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I hate splicing into wiring harnesses. I see the topic has been discussed a million times already, but wondering if anyone has found the mate to the white connector that most use to connect their Valentine 1.

I've noticed that electrical connectors are one of the least understood areas for part numbers in the BMW community. It's kind of something you have to buy and check out for your own. Gone through that drill a bunch on my M Coupe.

That said, here is the connector I'm talking about:

from: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/169637-how-hardwiring-radar-detector-escort-9500ix.html

Does anyone happen to know what the receptacle connector is that mates to that? I really like making my own harnesses and enjoy clean installs. I would love to find the mate to that, but it's not one I'm familiar with and don't believe it's called out on Welcome to realoem.com |bmw parts | bmw parts catalog| bmw epc!. It looks like it connects to the optional home-link.

if anyone has a clue, help me out! I'm sure I can find the pins and own the crimp tools.
 

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And I've noticed that most people ground to the screw on the sunroof motor, not to the brown wire in this harness. Is that brown wire not ground? If you were to successfully find the mate to that connector, would pins 1 and 3 suffice for switched power and ground?
 

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Keep us updated. If this works out I may go back and clean up my wiring as well
It worked. The part number for the connector above mates to the white plug that most tap into.

You then need to buy two pins, either with pigtails or just pins themselves that you can crimp on (requires special tool I found on Amazon that works well).

The power wire has been identified...the one everyone already taps. The wire on the other edge is ground. The middle wire is not used.

Therefore, insert the two pins that you've either crimped on the wires of your choice or pins with pigtails you've soldered to the leads of your device into the new connector such that they mate up with the corresponding pins in the white connector.

There you have it...nice, clean, easily reversible install.

I used this method to wire up a bluetooth audio adapter for music and phone calls. This allowed me to put it up in the dome area such that the mic and button didn't need any special wires or cables run inside trim panels.
 
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