How to hardwire a Radar Detector
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    How to hardwire a Radar Detector

    Folks,
    I want to install a hardwire kit for the Radar Detector. I got the harwire Kit from BestBuy which has the U shaped connectors at the end and also has a inline fuse... Please tell me how to get it setup...I am total noob on these and don't want to mess it up badly by going the trial & error route.

    My initial thoughts is it can be done by (easy) somehow hook up the kit near the fuse book near driver side floor and run the wire along A-pillar and under headliner to the RD...or (more work) find a hook up in the overhead lighting console and then trim the Kit for the shortened lenght to be run from there to the RD....


    Please post which is the easier and better way to go. Do i need buy any other accesories...I would like to avoid any splicing/cutting of existing cables if possible..and if possible please post pics...

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    Well, this is very timely!

    I have a Valentine1 radar detector with a hard wire kit and I've hardwired it into every vehicle I've had... except the Odyssey.

    That's going to change next week because I need to get it installed in preparation for our road trip to DC .

    I don't like splicing into wires, etc. so I find it easiest to use your first option. That way I can easily return everything to stock.

    I get power from the fuse box using a piggy-back fuse connecter (made by Littelfuse called "Add-a-Circuit") and then run the wire up the A-pillar and along the headliner. I'll post up pics of my install when I get it done.
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    While I would like to help you, I live in Virginia, the only state that I know of that Radar Detectors are illegal.

    they are also illegal in the District of Columbia, or were the last time I checked....
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    Yes, using Radar Detector is illegal in VA & DC... I believe even having it up on the windscreen even if it is switched off can cause you grief if PoPo notices it.....
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    Accord - I consider the hardwire option every now and then. I too run the V1. I put it in whatever vehicle I plan to run down the interstate.

    I have a couple issues with hardwiring. I don't particularly like removing parts to hide wires ... I may not get them back together like they originally were. So, stargazer, let us know how this goes. And my 2nd issue, is sometimes I like to put the RD somewhere else on the windshield.

    I'm not the biggest speeder, so the ultimate best position for the RD is not critical for me. So I like to play around with the location.

    I run it in all 3 cars from time to time. The only place I have the inconvenience of the wire in my way is from the mirror vertically down toward the dash. Otherwise it's hidden from sight. Like in my truck, when the wire meets the dash, I tuck it up under a trim piece and run the excess wire into the ash tray (I don't smoke). That one wire hanging down does not bother me in the least.

    In the Corolla I run it from the mirror to the floor console and tuck it between the carpet and floor console. Then back the length of the floor console, run the wire up between the passenger seat and console into the console and plug it inside. The wire doesn't interfere with the lid closing, and I don't have to look at the plug in the APO (Auxilliary Power Outlet) below the HVAC.

    But in the Odyssey, I haven't figured out a real good way to hide the wire yet, but I rarely put it in the Ody since I don't drive it much.

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    Originally posted by KiteSquid
    While I would like to help you, I live in Virginia, the only state that I know of that Radar Detectors are illegal.

    they are also illegal in the District of Columbia, or were the last time I checked....
    That's right. My brother lives in Maryland, but works in DC. When I was there two years ago I thought it was very nice of them putting up signs to announce the fact that they were illegal.... I kept the V1 stored in my bag during that time .
    Originally posted by JyRO
    I don't particularly like removing parts to hide wires ... I may not get them back together like they originally were. So, stargazer, let us know how this goes. And my 2nd issue, is sometimes I like to put the RD somewhere else on the windshield.
    I don't like removing panels either (hence, my Sirius antenna placement) but in most of my vehicles I was able to just tuck the wire in without taking anything off--especially since the wire is so flat. I just use a flat-head screwdriver to push the wire in until it's hidden.

    I'll just have to double-check if on the Odyssey, there are air bags in the A-pillar (can't remember).

    As for the location of the detector, I like placing it just to the right of the rear view mirror, just enough so that the rear antenna is not blocked. I have a hidden display so it's not necessary for me to see the unit. In fact, I can't see at all from the driver's side.

    If you look at this page:

    http://istargazer.blogspot.com/2005/...1-install.html

    you'll see how I installed it in my Subaru and you can see where it is on the windshield.

    I expect to install it in the Odyssey in a similar way.
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    I installed remote mount RADAR detectors in previous rides, however I did not use them in VA or DC.

    I installed them in such a way that they were not visible from the outside of the vehicle, also so they were easily removed and stowed easily.

    Once again, I did not use them in VA or DC...... only in other areas where they were legal.


    Also a Police scanner listening to the Mobile Extender frequencies usually works better than a RADAR detector. Mine reminded me of local police activity. Of course I would never use them to aide me in speeding.

    Be aware that Police scanners are not legal in some states in a vehicle, but if you have an amateur radio license, you can use them in more states........check the laws before you go on a road trip!!!!!! I understand that a no-Code Amateur radio license is the easiest to obtain.

    I had two in my vehicles, one for JUST the mobile extender frequencies and one for the rest of the frequencies.



    I have stopped using my RADAR detectors and Police scanners.... it is better on the gas mileage..


    On mounting a remote mount detector, in my Corvette, I put the antenna behind the passenger side seat belt, to get it as high as I could, while hiding it. The control unit was mounted above the speedometer, under the long protruding dash, but non in front of the light sensor for the auto dimming dash board.

    In my Caprice, the antenna was behind the grill and the control unit was in the ashtray.


    Just some ideas.

    IMHO remote mount RADAR detectors are GREAT in privately owned vehicles, and the all in one units are for rental vehicles.
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    If you have an auto day/night mirror, there are open sockets in the back of it that you can stick pins into. No wires to run down the A pillar. I wouldn't bother with an additional in-line fuse. The fuse for the mirror is probably adequate protection for the RD.
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    Off topic a little bit, is V1 good?

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    Originally posted by willischou
    Off topic a little bit, is V1 good?
    Holy cow! Now you've done it! You just opened pandora's box. This might be a good time to start another thread.

    I will say this. My opinion is that V1 is the best. If for no other reason but for the arrows. The other manufacturers tout the arrows as being inconsequential (because they don't have them). But to me, in a day of information, that's exactly what the arrows are. Information.

    But now, I'm looking about buying a 2nd RD. Knowing what I know, I'm going to try to find the best performing RD for about $100 (or less) and put it in my truck ... a vehicle that I'm less apt to be excessively speeding. Hmmm, I rarely speed excessively. But in the case that I have absolutely got to get down the road, it's nice to find someone who is willing to show me how fast their car is, and let them ride out there about 1/4 mile ahead of me! I casually refer to them as ... targets!

    OdyBahn - I'm going to check out the backside of the mirror tonight. Thanks for the info!

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    +1 for V1

    it's all about the arrows.
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    Originally posted by KiteSquid
    Also a Police scanner listening to the Mobile Extender frequencies usually works better than a RADAR detector. Mine reminded me of local police activity. Of course I would never use them to aide me in speeding.
    Our local emergency services switched over to a digital broadcast system several years ago. I assumed then, that communications became scrambled just like a cordless digital phone scrambles the signal. Would that make the traditional police scanner they sell at Radio Shack obsolete?
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    modern scanners follow trunked systems and digital systems, but you have to be an informed shopper.

    Mobile extenders are NOT digital or trunked.......I haven't used a scanner in years, so I don't remember the frequencies, but there is only a handful you need to listen for any communications on. if you hear anything there is a Highway Patrol Officer, on duty, within 3 miles of you........ adjust your driving accordingly..... BUT do some research on Mobile Extenders before you use your scanner.

    I used to purchase Police Call books at Radio Shack, and a CD (I cant remember the name of it now) that had LOTS of licences on it, but that was before the Internet. You can search the FCC database HERE but it looks like it has a steep learning curve to it.

    I have been out of the hobby for quite a few years, so I assume that there are quite a few new resources for frequency guides that I don't know about....

    Borrow a scanner and listen to then were highway patrol officers hang out while on duty, outside of their cars.......

    You want to listen for the car to hand held frequency
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    Originally posted by willischou
    Off topic a little bit, is V1 good?
    I second the V1 recommendation. It is a great unit. Not only are there arrows to tell you if the radar is in front of you or behind (which is extremely useful), but the digital display tells you how many different radar sources are being picked up. Useful when there is a speed radar trailer with a speed trap just beyond.

    Yes, the V1 is expensive, but you get what you pay for.

    The V1 web site has a section called Tales from the Combat Zone, where V1 owners have written in bragging about how their detector saved them. Some pretty funny stories.
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    I was an Escort user from the early days when they were still large metal boxes. Since then, I've gone through several iterations and now have the V1. It is by far the best unit I've owned and have wholeheartedly recommended to my family. We have 5 V1 units between us.

    On a recent trip we've ran into multiple radar sources from traffic warning signs to real cops. Without those arrows and the bogie count, we would have just heard beeps.

    Back to the subject - I bought a 15 foot telephone cord for the V1, ran it between the bottom of the windshield and the end of the dash, snaked it along the door and behind the glovebox, poking out to the cigarette lighter. I tied up all the excess and hid it behind the glove box. Plenty of room back there. It took about 10 minutes. It passed the wife test - she didn't want me to hack up her van. I did hardwire my other car. Only because I needed that 12V jack for the cellphone. Having 2-12V jacks in the front is awesome.
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