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post #1 of 12 Old 9th May 2019, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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I have the V1 Radar aftermarket mirror.. what else is needed?

Hi Everyone,

I recently took delivery of a 2003 M5 and noticed that my mirror has the cutout inside for the V1 display. The previous owner said he never hooked it up and wasn't sure what was needed. I searched the boards, but most of the posts I found were more about sourcing the mirror itself. I figure since I've already got the mirror it's worth looking into what I need to connect it. Is anyone on here running that setup?

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I'd assume you'd need a V1 radar detector. Not sure if they've moved away from the RJ11 connector or not though. I assume the display/mirror has an RJ11 for it.

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Well.. scratch that plan. I was messing around with the mirror looking to see if there were any hidden wires and somehow... somehow.. the pressure I put on the housing cracked the windshield. I didn't even think that was possible. Looks like my money will be going into a new windshield instead of any radar gear... I can't believe that just happened. Well.. 1 month in, 1st M5 repair! Ugh..
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When I got my M5, I barely touched the mirror and it fell off as well. I was lucky enough that the crack didn't go all the way through, so I have JB Weld'ed the glass and metal piece back on - but it's still delicate. So I've kicked that can down the road.

That being said, you have to twist on/off the mirror after you remove the base plastic covering.

About your original post, I assume there's an RJ11 (phone cord) in the headliner, which would power a V1. I have the 2nd best option which is a Stealthone that puts text on the stereo and dash. I called Valentine directly and asked for a "refurbished" model and it was 10% off. It looked new in the box and carries all the same warranties and most up to date software. Also has the same 30 day return policy as new ones, in the event you aren't satisfied.
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OP - I feel your pain, as I did the same thing to my windshield in a 2001 525iT. Tried to change the mirror to self dimming, and BAM, the windshield cracked big time. I was lucky because the people in the insurance office said they would not cover it, but a week or so later, I had a meeting with the insurance broker and mentioned it. He got me covered ($1000).


Sounds like all you need it to hook up a phone cable to a Valentine 1, which you will need.


I also have a StealthOne kit sitting in my garage, which I will be putting in my M5. What a great setup that is, keeping the V1 dark and sending the info to the dash. Very sad that the are no longer in business, as this was a great device.

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I also have a StealthOne kit sitting in my garage, which I will be putting in my M5. What a great setup that is, keeping the V1 dark and sending the info to the dash. Very sad that the are no longer in business, as this was a great device.
I might have to bug you about that stealthone, I have the box but the guy I bought it from never took the wires out of the car before selling it. If I can just find out what pin on the harness it uses to feed the ibus data, i can make my own wires.

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The wire is directly connected to the iBus junction center behind the glove box. A purple wire, if I remember correctly. I pulled a pin connector, soldered the StealthOne wire to it and snapped it back in to the junction center.

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I have a file of the StealthOne owners manual if you need it. Just PM me. I just looked at it and it did not call out a wire color, but just said connect to the I-Bus.


From the manual:


To Install StealthOne:
1. Select an appropriate location to install your Valentine One using any of the
methods described in the Valentine One owners manual. We recommend that
you use the direct wire power adapter provided with your Valentine One and
tap into a switched 12v wire in the overhead console. This will allow you to
place the Valentine One at the top of the front windshield, which will give it
the best unobstructed front and rear view.
Note: When mounted, Valentine One must have an unobstructed view. It
cannot be mounted behind the windshield wipers.
2. Plug one end of the 2 Ft. RJ-11 modular Power Cable into the Valentine One
Accessory (ACC) port using Valentine Ones direct wire power adapter or the
cigarette lighter adapter, and then plug the other end of the Power Cable into
the StealthOne V1 ACC module port.
3. Plug the end of the RJ-11 modular Interface Cable that has the I-BUS wire
attached to it into the StealthOne I-BUS/AUX module port. Do not connect the
other modular plug to anything, but instead let the wire hang loose and locate
it in a convenient location. This modular plug will be used for in car
programming of the StealthOne with software updates and future options.

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Alright... so i got the windshield replaced, but Safelight wouldn't touch the ball. I have it hanging off right now but can't for the life of me get that ball back on.

Any suggestions? BMW said they wouldn't even try and quoted $600 for a new mirror. I can't believe getting the ball back on is so hard. Since I have the V1 hard wired in there I can't just do the quarter turn and take the mirror out of the car. I saw a video of a guy using a block of wood and a jack to get the mirror back in the ball. Any help would be appreciated guys. Thanks!

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Alright... so i got the windshield replaced, but Safelight wouldn't touch the ball. I have it hanging off right now but can't for the life of me get that ball back on.

Any suggestions? BMW said they wouldn't even try and quoted $600 for a new mirror. I can't believe getting the ball back on is so hard. Since I have the V1 hard wired in there I can't just do the quarter turn and take the mirror out of the car. I saw a video of a guy using a block of wood and a jack to get the mirror back in the ball. Any help would be appreciated guys. Thanks!
I have used Safelite before (as recently as 5 months ago-they do very nice work) and I have never had them refuse to replace the rear view mirror. I would not pay for the job as I would consider that "incomplete". That is part of replacing the windshield.

I would contact customer service and contact your credit card company for a chargeback if necessary.

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