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Old 06-02-2007, 02:58 PM
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Anyone direct wire a Radar Detector in E70

I have seen and used the direct wire for my passport in the E52 using the homelink wires, just wondering if anyone has direct wired their E70 for a spliced in radar detector. If so any pics and descriptions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:19 PM
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I have done this in every bmw I have owned, its very simple. If I remember correctly usually brown in ground (or brown stripe). If you take in your radar detector to radio shack you can get all the parts you need for about 8 bucks without having to cut up your regular cord. Pick up the correct 2 prog connector for your model radar, the cord, and a inline fuse. Then its just a matter of finding the correct wire up in the map lights/sunroof controls. On my e53 it turns on and off when the car doors are unlocked and locked. It stays on for about 5-10 min when I lock the car and then powers off when the cars AUX power is cut off.

I think there is a e53 write up on the homepage for this, it is very simple to do and should be very close to your e70. the wires you use might be different colors though.
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i also did this on my e53. i took it to the dealer to get the ipod hookup installed, and they ripped everything out for my radar detector...then told me that it would "void my warranty" fyi.

i am looking for an installer in the nyc area who can install a Bel Pro Remote RX75 Plus Radar Laser Detector Blocking System. i no longer like the suction cups / visor clip option for my e70.
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I am trying the new Passport 9500 and have been very impressed. Agree on the suction cups. I am looking for another way to mount/hide wire. You do need to be able to interact with it a little bit because you can tap 3 times and the gps remembers to block the location so you basically eliminate false positives in your local area. Nice feature.
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I used your suggestion in the e53 I had and tapped into the wires using the illustration provided here a couple of years back. With the new electronics in the E70 I am hesitant to tap into a wire. I was hoping someone with more experience in auto installs has done this on the X before I try mine. I am nbot even sure how to take down the center light panel in this X to look for wire.
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I havent looked at the e70 but on the e53 it pops right down when prying it out with knife or screwdriver.
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Alright, it has been a while since anyone responded to this post. Has anyone hardwired a radar detector or any other accessory on the e70 yet? Can you post your observations, tips, and details of your install?
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i had my dealer hardwire my valentine one for like $140 with the kit.
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i had my dealer hardwire my valentine one for like $140 with the kit.
Where did they hardwire it from and what route did they take the wire? Any pics?
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I popped the light panel out above the mirror &, using a volt meter, found a wire that was only hot when the ignition was on. I then got a good ground. I ran the two wires out between the headliner & windshield & left enough to put the V1 as high as possible without being blocked.
Sorry, I didn't note the wire color
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