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I would like to hardwire an Escort 8500 up above the rear view mirror in my 2003 S430. There are only three places to put a detector due to the metal oxide coating. I tried the Solo2 cordless and it was horrible.

The question is, is there a way to wire into the front interior lighting assembly cluster up top? Has anyone tried this, or is there a better place to wire it, such as the SOS button (it's lit so there must be a live wire there).

Any suggestions or links with how to's would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I tried to find a feed up there, without any luck! Be aware also that if the sunrof module is disconnected it will lose its memory and you'll find it will only move about an inch at a time untill it's reorientated itself, not a big deal but worrying when it happens!

I took an ignition switched feed from connector for the cigar lighter, at the rear of the ashtray and threaded the wires across the passenger side and up the A Post trim then across the headliner to the light panel. It's very easy to do this, no real dismantling, you can just ease away the trim panels and gently push in the wires, you only need small gauge of course. A fuse where you take off the feed is also a good idea.

A better system is like the new Snooper S6R (??? availability/suitability for US) where the radar module mounts behind the front grille, a GPS sensor compares position with known camera locations and both warnings appear on a small remote panel. This gets around the hassle of finding the I-R window in the dash.

Hope this helps,
Peter
 

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Grizzlyb, thanks for the info; I'm going to give that a try. I didn't want to go through ...

Grizzlyb, thanks for the info; I'm going to give that a try. I didn't want to go through the hassle of a 'snooper' type installation but escort makes a couple of models that are highly rated. Photo radar here in the US is not as popular as in the UK, so that's not a big deal.
 
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