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Old 08-29-2014, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question Looking to hard-wire my radar detector

I just picked up an escort smart radar detector and am looking to hard-wire it as I hate wires. I don't have the auto dimming mirror, im kicking my self for not getting one, so I cant wire into that.

I was thinking about tapping into my front dome lights/sunroof wiring. Is this a good idea? If not, what would you recommend?

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Old 08-29-2014, 10:08 AM   #2
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I have my RX65 hard wired with the hard wire kit and using this mini Fuse tap:
Amazon.com: Pico 0956PT 10 Amp ATM Mini Blade Fuse Add-A-Circuit Fuse Holder: AutomotiveAmazon.com: Pico 0956PT 10 Amp ATM Mini Blade Fuse Add-A-Circuit Fuse Holder: Automotive

The RD is mounted above the RVM and the cable goes along the top of the windshield then tucked inside the door seal down to the fuse box. I use the radio fuse slot (make sure you have two fuse with the fuse tap) and works great I've had this setup for multiple cars for number of years without any issue.

I could've tapped it elsewhere but it's a clean install and don't need to splice or cut into any other wires.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:37 AM   #3
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I have my RX65 hard wired with the hard wire kit and using this mini Fuse tap: Amazon.com: Pico 0956PT 10 Amp ATM Mini Blade Fuse Add-A-Circuit Fuse Holder: Automotive

The RD is mounted above the RVM and the cable goes along the top of the windshield then tucked inside the door seal down to the fuse box. I use the radio fuse slot (make sure you have two fuse with the fuse tap) and works great I've had this setup for multiple cars for number of years without any issue.

I could've tapped it elsewhere but it's a clean install and don't need to splice or cut into any other wires.
That is a great idea, I'll have to pick one up at the store and give it a go this weekend. I like the idea much more than tapping into the wiring.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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The harness for the mirror is there even if you didn't get one with the car. Just have to take out the map lights and reach up above the headliner to find it.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:00 PM   #5
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The harness for the mirror is there even if you didn't get one with the car. Just have to take out the map lights and reach up above the headliner to find it.
Really? I had no idea. I might just have to order one then. I thought it would be a pain in the but and would have to run a line somewhere.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:29 PM   #6
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Nope the harness has been there since at least '02.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
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I have my RX65 hard wired with the hard wire kit and using this mini Fuse tap: Amazon.com: Pico 0956PT 10 Amp ATM Mini Blade Fuse Add-A-Circuit Fuse Holder: Automotive

The RD is mounted above the RVM and the cable goes along the top of the windshield then tucked inside the door seal down to the fuse box. I use the radio fuse slot (make sure you have two fuse with the fuse tap) and works great I've had this setup for multiple cars for number of years without any issue.

I could've tapped it elsewhere but it's a clean install and don't need to splice or cut into any other wires.
i have the same rx65(LOVE the rx65)....and the Beltronics Direct Wire SmartPlug wired in the same way.....i mounted the 'button' in one of the unused switch blanks above the coin tray...and ran the cable up behind the A pillar plastic and up across to drop above the mirror...bloody marvelous install

i have also just cut the end off a lighter plug in cable and used the---iirc, orange with red trace...I THINK...on my 06 wrx for power on the rear view mirror harness above the map light switches on another detector i had for a couple months that sucked

this isnt difficult...BUT BEWARE!!!!

IF YOU GET THE POLARITY BACKWARDS....THE UNIT WILL EMIT THE MAGIC SMOKE AND THEN YOU WILL BE
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i have the same rx65(LOVE the rx65)....and the Beltronics Direct Wire SmartPlug wired in the same way.....i mounted the 'button' in one of the unused switch blanks above the coin tray...and ran the cable up behind the A pillar plastic and up across to drop above the mirror...bloody marvelous install
I heart my RX65 S7
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:14 AM   #9
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The harness for the mirror is there even if you didn't get one with the car. Just have to take out the map lights and reach up above the headliner to find it.
Good point and thanks for posting that. One wiring loom for all cars. Got my STI on Saturday and I'm debating the detector issue and usefulness and choice.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:59 PM   #10
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Good point and thanks for posting that. One wiring loom for all cars. Got my STI on Saturday and I'm debating the detector issue and usefulness and choice.
I installed my Valentine from the mirror mount with an articulated mounting bracket. There is a UTube video around (sorry don't have the link) for installing the Homelink mirror. I ended up getting an OEM mirror on ebay and doing the complete install - easy peasy
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Good point and thanks for posting that. One wiring loom for all cars. Got my STI on Saturday and I'm debating the detector issue and usefulness and choice.
I have done EXTENSIVE research....and the BEL's are the best value.... read a LOT...then buy....the BEL's are the same company as the Passports....an the BEL's have more/better features

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Old 09-01-2014, 10:12 PM   #12
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I installed my Valentine from the mirror mount with an articulated mounting bracket. There is a UTube video around (sorry don't have the link) for installing the Homelink mirror. I ended up getting an OEM mirror on ebay and doing the complete install - easy peasy
I actually put my rx65 up behind the mirror so you cant see it from behind....piggies LOVE to see them from behind
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