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      01-16-2018, 09:17 PM   #1
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DIY: Hardwiring a dash cam and radar detector

REVISED March 30,2018

I recently simultaneously hardwired both a BlackVue 750s dashcam and a Uniden R3 radar detector in my new 2018 540i. The installation turned out to be easy by using a standard size fuse tap to activate unused fuse socket F59 in the Z44 fuse panel located behind the glove box, and required no special tools or modification of any existing wiring. I used a Blendmount mirror mount to hold the dash cam behind the rearview mirror and a sun visor clip for the radar detector.

I have prepared a step by step web page describing and illustrating my method, see http://www.eyephysics.com/BMWG30/bmwg30.html. I have revised my original instruction since this original posting with pictures of routing the power wires behind the airbag extension in the right pillar. The only tool needed was a T20 screwdriver and a bit of electrical tape to bundle the power wires with the existing wire bundle in the pillar located just behind the airbag. No rewiring or any changes to the original install were required other than simply removing the pillar cover and shifting the wires so as to remain behind the airbag instead of drooping over it.
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      01-21-2018, 08:12 AM   #2
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Nice. Thanks for sharing.
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      01-21-2018, 12:08 PM   #3
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Hi, by slipping the wire under pillar trim does it not restrict air bag deployment? Are there two separate bags? One in the a pillar trim and one above passenger door area?
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      01-21-2018, 12:39 PM   #4
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power cord location question

After pulling the pillar cover plate, my inspection of the wire paths did indeed reveal that they were drooping over the metal airbag shield in the pillar, so I revised my method by shifting the wires to follow the existing wire bundle just behind the airbag shield. I was able to do this without changing the previous install or disconnecting anything, just shifted the wires and used a bit of electrical tape to join the existing bundle.

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      01-24-2018, 10:01 AM   #5
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Fantastic write up and photos - many thanks
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      02-04-2018, 01:49 PM   #6
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Thanks again, just completed this today. Works perfect and super easy (aside from the small working space )
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      02-12-2018, 05:20 PM   #7
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could you share a link for the blendmount mirror for the cam? Thanks in advance.
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      02-17-2018, 03:03 PM   #8
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could you share a link for the blendmount mirror for the cam? Thanks in advance.
The cam mount I used for the 540i was BlendMount BBV-3032 for DR750s , and you can usually get a 12.5% discount using coupon code friend125, see https://store.blendmount.com/blendmo...50s-p3855.aspx
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The cam mount I used for the 540i was BlendMount BBV-3032 for DR750s , and you can usually get a 12.5% discount using coupon code friend125, see https://store.blendmount.com/blendmo...50s-p3855.aspx
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      03-30-2018, 04:48 PM   #10
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I have revised my instruction page with pictures of routing the power wires behind the airbag extension in the right pillar. The only tool needed was a T20 screwdriver and a bit of electrical tape to bundle the power wires with the existing wire bundle in the pillar located just behind the airbag. No changes to the original install were required other than removing the pillar cover and shifting the wires slightly. see revised instructions https://www.eyephysics.com/BMWG30/bmwg30.html
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      03-31-2018, 03:50 AM   #11
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Astrahan thanks for the update.

Could you say the reason for this?

Is it due to safety or easier access to the fuse area etc.

Many thanks

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      04-01-2018, 12:06 PM   #12
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in reply to member saintalan, the reason for the revision to my original post was to prevent the power wires from possibly interfering with the deployment of that portion of the right side airbag that extends into the top half of the pillar. On the recommendation of another reader I pulled the cover after my original install to inspect the wire path and I noticed that the power wires were drooping diagonally across the airbag metal shield as they made their way down the pillar so this is a super easy safety revision just in case that airbag ever deploys, which, of course, I don't plan on ever actually happening, but you never know...
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      04-29-2018, 11:26 AM   #13
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Under r3 and gesture control

Did you have any problems with G30 gesture control and r3 laser detector interference? I installed a V1 on my 2018 540 and had to tape-up the rear laser sensor.
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Did you have any problems with G30 gesture control and r3 laser detector interference? I installed a V1 on my 2018 540 and had to tape-up the rear laser sensor.
Hi Russ, I don't have gesture or radar. However I do get some interference/drop out with (UK) DAB Radio. Not sure that is to do with Dash-cam but I do have wiring to rear camera also which I have heard can be a problem.

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REVISED March 30,2018

I recently simultaneously hardwired both a BlackVue 750s dashcam and a Uniden R3 radar detector in my new 2018 540i. The installation turned out to be easy by using a standard size fuse tap to activate unused fuse socket F59 in the Z44 fuse panel located behind the glove box, and required no special tools or modification of any existing wiring. I used a Blendmount mirror mount to hold the dash cam behind the rearview mirror and a sun visor clip for the radar detector.

I have prepared a step by step web page describing and illustrating my method, see http://www.eyephysics.com/BMWG30/bmwg30.html. I have revised my original instruction since this original posting with pictures of routing the power wires behind the airbag extension in the right pillar. The only tool needed was a T20 screwdriver and a bit of electrical tape to bundle the power wires with the existing wire bundle in the pillar located just behind the airbag. No rewiring or any changes to the original install were required other than simply removing the pillar cover and shifting the wires so as to remain behind the airbag instead of drooping over it.
Hello, Did you use the Power Magic Pro or on of the Batteries for the install? Any error lights from the Bimmer?
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Hey everyone, thanks OP for this excellent writeup.

I installed a Blackvue (with power magic) and an Escort power wire in my 530e yesterday, following this guide. It was a very easy process. I managed to do a nice and clean job.

However, my alarm seems to go off a few hours after I lock the car. This happened twice last night. Has anyone run into this issue before?

(Maybe related but I noticed the F59 fuse is not a true accessory wire, it goes hot when I unlock the car the stays on for a while after locking.)
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      09-14-2018, 05:21 PM   #17
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I noticed this too. Does it turn off after a while or is it constant power?

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Hey everyone, thanks OP for this excellent writeup.

I installed a Blackvue (with power magic) and an Escort power wire in my 530e yesterday, following this guide. It was a very easy process. I managed to do a nice and clean job.

However, my alarm seems to go off a few hours after I lock the car. This happened twice last night. Has anyone run into this issue before?

(Maybe related but I noticed the F59 fuse is not a true accessory wire, it goes hot when I unlock the car the stays on for a while after locking.)
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      09-14-2018, 10:40 PM   #18
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It turns off eventually. So far everything is working as I wanted.
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      10-07-2018, 07:54 PM   #19
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Are you using the DR750S-2CH? I'm installing one now and will need to route an additional wire to the rear camera.
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It turns off eventually. So far everything is working as I wanted.
How long is eventually? 10 min? i'm worried about it draining my battery...
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NVM, I guess it does eventually turn off after several minutes (I didn't time the exact duration)...
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It turns off eventually. So far everything is working as I wanted.
How long is eventually? 10 min? i'm worried about it draining my battery...
It's worth noting that when I use the cigarette lighter adapter that came with my radar detector, it turns on as soon as I unlock the car and stays on for a several minutes after I exit the vehicle and the power is turned off to the outlet.
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