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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-16-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Alternative to Hardwiring Radar Dector

Hello, I Just thought Id post my solution to wanting to get my escort 8500 x50 out of the middle of my windshield and still using the standard cigarette lighter plug but not have a cord hanging down.

I wanted to get it up and out of the way, little less visible to any motorists who may be behind me or potential thieves when its parked. But I also didn't really want to hardwire it so that it would be a little easier to take out if i wanted.

The only additional parts I needed were a standard telephone wire and a coupling to connect that to the plug that came with the radar detector. Less than $10 from Walmart.

I put the RD above the rear view mirror and plugged in the telephone wire. tucked it under the front of the headliner and down the side of the windshield. The only place I couldn't get it covered was the corner at the top of the windshield (I think i may unscrew the sun visor to loosen it up so i can tuck it a bit more. Anyone know if this will help?). Once I got below the glove box, I tucked the excess wire under the front of the carpet in the front. This is where I joined it with the original plug using the coupling.

The detector is now easy to see, I can see the lights and reach the mute on the plug, the whole thing can be removed quite easily, and I no longer have that ugly cable hanging down in front of my dash and stereo. The middle sun visor covers up the lights well so that I can easily see them, but they're not visible from behind the car. From the front, its also a lot less conspicuous.

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You could have just powered it off the sunroof. That is what I did. It is still easily removable and your ashtray never needs to be open. The mounting location would be no good for a higher quality radar/laser unit, such as the V1, which has 360 degree coverage, because the headliner/top of the rear window frame would block some of the rear signal.
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