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Old 09-27-2010, 02:46 AM
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Installing Backup Camera, Need procedure to pull trim off hatch

Hi Fellow BMW owners. I am in the US Air Force stationed in Ramstein Germany and naturally, while over here, I bought a BMW (2002 X5, 3.0i fully loaded). The parking spaces are so small in Germany and the X5 is a huge car compared with all the other European cars. A backup camera would greatly help when parking in the tiny European parking spaces. The need for a backup camera is very great here.

This weekend I installed a video module that I bought from the internet. It is of the plug and play variety and it works well. I tested all the equipment, video module and camera before the installation and everything works out great and for the first time I saw video on my navi screen which was exciting.

What I need assistance with is installing the backup camera. The backup camera I have is commonly seen on the internet, it bolts right into the reverse light. The problem is I have to run a power wire and video wire to the reverse light and the video module. I am looking for a way to pull the trim off the back of the hatch that surrounds the glass. Does anyone have this procedure? I certainly appreciate it. When I am done I will post pictures.

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Jason
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:17 AM
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I just finished mine a week ago but I have not done the DIY yet. It was a very time consuming procedure but it is done now. I will try to upload the pictures tomorrow but here are the steps:
1. remove the front seat
2. remove all the panels (central console driver side), plastic door frame.
3. remove the back seat
4. remove the rear panel around the very rear window
5. remove the panels from the trunk door. you need to run wires to install the camera beside the licence plate light. Run video cable to the front and power to the spare tire compartment (see next step)
6. remove the spare tire and the plastic covers around it. Look for the harness that goes to the gate. You need access to the reverse light power (white with yellow strips and ground wire is brown).
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:59 PM
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More Progress today installing backup camera

Made more progress today installing backup camera. I am currently running the power wire for the backup camera from the camera to the reverse light. The path of this wire shall start at the middle of the hatch, run to the left of the hatch, up the left side of the hatch to the rubber raceway following the wires that power the license plate lights. The wire then goes through the rubber raceway into the body of the car, then down the D pillar past the navigation unit into the spare tire cavity and then connects to the reverse lights.

Pulling the trim off the back hatch was not that hard. The trim has four screws. Two screws are in plain sight where the grab holes are for the hatch. The other two screws are underneath the two lights on the hatch that light up when the interior lights come on. Take a screw driver and carefully pry up the two lights and you will see the trim attachment screws. One you have all four screws removed, then pry up the trim which will be clipped on by a combo of plastic and metal strips. Remove the trim until all the way until the top of the hatch where you will get to the rubber gasket raceway that leads to the body of the car.
Fish the wire through from the bottom of the hatch to the top of the hatch and through the rubber gasket raceway. That will get you to the D pillar. Remove the trim on the D piller and that leads you to the navigation unit. From there you are right next to the reverse light.

Tomorrow I shall fish the video wire in the same fasion to the navigation unit and the video module that I installed a few days ago. Everything is looking good so far.

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