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Old 06-14-2001, 03:45 PM   #1
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Question Wiring in Radar detector through compass/mirror

I thought I saw a post on this before, but I can't get the search to work or find it in past postings, so sorry if I'm redundant. I want to wire the Escort 8500 into my rear-view mirror. I have the auto-dimming compass mirror that is already wired in and thought I could use that and mount the detector above. Can someone tell me how and what kind of wires to use? Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-14-2001, 09:03 PM   #2
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you need to test the polarity of the adapter that came with the Escort to figure out exactly which wire gets + and - 12V. Then, you can either canibalize the adapter cord or fashion a new one. You need to connect the + lead to a + lead in a mirror (use a multimeter) and connect the - lead to a ground point (there will be a - lead on the mirror you can use for this). Whatever you do, make sure you have the polarity absolutely correct or you risk damaging the radar detector.
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Old 06-14-2001, 09:40 PM   #3
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I did this, I used some 16 ga. speaker wire and just checked the polarity of my detector, the center pin is almost always positive, and just ran some wires along my windsheild and above my rearview mirror to get the best range.
I went to radio shack and bought the right plug in to fit my detector so I didn't have to cut the original wire and put the wire right into the adaptor and put some shrink tubing and electrical tape around as an insulator.
I tied the positive line into my cigarette lighter positive and grounded the negative to the chassis.
If you need pix or more details I'll show you some pics.
It looks great, no wires in the way and you cannot even see that I have a detector up top with the tint strip there.
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Old 06-15-2001, 08:54 AM   #4
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Too bad your tint strip is greatly diminishing the capabilities of your radar detector.
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Old 06-15-2001, 08:58 AM   #5
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tint will badly hurt the laser detection part. The way I did it, was to goto radioshcak and buy a straight cord with the proper size plug on the end to plug into the detector (mine happens to be reversible for polarity) and tucked this cord into the headliner all the way around the left top of the windshield and then behind the trim of the front pillar. I worked it down towards the fusebox and pushed the + end into the fuse that controls the cigarette lighter and connected the - lead to a bolt on the chassis near that location. This works great. You may want to pick a different fuse depending on whether you want the thing to be on all the time (like my crazy roommate) or only on when the car is on (like me).
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Old 06-15-2001, 12:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the great input. My main question I suppose is which wire is + for the detector and mirror and which is - (ground)?? The escort uses a phone jack type of wire, has anyone done this?

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