| Robert Schneider's Traffic Pro with Icelink
in Z3 |
This Dension unit has been discontinued- which
is a pity because it worked well and did not need to have a cable
run to the trunk from the cockpit.
I got the TrafficPro installed into my 2001 Z3 3.0i this weekend.
It is so cool - it works great, looks great, and sounds great. I'm
so glad I got in on the deal on the BMW models - it matches the
orange lighting on the rest of the dash, it worked with my old BMW
CD changer, and most importantly it works with my Dension iPod adapter
for BMW! All this, for less than a BMW OEM in dash CD player would
have cost me (I had cassette before, which I never used).
The Dension was an easy install. It has an adapter cable which goes
between the stock radio and the wiring harness - I just ran that
between the car's wiring harness and the TP to BMW w/ changer wiring
harness. I've attached some pictures showing how this all goes together.
(See also Dension's BMW Install
TP1: The Dension wiring harness. The small black circuit with the
grey label at the top left goes to the Dension iPod dock. The other
end ofthat goes to the Dension silver interface box. The Dension
interface box has two cables coming out the other side - the smaller
one goes to the stock radio's CD Changer controller port, while
the larger one goes to the stock radio's main connector, and to
the car's wiring harness which normally connects directly into that
port on the stock radio. For the TP all these connect to their respective
TP adapter cable.
TP2: A close up of the Dension connectors which interface with the
car and radio.
TP4: The factory stereo wiring, including the main radio jack (note
the smaller, white, CD changer jack on the bottom), and the antenna.
TP5: The Dension wiring harness plugged into the factory radio jack
shown in TP4
TP3: The TrafficPro's BMW wiring harness, including the changer
connector.(ignore the line output RCA jacks I added)
TP6: The Dension harness plugged into theTP wiring harness (ignore
the line output RCA jacks I added)
TP7: Everything tucked into the dash, ready to connect to the
TP. From left to right, the main TP harness, the GPS antenna lead,
and the radio lead.
TP8: Everything wired up and ready to go
TP9: The final result. The iPod is in its Dension dock, which is
attached to a ProClip bracket mounted on the side of the console.
|The iPod sounds fine through the
TP.There is a 10 second delay changing tracks on the iPod, but they
were on the stock head unit too,this is a limitation of the Dension.
Anyway, the only thing the head unit changer controls are supposed
to do is skip tracks, so its not a big deal - I just do that on
the iPod. What would be great is if the song and artist info from
the iPod was displayed on the TP's screen. I heard a rumor that
Dension was working on that, but not even the BMW factory iPod interface
displays track info on the radio. The Alpine IPod interface which
is supposed to be coming out later this year is supposed to do that
on Alpine head units, so it must be possible. Does anyone know if
the BMW factory iPod interface works with the BMW TP? The BMW TP
works with BMW OEM CD changers, so there's a chance it might.
Jean Arruda wrote about his Dension IceLink Plus-
The Dension IceLink Plus saga.... I had installed the IceLink>Plus
over 15 months ago on my M Roadster. I just love it but I couldn't
get this annoying engine noise out. They sent me new cables, I bought
a 12V filter, and I cut the ground loop interface but no luck...
So I decided to investigate a little bit more... the end result
Looks like the BMW Business CD has a better filter in the head unit
itself, the issue is due to the fact that the CD changer cable is
routed with the power distribution, this is what causing the noise.
Jean Arruda's 2000 ///M Roadster
Definitely a BMW US Traffic Pro- 4771
The Ice-Link Plus
The Black cord for the Dension disappears on Jean's black console. No song
title display so you have to use the iPod controls to change tracks.
On "pause" you see the the Dension Ice-Link Plus logo- and it's
always "OK to disconnect", which is good.
Routing the Ice-Link Plus to the trunk to make the connection at the CD
It looks like the access point for the cockpit from the trunk is in the
middle here, instead of the driver's side shoulder- unless it is routed
from there to here.
I just routed the CD changer cable away from the power source
by unbundling it from the wires bundle and route it somewhere
else. And now I can listen to me favorite music without the
engine noise on the background.
IF only I could see text display on the TrafficPro 4771 it
would be great! But I don't think this will ever work.
5/4/07 update: I am using the TP4771 with icelink plus on
a 2000 Mz3 for more then 2 yrs. I have tried the icruze for
1 month but I came back with the Dension unit. No text on
the tp but it works great without a glitch.
I just installed
the DICE with my TP 4771 (BMW model); how do you have your TP set
up to control the iPod? For me it is really a clunky interface (can't
skip songs forward or back, the iPod shuts down).
I'm finding it's easier to just control the playback via the iPod,but
that's not the safest thing to do while driving.
I've also had problems with the unit shutting down, but I don't
think it's a problem that is specific to the TP. Try following these
guidelines and should be able to control your fast forward and song
DISC2 and the right arrows
will select through the playlists like CDs in a changer. When a
desired playlist is achieved – move back to DISC1 to go back into
song selection mode.
Here are the other options:
DISC1 = Songs
DISC3 = Albums within a Playlist
DISC4 = iPod or AUX mode
If you switch to Ice-link Plus, you get to use the same cord that's
you already installed. Just unplug the DICE and plug in the ice-link.
BDS wrote on
From day one
of my DICE install, all the dip switches have been inthe "off"
This morning, I moved the iPod dip switches to "ON" (the
"Simple iPod" setting) and have been playing/forwarding
200+ songs with no issues/disconnects. This compared to being able
to barely make it through 10 songs before without issues in the
Bruce Bowling wrote:
is very nice in my Passat with Traffic Pro 4773. Only issue I have
had is with the connection
to the Traffic Pro. Sometimes it works as though it is a CD changer,
sometimes it works as an auxiliary input.
Just got to figure out what personality it has today. Just takes
a few seconds.
However, it always works