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Hi folks,

Since I am fairly invested in BMW (bike + car) I wanted to take DIY to the next level and have the necessary hardware to be able to update software on my own accord.

What hardware and software is required to be able to pull this off? Thus far, I have used ESys on my computer to update the DME, KOMBI software on my car. However, I understand more specialised hardware is required to be able to use ISTA with the bike.

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So far, I know I need to get this: ICOM Next A

Is this sufficient to connect to the bike? Or is some adapter required which I am missing? How do we power this device. Does it come with its own PSU?
 

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-The ICOM is powered by the OBD
-You need a constant power source, not a charger, at least 40A I think. The higher the better.
-A little bit of networking to get the connection between ICOM and PC. You may require an inexpensive router to get to the KOMBI/MOST bus on F vehicles and later
-Reading
-Common sense.

You don't update this like a Windows OS. Just because a new version of ISTA is released does not mean your chassis module gets updated software.
 

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-The ICOM is powered by the OBD
-You need a constant power source, not a charger, at least 40A I think. The higher the better.
-A little bit of networking to get the connection between ICOM and PC. You may require an inexpensive router to get to the KOMBI/MOST bus on F vehicles and later
-Reading
-Common sense.

You don't update this like a Windows OS. Just because a new version of ISTA is released does not mean your chassis module gets updated software.
So the link I shared earlier is the correct one?

I have a constant voltage (~50A) PSU ready to go. So you hook this up to the bike's battery and the ICOM powers itself through OBD?

Where do you get the ISTA software?
 

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-The ICOM is powered by the OBD
-You need a constant power source, not a charger, at least 40A I think. The higher the better.
-A little bit of networking to get the connection between ICOM and PC. You may require an inexpensive router to get to the KOMBI/MOST bus on F vehicles and later
-Reading
-Common sense.

You don't update this like a Windows OS. Just because a new version of ISTA is released does not mean your chassis module gets updated software.
40AMP??? Don't you mean 40 VOLT?
 

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Where do you get the ISTA software?
I have heard rumors of a VMware image floating around and maybe there are links to find from some of the BMW car forums.. - probably a few years back so if you ave a new bike it may not help as much. I have a CAN to ODB adapter (that works with other ODB readers) and ODB (with k-line?) to USB - never got that connected. That is as far as I got. Did not know I needed additional power source.
 

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Lol no, 40 AMPS. Vehicles have a ton of ECU's that just love to draw current. Putting a car in ACC mode turns on most of the ECU's and the battery itself can only supply so much current to power them on
Holy crap! Well, that's still a ton, but at 12 volts it's not like 40amps at 110VAC... I think my 2010 RAV4 has a 40amp fuse...for the starter.
 

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To install/configure Ista is PIA, took me few days.
You need ICOM Next, Laptop or PC with 500GB HDD/SSD, a good charger and ISTA+/ISTA-P software.
After update you'll need to calibrate throtle and quickshifter.
 

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To install/configure Ista is PIA, took me few days.
You need ICOM Next, Laptop or PC with 500GB HDD/SSD, a good charger and ISTA+/ISTA-P software.
After update you'll need to calibrate throtle and quickshifter.
The charger is for the vehicle ya?
 

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I have heard rumors of a VMware image floating around and maybe there are links to find from some of the BMW car forums.. - probably a few years back so if you ave a new bike it may not help as much. I have a CAN to ODB adapter (that works with other ODB readers) and ODB (with k-line?) to USB - never got that connected. That is as far as I got. Did not know I needed additional power source.
Bimmergeeks.com has all the software for free download.
 
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