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#11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 04:18 PM
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Here is a noob question...but even hardwired in...can you easily unplug the Passport for storage? I don't want to leave all this "tech" in plain sight if I'll be parking the car or what not.
Yes you can disconnect and store it just as you would if it was mounted on your windshield and connected through your cigarette lighter.


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how does that get hardwired? Does it actually plug into the mirror for power?
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So is this 9500 decent? I love my 8500 but I am thinking of upgrading but not sure if its worth the extra cash.

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how does that get hardwired? Does it actually plug into the mirror for power?
My V1 came with a hardwire kit, of which only a small portion was used (the jack that plugs into the V1 and a bit of line). My installer soldered the power and ground lines to the wiring harness that plugs into the EC Mirror. There's a ground pin and a pin for RUN/START fused. The wiring diagram for the EC Mirror is available on the DirectConnect web site, available to Dodge/Chrysler service techs.

Here's a pic of my V1 installed, also with the hinge Blend Mount. (if you don't have an EC Mirror, use the regular Blend Mount)





BTW, it's easier if you remove the mirror from the windshield to install the mount.

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Hmm, I still like the suction cups better. I also don't feel comfortable about people splicing into my electrical system even if they do know what the yare doing.
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I'm about to pull the trigger on a Passport 8500 X50. I work in IT and have learned not to buy the latest greatest and save a few bucks. Seems like the 8500 X50 is the next notch down from the newest model and is on Amazon for $279 and free shipping.

What mount and wire do I need to hardwire this? I've had a few of the less expensive (read cheap) radar detectors over the years and have always hardwired them in one way or another.

Will this cable do the job?

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Hmm, I still like the suction cups better. I also don't feel comfortable about people splicing into my electrical system even if they do know what the yare doing.
It was no splice. The installer was a Ford Senior Master Tech who specialized in electical systems. He used a Chrysler wiring diagram that included a drawing of the connector. He pulled out the pins from the connector and soldered the power/ground wires to the pins, then replaced the pins in the connector. The connector was then plugged back into the mirror. It looks and behaves exactly like factory. This was a simple, clean solution, far better than running a wire down the A pillar, and tapping into a power source under the dash, or through the firewall to the fuse box. It is not, however, as simple as using a power point or cigarette lighter plug, and if that's what you want, fine. I wanted it to look like Dodge put it in at the factory.
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It was no splice. The installer was a Ford Senior Master Tech who specialized in electical systems. He used a Chrysler wiring diagram that included a drawing of the connector. He pulled out the pins from the connector and soldered the power/ground wires to the pins, then replaced the pins in the connector. The connector was then plugged back into the mirror. It looks and behaves exactly like factory. This was a simple, clean solution, far better than running a wire down the A pillar, and tapping into a power source under the dash, or through the firewall to the fuse box. It is not, however, as simple as using a power point or cigarette lighter plug, and if that's what you want, fine. I wanted it to look like Dodge put it in at the factory.
There's really no risk with the this. However, I would recommend a fused link on the power side.

I have TONS of wiring experience.
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There's really no risk with the this. However, I would recommend a fused link on the power side.

I have TONS of wiring experience.
If you look at the mirror, it has a door where the harness leads into the mirror and plugs in. There should be room for a fuse. Jason felt since the run/start circuit was already fused (it says "fused run/start" on the diagram) that it was unnecessary to fuse it again for the detector. But I am no expert.
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If you look at the mirror, it has a door where the harness leads into the mirror and plugs in. There should be room for a fuse. Jason felt since the run/start circuit was already fused (it says "fused run/start" on the diagram) that it was unnecessary to fuse it again for the detector. But I am no expert.
Jason is probably correct, I'm just a belt and suspenders kind of guy. I guess it comes from my engineering background.
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