hardwire V1 and Remote Installation:

First, read the V1 manual and check out the following two websites.

Then make sure you have a flat-head screwdriver, a torx screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. Dive right in - it's not hard. One word of advice: if you choose to mount the remote display in the dash (mine is hiding the service interval lights), wire it from the dash to the sunroof area, not the other way around. I made that mistake and had to rewire (think wire length).

Total time was about one hour and I went very slowly, checking my work every step of the way.

Next up:
* X-pel invisible nose bra - I've decided to install it myself tomorrow after I give the car a good bath.
* CD changer - Although I really want the Nak glove box changer, I'll probably buy the trunk changer for ease-of-install reasons.
* Laser jammer - still debating this one, but my V1 install was so darn fun I just want to do more.
* Clears all around - am I the only one who isn't enthralled with the jewelled '01 E39 rears? Love the fronts, neutral on the rears.
* Stereo upgrade - leaning toward either Focal or a/d/s/ though won't do the install myself.
* Visit Steve's place in Mt. View - engine/tranny s/w and CAI - won't do the CAI install myself


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