The Ferrari 360 and F430 (as well as other tipos of the era) were all shipped from the factory with infotainment system head units manufactured by Becker. These head units were manufactured especially for Ferrari but, apart from physical and electronic Ferrari branding, are essentially identical to their commercially-available counterparts of their time. The exact model fitted in a given car depends on the year of manufacture, region, and on what optional extras were originally specified by the original purchaser (e.g. satnav, hifi upgrade, multi-CD changer), but the basic installation/removal procedure is the same and they should all share the same basic connections. In this article we will look at the head unit fitted to a 2003 UK Ferrari 360 with OEM satnav and hifi upgrade, but without the multi-CD changer.
In order to remove the head unit from the car you will need a set of removal keys like the ones pictured below:
These were originally supplied with the car but are easy to replace if they are missing – searching the Internet for CT22BE01 should yield plenty of inexpensive replacement options.
Before attempting to remove the head unit it is imperative that the battery cut-off switch is set to the OFF position – do not miss out this important step! Once this is done, locate the two small horizontal slits near the two bottom corners of the head unit and insert the removal keys into them, with the flat side of the blade facing outwards. You only need to insert ~3cm of the blade to engage the release mechanism. With both keys inserted like this, pull the keys outwards to operate the release and (at the same time) towards you – the head unit should slide out of its single-DIN housing. The video below shows how the release mechanism operates on a head unit already removed from the car.
As it slides out, one of the side of the unit should have a sticker with the exact model name, as well as the serial number. In this case the unit is a “Traffic Pro Ferrari BE 6100”. The serial number (partially obscure in the photo below) is also useful if you no longer have the security code for the head unit (which was originally supplied with it, printed on a separate card) as there are companies over the Internet which can recover the security code from the serial number, for a fee.
If you want to completely remove the unit from the car you will have to disconnect the cables at the back. There will be up to five sets of connections at the back, namely
- the main power connector (“socket A”)
- the loudspeakers connector (“socket B”)
- “socket C”, which has three sub-sections for line out/CD changer control/aux in
- the radio antenna socket
- the GPS antenna socket
Cables in sockets A, B, and C will have plastic retaining clips which need to be pushed inward towards the connector itself in order to free it from the socket – they can be quite stiff.
Even if the CD changer was not installed (as was the case in this car), the wiring to control it will be present, so connectors for socket C can be seen. Since there is no need for them, leave them unconnected and secure neatly out of the way.
If you do not have or do not use the multi-CD changer, a worthwhile addition to this type of head units is an aux cable. This is essentially just a stereo cable which connects to socket C3 on the back of the head unit on one end and to a 3.5mm stereo jack/iPod connector on the other. This can be purchased very inexpensively (less than £10) as the connector is standard (often referred to as “mini ISO blue”) and is shared by Blaupunkt head units – just search for CT29BP02 or “Blaupunkt aux cable”.
If you install this aux cable it can be routed from the back of the head unit to the passenger footwell or, with a bit more work, into the glove compartment through its courtesy light housing. Be aware that the aux cable above is relatively short at about 1m. A alternative is to assemble it yourself to your desired length – stand-alone mini ISO blue connectors are available to purchase separately.
Once the aux cable is connected, the head unit can be inserted back into its housing by sliding it backwards making sure it is kept level, as the locating rod at the back of the unit needs to slot into the corresponding hole in the frame. Before you can use the aux cable, the head unit needs to be configured to recognise it. The procedure varies slightly among Becker models but for the Traffic Pro it is as follows:
- switch on the head unit
- press and hold the “tone” (‘dP’) button for 3+ seconds to enter the settings menu
- navigate to the Aux section (you may have to scroll right using the button under ‘->’)
- press the button under Aux to select ‘Aux On’
- press the “tone” (‘dP’) button again to exit the settings menu
He is a video showing the menu process:
You can now select your Aux source by pressing the CD button.
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