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Nice job mate, front suspension is on my wish list - fancy at trip to God’s own county along with your four post ramp!

As your doing all my jobs list on your car already it will take you half the time to do mine :)

Like the red subframe- rebuilt a mini for my 30th birthday project did the subframes pillar box red- went twice as fast I swear ......

Will be starting the install of my mobile phone kit now the bl***y snows stopped- once that’s hopefully done on with my list of jobs - will be on for some tips from you.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: March 01, 2018, 11:21:12 AM »

In way of a brief update, decided to take the bull by the horns and ordered a Bury 9068 and associated SOT lead and i am going to fit it myself !! ....what am i doing.

From everything i have read into on here and talking with kit suppliers it should be a "plug and play" job - where have i heard that before.I struggle with the "X$$ly computer leads.

For the cost of the kit at circa £150 all in i am prepared to take a gamble  - i might be on here eating humble pie shortly asking for more help next week or  .........and locating a fitter....but hey ho.

I will try and post a how to if i manage to do the job myself.

Cheers and watch this space.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:59:44 PM »
Eh up Horizon

Cracking mate I was going to rip mine out and have a look, thanks for taking these photos.

Also found out today apparently there are two types of quad lock pins, I have counted yours and looks like 16 pin square, assume all are the same.

Really appreciate you doing the pics, I can now contact the supplier and talk them through the connections and see what they recommend now,,,,,

I’m even convincing myself I can fit this.......we will see......more ground work before I start anything electrical

Cheers again

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Dremil tool
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:33:05 PM »
Eh up,

Its a divider for the Dremal carry case, so your bits stay in place !


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:29:47 PM »

Thanks for that, i was thinking of taking the radio out next as a tester and was hoping to find the quadlock there.

I an still looking into this but it looks like all my connections are in the front of the car behind the radio so fitting may only be a matter of removing and replacing plug leads at the rear of the radio.

It just sounds too simple to be true - maybe over thinking the whole thing. Other than running the mic cable and bury screen that appears to be it  .

Guessed the pre wired plug connector was there for something as an extra my car did not have but fitted as standard anyway.

Cheers for the reply

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:35:12 AM »
In way of a brief update on progress (or lack of it) I elected to check the actual boot area to double check the conflicting information on the requirement of a SOT lead for the car kit.

A number of suppliers I have checked for both parrot and bury kits were positive I required a 5m cable for connection to the amp.

I can confirm that having removed the boot cover, compressor etc. to reach the battery there is no amp located in my car.

Only thing i can find is an empty plug connector wired into the OEM loom but that could be for anything.

So I am now checking if its really that simple as to remove the radio, connect in the SOT leads as supplied that link with the car kit and radio and “hey presto” working car kit!!

Surely not?????

I am doing some more gigging this week to see if I can gather some more information on fitting when you have the basic radio set up.

Hope this help some one else in the future

Pics as always.

Nice one sleepyfolk

Cracking job mate , way to do it if bits are off anyway. Might have damaged the wallet now but saved in the futures.

Diff and transfer case oils are on my list too., what year is yours as understand you have to reset something on mine via the OBD port. What’s that all about my shogun never had that !

By the way no amp or connection stuff in the boot for the radio - checked this morning- spot on mate.

Thanks again for the replies.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:03:33 PM »

At the risk of becoming a PIA, as I’m only fitting the Bury car kit I will only have a mic, Bury display unit and the sOT cabling to route.

So I am being clear I am leaving the existing radio, mid and CD player in situ, just plugging in to the back of them with the wiring harnesses.

Bit confused as I am reading as if you think I’m moving the mid, but i have no need.

I think I’m clear now - just surprised ( well ex tactic actually) that I have no need to run cabling from the boot area.

Result for me in a big way as it should be relatively simples now for me, or so I think.

One happy Yorkshireman ( now that’s sumat not oft said !,,)


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:49:03 AM »

Cheers for that, i have no sat nav or screen just the basic business radio and single play cd.

So my model has no radio related equipment in the boot i need to worry about when looking at fitting the phone kit.

I looked at bascules post where he fitted a parrot but his car had sat nav screen and required as below:-

One BMW SOT lead – this fits ‘between’ the existing amplifier and the speaker connections, and provides the interface point for the parrot to connect to.

One 5m long loom extension cable, to run from the parrot controller back to the electronics in the boot.
I bought all my kit from justcarkits.co.uk – used them for years and they’re really helpful, but there’s plenty of other sources.

Soooooooo this means i have no need to run a cable from the boot to the front of the car as the amp and Ariel etc are located in the MID unit ?

I assume therefore the adaptor kit will simply harness up behind the existing radio /cd slot.

Given im fitting the bury or parrot kit i therefore do not need to worry about the adapter cable running from the boot amp to the radio at the front to trigger the mute function etc when a call comes in and play the call over the radio speakers, as its all in the MID unit in my model ie no sat nav/screen/ multiplay cd . ( Anyone feel free to correct me if im wrong here ).

Cheers for taking the time to reply all

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:52:18 PM »

Thanks  for the reply hope you enjoyed a trio to "gods own county", im still struggling to be fair.

The more i read i assume i must have a piece of kit in the boot that the radio must plug into !

Im figuring i will take the boot apart over the weekend and try and figure out what does what in their and how it relates back to the radio.

If anyone has any photos of what i need to look for it would be appreciated.

I understand its a piece of kit under the pump dome cover and toward the rear of the car with some sort of quadlock on it.

I need to determine if this exists with the basic radio or not, i hate giving up on stuff without a try but i may well do on this project.

cheers again for all the responses folks


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:04:37 AM »

Ehup, thanks for that info.

To pick your brains some more and confirm my simple understanding  then......

No amp in boot so no need to run the cable ive been reading about from the boot to the parrot kit so it connects with the amp ?

Any advice really welcome.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:58:14 PM »

Looking for some help with advice on fitting a phone kit, either a Parrot or Bury.

I’m no fan of elecs, in fact I loathe them, better with the spanner’s as I understand them! Please bare with the stupid questions I will then decide if I give it a go or give in and get a qualified sparks in.

I have a facelift 2005 plate with basic single CD player and basic business radio.

If this is the case do I still have the amp in the boot with the 16 pin SOT lead rather than 8 pin ( understand these were Pre facelift), or is everything in the dash I need to wire into.

From what I can gather I thought all x5 had the amp in the boot but now I’m not sure and in fairness would not nessasairly know what I was looking for without pictures.

I looked on realoem which has helped a little but still not clear to me.

Happy ish with the trim removal aspects as I found some useful links on the site.

I want to ensure I order the correct kit and ancillary items from the supplier.

Cheers in advance for any tips, I will then decide which route I go down.


Cheers for the explanation- every days a school day.

It’s still growing on me ......

Well it’s less work and more tinkering…….

Managed to get 30 minutes to swop out the fog light bulbs and go “old School” with the yellow.

I’m not convinced yet, although I have to say the night vision is actually pretty good, I would even say better compared to the normal OEM white lights even though the wattage and output are the same. Or maybe its just psychological on my part, reliving my youth in my Phase 1 Renault 5GT Turbo.

Cannot really photo the night effect but you can see a daylight shot.

Will stick with it for a while to see if it grows on me, function wise its good just not sure aesthetically now they are in.

Next job the tints now the weather is getting better

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This Weekend Work - Rear Wiper Upgrade
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:11:23 PM »
Luigi - s

Im no expert on this but in theory a genuine should fit as the drive spindle is the same OD.

From what i can gather its not designed for the E53 as the wiper arm parks to the right not left like ours ( when viewed from behind) you can tell by the curve in the arm itself.

Cannot advise any further sorry - just what ive gleaned and figured out.

Alan seems to have had his far a while so guess its like everything else - some will work fine some may be flawed.

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