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Unlocking the E9X backup camera!

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This is a tutorial on how to install and unlock the E9X backup camera!
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  1. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
  2. PRO

    PRO New Member

    "If you upgraded your CCC to CIC then its said to be flaky at best."

    womp, lol.
     
  3. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    You a convert?
     
  4. PRO

    PRO New Member

    yup! I guess I could try one day, and see how it goes.
     
  5. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    Well, I think your conversion connects in a similar fashion, right? I wonder what the conflict is.
     
  6. 335iHaroon

    335iHaroon Specialist

    I've seen some with the guide lines how does that work ?
     
  7. I'm going to order this and see if it works. I have an 08 with CCC so hopefully it works!
     
  8. Aaron

    Aaron Corporal

    159
    Colorado
    Silver 2013 335is 6MT
    I thought about this, but I simply don't want to go through all the work of taking everything apart to run/plugin the cable.
     
  9. mikednjbmw

    mikednjbmw Lurker

    13
    nj
    definitely would like to get mine going right after winter
     
  10. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    I have an extra emulator box on the way. I'm not going to need it. So the emulator and PnP harness, I've got both of those for sale if anyone wants them and don't want to wait for them to arrive from China. They should arrive shortly. I decided to go with a xcarlink instead, it just costs more.
     
  11. cic only and you need pdc and.the emulator box and of course....a compatible trunk handle mounted camera
     
  12. Generally most BMWs come with most of the hardware and pretty much all of the software for all the packaging options.. It saves time, money, and resources to keep building the same base platform and packaging from there.
     
  13. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    I had read confirmations that PDC wasn't actually required. I don't have PDC yet, so we will see.
     
  14. R.G.

    R.G. Sergeant

    352
    Henderson, NV
    E92 N54, F02 N54
    You do not need PDC
     
  15. I've got the camera installed and the wire fished, I just need to finish up the inside part now. Coding was pretty easy as well.
     
  16. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    Oh nice! Did you follow this guide?
     
  17. I did. I'd add some more emphasis about fishing the wire through the flex boot thing. It's virtually impossible without some kind of lubricant. I used a silicone spray.

    Currently the wire is sitting in my trunk. I just have to run it up to the module and plug everything in. I used the extension, too.
     
  18. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    I really hope the extension and wiring diagrams and instructions are accurate for you. I did my best to piece it together from several threads and posts, all without having done it myself. Let me know and I'll be sure to add anything you think is worth sharing!
     
  19. Things to consider/ things I've learned through the install:
    1. The MOST ring (fiber optic network in the car for audio/video) connections need to be moved from the OEM harness to the extension. You'll have no audio otherwise, and the car will throw lots codes, and also not be able to communicate with a few modules.
    2. If you don't use lubricant to fish the cable through the flex tube in the trunk, you will destroy some of the camera connections. Inside the molded plastic part toward the end of the cable is a circuit board, with pretty weak solder joints. Use a lubricant.
    3. There's a metal pin in the right tail light that looks like it could be a ground. It isn't. I ran a wire from the negative terminal to connect into the camera harness.
    Since I destroyed the camera cable, and I couldn't find just the cable on its own, I have a new camera and cable in the mail. I'm really looking forward to re-fishing it all the way to the CIC module again! /s
     
  20. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    That sucks but at least you know what to do. I ordered my camera on Nov 29th and sadly it looks like its barely entering the country:

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