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Unread 10-24-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
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Radar Detector Mounting

Has anyone out there come up with a good way of mounting their radar detector up high, and wiring it up to a full time 12v ignition switched source?

Thanks in advance for any tips...

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Unread 10-25-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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I have mine mounted on the traditional mount (https://www.escortradar.com/store/pr...cat=259&page=1) but hard-wired into the vehicle. The cable runs up behind the rear view mirror and down around the the trim of the windshield. You can only see about 6" of the wire above the detector then it is hidden from view. Car Toys wired mine....it looks great and only ran me about $50.
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Unread 10-25-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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I used the blendmount. Wired into the mirror with their micro wire option and turns on/off with the jeep and i love it
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Unread 10-25-2011, 09:00 PM   #4
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I used the blendmount. Wired into the mirror with their micro wire option and turns on/off with the jeep and i love it
I saw the Blendmount after I posted. I have the radar Cruise on mine and I think my mirror may be a little different but I will check them out. Looks like a nice clean install, easy to do. And the micro wire is a good idea if it will work with my mirror. Thanks for the reply.
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Unread 10-25-2011, 09:04 PM   #5
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I have mine mounted on the traditional mount (https://www.escortradar.com/store/pr...cat=259&page=1) but hard-wired into the vehicle. The cable runs up behind the rear view mirror and down around the the trim of the windshield. You can only see about 6" of the wire above the detector then it is hidden from view. Car Toys wired mine....it looks great and only ran me about $50.
I've had several Escorts in various cars (that would be Escort radar detectors ). I always use their hard-wire remote cable with the mute button. I tap into the cigarette lighter and then find a good place to mount the mute control on the center console near where my hand would rest. I then just tuck the wire around the center console, under the dash, then up the A-pillars, hide it under the headliner and then down the windshield to the detector. It's easy, but if you aren't good with automotive trim and wiring, $50 is a nice price to pay to have it done for you.

I have used that single-cup mounts from Escort, but it's no good. The part of the suction cup that connects to the tightening flip tab eventually breaks. It's happened on two of them. I was able to take the Escort-specific bracket off their mount and then adapt it to a much better made suction cup assembly (from a generic GPS mount) and so far so good.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 03:45 PM   #6
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I used a blendmount then ran the wire under the headliner and down the passenger A pillar(it tucks right behind). On the passenger side when you open the door there is a small panel that can pop off and allows access to the area in behind the glove box. I tapped a 12v accesory wire in there with the tap that gave with my Beltronics Smart cord.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 12:00 AM   #7
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What wire to tap?

I have the Escort hardwire with Mute button and have run the wire from the visor down to the drivers floor area but can't seem to find a wire that is tied to the ignition to tap into. Does anyone have any suggestions for a wire around the drivers foot area or center console without having to rip the entire console out? Thanks
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Unread 12-08-2012, 12:31 AM   #8
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See my other post, 5 minute install for acc power and ground.
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Unread 12-09-2012, 08:04 AM   #9
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Invisicord into the mirror is the best way to get power, 2 minute install. Turns off with the ignition. Blend mount is the hot mount without the adaptive cruise. If you have the large mirror, escort makes a clip for the sun visor you can still use with the invisicord.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 09:11 AM   #10
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I use the tiny little suction mount and have it hardwired to the mirror using the invisicord. Works great.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 01:42 PM   #11
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Does anyone know what wires to plug into for the invisicord on a 2013 GC? I have used this on many of my other cars and love it, just don't know what color wire is 12v switched and what is ground. Any pictures would be even better.

Thanks.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 02:32 AM   #12
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I used the "invisicord" for my 13 GC. I pulled the moonroof/overhead lighting panel down and used the connector that sits right there in the headliner (its large and white, you can't miss it). It makes for a cleaner install having the connections out of the way. You can then just run the length of wire out of the front of the headliner. The black wire on the far side is your ground and I honestly don't remember which one was power since I've done so many cars, but finding out is easy. Just plug in the ground (-) and then probe the power wire in each socket with the accessory on until you hear the beep of the detector powering on. Then, ensure that the detector goes off when the accessory is turned off (mine in the GC stays on for a few seconds, but turns off with the interior lights). If you're buying an invisicord then you'll need the smaller "blades", they call them "Nissan" size. I made my own "invisicord" out of old phone line by stripping the ends and attaching my own small blades. The radar detector power cord will have four wires in the line, but a standard phone line will only have two. This is all you need as the other two in the factory detector cord are for the LED and the Mute button on the small controller.

As far as mounting goes, yes the larger Escort/Beltronics suction cup mount sucks. I used the small dual cup mount for a long time but recently took off the suction cups and put some 3M tape on the smaller mount. It sticks to the windscreen fine and isn't very noticeable. You should know that mounting your detector high up like that isn't ideal for laser detection. However, I do it since with laser you're pretty much dead in the water anyway. I like having the cleaner install up by the mirror. I ran with that damn power cord draping over my dash for years and I'm tired of it. Be sure that you're removing the detector from the windshield when parking because the sun will fry the components (a good idea for anti-smash and grab anyway).
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Unread 06-03-2013, 07:16 AM   #13
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Don't know if this will give you guys some ideas, but this is how I mounted my 9500ix in my Honda Accord. I've since thrown out the suction cups and went with the blendmount on the rear view mirror option.

It's nice to just hit the smart cord button to mute the detector instead of reaching up high and searching for the button on the detector. I haven't seen a Blendmount for our Jeeps though and to be honest, it would be in plain sight. At least in my car, the officer can't see it unless he ducks down into my car.

My install thread:
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=72192

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Unread 06-03-2013, 07:27 AM   #14
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This is how I will be mounting it in the Cherokee:

This guy used the corvette sun visor mount and put it in his SRT8. It required a little bending. I've thought about this for my Accord in the past but someone confirmed it wouldn't work.

EDIT - My apologies. The following is from a WK (NOT WK2).

http://www.cherokeesrt8.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=61150



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Unread 06-04-2013, 01:49 AM   #15
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Ran the cable for my V1 along the windshield between the ceiling panel and windshield. From there down the pillar..then behind the weather stripping. Under the driver's seat then plugs in to the cigarette plug in the storage bin below the HVAC Controls. I run a sepperate extension so I have a lot of extra cable and it always good to have it in case I need power outside the vehicle for some reason, I have about 10 feet of play. in short, you can't see any wires almost at all.
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