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Old 09-30-2010, 01:23 AM   #1
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Question Simple n00b Radar hardwiring question

I just purchased the SmartCord direct wire kit (link on bottom of post) for my 8500x50.

I am simply wondering if I do or do not need to buy a add a fuse on top of the kit?

Sorry for my total noobage

http://www.radarbusters.com/radar-detector-accessories/cords/escortdirectwiresmartcord.cfm
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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You don't need it, but it might make the install easier, for noobs to the process.

The old-school method would be to just shove a quarter-inch or so of bare wire lead into the fuse slot of a non-vital accessory (i.e. you'd want an over-current to blow, say, your fog lamps or your 12V cigarette-lighter outlet, rather than your wipers - the reasoning should be obvious! ), and then just shove in the fuse on top of that, securing the wiring.

Alternatively, you can run the SmartCord down to the center console area, and tap power (and ground) off, say, the 12V accessory/cigarette-lighter outlet's wiring, using "Vampire" or "T-"taps.
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