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Old 07-25-2009, 11:55 AM
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John,
I'm not having any luck finding the correct wire for the reverse light in my 07 X3. I've tried tapping 2 different pale blue wires with a yellow stripe and the sensor does work. How did you get the rear panel off the tailgate to get to the reverse lights? I see the are 2 screws and 2 grommits that appear to be holding it on. The screws are easy to get out but the grommits will not pop out. What is the trick to getting the panel off?
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:26 PM
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Nevermind, we figured out how to remove the grommits and determined the correct wire.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:27 AM
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Hey GimpyMcFarlan which backup sensor system did you go with?
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:56 PM
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Hey GimpyMcFarlan which backup sensor system did you go with?
I went with the Parking Dynamics version that uses a metallic strip to sense electromagnetic changes as you approach objects. The version w/ individual sensors may be better overall but I didn't want to drill and was not confident the sensor color would match the car. After initial installation I was skeptical because it was not sensing my body until I was a few inches away. However when I tested it by back up to my garage door it worked flawlessly.
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...Parking Dynamics...
Please keep us posted on how it works as you use it more and more. I like to add one to my X3 but gotta find work and pay off some bills before I can think about adds-ons for the X3.

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parking sensor installation guide

I bought one set of parking sensor online. They have 6 sensors parking sensor and rear view cameras, the quality is good. I bought from them 8 months ago. It is still ok.
Their site is : http://www.carsda.com .

Here is the parking sensor installation guide from them, I guess it is helpful !
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Guys, does anyone have a picture of the exact wire that needs to be used for PDC? I am preparing myself for the installation of the electromagnetic type sensor (not the ultrasonic one).
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:07 AM
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The power wire for the backup lights is a pale blue with a yellow stripe running the length of it. So I believe any type of back up sensor system would require that wire because it's the only one powered only when in reverse. My thoughts anyway.
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Please keep us posted on how it works as you use it more and more.
The Parking Dynamics unit has not worked very well. I think it is because there is a large metal crash bar immediately behind the bumper which interferes with the electromagnetic reception. I've tried installing 2 antennas per the installation instructions but I still get many false alarms. The manufacturer also recommend isolating the metal crash bar from the car via nylon washers but this is no feasible based on the BMW bumper design. I'm now considering whether or not to go the ultrasonic sensor route (which requires drilling) or just going without sensors at all.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:45 AM
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John, thanks a lot for the wire pictures. Gimpy, I will be installing en electromagnetic type of sensors tomorrow as I already bought it before seeing your message (it is not Parking Dynamics sensor but some cheap Chinese copy but there is a chance it might work). Anyway, if it does not work, I will be more experienced in taking the bumper off and will buy/install the ultrasonic version). Cheers
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:54 AM
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Guys,

I installed an electromagnetic sensor two days ago. It works fine but I get a lot of false alarms (which I never got with ultrasonic sensors). I am ok with it for the moment, false alarms do not bother me (it is more important not to destroy the bumper...)

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