From RonStygar_at_aol.com Thu May 1 22:42:20 1997
To: jfiresto_at_awi-bremerhaven.de, dale_at_unofficialbmw.com
Subject: <E36> Radio Connector / Crutchfield adapter
When you purchase a head unit from Crutchfield 1-800-955-3000, you receive an
adapter at no additional charge. This adapter plugs into the connecter that
you unplug from the stock radio. Via bullet type connectors supplied by them,
you connect the wires from this adapter to the wires from the new head unit.
This adapter fits my '96 328is with Harmon Kardon and will also fit my '97
318tis with the 10 speaker system. It should fit any E36 with the 17 pin
X18126 radio connector.
If you do not purchase a system from them, they will
sell you the adapter 12070-9195 for $9.00. The bullet type connector package
263BC sells for $2.95. The antenna adapter 100VWADAPT sells for $10.00. What
this means is that you may purchase virtually any head unit and install it
without disturbing the stock wiring.
Although contrary to some posts on the main
Digest, I have been dealing with Crutchfield for many years as a satisfied
customer. I highly recommend them.
BMW CONNECTOR PIN CRUTCHFIELD ADAPTER FUNCTION
FEMALE X18126 # MALE 12070-9195
.75 YELLOW/RE 1 WHITE LF CHANNEL +
.75 BLUE/RED 2 GRAY RF CHANNEL +
.75 YELLOW/BLACK 3 GREEN LR CHANNEL +
.5 WHITE/BROWN 4 EMPTY TELEPHONE MUTE
1.5 VIOLET/WHITE 5 RED HOT in ACCY, RUN and START
.75 BLUE/BLACK 6 VIOLET RR CHANNEL +
.35 YELLOW 7 EMPTY I-BUS CHANNEL +
.35 YELLOW 7 EMPTY I-BUS
.75 BROWN/ORANGE 8 WHITE/BLACK LF CHANNEL -
1.5 RED/WHITE 9 YELLOW HOT _at_ ALL TIMES
.5 BLACK/WHITE 10 EMPTY VECH./SPEED SIG.
.75 BROWN/ORANGE 11 GRAY/BLACK RF CHANNEL -
.75 BROWN/ORANGE 12 GREEN/BLACK LR CHANNEL -
.5 GRAY/RED 13 ORANGE ILLUMINATION
.75 BROWN/ORANGE 14 VIOLET/BLACK RR CHANNEL -
1.5 BROWN 15 BLACK GROUND
.5 WHITE 16 BLUE ANTENNA CONTROL
Date: 2 May 1997 20:57:32 -0400
From: Craig & Melanie Wiswell <wiswell_at_santanet.com>
Subject: Re: <E36> Radio Connector / Crutchfield adapter
I would like to add a suggestion. I found when using the Crutchfield system
that you ended up with a bunch of wiring to stuff into a small hole. What I
did was remove the wires from the Crutchfield harness, bought new pins from
my local BMW dealer. Pinned the new head unit and inserted the pins into the
connector from Crutchfield. Which then plugged right into the car's harness.
The advantages of this I found were there are no splices in the harness at
all, and it cuts down on the amount of wiring you have to stuff into your
dash. Being a member of the Air Force and doing electrical work daily I can
vouch for the fact that the fewer connections you have to make the better
and also improves reliablity.
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