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Has anyone hard-wire a radar detector? I know....I know....I shouldn't speed, but sometimes you just can't help it. I do a lot of open road driving, so I am a bit more exposed than most others. With that said - I want to hard wire my Escort Radar Detector to power supplied by the mirror or overhead console. The radar detector is mount to the rear view mirror - just under the mirror itself. Any thoughts or suggestions?
 

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yes i have but i ran the wire down near the ignition instead of to the mirror. I refuse to pay what they want for a blend mount so i just use a super cup mount its real sticky and never falls.



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From what Ive read radar detectors are less effective if they are mounted high. When police are using radar they aim at the front bumper/licence plate area, so the lower the detector the better.
You are correct in mounting lower helps increase the chances of picking up laser.. But higher helps with all other detection's and if your radar goes off telling you about laser and they tagged you.. Its too late already.
 

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Radar detector location on your vehicle doesn't make much difference.

Police radar units have fairly wide dispersion, about 20 degrees. At a thousand feet, which is about 1/5th of a mile, the radar beam is about 300-400 feet wide.

The difference matters if you are trying to detect laser. Laser / LIDAR units have a much tighter beam. At a thousand feet the beam is about 3 feet wide. If you've been hit strongly by laser, it's probably too late to avoid the ticket. The best you can hope for is that a laser detector picks up some random scatter, which is far less likely. They aim for your vehicle front grill / license plate specifically.

I always put my radar detectors high on the windshield. They have a better chance of pickup of signals as you come over a hill, a bridge, or other high point where police might be taking advantage of the terrain.

I don't bother with a laser detector.
 

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I bought the direct wire to tap into the mirror and place mine to the right of the mirror so it doesn't block any view. When I get everything installed Ill show a picture
 

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Wired mine last night. I didn't want the blend mount because I didn't want to block my view anymore. Placed it on the passenger side of the mirror and just see the screen on it. So I have always had this mount that works great. It has fallen off the window once or twice the last couple years but that was when it was freezing temp ..... which we don't have a lot of here in Texas.
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Bought the rearview mirror direct cable from blendmount and wired it directly to mirror. The plastic casing is a pain. I found it easiest to just remove the whole mirror, by twisting it counter clock wise and pulling out which took a bit of force, and then taking the plastic cover off, wiring it (red into the pink and yellow strip cable-and black into black) and then put the mirror back and then the plastic pieces.
 

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Looks good. I'm with you on the visibility issue. The problem with being tall is that everything blocks my vision. I don't like having the visors down, even for passengers. I've always raised mirrors if possible. On simple mirrors that was really easy with the way the arms are designed. These newer designs with autodimming and electrical feeds and huge plastic mounts behind them don't always move up at all.

My last radar detector was a really slim model, and I actually mounted it above the mirror because the mirror wouldn't move up. Not in this Rebel, it was in a car. It had a wide but short face and it was curved slightly, which allowed me to put the detector end down behind the mirror slightly. It was angled down maybe 10 degrees. But it was designed to detect on far wider angles and it worked really well.

Related, but no electrical requirements:

We have a lot of toll roads around Chicago, and we end up with these I-PASS transponders in the window, or stop to pay each toll in cash. You get a 50% discount for using the transponder, which is linked to your credit card. It's an ugly box which you have to put up every time you drive on a tollway, or you have to hold it by hand. Or they have adhesive velcro mounts. The old model is the size of a wallet and has to sit flat on your window. Big and damned ugly. Doesn't take power, just window space. Looks like this on your window.


I hate the thing. The newer version is a lot smaller though. It first mostly behind the mirror.
 

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yeah you can even see my toll tag. Here in Texas our tags or actually stickers with the circuitry built into them. They are about 2"x2" and completely flat
 

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yeah you can even see my toll tag. Here in Texas our tags or actually stickers with the circuitry built into them. They are about 2"x2" and completely flat
You guys are luck your toll tags are stickers, here in Massachusetts we get 3" x 3" plastic white boxes to stick to our windshield with Velcro.
I painted mine black so it blend s in with the vehicle better, but you have to keep the front side white facing out, which sucks.
 

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yeah you can even see my toll tag. Here in Texas our tags or actually stickers with the circuitry built into them. They are about 2"x2" and completely flat
We are looking at moving within the year, and there are no tollways where we plan to reside. I will be rid of the silly transponder before too much longer. :)
 

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I mounted mine to the bottom of the rear view mirror but ran the cable through the front of headliner, down a-pillar, through firewall into fuse box with a fuse tap. It was actually very quick and easy.
 

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See my thread . I tapped onto my mirror for camera. Not too difficult. Be carefull with some of the cheap mirror taps. The pins break very easy. I ended up just splicing into the wires. Connecting to fuse box

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All three devises cords made it to my splitter box that I got from Amazon. I will try and find it and post here.
 

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Anyone use one of the Whistler Pro 3600? I had the older model and it work pretty well. They are getting pretty good reviews. Best part is you can hide it anywhere, bad part is you have to mount and run all the wires. But for the price and if you want something hidden great option. Thinking of get one.
 
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