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Ok I know asking a question around here is like pissing in the wind, lately, but I will try.

So as everyone may know my HK crappy amp or maybe the radio is going out. If the car sits in the heat thats when the trouble starts. I called a trusted car audio shop about a new system they said around $900 to start and goes up from their for a new system but it would have a lot of options. Thats installed.
I am thinking about looking into doing my on install. I have read Rastoff wright up about his ordeal. Has anyone els done a install on a Gen2 car?

Why not a amp? I do not want to pay $1000 for a pice of crap that will just go out agin. I can't find a R58 amp on fleaBay. The R58 amp bolts up differently because it is under the drivers seat, that has to come out to get to the amp.

Yes I am in a bad mood, I am half way through my coffee, maybe I will feel better when I am done. but for now I am off to the Mini dealer.
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Lee I have your answer......

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I understand your angst. Those darned radios are a royal pain. The one in Babs clubster makes sound, but loses the display in hot weather. If we think our radios are a pain the F56 seems worse.
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So as everyone may know my HK crappy amp or maybe the radio is going out. If the car sits in the heat thats when the trouble starts.
I am thinking about looking into doing my on install. Has anyone els done a install on a Gen2 car?
Why not a amp? I do not want to pay $1000 for a pice of crap that will just go out agin. I can't find a R58 amp on fleaBay.
I'm sure you could find a replacement amp at eMINIparts.com just shoot them a message.
That being said, I've not installed an aftermarket system in my MINI but do have experience with car audio. You can do an aftermarket amp, I don't see a reason you couldn't. HOWEVER, if you do go aftermarket you'll need to direct wire your speakers. Or you should. Any time I've worked on a stereo, if there's an existing factory amp you need to bypass it. The only reason I haven't gone aftermarket (aside from the fact the HK sounds A-ok) is the info screen on the speedo. I don't care for non functioning displays.
Get you a nice head unit and some nice speaker wire. Running speaker wire is easy stuff. If you want an amp it's just as simple you'll just have to run more wires and find a place to stash the amp. Or screw it on the back of the rear seats but hide/anchor your wires.

All in if doing the install yourself can be under $500 depending on what options you want your receiver to have.
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Crashton.........Thanks now thats the ticket!

Qik, the non functioning displays is a no go with me too. There is a company that has a unit that replaces the speedo but its white. The Helmet is black. the fit and finish has to be correct

https://www.seicane.com/en/top-2011-...ipod-mp3-t7127

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10-4, that's pretty cool! Can tell the quality is a little lacking compared to the stock unit as well. I've also seen kits that just plug the spot where the old display and knobs were and that too is a possibility but I like the existing equipment better. I do kinda miss the way old cars are when it comes to stereo's. Easy swaps are my fav
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I just put a full setup with amp into my blue R53. Spent most of the time removing panels, seats, etc - then wired it up, then more time spent putting it back together. The audio install itself isn't that time consuming.
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Yea on my R53 I have a Alpine unit and 12in sub. I like the nice crisp sound of it.
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Crashton.........Thanks noe thats the ticket!

Qik, the non functioning displays is a no go with me too. There is a company that has a unit that replaces the speedo but its white. The Helmet is black. the fit and finish has to be correct

https://www.seicane.com/en/top-2011-...ipod-mp3-t7127
Iím betting that the fact that it says iPod and not iPhone plus the discount means that itís an older unit that probably wonít work too well with a phone directly, so donít be surprised if thatís what youíre expecting.

Otherwise, electric tape shoud take care of that white no problem
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I called a junk yard here in town, the import parts guy is a BMW fanatic and really knows his BMW and MINI. He found a amp for me for $247. For that price I can replace it 4 times for the cost of a new one. It should be here Tomorrow or Monday.
Zapski, I use click wheel iPods in both my Minis. I don't know why but I prefer them to using my phone. For the Helmet I got a U2 iPod. All U2 iPods are the enhanced ones, the sound is much better on the enhanced ones. Plus it is Red and Black so it matches and I am a U2 fan.
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For the Helmet I got a U2 iPod. All U2 iPods are the enhanced ones, the sound is much better on the enhanced ones. Plus it is Red and Black so it matches and I am a U2 fan.
Sell it on fleebay and buy an OEM amp and keep you MINI all MINI..

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