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Old 06-29-2000, 07:01 AM   #1
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Cool Wiring my radar detector?

Can you wire a regular RD into the cars wiring? I'd like to mount my RD way up near the rearveiw mirror but i don't want the cord hanging down. I've heard of people tapping into the power for the sunroof to power the RD. Any ideas?

By the way i can not search old threads.. either its the dail-up connection or the server.

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Old 06-29-2000, 09:12 AM   #2
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I have my V1 wired into the cigarette lighter circuit at the fusebox under the dash, and grounded to the box's metal mounting bracket. I would wire a regular detector to the same place.

Although I don't see why you couldn't wire it to the sunroof power wire.
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Old 06-29-2000, 09:25 AM   #3
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mines wired directly into the ignition and i've got it placed just off to the left - on the drivers side - of the dash...
it doesn't have to be 'centered' in order to pick up the signal... it works great and is outta the way...

still.. hard to beat that Laser...
me thinks me needs a laser jammer
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Old 06-29-2000, 10:19 AM   #4
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Hmmm... I'm thinking I need an ion cannon to short out the electricals on anything that shoots radar/laser at me.

Back to reality: Pilot and I wired several V1's into 3 subaru impreza's, all of them to the cigarette lighter circuit. There have been no problems to date, and it is really easy/clean. The wire to power the V1 runs up the A-pillar on the driver's side, and then across the top of the ceiling panel (Along the windshield) to the center of the windshield, where the V1's are located, just below the mirror.

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Old 06-29-2000, 04:12 PM   #5
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I like the ion canon idea; or maybe laser/radar seeking missles.

The unit is mounted just above the mirror (had to modify the sunvisor), the cord runs under the headliner down the A pillar into the instrument pod; were the remote display (for stealth dark mode) is mounted, then direct wired to the cigarette lighter.
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Old 06-29-2000, 04:56 PM   #6
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Yep, Wired my Escort 7500 into the cigarette lighter circut.

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Old 06-29-2000, 09:04 PM   #7
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forget the radar detectors..just carry around 1 dozen donuts..variety style......just in case you need them for emergency purposes....bribes
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Old 06-29-2000, 10:46 PM   #8
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HaHA Keirik!

Just make sure some of those are "sprinkled". Them highway patrol cops get really testy if they can't get their sugar high....

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Old 06-29-2000, 11:03 PM   #9
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My BEL express Li runs on two AA batteries for a month of regular use. I keep it way up high by the visor, works great. No wiring needed.

Cost $299 about 4 years ago, and after several years of use and falling off the windshield onto the dash, I sent it to the factory in several pieces last month. For $55 they sent me a like-new one within two weeks!

It covers all x, k, ka, laser etc... bands and has VG2 protection too.

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Old 06-30-2000, 06:12 AM   #10
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I have mine wired to the cig lighter too. That way it goes on and off with the key. To see how to get to the wires you can look at the Gauge pod install instructions on this page:
http://www.azscooby.freeservers.com/

While you're there check out my V1 install. I have the remote display imbedded in the dash bezel and the main unit under the passanger headrest. Works really well there and it can't be seen from the outside because of the window tint.

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Old 06-30-2000, 06:19 AM   #11
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Hmm.. a detector...

Now I definately need one of those!!!

Time to go shopping.. heehee

more stuff for my car.. less money to spend else where... lol




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Old 06-30-2000, 07:19 AM   #12
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thanks for all the info, i think ciggie circut is the way to go. how do i know which wire coming out of the RD is which? i think one of them has a white stripe on it (positive+)?


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Old 06-30-2000, 07:27 PM   #13
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The easiest way to find the wire is to got your local dealer and ask them to copy some wire diagrams from the shop manual. That's what I did. If I can find my copy I'll post it here.
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Old 07-01-2000, 05:27 AM   #14
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If you look at the back side of the lighter where the wires connect. The wire in the center is the Positive (+) and the one that goes to the outer shell is the ground (-). I forget the colours though.

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Old 07-01-2000, 07:53 AM   #15
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You can do as Peaty suggests, but that makes the wire unnessecarily long.

I'm installing a V1 in a friends Porsche today so I'll have all my stuff out, I'll find my wire diagram later this afternoon and post the info.
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Old 07-01-2000, 11:44 PM   #16
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My wire diagram seems to have flown the coop. I'll see if I can get TTOversteer's copy but you can probably get it faster if you get it from your local dealer.
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Old 07-02-2000, 12:05 AM   #17
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I just get my idiot friend to run iron hand (he drives like a nut job) and whip by while he's getting a ticket Fun and efficient.
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