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    Radar Detector Placement

    I'm trying to hardwire my Escort 8500 X50 with the directwire smart cord into my 03 WRX. My car doesn't have the auto-dimming mirror, though, so therefore I do not have a switched wire to tap into (I'm assuming the map lights only have power to them when the button is pressed). I was hoping to place my detector up high near the rear-view mirror. I'm aware that there's lots of threads out about radar detector wiring, placement, etc., but none of them address this issue. Suggestions anyone?

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    I have the same detector with the hardwired. i just suctioned it on the right side of the mirror. Tucked the wire into the headliner and behind the a piller then out of steering column to the mute button, which i m,ounter right above the ignition under the guage cluster. Ran the wire to the fuse box and pushed the positive side in with unused fuse #14 and just bolted the negative side to one of the bolts. forget which bolt i used. the mute button is pretty stealth there from the drivers side window looking in the car. looks nice and not real noticeable.

    Quote Originally Posted by cam.rex.03 View Post
    I'm trying to hardwire my Escort 8500 X50 with the directwire smart cord into my 03 WRX. My car doesn't have the auto-dimming mirror, though, so therefore I do not have a switched wire to tap into (I'm assuming the map lights only have power to them when the button is pressed). I was hoping to place my detector up high near the rear-view mirror. I'm aware that there's lots of threads out about radar detector wiring, placement, etc., but none of them address this issue. Suggestions anyone?
    Last edited by Orbit; 03-26-2009 at 07:04 PM.

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    Do the readars really work?
    I want one that works and is certified.

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    this is where i placed my radar and navi..i hid the wires under the center console, behind the steering column and behind the rubber lining the inside of the door..

    Feel free to copy if you want..


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    The map light wires will have power all of the time. I think you could run it off of those just fine. Besides, just because your car doesn't have the power mirror doesn't mean that the wires for it aren't there. I'll bet they are hiding up in the head liner behind the map lights. It is easy enough to find out.

    I did the same thing you are thinking about w/ my detector. Works great and is a nice stealthy place to put it. I even reversed my little sun visor thingy so that I could flip it down in front of the detector.

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    found it!! thanks guys, I'm gonna try to get this installed this weekend, I'll post pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam.rex.03 View Post
    I'm trying to hardwire my Escort 8500 X50 with the directwire smart cord into my 03 WRX. My car doesn't have the auto-dimming mirror, though, so therefore I do not have a switched wire to tap into (I'm assuming the map lights only have power to them when the button is pressed). I was hoping to place my detector up high near the rear-view mirror. I'm aware that there's lots of threads out about radar detector wiring, placement, etc., but none of them address this issue. Suggestions anyone?
    i tapped into the cig lighter. and the auto dimming mirror even if it isn't equipped, everything is there.

    Quote Originally Posted by fmoises View Post
    Do the readars really work?
    I want one that works and is certified.
    uhm people don't spend 300 for nothing..
    the best one is the valentine though, it has the same power the escort has, but gives you notification of whether it is in front or back of you.

    and a word of advice, the lower on the windshield you mount it, the better you pick up laser (parkway is the only place in nj they use it) btu have worse k,ka, and x bands. the higher you place it the more it reverses what i just said. mine is mounted next to the rear view on the passenger side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by habitatxskate View Post
    uhm people don't spend 300 for nothing..
    the best one is the valentine though, it has the same power the escort has, but gives you notification of whether it is in front or back of you.

    and a word of advice, the lower on the windshield you mount it, the better you pick up laser (parkway is the only place in nj they use it) btu have worse k,ka, and x bands. the higher you place it the more it reverses what i just said. mine is mounted next to the rear view on the passenger side.
    Once you get hit with laser youre more or less screwed. And the valentine is great but it's also 500 bucks. You can get an escort 8500 for 200 bucks on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    Once you get hit with laser youre more or less screwed.
    That is generally the case. However, my Valentine did save my butt by picking up lazer from very far away once. Probably paid for itself in one shot, so I never tell anyone that lazer detection is useless. BTW, if they cost 5 bills now, the price must have gone up. They were 4 when I got mine.

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    Personally, I prefer the 9500ix over the valentine, but that's just a preference thing. However with all of the photo-radar and red-light cameras going up in AZ the GPS with the alerts is a better buy in my opinion.

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    V1 ftw

    I had received 2 speeding tickets from CHP prior to buying my Valentine 1, and after owning my WRX for about a year. Since then, I've had no tickets, and I've modified parts of my car for slightly more ability to speed, as well. I like the V1's ability to show me whether the radar/lidar threat is coming from ahead or behind. After a while, you get to recognize the band being used & the direction from which the signal is coming to determine if it's a real threat or just a security system/automatic door operator at a store. As far as the ability to show lidar hits, this can help in many instances where an officer is using the lidar gun (AFAIK only available on a gun, not car-mounted) because he may be tracking every car coming around a bend or along a straight stretch of road. This means you have a chance to get some reflected beam pickup, and since it's light, you can even pick that up around a corner if there are roadside reflectors or any other reflective surface that will transmit the light on its original wavelength. I've also noticed that late-model Chevy Trailblazers & the like have a funky neon hi-intensity 3rd brake light that sets the lidar detector off, but it's pretty easy to see those and determine they are not a threat - plus it only has happened to set the detector off when I come up behind one parked at a stop light or sign with brakes on.

    I'll have to find my pics, but I have mine mounted above the rearview mirror on the driver's side, with the wires tucked into the mirror wire plastic, the headliner, and down the plastic windshield molding to finally get power from the lighter outlet. I plan to eventually wire it directly to the inside fuse block using the V1 included hardwire kit.

    Bottom line for me is: Once you get used to how the V1 works, and you've got it positioned where you like it & where it works best, you'll grow to really appreciate the directional notification of threats to keep you alert and honest. And never stop scanning for those cruisers and bikes who like to pace cars rather than using radar, thereby "flying under the radar (detector)" as it were.

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