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Old 10-23-2006, 10:50 PM   #1
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Talking Cheap way to hardwire your Escort 8500 X50

*this is my first write up so please tell me how to improve it
Thanks to SVT Amateur for the method

This mod is virtually free, aside from the phone cord, and the connectors
Comparison Regular telephone cord: left, smart cord: right


*Note you will lose the smart cord mute function*

First get a regular telephone cord


Then remove the map lights, use a flat head screw driver to get the clear plastic piece on your map-lights, then unscrew the two philips head screws, and un-plug it.


Cut off one end, and cut some of the insulation off of the cord


run it through you headliner to the area near the rear-view mirror


Un-plug the the auto dimming mirror(if equipped) and locate the Yellow and Black wires. Yellow being power, and Black being ground, please note that other years may be different(the actual plug is not pictured) The image is of the plug that goes to the mirror. I used this plug to vampire clip the wires. The power on the phone cord is the RED and the ground is the GREEN. I had a very hard time getting the vampire clip to work on that small of a wire, so I used some other wire and crimped them together then using the larger wire, vampire clipped the power and ground on the harness


This is after wiring up the phone cord, and pluging the harness back in
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:51 PM   #2
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This is the finnished product
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:43 PM   #3
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I hardwired mine like that too, but I used the map lights. the auto dimming mirror and compass connection had 3 wires, but was unsure which one to use.

Also, the 8500 x50 doesn't have a mute button on the unit itself?
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:50 PM   #4
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I dont think so? It may

doesnt yours stay on 24/7 cause you used the map lights?
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:16 AM   #5
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wow the hardwire kit is like 5 bucks, is all that work worth it?
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:19 AM   #6
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^ all that work? how is it any easier buying the kit?


BTW where is the kit for $5?
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:22 AM   #7
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Actually, you don't really need a kit to hardwire it. You just cut the original cable and connect it to 12v. The purpose of the smart cord is to give you the remote mute function.
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:24 AM   #8
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^ all that work? how is it any easier buying the kit?


BTW where is the kit for $5?
My shop is and escort and k40 authorized dealer and we sell the escort hardwire kit for 5 bucks.
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:25 AM   #9
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yeah but I wanted the smart cord to use in the other cars, ohh well personal preference. Plus it was free!
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:25 AM   #10
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dam like with the mute button and everything?
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Old 10-24-2006, 02:51 AM   #11
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That's not really an optimal location for your detector. It's right behind the "dot matrix" which interferes, and it's a little high to be able to scan the rear glass.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:50 AM   #12
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do you guys really think a radar detector is worth it? My STi is almost done and i'm at college right now but might drive home highway (roughly an hour - hour and a half drive) once in awhile.
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:23 AM   #13
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Nice write-up. And I don't see how there is any additional work done here beyond buying the smart cord hardwire kit (which even at $5 is overpriced IMO). But one thing worth noting is that this should work exactly the same for the Bel RX65 as well.

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do you guys really think a radar detector is worth it? My STi is almost done and i'm at college right now but might drive home highway (roughly an hour - hour and a half drive) once in awhile.
This question belongs in it's own thread, not here.

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Old 10-24-2006, 09:02 PM   #14
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:48 PM   #15
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I dont think so? It may

doesnt yours stay on 24/7 cause you used the map lights?
I don't keep mine plugged in all the time. I always put mine away when I get out of my car.
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:58 PM   #16
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I'm going to do the same thing, but I'll mount mine at the bottom of my window and hard wire the phone cord to my radio.

Nice writeup though, looks very easy.
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Old 10-27-2006, 02:13 PM   #17
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Here is a write up from ScoobyMods on how to mod a Smartcord to a direct-wire setup!

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4336 (credit to - cannibal869)

My plan is to eventually mount my 8500 above the mirror and mount the Mute button in the center console, near the e-brake.
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:14 PM   #18
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Yes, a simple hardwire (w/o mute button and flashing alert LEDs) can be done with just a $2 piece of phone cord (2 or 4 wire - you'll only use two).

If you want to DIY a full SmartCord and have a bit of electronics skill (soldering a handful of components on a board), it can be made for about $10 in parts from RadioShack. Here's the schematic:


*Make sure you use the right end of the phone cord!! The ends of a phone cord have the wires in opposite orders and you'll short things out. (If you want to just power the Passport, use just the red and green wires as in the schematic.)

And here's the one I built:


(the lighter plug was just for testing - I hardwired it after confirming it worked )

I installed the switch and the power/alert LEDs directly into a blank switch plate next to my foglight switch. This way I don't have to reach up to silence the detector, and it's the cleanest possible install. You can see my mute button and LEDs just to the left of the steering wheel in this pic:

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Old 10-27-2006, 05:22 PM   #19
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Also, the 8500 x50 doesn't have a mute button on the unit itself?
yes it does its on the front of the unit towards the right the little square button. I hardwired mine with the smartcord hardwire kit and place the little mute button and light warning in the empty spot for the DCCD control with a little trimming
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