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I currently have my trusty Escort S2 (has never let me down) and I'm thinking of hardwiring it into the MS6. Has anyone done this before? Circuit City and Best Buy charge about $100 each to do it and if it's easy, I don't want to pay them if I don't have to. I've hardwired a detector before, but it was on a car with a sunroof (makes it easier) and I had a how to. My Sport doesn't have a sunroof. I'm wondering if I could use the front map lights as a power source. Ideas/suggestions are appreciated. :)
 

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I didn't necessarily hardwire mine in, but i did install a couple power-ports in the dash. It depends on where you want the radar detector to sit, I like mine down lower where I can see it. I ran a couple new hot wires from an empty spot in the fuse box (the rear wiper). Then I wired them to coaxial power jacks in the back of the map pocket.

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hardwiring is easy. buy a female cig adapter, wire it under the dash, and run the wire up to your detector. if you do a search, you'll find a couple threads on this subject.
 

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I didn't necessarily hardwire mine in, but i did install a couple power-ports in the dash. It depends on where you want the radar detector to sit, I like mine down lower where I can see it. I ran a couple new hot wires from an empty spot in the fuse box (the rear wiper). Then I wired them to coaxial power jacks in the back of the map pocket.
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Good work there. However, I like my detector mounted about midheight. It will pick up laser a little easier that way. Also, mine has a rearward facing sensor that needs an unobstructed view out of the the back windshield.
 

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The correct way would be to run a lead across the front of the headliner and down the A-pillar, tapping into a switched power source at the fuse box in the drivers kick panel. You should place a fuse within 12" of the tapped power source.

I mounted my 8500x50 just below the mirror, using the trim piece from the Homelink mirror to hide the wires. I also have the remote display which I mounted on top of the rear view mirror. At night I can completely shut of the display on the 8500 so it is not visable. It also makes the mute button easy to reach.

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Here a some pics from mine hope this helps.

Step 1: I tapped the power wire into 15 amp switched fuse (cigarette lighter, I think).
Step 2: I then attached the ground wire(green one) to the bolt in the foreground.
Step 3: I then ran the wire up side of the car inside the weather strip and then in the gap between the a piller and the dash board
 

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The correct way would be to run a lead across the front of the headliner and down the A-pillar, tapping into a switched power source at the fuse box in the drivers kick panel. You should place a fuse within 12" of the tapped power source.

I mounted my 8500x50 just below the mirror, using the trim piece from the Homelink mirror to hide the wires. I also have the remote display which I mounted on top of the rear view mirror. At night I can completely shut of the display on the 8500 so it is not visable. It also makes the mute button easy to reach.

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Got any pictures?
 

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I have my 8500 X50 mounted above the mirror. I followed a how-to on here somewhere. There is a switched 12v source in the upper console. I believe it is there even without a sunroof. My memory wants to say it was a black/green wire. Use a multimeter and tap the harness that plugs into the upper console, you'll find it.
 

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The correct way would be to run a lead across the front of the headliner and down the A-pillar, tapping into a switched power source at the fuse box in the drivers kick panel. You should place a fuse within 12" of the tapped power source.

I mounted my 8500x50 just below the mirror, using the trim piece from the Homelink mirror to hide the wires. I also have the remote display which I mounted on top of the rear view mirror. At night I can completely shut of the display on the 8500 so it is not visable. It also makes the mute button easy to reach.

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Yes, would you happen to have pics of that install please?


Here a some pics from mine hope this helps.

Step 1: I tapped the power wire into 15 amp switched fuse (cigarette lighter, I think).
Step 2: I then attached the ground wire(green one) to the bolt in the foreground.
Step 3: I then ran the wire up side of the car inside the weather strip and then in the gap between the a piller and the dash board
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Nice, but is the detector effective in that low corner position?

I have my 8500 X50 mounted above the mirror. I followed a how-to on here somewhere. There is a switched 12v source in the upper console. I believe it is there even without a sunroof. My memory wants to say it was a black/green wire. Use a multimeter and tap the harness that plugs into the upper console, you'll find it.
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Above the mirror? I thought the AS1 strip affects the range/abilities of the detector? It says so in the owner's manual. Plano eh? We'll probably run into each other sometime. I'm in McKinney. :)
 

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Above the mirror? I thought the AS1 strip affects the range/abilities of the detector? It says so in the owner's manual. [/b]
Tint will only affect laser detection - and who needs that anyways?

I mounted my V1 to the right and behind the rear view mirror. The remote display is mounted on the steering column. Hard wired - it's beautiful - barely visible at all.
 

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Tint will only affect laser detection - and who needs that anyways?

I mounted my V1 to the right and behind the rear view mirror. The remote display is mounted on the steering column. Hard wired - it's beautiful - barely visible at all.
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I see. Well, they use A LOT of laser here in TX so it's a good thing to have it detect laser. Although if it's a direct hit on your own vehicle all you've "detected" is your pending ticket. :)

Anyway, I don't need to hide it at all. Detectors are legal here so it's all good. I'm going for the under the windshield mirror action.
 

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the guys at circuit city hardwired my beltronics rx65 for $50. i love the location.

also hardwired a blinder laser jammer. the jammers are attached to the frame behind the grill (dremelled a few grill slots so they could have a clear view of the road) they are very very hard to spot - the on/off button is mounted in the cigarette lighter with the buzzer behind the left air vent. looks perfectly stock.
 

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Just curious. Not to thread jack but this seems to be an appropriate thread to ask:

I've never experienced laser and I'm wondering if a detector can actually detect the scatter from another vehicle - giving you time to slow down.

I am under the impression that since the beam is so narrow and focused there is very little, if any, scatter.

Anybody with real-world experience chime in. Thanks.
 

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Above the mirror? I thought the AS1 strip affects the range/abilities of the detector? It says so in the owner's manual. Plano eh? We'll probably run into each other sometime. I'm in McKinney. :)
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Hi Neighbor!
The detector sits just below this strip and "looks" under it. I've been tagged with laser with it in this loaction a few times.
I'd be glad to help you install it since you are so close by, let me know.

Just curious. Not to thread jack but this seems to be an appropriate thread to ask:

I've never experienced laser and I'm wondering if a detector can actually detect the scatter from another vehicle - giving you time to slow down.

I am under the impression that since the beam is so narrow and focused there is very little, if any, scatter.

Anybody with real-world experience chime in. Thanks.
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I don't think there is any scatter. Its a pretty dead on hit. Once your detector goes off, you've already been nailed! Evil laser!
Texas loves laser, hence the reason they require front plates. Now I dont have a front plate and have still been hit, and he got a reading because he flashed his lights at me as warning.
 

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i have the 8500 x50 and have it in the lower left of my windshield above my decals. it has a rear facing sensor that still works and i have it hard wired under steering column. i ordered the wire for the detector from the manufacturer due to its telephone-jack like plug. they installed it for cheap at best buy and will uninstall it for free if i need it in another car. works great and saved me tonight.

i live in san antonio, tx and have seen laser once. like they say, though, it just lets you know you're getting a ticket.
 

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i have the 8500 x50 and have it in the lower left of my windshield above my decals. it has a rear facing sensor that still works and i have it hard wired under steering column. i ordered the wire for the detector from the manufacturer due to its telephone-jack like plug. they installed it for cheap at best buy and will uninstall it for free if i need it in another car. works great and saved me tonight.

i live in san antonio, tx and have seen laser once. like they say, though, it just lets you know you're getting a ticket.
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I lived in San Antonio for 20 years, only been away for 2 or so.
When I was there SAPD wasn't big on laser, mostly State Troopers.

I just bought a cheap phone cord and cut the end off.
Red goes to +12v and green goes to ground.
 

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hahaha, well now you tell me alan. oh, well. it was ten bucks from passport and i don't know why i didn't even think of that.

when my detector picked up laser it was when i was passing a pretty bad accident and the cops weren't looking for anyone. they just left the damn thing on.
 

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Velcroed to the top of the mirror, wire runs under the headliner along the windscreen down the A pillar, under the dash to triple accessory socket stuck to the side of the centre console.
 

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I installed an auto dimming mirror w/homelink into my moonroof/map lights. It took all of 20 minutes with a circuit tester.
 

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Got any pictures?
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No, I haven't taken any. I can snap a few when I get back into town on Thursday.
 
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