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      12-05-2008, 12:35 AM   #1
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DIY: Install the dash top storage bin

I decided I wanted to install the dash top storage compartment that’s available outside of North America. A quick check of real-oem showed there is a retrofit kit available

Step 1

I ordered the storage compartment retrofit kit Part # 51450428424 from Tischer BMW, and it took 3 weeks to come from Germany and cost $85. It comes with a cutting template, fasteners, a wiring harness and the storage bin. It didn't come with the install instructions, but Jason at Tischer emailed them to me. These instructions are basically useless as most of the diagrams are missing or incorrect.

Step 2

Cut out and align the cutting template and stick it to the dash. I used a marker to mark where to cut, than removed the template.

Step 3

Now it’s time to cut a big hole in your dash. The install instructions say to use a vibratory saw for this but I don’t now where you would find one of these. I ended up using a rotary tool with a flex shaft and a rotozip bit. It mostly just melted through the plastic, but it worked fairly well.

Step 4

Remove the center vent using a plastic trim tool at 4 points, where the indentations are on the dash panel.

Step 5

Install the supplied metal clips in the mounting points in the dash

Step 6

Connect the wire on the storage bin to the unused connector clipped to the steel tube in the dash. This is for the light in the storage compartment
The Kit also comes with a wiring harness that is meant to tie into the glovebox light wiring. DO NOT USE THIS. The glove box light always has power so if you use this, the storage compartment light will always been on. The unused plug already in the dash is tied to the interior lights and is only powered when the headlights are on.

Step 7

Remove the rubber matt from inside the storage compartment. Then install the compartment into the dash.

Step 8
Install the 4 torx screws that secure the storage compartment to the dash

Step 9

Reinstall the rubber matt, then reinstall the center vent

Step 10

Vacuum up all the plastic shavings that are now all over your interior.

And that’s it, you are done
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      12-05-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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What do you plan to keep in there?
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      12-05-2008, 12:49 AM   #3
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I was thinking about using it to mount a scanguage or a portable GPS like in this thread:

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19233

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      12-05-2008, 01:59 AM   #4
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Holy Crap !! I can not see myself taking any electrically powered sawing device to the center of my dashboard ... you're a very brave man, well done !!
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      12-05-2008, 08:46 AM   #5
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Nice job dude, you got big cajones to cut into your dashboard like that! I had a box like that on my X3, kept my sunglasses in there. You'll find a use for it I'm sure!
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      12-05-2008, 08:47 AM   #6
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Damn... that's a huge hole in the dash, and then a large open cover to just have a GPS up there. I put my Garmin in the ash tray above the shifter. It fits there perfectly and doesn't move when you wrap the cord just so.
But hey, whatever floats your boat...
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      12-05-2008, 09:39 AM   #7
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Alright, I cut the hole in my dash, but now I have this extra flippy thing with LCD sitting on my garage floor... Do I just throw it away?

J/K - nice work. Very clean install!
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      12-05-2008, 10:09 AM   #8
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Alright, I cut the hole in my dash, but now I have this extra flippy thing with LCD sitting on my garage floor... Do I just throw it away?

With some glue, cable ties, and effort, you'll be able to mount the LCD thingy in the storage bin !!
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      12-06-2008, 06:26 AM   #9
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crazy...nice chunk of value just taken...from the car..

better yet, a set of cup holders would have added more value..
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      12-06-2008, 06:55 AM   #10
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Why do you say that? It's a genuine BMW part.. I wouldn't consider adding performance exhaust or CF diffuser etc. as mods that lower resale value compared to 3rd party aftermarket.
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crazy...nice chunk of value just taken...from the car..

better yet, a set of cup holders would have added more value..
uh, no......he didn't affect the value by adding an OEM piece to the car
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      03-15-2009, 02:38 PM   #12
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template

A couple of people have asked for the cutting template that came with the retrofit kit. so here it is.
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      03-15-2009, 03:13 PM   #13
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      03-16-2009, 01:31 PM   #14
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Good job man....very clean looking. I think I want one.
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      03-16-2009, 02:02 PM   #15
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Nice job dude, you got big cajones to cut into your dashboard like that!

X2!

End result looks great!
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Damn nice job... I think I will be doing this as well...
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      04-13-2009, 03:11 PM   #17
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MMMM.. really? Thats what i have been looking for..

I have a secret plan now..
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Can you post some pics with a ruler for measuring the actual cubby size of depth and width PLEASE.. good sir..
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      04-15-2009, 01:42 PM   #19
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Hmmm....very intriguing...I might do this one day...nice work man!
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      04-16-2009, 04:35 PM   #20
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Subscribed for when I finally get my baby over here...nice work!
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      08-26-2009, 09:05 PM   #21
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I certainly need something like this. Good job and very clean finish. Congratulations
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      08-26-2009, 11:29 PM   #22
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I'm in Europe and have asked my dealer about doing this. They say it can't be done but now I have a part number and can see about getting it done. Great job!! Thanks!!
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