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The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 12-22-2014, 09:00 AM
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When I did a hardwire install of my V1 in my 2012, I stayed away from a 'mirror tap' or like connection because I needed to use V1C LE.

One must use either a V1C LE for use iP apps by V1 and SA or the V1C to use the incredible Android app YaV1 that redefines the V1. I am iOS captive but envy the incredible features of YaV1 and note that one can add an Android device without a data plan to benefit from YaV1.

I know the Escort Max2 has BT built in (https://www.escortradar.com/passportmax2/) so it no longer requires the EL smartcord, but in order to use the EL app (Android or iOS) with the RL (https://www.escortradar.com/redline/) one must use an EL smartcord or like connection for hardwired (https://www.escortradar.com/store/ESCORT-Live-iPhone/).

More info about V1 add-ons like the V!C LE may be found here: https://store.valentine1.com/store/

YaV1 and SA both imitate Savvy (for quieting the detector at set speeds) while the V1 apps for Android and iOS allow performance improvements like segmenting the detector to increase range and limiting false alerts which one can also do with the RL but not the Max.
That's why I took down the center console, and hide the LE up in there.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:28 PM
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Thank you. Is there any reason to think the rearview mirror stem is a different size on the 2015 than the 2014?

In my initial email I mentioned that looking at their photos, I thought I needed 10 or 6. I tried to call BM this morning and no one answered the phone.

No change between 2014 and 2015 but there are differences based on camera options.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:16 PM
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That's why I took down the center console, and hide the LE up in there.
Thank you. I missed the V1C LE but now need to show your images to my installer to see if that would work for me. I am glad to hear that using that power source doesn't cause any complications.
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No change between 2014 and 2015 but there are differences based on camera options.
Ok. I finally heard from BM this morning and quickly sent in photos of my rearview mirror this morning and waiting to hear back about the part(s) I need.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:47 PM
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Thank you. I missed the V1C LE but now need to show your images to my installer to see if that would work for me. I am glad to hear that using that power source doesn't cause any complications.
NP, just FYI, in addition to the V1, I have a DashCam hooked up to the same source. Been running this way for 2 weeks without any flaws.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:57 PM
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NP, just FYI, in addition to the V1, I have a DashCam hooked up to the same source. Been running this way for 2 weeks without any flaws.
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The cam wires fit with the V1 wires in there with the factory wires?
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:26 PM
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The cam wires fit with the V1 wires in there with the factory wires?
Yeah, I spliced the wires right at the end of the connectors and place another shrink wrap to hold it in place. Very simple to do. The only trick is to figure out which wire for the camera is positive.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:54 PM
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Yeah, I spliced the wires right at the end of the connectors and place another shrink wrap to hold it in place. Very simple to do. The only trick is to figure out which wire for the camera is positive.
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Powering what??

Looks like a great connection but what is that plug powering?? I looked at mine and seems like a VERY SMALL wire @22 gauge or smaller.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:31 AM
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This is a full ignition-on 12V power source, it's a small wire, but large enough for any USB device. For me, I have a USB driving Camera and a V1 Radar detector hooked up to it.
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:35 AM
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Great write up

Thanks for the write up!

Does anyone know if there is a permanent live up there as well and if so which one.

I have a 2016 X5 and I'm hoping the wiring is the same
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:45 AM
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Short answer would be no.. or at least I don't think so. Even with the reading lights, they are circuitry protected.
The reason for ignition-on is to protect you from draining your battery.
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Old 03-19-2016, 03:01 AM
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Short answer would be no.. or at least I don't think so. Even with the reading lights, they are circuitry protected.
The reason for ignition-on is to protect you from draining your battery.
I understand but I'm looking to wire in a dashcam with a power magic pro
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:31 PM
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USB's are 5V, car is 12V.
If you are using a dash cam, you need an inverter, it's available in any cigarette lighter to usb adapter, just take take it out and resplice the wires. There are plenty of room to store your wiring behind the overhead lighting console.
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USB's are 5V, car is 12V.
If you are using a dash cam, you need an inverter, it's available in any cigarette lighter to usb adapter, just take take it out and resplice the wires. There are plenty of room to store your wiring behind the overhead lighting console.
I still need a permanent live to get the dash cam working when parked. The PMP will make sure the 12v battery is not drained.
The Blackvue manual says the input voltage is 12v so I will put a volt meter on the output to see what the output from the Blackvue power cord is when plugged into the cigarette lighter.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:23 PM
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Hmmm my dash cam has internal battery, so it's constantly active, if G force is greater than 4, it will record the past 10 seconds along with another 10 seconds after the shock. Not sure if full live cam is a good idea.
As far as I know, all the wires up there are digitally switched therefore, I really don't think any of them are permanent live 12V's. Even your cigarette lighter plug is not permanent in late model BMWs.
Sorry, can't help..
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I have a V1 on the way. Can someone share the best settings for it?
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:46 PM
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Wow.. I have not used my V1 since the Waze app's launch.. sorry, budd, can't help you there anymore. I think mine used to be kept in small L, since I'm in NE, travel through Conn a lot
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Waze is great but only in densely populated areas where there are plenty of people reporting into it.

Some places I drive I don't even get a mobile signal!
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Can't get invisicord to seat

I have tried a dozen times to push the red Invisicord wire into the same plug as the green/white wire. It just comes right out. Same with the black wire when I try to seat it with the brown/black wire. How the heck did you get the invisicord ends to stay put?
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I have tried a dozen times to push the red Invisicord wire into the same plug as the green/white wire. It just comes right out. Same with the black wire when I try to seat it with the brown/black wire. How the heck did you get the invisicord ends to stay put?
I have the micro connector and it's still difficult to tap a good solid connection. I had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the connector and insert it with force into the harness.
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Sorry to revive this thread but it's the best write up I have seen on how to install a detector with an invisicord. I just came back to BMW (17 X5 x50i) and have an invisicord-like wiring harness from my GMC Yukon. Same principle but the connectors are too skinny to stay in the plug in the mirror. I folded them over but now they are too short. Is there a way to salvage those connectors (by way of adding something else to them) or should I just pull trigger on a new setup?
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installed my v1 this morning via an invisicord, which i find easier, cleaner, and faster than the v1 direct wire kit. blendmount doesn't make a v1 mirror mount for new x5's with the connected drive camera yet, so i'm using the suction cup mounts for now.

tools needed: a credit card & one invisicord.

time required: 10 minutes

start by sitting in the passenger seat, which makes access much easier, regardless of which side you choose to mount the detector. i recommend moving the passenger seat forward to give you back support while you work.

using a credit card sized card, split the plastic mirror mount cover down the middle (i like to use a card a bit more flexible than a credit card, hence my marriott rewards card).

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once the two pieces begin to separate, drop the card and pull the two pieces apart by pulling each side toward its respective door. don't worry, it won't break. ignore the black wire in this pick, i forgot to capture this pic as i did this step & went back after i had installed the invisicord.

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next, locate the black plug, which is nestled in a cubby front and center above the mirror & below the camera module (if so equipped). also note, it's located directly in front of a smaller, pinkish plug.

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at this point, i recommend turning off the power to your x5 (no need to disconnect the battery) & unplugging the black plug. the easiest way to unplug the back plug is to gently pull it straight up out of its "cubby" so you have better access to it. next, unplug it by pinching the sides & pulling up, separating the two pieces.

once separated, insert the invisicord wires into the top of the plug as follows: red invisicord (power) goes into the top of the plug alongside the green w/black stripe wire (switched power) & the black invisicord wire (ground) goes into the top of the plug alongside the brown w/black stripe wire. be sure to push the invisicord wires all the way into the plug until you feel a slight click. you shouldn't see any exposed metal, only the invisicord sheath. this will ensure a strong connection that won't rattle loose.

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reconnect the black plug & plug in your detector to ensure everything is working before you put everything back together. turn the acc power on & off to ensure you are using switched power (detector will turn on & off with the acc power).

if successful, turn off the acc power, unplug your detector, & push the black plug back into the "cubby". reposition the black mirror mount covers & click them back together.

tip 1: when reinstalling the mount covers, start at the bottom & align the covers around the mirror stem & work your way up.

tip 2: be mindful where you want your invisicord to exit from between the cover & the windshield as you snap the covers back in place. you don't want to have the wire caught up behind the covers & have to re-separate the covers again.

that should do it. feel free to reply to this thread or pm me if i can answer any questions. i'm happy to help!

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Excellent instructions. Works without issues.
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Old 04-03-2020, 04:18 PM
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For my 2016 M I used 2 V1 cables (didn't know about Invisicord) to wire mine. One wire made it tucked away behind the molding around the windshield, the second from near the ODB socket, where I inserted a V1 BOB (brown out booster), then continued tucked away to the center console 12v socket. Didn't take long, I'd post pictures but it's invisible

If your model has the start/stop engine feature (I call if golf cart mode), you need the BOB or the V1 gets all confused.
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