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Got home and in the mail was the hardwire kit, with the remote mute and display! Now I need to try and find the best place to access power. It comes with a 3M snap-on connector that allows you to place over any 14-18 gauge wire and crimp for + power without having to access the fuse box. The negative connection goes onto any grounded screw.

So has anyone done this and where is the best access point on the MS6?

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Got home and in the mail was the hardwire kit, with the remote mute and display! Now I need to try and find the best place to access power. It comes with a 3M snap-on connector that allows you to place over any 14-18 gauge wire and crimp for + power without having to access the fuse box. The negative connection goes onto any grounded screw.

So has anyone done this and where is the best access point on the MS6?

Thanks
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had this done at circuit city. wired to driverside panel in footwell. power cord runs under headliner.
 

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had this done at circuit city. wired to driverside panel in footwell. power cord runs under headliner.
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How much did they charge you? This is something so simple I'd prefer to do it myself. But if they're reasonably priced - and woulb be liable should something go wrong with my electrical system :) - then I might look into it.
 

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$50 for the install, but I doubt they would do anything if it shorted something, or caused some other problem. it wasnt completely under the table, but i got the feeling that most of the time they only do installs for products purchased at circuit city.
 

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Cool, thanks, I had actually contributed to the end of that thread when I first got the RX65, didn't realize it ;)

It's given me some good ideas and I'll look under the dash and see what I can do. Thanks!

I've actually got the visor clip mount on mine, not so good for threats approaching from the rear, but once I get it hardwired, it'll make it to where no one can really see it from the outside (i.e. thieves) without crouching down and looking in. My fear with leaving it mouted behind the rearview is that it's easily spotted (unless you unplug it and take it down every time you get in and out of the car, which is a pain) and all it takes to grab it is a brick through the windshield, which happened to me with one of the 1st gen Escorts :tear:
 

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Got home and in the mail was the hardwire kit, with the remote mute and display! Now I need to try and find the best place to access power. It comes with a 3M snap-on connector that allows you to place over any 14-18 gauge wire and crimp for + power without having to access the fuse box. The negative connection goes onto any grounded screw.

So has anyone done this and where is the best access point on the MS6?

Thanks
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I had Best Buy do it. They only charge $35 (believe that's a company-wide price) AND it's guarateed for as long as you own the car. I thought it best as there are SO many electronics in this car that the last thing I wanted to do is tap the wrong wire for power and end up with a myriad of other problems.

This way if something goes haywire, I can take it back to them. Plus it only took then 20 minutes to install while I waited, including intalling the remote mute switch on the right side of the lower dash, looks pretty cool and is nicely integrated :love:

My advice on this one; have them do it!!! I'm betting it's faster than anyone here could do it, and has a warranty!
 

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I had Best Buy do it. They only charge $35 (believe that's a company-wide price) AND it's guarateed for as long as you own the car. I thought it best as there are SO many electronics in this car that the last thing I wanted to do is tap the wrong wire for power and end up with a myriad of other problems.

This way if something goes haywire, I can take it back to them. Plus it only took then 20 minutes to install while I waited, including intalling the remote mute switch on the right side of the lower dash, looks pretty cool and is nicely integrated :love:

My advice on this one; have them do it!!! I'm betting it's faster than anyone here could do it, and has a warranty!
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I just purchased a RX65 and I would like to get it hardwired as well. Do you have any pictures of the remote mute switch on the right side of the lower dash? And where did you get the hardwire kit? How much did you pay for it? Thanks.
 

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Cool, thanks, I had actually contributed to the end of that thread when I first got the RX65, didn't realize it ;)

It's given me some good ideas and I'll look under the dash and see what I can do. Thanks!

I've actually got the visor clip mount on mine, not so good for threats approaching from the rear, but once I get it hardwired, it'll make it to where no one can really see it from the outside (i.e. thieves) without crouching down and looking in. My fear with leaving it mouted behind the rearview is that it's easily spotted (unless you unplug it and take it down every time you get in and out of the car, which is a pain) and all it takes to grab it is a brick through the windshield, which happened to me with one of the 1st gen Escorts :tear:
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I would retink having anything on the visor. A high speed frontal collision and you will likely hit the visor with your head, even with an airbag and a seat belt, been there and done that. I sucks to headbutt a radar detector at 65 mph, I cannot image what hitting one of those CD holders full of CDs would do to your forehead.
 

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I just purchased a RX65 and I would like to get it hardwired as well. Do you have any pictures of the remote mute switch on the right side of the lower dash? And where did you get the hardwire kit? How much did you pay for it? Thanks.
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sure, here's the only pic I have:



it's been great, they left enough slack in the wiring to where I can windshield mount the 65 for road trips, better coverage than the visor mount I use day to day

PM me for details

cheers

EDIT here's the pic from the back with the visor mount and no wires :)

 

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I have my radar detector mounted in my lower left windshield corner just over the dash. I ran the wire inside the dash right to the fuse box.
 

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sure, here's the only pic I have:



it's been great, they left enough slack in the wiring to where I can windshield mount the 65 for road trips, better coverage than the visor mount I use day to day

PM me for details

cheers

EDIT here's the pic from the back with the visor mount and no wires :)


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Looks great. Thanks for the pictures. How do you like the RX65 so far?
 

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Looks great. Thanks for the pictures. How do you like the RX65 so far?
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It's saved my butt more than a few times to say the least, even one laser alert :)

Only thing I could ask is that it had the directional info like the V1, but for $200 less, I'm not going to beeyach :drive:
 

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It's saved my butt more than a few times to say the least, even one laser alert :)

Only thing I could ask is that it had the directional info like the V1, but for $200 less, I'm not going to beeyach :drive:
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I have the RX-65 as well and I also mount it behind the rear-view mirror to hide it from cars behind me, especially the police who might get annoyed and give me a ticket for something else like tint.

I don't mind sacrificing rear coverage because I think that once your lit up from the rear, it's too late. Frontal coverage is most important. Plus I frequently dismount mine and stash it away because it will get stolen if I leave it out. I don't need a smashed door window.

I am beginning to wonder about the sensitivity of the RX-65 though. I don't think its range is as good as it's Escort Passport 8500 twin. Several times I have only gotten warnings less than a mile, perhaps 3/4. a the radar gun pointing right at me. Also, I've passed several troopers who already had someone pulled over. Obviously their radar was facing front as I approached, but warnings came on just before I approached. You'd think it could pick up the signal reflections off of other cars in front of me.

Needless to say, I've been a little wary about relying on it.

As far as laser coverage, it is sensitive. I frequently get full scale alerts because of those roadside traffic congestion monitors that apparently use lasers to count cars. A few weeks ago a surveyor crew set at the side of Rt 95 set off the laser alert with their little laser sight.
 

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This is too funny. I was just reading the reviews of the RX65 pro, 8500, and V1 last night. They awarded the Bel RX65 pro top honors. I've always been an Escort fan since I had my old Solo from 1991-2004. You got me thinking about the Escort again.....
 

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This is too funny. I was just reading the reviews of the RX65 pro, 8500, and V1 last night. They awarded the Bel RX65 pro top honors. I've always been an Escort fan since I had my old Solo from 1991-2004. You got me thinking about the Escort again.....
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I don't know about the 8500, but I can say that on the ride down to TWS 2 weekends ago, the RX65 was more sensitive than my buddy's V1, went off for Ka about 8th to 16th of a mile sooner than his did a couple of times.
Those events alone made me pretty happy with the purchase.

That said, his did pick up a straight K band signal that the RX65 never even alerted to, believe it was coming from the side.

Guess the point is, no matter what you buy, there will be some weakness somewere!
 

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Too many variables when it comes to detector range. I can probably easily cut my V1's range in half by simply placing it in a different location in the car.

I noticed that Radar Busters used a 5 mile stretch of flat road to conduct their tests and the range results they provided show that the best detectors all pretty much nailed the maximum range.

One test that I'd like to see is something "over the hill" where a radar is left turned on in ambush just over the crest of a hill. See how well those detectors pick up the signals indirectly. I saw a guy I was caravaning with get popped in just such a manner and it would be interesting to see those kinds of results as well and not just an academic 4.5 mile range.

I've asked myself whether the arrows are worth the extra $1-300 or so above other premium detectors (depending on V1 options). For now my answer is definitely "yes." There is a certain degree of empowerment knowing what direction the source is located, and how many there are.
 

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You guys are lucky. I had read the almost the whole thread to figure out what an RX65 is. Live in DC. Detectors are illegal in VA and DC and the fines are HUGE if you caught...
 

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Too many variables when it comes to detector range. I can probably easily cut my V1's range in half by simply placing it in a different location in the car.

I noticed that Radar Busters used a 5 mile stretch of flat road to conduct their tests and the range results they provided show that the best detectors all pretty much nailed the maximum range.

One test that I'd like to see is something "over the hill" where a radar is left turned on in ambush just over the crest of a hill. See how well those detectors pick up the signals indirectly. I saw a guy I was caravaning with get popped in just such a manner and it would be interesting to see those kinds of results as well and not just an academic 4.5 mile range.

I've asked myself whether the arrows are worth the extra $1-300 or so above other premium detectors (depending on V1 options). For now my answer is definitely "yes." There is a certain degree of empowerment knowing what direction the source is located, and how many there are.
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In my Speed6 I have mounted it in various locations, including all the way to the bottom left corner of the dash, smack in the middle of the windshield, and in the middle of the windshield but behind the rear view mirror (where it is now). I have noticed that the curvature of the windshield makes it awkward in the first location, and running the cord over there must be done under the steering wheel column, which can be cumbersome.

On another note, has anyone gotten crazy false Laser hits when driving directly into bright sunlight? The past few days my RX-65 has done this. At first I thought oh shit local state police must have upgraded, but when it did it today on the same stretch of highway at the time driving into the sun light, I realized it must be a glitch. I was in rolling traffic anyway, but could bright sunlight cause a false laser read?
 

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I have the RX65.... But does this HARDWIRE kit come with additional remote sensos? You guys realize rador IS line-of-site... meaning if you MOUNT the unit under the dash.. you'll pick up almost nothing....

My point is... mounting it REALLY low or REALLY high on the windshield cuts down its ability to function... it needs to be mounted so it has clear and full view o both the front of th vehicle AND the rear windshield...

The "best" location most people live with is just below the rear view mirror... which gives it full access to all the windows but isn't dirct centered in the middle of your view range...

So... consider that... mounting it somewhere special hidden away might be "cooler" but will be A LOT less functinal. If you want to Hide the detector.. you have to spend 600-900 bucks and get the units which come with remote sensors that attach on the front and rear of the vehicle... with the display that can be mounted anywhere you want...

Cut my 2 cents on the subject...
 
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