Amplifying your driving experience is not a whim—it’s means making the absolute most of your BMW’s potential. And the 6WB Digital Instrument Cluster is exactly what your car needs to reach the next level of comfort and confidence within your virtual cockpit.
The digital gauge cluster is fully digitized. It has different setups for three driving modes — Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport modes (together with Sport+ mode).
The center portion of the digital dash can show your car in real time — when some of your doors are opened, it is accurately displayed on the panel. When you turn on navigation, the instructions will be also indicated on the instrument panel cluster.
Please note that in vehicles with Head-Up Display (HUD), after installation, navigation directions will be shown on the 6WB cluster, not on the HUD.
To know more about the digital dashboard BMW features, please identify your car. The details of the custom gauges cluster installation will give you a general overview of what instruments are needed and how much time it might take. You can also have a look at our video on how to change the car instrument cluster to a digital one.
Drive a 3/4 Series F3x BMW? If after entering your VIN you see this product isn't compatible with your vehicle, it may still be possible to add a 6WB cluster to your car. Please get in touch with one of our team for more details.
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And what happens when you have an issue with it in a year or two...will they still be around to support it?
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Hmm...I'm always up for modernizing the E9X platform a bit. Project looks cool for sure but like many people here, I'm skeptical.
For a product that is "90%" developed, there is not a lot of videos of the thing actually working. Especially considering it's supposed to ship in two months. They have the same pictures on the indiegogo and all over their instagram, and one video that barely shows anything. I assume it is very easy for them to just put up their graphic overlays on that screen and just take static pictures of it. Very suspect they only have 2 second of footage of it actually in a car.
Also the fact they claim they will never stock this product and that it will only be produced for backers is odd. Pretty sure if this thing actually works and the demand is high enough, they will produce more. Who puts in time and money into something like this only to produce a few hundred for backers only? This statement just seems like they're out for a quick cash grab.
Wish it works out, cause it looks like a cool product.
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What Is 6WB Cluster and How to Retrofit It in Your BMW?
There are many ways to boost the look of your favorite car, like changing the interior color or adding some cool lighting. But nothing turns heads faster than high-end technology integrated with the car’s system. BMW introduces loads of new tech features every year, but they usually only end up implemented in the latest models. Nevertheless, there's always a way to get upgrades like CarPlay, Android Auto, NBT Evo ID5/ID6, Speed Limit Info and others, even if they aren’t factory-installed. Among these premium retrofits you can also find a BMW original 6WB digital instrument cluster.
What is BMW 6WB digital instrument cluster?
6WB is a display behind the wheel with a fully digitized panel. It’s the equivalent of the analog gauges found in older models, but it certainly boasts more features.
The first thing about the digital gauge cluster that meets the eye is its modern and high-tech look, especially at night. It has three different looks for three driving modes:
This is a normal driving setting with the speedometer on the left and the tachometer on the left. The car will always start by default in the Comfort mode.
In this mode the tachometer is replaced with an EfficientDynamics gauge on the right, tracking how efficient your driving style and encouraging you to follow the ECO PRO tips. With the mode change, 6WB also switches to a more eco style design, with a touch of blue. This mode gives the best gas efficiency at the cost of performance, meaning a sluggish throttle response, an energy-efficient mode for the air conditioning system and early gear shift to keep the revs as low as possible. Depending on your driving, fuel savings can be as much as 20%.
The tachometer together with the numeric speedometer and transmission selection are more highlighted thanks to the red around the dials, giving the 6WB cluster a much more sporty feel. In general, Sport mode makes the car more aggressive - you get a more responsive throttle, improved acceleration and pedal response, as well as better cornering abilities. Sport+ is basically the same, save for the toned-down traction control - ideal for when you're on the track. It's usually available on BMW models with the M Sport package. Want to have it in your car? Type in your VIN on our BMW iDrive coding page and it will show you whether your vehicle is compatible with this option.
To switch between modes easily, you can use the driving dynamic selector button on the console panel.
Apart from different modes, the custom gauges cluster has a digitized center portion that displays your car in real time - whether your doors are opened or closed, it is reflected on the 6WB.
As for navigation, when you choose your destination, the turn-by-turn instructions are also displayed in the center section of the digital dash. In addition, it shows information from the driver assistance systems, such as the nearest gas stations, speed limits (when this feature is supported), lane departure, etc.
If you want to have a look at the digital dashboard, BMW F10 demo on our YouTube channel will show you most of the features mentioned in action.
Which models are compatible with BMW OEM digital cluster?
If your vehicle isn’t equipped with the 6WB digital speedometer from the factory, you can retrofit it and enjoy all the perks of having a high-tech instrument cluster.
Generally, it’s possible to upgrade:
- BMW 3- & 4-Series F3x models as well as M3/M4
- BMW X5/X6 Series
- BMW X3/X4 Series (including G01)
- BMW 5- & 6-Series F1x/G3x models as well as F06/F07
The series and model don’t guarantee compatibility, because the vehicle also has to be equipped with the appropriate peripheral hardware for the instrument panel cluster to work. To find out whether your car is compatible with this retrofit, just type in your VIN on the 6WB instrument cluster product page.
BMW 6WA vs 6WB instrument cluster
6WA is a hybrid instrument cluster. It consists of analog gauges and a digitized display in the lower center. The analog gauges have LED lights, making the 6WA more visible and clear at night.
You can switch between Comfort/ECO PRO/Sport modes as well, but unlike the fully digital 6WB, it will be reflected only in the dynamic center part. It also displays navigation directions, oil temperature, the precise current speed in numeric form, a basic animation of the car, etc.
How to retrofit BMW OEM digital instrument cluster?
The 6WB upgrade process consists of 2 main parts: the physical installation and coding. The installation itself is pretty straightforward and looks the same whether you're replacing the simplest analog cluster, or performing a 6WA to 6WB retrofit.
How to remove and replace the instrument cluster?
- Pull out the steering wheel as much as possible to get easier access to the cluster.
- Remove the screws, gently pull out the old cluster and unplug the connections.
- Plug in the connections into the 6WB cluster and fit it into the compartment.
- Secure it by putting the screws into place.
The installation usually takes up to 1 hour. Note that it’s not recommended to drive with the newly-installed cluster without it being coded for your specific car. That’s why it’s better to plan the installation right before your remote coding session.
If you order a dynamic digital cluster from BimmerTech, you get the coding service included in the price. It's performed by a BimmerTech technician who remotely connects to your car through your laptop and programs the instrument panel to work correctly with your vehicle. The coding cable required for this part will also be included in the kit. This way you won’t need to learn how to code 6WB cluster by yourself.
You can get a more detailed review of the installation process from our video below:
In some cases, for the 6WB to work it’s also necessary to connect an additional fiber optic cable to your car’s head unit. The installation is a bit trickier, but also not that complicated. See it for yourself in our video tutorial.
How much does it cost to replace an instrument cluster? Save the cost of the hardware: nothing. You only need one hour for the DIY-able physical installation and one more hour for the remote coding session. BimmerTech provides its customers with detailed instructions written for each specific model, so in most cases you'll decide to stick with the DIY option. Otherwise, auto shop prices average at a couple of hundred dollars per hour.
How to reset a BMW cluster?
Why would someone need to reset an instrument cluster? If you purchase a used instrument panel, taken from another car, it needs resetting before installing it in your vehicle. Under no circumstances should you try and do it yourself, because even minor interference can lead to problems that might not be possible to fix.
It’s always better to delegate this task to specialists who have the necessary hardware and software. At BimmerTech you can order this service by contacting our sales representatives. It will be necessary to send the 6WB cluster to our office where a dedicated expert will reset it. When it’s done, the cluster will be shipped back. After the installation you will still need the activation coding session, which can also be ordered from BimmerTech.
Is it worth investing in a 6WB digital display?
Before answering the question, it would be good to sum up what the instrument panel offers to a BMW driver. The most obvious advantage is the enhanced look of the virtual cockpit. It completely changes the interior feel no matter what mode you’re in. From a more functional side, the digital instrument cluster improves the visibility of the gauges at night. It also makes it safer to navigate following the instructions in its center part (if you don’t have HUD, with the 6WB you don’t have to squint at the iDrive screen or turn to the side to check the next turn). All in all, it’s a decent upgrade if you value and look for the features described in this blog post. If you have any questions regarding 6WB BMW OEM Digital cluster, contact us with your VIN, and we will give you all the extra information you need.
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