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Old 11-28-2008, 11:53 AM   #1
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installing power wire from fuse box????

Hey all,

working on the 325it. Trying to run a power wire to my sirius starmate so I don't have to use the cig lighter (need that for the phone) I like the fact that the cig lighter is not switched because the sirius keeps running while I'm stopped for gas/run into PO or whatever and don't miss the song that comes on next...

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1. I'm trying to remove the ashtray/sunglass holder to get the wire in there and can't get access to the 2 screws in the sunglass holder because the flip down door. I have done searches and Ivegotissues666 has some great diy info posts but still missing this piece of the dash puzzle. any hints?

2. Any hints about getting to the back side of the fuse box to add a wire? I've got it hanging but can't get enough slack to rotate and work with.

3. Is there special connector ends from dealer to snap into the fuse box as my fused power for the starmate? (this would be most profess looking install...option)


any advice or links to threads that talk about this (preferably with pics as I'm a visual learner) would be greatly appreciated


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Old 11-28-2008, 01:05 PM   #2
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1. Open the flip-up door, push up the "roof" of the sunglasses holder and at the same time, pull it out.

That's all I got.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:05 PM   #3
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Hey all,

working on the 325it. Trying to run a power wire to my sirius starmate so I don't have to use the cig lighter (need that for the phone) I like the fact that the cig lighter is not switched because the sirius keeps running while I'm stopped for gas/run into PO or whatever and don't miss the song that comes on next...

Anyway:
1. I'm trying to remove the ashtray/sunglass holder to get the wire in there and can't get access to the 2 screws in the sunglass holder because the flip down door. I have done searches and Ivegotissues666 has some great diy info posts but still missing this piece of the dash puzzle. any hints?

Pop the headunit, put your fingers behind the sunglass thing and push it outwards.

2. Any hints about getting to the back side of the fuse box to add a wire? I've got it hanging but can't get enough slack to rotate and work with.

Twist 90 degrees the 2 white things on top of the glovebox and the fusebox will drop. Wiggle it a bit here and there and you will manage to pull it out to allow space to the rear. Once you drop it you will undersand

3. Is there special connector ends from dealer to snap into the fuse box as my fused power for the starmate? (this would be most profess looking install...option)

Yes, I have used them in my mirror retrofit, I'll find the part number for you

any advice or links to threads that talk about this (preferably with pics as I'm a visual learner) would be greatly appreciated


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Old 11-28-2008, 08:08 PM   #4
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:18 AM   #5
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Thanks Paraklas.

yep that's the terminal/connector I want to get. I'll call dealer today to see if I can get. Bad thing is dealer is practically an hour drive away. New dealer to open 10min away sometime next year (would have been open already but the state already a year late getting the road open )

I got the wires (power and antannae) run behind the dash through the hole in the ashtray base (a hole already there if you snap out the ashtray).

I have the fuse box dropped completely but I still can't get the thing turned easily there is just not enough slack in the wires to allow me to see where the connector pictured above inserts. guess I have to go by feel...
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:56 PM   #6
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:50 PM   #7
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:57 PM   #8
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I plugged into one of the empty switched 12v spots to power my Kensington Liquid Aux. Can use an "Add-a-Circuit" or even just a simple single male spade connector on the power lead plugged into an empty spot.

Sounds like wrenn is trying to plug into one of the fuse spots from BEHIND instea of in front where the normal fuses go into? Not sure though.
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:47 PM   #9
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Is this the right part number for the Fuse Leaf Connector 61130007272?
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:56 PM   #10
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So the fuse leaf connector plugs into the front or the back? I want to find some that plug into the back.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:23 PM   #11
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The back, it's the stock terminal that the fuse connects to. Just trying to figure out the correct part number for the 2005 e46 sedan.
This would be a great way to add the auto dim mirror and use the stock fuse location.
Anyone know the part number?
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:35 PM   #12
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Please post it you get it. I want to run all of my aftermarket electronics through the OEM fuse box.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:40 PM   #13
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Can someone tell me the correct terminal for inside the fuse box? Someone must know this on here. I did searches and all of the references I found to this lack the part number. Come on guys, when you find something like this that is of use to the community you should post it for posterity. If I figure it out, I'll be sure to post it.

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Old 03-13-2010, 03:06 PM   #14
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Can someone tell me the correct terminal for inside the fuse box? Someone must know this on here. I did searches and all of the references I found to this lack the part number. Come on guys, when you find something like this that is of use to the community you should post it for posterity. If I figure it out, I'll be sure to post it.

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looking for the same thing. I'll post up if I find it, I'll hopefully have time to call the stealer monday
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Getting closer, just need to figure out which one.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...56&hg=61&fg=15
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:49 PM   #16
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Probably not going to be 4, 6 or 7/8 because those have the weatherproof grommet on them (those are probably for the box in the engine bay). I'm guessing 2 or 5.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:11 PM   #17
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It looks like #3 is the closest to the on in my Fuse box, but it still doesn't look quite right. I think I'll have to just got to the dealer and hopefully they can figure it out. I'm always surprised how little info is known for modding these car even though they have been out for so long and people have obviously done these mods before.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:25 PM   #18
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I have the radar and the gps running with switched power from the fuse box. I did not deal with the parts from the dealership.

I used an add a circuit in one of the fuse slots in the front. It works flawlessly and is very clean.

If anyone wants to know more I can post pics.

Curious why people want to plug into the back of the panel?
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I have the radar and the gps running with switched power from the fuse box. I did not deal with the parts from the dealership.

I used an add a circuit in one of the fuse slots in the front. It works flawlessly and is very clean.

If anyone wants to know more I can post pics.

Curious why people want to plug into the back of the panel?
Plugging into the back is way cleaner. Sorry but yours looks ghetto
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Plugging into the back is way cleaner. Sorry but yours looks ghetto
lol looks ghetto to who??

No one EVER sees that damn fuse panel except me and the wires are all tucked away in the back and zip tied together nice and neat.

Ive never had any electical problems at all.

In my opinion ghetto riggeed is when ur cutting and striping random factory wires and tapping into them and then making a messy tape job of the whole thing.

But hey if your bothered by it by all means buy an elusive part from the dealership instead of spending like 5-10 bucks at autozone.
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