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SUCCESS Installing aftermarket stereo to R50 Cooper

I'm thrilled to announce that installing an aftermarket head unit to my 2004 MC is a success! I'm so happy.

The whole process took about 2 hours that's only because I had trouble finding the tools I need in a messy workshop (my stepdad's). When I started doing it though, it was a breeze with all the adaptors already connected. I slide the HU in with a little resistance. The adaptors are bulky but after some careful placement, the HU finally went in. Thank God I have small hands!!!!

I ran the mic cable along the headliners then down A-pillar, along door seal and across from under the steering wheel. It was the easiest part of the whole process. I have to use a bit of tape near the A-pillar. I realised I can just tuck it along the side. I might try fixing it later.

The steering wheel interface adaptor I bought from Dynamic Sounds has worked beautifully without problem. I can still control volume and track skipping with my steering wheel control. So happy!

The radio antenna adaptor fitted perfectly. I also bought it (the kit) from Dynamic Sounds.

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One EPIC FAIL is - I forgot to eject the CD before I took the factory HU out. Any idea how I can eject it without power?
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Congratulation on fitting your new headunit.
Looks great, you have done a brill job.
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Thank you.
I'm happy about it. The sound is better but it could definitely do with new speakers. I'll do those maybe mid year.
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Looks great. I did a very similar operation when installing my dension bluetooth kit. I also have a microphone wired behind the steering wheel on the left.
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Looks great. I did a very similar operation when installing my dension bluetooth kit. I also have a microphone wired behind the steering wheel on the left.

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I also have adjusted the colours on the HU display to match the dash. I'm so happy it all worked out as I planned!

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