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Valentine One Radar detector with remote display installation.

This is my first post to the site after purchasing my 2012 328i in February. I chose to source power from the fuse box directly in front of the passenger dash location. Yes, there is a fuse box in the trunk area, but why go all the way back there when there is a great fuse box location just in front of the passenger side foot well. Yes, you can access the dome light area easily, but not without cutting in or splicing into existing wires. I decided to use the add a fuse option which would allow me to plug into an existing fuse location and keep from cutting into any existing wiring. For Valentine One owners seeking to use the optional concealed display unit, we will run the power through the firewall below the passenger side dash, then using V1's wiring module, use two telephone lines to run power to the main unit to the left of the mirror area, and another to the concealed display unit that will rest on the ledge of the dash, but not obstruct any gages or warning lights. If you own an Escort or other brand and just want to run power to it, you can follow these steps and eliminate the concealed display section.

The first step is to remove the cover over the fuse box. Note that the three 10mm black "bolts" are plastic and act to slide a lever under it to secure the cover. Be careful and only make a half turn to loosen them.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Next remove the fuse box cover by releasing the four clips, two in the back and two in front.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Once the cover is removed, turn it over and note the plastic trim that needs to be removed such that the add a fuse can fit in that space.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

I tried several other positions, but all were problems due to clearance of the cover. I was unable to get a diagram of the fuse layout. The position I picked is hot and remains so for approximately ten minutes, then shuts off after the ignition is shut down. The fuse was a 10 amp fuse. If someone else knows the fuse layout, please share it, as I don't have it. Here's what it looks like:

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Once you crimp some additional wire to the red add a fuse line, snake it down the back and out of the fuse box. I made an access hole for the wire along the back side of the cover.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Next up is getting the wiring through the firewall. I took a pair of scissors and made a small push into the plastic behind the hole I sourced after removing the black rubber plug. I used part of a cut metal hangar to tape the wiring to and push it through the firewall.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

To retrieve the wire, you need to access the lower dash and side dash area.

You will need to remove the side dash access panel,

BMW F30 V1 DIY

the lower right passenger side kick panel,
(See the photo for the plugs and slide connection locations.)

BMW F30 V1 DIY

and the upper panel below the passenger side dash. Start by removing the lower sill guard by prying it forward until it pops away from the four brown connectors. You need to remove it such that the kick panel will come out. Note the pry tool in the photo. It is essential to have one of these for the job if you want to avoid leaving any pry or scratch marks. Get one for five bucks, it's well worth it.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

The panel above the foot well area has two 13mm nuts that need to be removed, then carefully drop the panel while disconnecting the light and power socket.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

If you were only grabbing power for a mirror area radar detector, you may be able to get away with reaching the wire fed through the firewall from the side dash panel location, and spare yourself the headache of removing all the lower dash passenger side panels. To get the remote display installed, you do need to access these lower panel areas as well as the dash molding for the HVAC vent. Also, I know I misspelled "molding" in the photos. Unfortunately, I finished my session in Photoshop and was too lazy to correct it. Sorry.

Make sure you have a plastic pry tool to work the molding loose. It will come out by prying a little at each area that has a connector. See photos for connector locations.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Once you have the molding apart, you can now get the separate phone line run from the V1 junction box (remote line) through the dash and in place for the remote display.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Attach the ground line of the V1 power module to the torx bolt behind the glove box. Access from the removed side dash cover. Connect the power line you threaded through the dash to the power side line of the V1 module. See the photos for routing. Carefully push back the molding in place and you will have your remote display power done.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

BMW F30 V1 DIY

I use two metal brackets for the supports that attach to the back of the concealed display unit. The back of the display slides off and allows for assembling a screw with a nut holding it to the base. Just slide the assembly back to the unit after attaching it. I glued some Velcro to the brackets, put a small piece of self adhesive Velcro to the dash and attached it. I put some black electrical tape on top of each bracket to get rid of the silver bracket glare in the dash.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

Work back the rubber insulation along the upper window frame, it comes apart easily. We need to run the main power line from the V1 power module up the window pillar molding and towards the glass of the top of the windshield.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

There is plenty of room to work in the wire behind the pillar and up along the headliner without removing anything. There is no need to remove the window support beam cover. The wiring will tuck in nicely as you work it along, past the mirror, and then leaving several inches to reach the detector. I took a look at the wiring in the dome light area and decided against using this area for power, as I needed an additional line to power the remote. It seemed a lot easier to run the main source to the under dash area, then split from the V1 power module to both locations.

BMW F30 V1 DIY

I was extremely happy with the results. It looks like a professional install and with a little patience, you should be able to do the same. Enjoy!
 

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Great job! That is an excellent V1 installation guide for the F30 3 series :)

Tim
 
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