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I'm hardwiring my beltronics radar detector to my 2007 x3 this evening and had a couple questions.

1. Does anyone know if I can use an escort hardwire kit a friend bought online with my beltronics radar? It seems to be the same set up but I haven't found clarification yet. If so, that's great and convenient.

2. I'm planning on moving the led light that blinks when alert is identified to behind my hazard light button so that when it blinks I can see it in more of a direct line to the road. I also plan on mounting the mute button by my cup holder so I can replace for fairly cheap when selling. Has anyone dealt with anything like this and were you pleased with the results? I'm also curious how accessible putting the led behind the hazard light will be. Maybe a small hole? Maybe just hot glueing it in place?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'll try and take pictures along the way in case anyone is interested in doing this as well.

Thanks in advance.

Michael
 

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I'm hardwiring my beltronics radar detector to my 2007 x3 this evening and had a couple questions.

1. Does anyone know if I can use an escort hardwire kit a friend bought online with my beltronics radar? It seems to be the same set up but I haven't found clarification yet. If so, that's great and convenient.

2. I'm planning on moving the led light that blinks when alert is identified to behind my hazard light button so that when it blinks I can see it in more of a direct line to the road. I also plan on mounting the mute button by my cup holder so I can replace for fairly cheap when selling. Has anyone dealt with anything like this and were you pleased with the results? I'm also curious how accessible putting the led behind the hazard light will be. Maybe a small hole? Maybe just hot glueing it in place?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'll try and take pictures along the way in case anyone is interested in doing this as well.

Thanks in advance.

Michael
Get me the model on both units and I will look up voltage, amperage, and pin outs to see if they match for you.

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I'm also curious how accessible putting the led behind the hazard light will be. Maybe a small hole? Maybe just hot glueing it in place?
Isn't the ashtray a good option for a stealth install of the LED?

I seeem to recall someone did that with their Valentine.

Not sure how the sizes of the remote units compare.

Cutting into the padded part of the dash, or gluing onto it, might become an issue when you come to sell or trade.
(AFTERTHOUGHT - if there was enough space behind there to position it, you'd only need to unscrew the dash cubby/bin to gain access,
so no cutting needed if you meant the LED would be bright enough to shine through the hazard warning switch.)

If you don't have a lot of options, like PDC, there could even be space to have the LED positioned in that switch panel above the ashtray (where DSC, TPMS buttons, etc. are).
That could look like a factory install, and fairly easily reversed if desired - or easier to rectify cutting/positioning errors.
 

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Thanks for wanting to look it up but I made my circuit board and it worked flawlessly. I did however determine my soldering tool needs to be replaced...terrible. It looms like a 4 year old made the board, but works like it should so I'm happy. I'm actually considering the ashtray now that you bring that up. Maybe wire it into the actual ashtray light to blink when in night mode. I decided to go with the mute switch on the panel near the tpms buttons like you recommended. Just looks like it'll appear more stock there. Thanks for all the input guys it really helped with my final decisions. If you are interested in the circuit board schematics I would be more than happy to send them in an email. Once I get this all complete I plan on posting a DIY. It may not be much cheaper than a kit but definitely more custom for my situation.

Thanks again.
 
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