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      09-26-2019, 10:30 AM   #1
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MirrorTap For Radar Detector

Does anyone have a photo of the proper ports on the molex plug located in the mirror housing into which the black (ground) wire and the red (+12 volt switched wire power) wire of the MirrorTap Power Cord can be inserted into without causing other issues?
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Does anyone have a photo of the proper ports on the molex plug located in the mirror housing into which the black (ground) wire and the red (+12 volt switched wire power) wire of the MirrorTap Power Cord can be inserted into without causing other issues?
Hope these diagrams help you out.
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Thanks I will give it a look.
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See this thread: https://g05.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...2#post25387272
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In case something happens to that other thread:

The red wire goes to the red/green wire.
Black wire goes to brown/black wire.
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The photos in that thread are not photos of the mirror housing for the 2020 G05 X5. They look like photos of the mirror housing that was in my 2016 X5 and the internal plugs and wires in the 2020 G05 X5 are completely different that what is shown in the pictures.
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Ahh, my mistake. sorry.

Did you get it sorted out yet?
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I just did a detector install on a 2019 X5, and used the red/green for + and the black/brown for the -. It works, the only issue is the detector stays on for about 5 minutes after shutting the engine off and closing the door. It's the same whether the key fob is left in the car, the car is locked with the fob, the car is turned "off" via idrive or the Volume control. It seems to be the same amount of time that the ambient lighting stays on. The car settings are set to turn stuff off when the engine is off, and the door is opened.

Does anyone know where to find a hot wire that turns off immediately, and not on a delay? Any in the overhead console / switch panel for the roof and map lights?
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Ahh, my mistake. sorry.

Did you get it sorted out yet?
I ended up doing a hard wire to the fuse box located under the dash by the glove box.
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I just did a detector install on a 2019 X5, and used the red/green for + and the black/brown for the -. It works, the only issue is the detector stays on for about 5 minutes after shutting the engine off and closing the door. It's the same whether the key fob is left in the car, the car is locked with the fob, the car is turned "off" via idrive or the Volume control. It seems to be the same amount of time that the ambient lighting stays on. The car settings are set to turn stuff off when the engine is off, and the door is opened.

Does anyone know where to find a hot wire that turns off immediately, and not on a delay? Any in the overhead console / switch panel for the roof and map lights?
The same is true when you direct wire to the fuse box to switched fuse socket. My radar detector AND my dash cam not only stay on for a few minutes after you have left and locked the car but here is something else you may not know: If you use the BMW Connected app to “ping” your vehicle (ie lock doors, flash lights, horn, remote 3D view, etc.) this powers up all the devices for a few minutes. Hence, if I use the Connected app to do one of these actions, my radar detector turns on and my dash cam front and rear also turn on and start recording for a few minutes or so. Anytime anything happens that causes anything in your car to activate, so will these devices.

If you want your radar detector to shut off you can pull the plug from the side of it and this will keep it from coming on remotely also.

I like the remote activation of my dash cam as I do not have it set for parking mode as I did not want the potential battery drain issues.
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Thanks for the reply. I can live with the delay, just don't like it. Unplugging the detector every time isn't an option for my wife's car, she'd probably tell me to take it before doing that! Good to know the other circuits are on a delay as well, oh well.
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That's a nice installation!
Is the cable the factory cable?
Are the grommets/o-rings at the mirror something you found locally?

I'm guessing you ran the wire across the top of the windshield, etc. Did you have to remove trim other than the piece at the mirror?

Thanks!
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Hahaha. Every sentence in my previous post ended with an ! or ?. My enthusiasm knows no limits.
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That's a nice installation!
Is the cable the factory cable?
Are the grommets/o-rings at the mirror something you found locally?

I'm guessing you ran the wire across the top of the windshield, etc. Did you have to remove trim other than the piece at the mirror?

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I had to remove numerous trim pieces: the A Piller (you need to run the wire behind the air bag), trim pieces under the glove box to access the fuse block, the D piller to run the rear camera wire, etc. I did a lot of searching on this forum to find explanations and photographs.

I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon as it is easier to buy there than drive to numerous stores looking for stuff. The grommets were one of those things. A lot of the stuff I order I will or can use for other things down the road. See these links for some stuff I ordered to make things easier.

I drilled holes in the mirror trim piece, ran the wires through appropriate sized grommets and after this forced the grommets into the holes in the mirror trim. Then ran the wires where they needed to go. Any wires that needed to be connected together, such as the radar detector plug wire to the longer wire was done AFTER running the wires through the grommets as I wanted the grommets to be as tight as possible and sometimes the connectors are too big to fit through the grommet or the hole.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For the BlackVue front camera, I cut off the 12V plug and hard wired to fuse block with a fuse tap:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For the radar detector:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cut off the ends and connect to the above 20 gauge wire.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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PS: I subsequently purchased these switches and my plan, when I get the time, is to drill another hole (size 13/16) in the mirror trim piece and splice the radar detector hot wire into the switch so that I can just reach around the mirror and turn off the radar detector when I do not want it screaming at me around town.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I just installed the wiretap to wires shown in picture to my 2020 X5 M50i. I can confirm it works and will shut off about 5 min after car is turned off. Just make sure you grab the wiretap flat connectors with some needle nose pliers (because they can be hard to push in) and push alongside the wire where it will make good contact to the metal shroud (I had to disconnect the molex plug and turn it backwards to get the best angle to insert the wires).
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I just installed the wiretap to wires shown in picture to my 2020 X5 M50i. I can confirm it works and will shut off about 5 min after car is turned off. Just make sure you grab the wiretap flat connectors with some needle nose pliers (because they can be hard to push in) and push alongside the wire where it will make good contact to the metal shroud (I had to disconnect the molex plug and turn it backwards to get the best angle to insert the wires).
Hi, how did you get the plastic covers off behind/above the mirror as it looks like we have a different cover than some other posters I've seen. I'm just a leery about busting something. I was able to partially separate the narrow piece directly behind the mirror, but then above the mirror it seems as though there is a separate cover and that is what I'm afraid of breaking. Please advise.

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Well, I found this info seen below which should help me out and those looking to access the mirror wiring for the mirror tap.
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Well, I found this info seen below which should help me out and those looking to access the mirror wiring for the mirror tap.
Good info...thanks! Looks a bit tedious and lots of little plastic springs to break. Probably a good project for a warmer day.
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Another User asked me about my experience removing the plastic cover around the mirror.

The first thing I did was pull off the Rectangular Cover Above the Mirror the one with the vent slots. I pulls off fairly easily with moderate downward force. If I remember correctly from a week ago it had some metal sing clips holding it in place and did not appear like it would break those clips. Then the plastic shroud around the rear view mirror against the windshield pulls apart mid-line with moderate force, in fact I was afraid of breaking the plastic clips and was separating the edges at the top of mid-line to see where the clips could be unhooked when all of a sudden it unsnapped apart......... the 2 pieces flew out of my hands... I thought oh crap! I just broke a part on my wife's new car and I will never hear the end of it. Amazingly, with the help of the Orthopedic Gods it was not broken and I was able to photograph the pieces to show her as proof if she ever questioned my re-installation. The re-installation was pretty easy, I just lined up the plastic prongs and it snapped together. The rectangular vent then popped back in place with a firm push. I will post the photos in the regular link as this private message does not allow me to attach photos for some reason. Good Luck, JM
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Thanks for the pics and write up. I found it very easy to pull apart the 2 halves after running a plastic pick down the middle seam. Also instead of pushing the blade leads from the top of the mirror in to the molex as shown by jmcmathortho, i just went thru the bottom. I also ordered the same grommet kit but ended up not using it because I ran my radar wires through the stem hole. Plenty of room to do so and doesn't affect range of motion of the mirror. It doesn't look as clean but I did not need to drill a hole.

Wish I took pictures but I couldn't pull apart the molex connector and I couldn't get the correct angles to push the blades from the top so I went from the bottom.

I hope this helps someone.
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