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      10-22-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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Want to Remove the Annoying Phone Cradle? Here's how

1) Remove the center console back panel with a panel removal tool (part 16 in diagram link below)

2) Locate the metal pin which everything, including the main console door, hinges on.

3) Using a small screwdriver (as small as pin) and hammer, tap the pin through until you can grab the other end with pliers and pull it out. Avoid pulling it out all the way, just do it enough to take the cradle out.

4) Take that annoying, worthless POS outa there!

5) Tap the pin back in the way it came out. Hit it straight on and make sure not to bend it.

6) Enjoy the new (practical) functionality of your center console!

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...diagId=51_7436
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      10-24-2016, 11:01 PM   #2
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      10-25-2016, 09:20 AM   #3
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It's pretty self explanatory.

I would add make sure to move both of the front seats forward and the seat back all the way forward.

Also, no need for the special trim tool. Just grab the console trim while sitting in the back seat and pull back and up at the same time. Pops right off.
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      10-26-2016, 10:32 PM   #4
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Gotta do this. Thanks
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      10-27-2016, 07:11 AM   #5
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FYI, #14 in the diagram is the piece that covers the "hole" that's left after the deinstall.
Just snaps into place.
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      10-27-2016, 04:41 PM   #6
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FYI, #14 in the diagram is the piece that covers the "hole" that's left after the deinstall.
Just snaps into place.
Thanks for pointing that out! I may just have to get that piece to finish the job.
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      11-06-2016, 04:41 PM   #7
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So I got in there and removed the cradle. My question is the damn wiring. What did folks do? I traced it back to a couple of places - on the left there is a connection but I could not figure out how it disconnected. On the right it also looked to go into a connection but I was not sure if it was a single wire or not.

Edit: I decided to removed the wiring from the cradle and tuck it into the panel. Then once that was done I bought up a second hand adapter for an iPhone 5 and removed the electronics from it. I got the connect version. 84.21-2 351308 though not made for the X1 it works. I mated the electronics from the cradle to the adapter. And stuffed that all in the back which is covered by the console back panel. To stuff it back in I had to move some of the other wiring harness connectors and remove the 12v outlet so to have enough room.

I added a two foot Lightning Extension Cable. Which is connected to the original lightning connector and run through the opening back into the center console. Voila connected iPhone. It works with iPhone 5/6/7 etc. And if Apple changes connectors I can just swap out the cable.

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