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      09-27-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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DIY FLIR Night Vision e90 LCI


First of all, THANKS to my friends Gerardo, Rafa and Juanjo, they helped me to do all this proccess.

I have installed the FLIR camera in my e90 LCI. I have written comments in the images. Sorry because there are many grammatical errors.

This is the final result. It make sense at night:

The reason to install this camera was a car crash i had 3 months ago, against a horse. This was my old car:

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The car reacted very well. Luckily, i had no company at that moment. So i decided to buy another 3 series car, because i liked my car. I bought a 318 instead of a 320, and with the price different i bought the FLIR camera.

I tought about differents solutions about the monitor, because i don't have iDrive. I made some paper prototypes:

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I really like the monitor in the dash part, but i wanted a plug-in solution, maeby with magnetics pieces or something. It was impossible to fit the monitor in that position.

So i decide to buy a rearview mirror monitor like this one:

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Here there are the dimensions of the camera and bracket:


Also you need the FLIR cable to connect the camera to the monitor. I bought a fuse adapter in order to get the power from there:

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This are the steps needed:

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There are more images in the second part.
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      09-27-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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DIY FLIR Night Vision e90 LCI (Part 2)

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I hope this can help other people.
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      09-27-2011, 10:49 AM   #3
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Very, very cool. I thought about getting a FLIR setup since I have iDrive. I hope this helps your night driving, and I'm also glad you're safe from the Horse collision.

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Any pics of this in action?

How did you not see a horse?
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      09-27-2011, 11:22 AM   #5
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I will upload a video in action.

I didn't see the horse because it was close night without moon light, and with cars in the other sense. So I had to drive with the cross light. The horse appeared from the right of the road, without time to react.
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      09-27-2011, 12:57 PM   #6
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great write up, im just confused how much of the mirror do you look at when your driving?
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      09-27-2011, 02:01 PM   #7
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In my opinion, the camera is only useful when you drive at night outside of cities and when you can not use the high beams. In that context, i think is get used to watch the screen more frequently. It depends on the road too. I don't think this device is going a safe you in all situations, but i think that my car crash could have been avoided, maybe others do not.

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