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Has anyone hard wired a radar detector to their 2014 rear view mirror yet? Sorry if this has already been asked, but I only found it on older 300SRT's.

I have a Escort (forgot model number) and I don't want to have the curly cord handing down making me aggravated. I have a short "telephone cord" wire that I used on my Chrysler 300CSRT but I got rid of the car a few years ago and don't remember what the hook up is.

If anyone has done it, can you please provide me with detailed instructions because I am 'tarded when it comes to wires.

Any help is appreciated. Sorry if this was asked before. Thanks & God bless.
 
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There you go, Tony, it's all in there:

http://www.challengertalk.com/forums/f202/blendmount-hard-wire-beltronics-pro-300-a-100958/

Blendmount Radar Detector Mount for Dodge Challenger | Challenger Blogger

http://www.challengertalk.com/forums/f39/blendmount-passport-9500ix-22688/index4.html




Love my Blendmount. I set the Passport closer to the mirror than initially because I actually don't mess with the buttons and it's easy to unhook the unit anyway. Very discreet and slick. Getting one of the pins in was the tricky part, but I'm all thumbs.
 

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Holy crap, I think I made a stain when I saw the price! Then I realized that it has a laser jammer and is therefore illegal in CA so I guess my 9500ix will have to do. :icon_lol: Nice piece of hardware, though, and I probably spent more on tickets and suspensions in the past 2-3 years!
 

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I got an RMR for christmas, which seems to have cost about $300

I've never been a radar proponent, but the company has a ticket warranty and will pay any speeding ticket for one year after purchase, provided I'm not speeding by more than 30% over the limit. I'd rather buy one RMR per year than spend 1k+ on a unit.
 

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Good luck with the RMR, I have never read anything good from a reputable source about them. They have a lot of "false claim" accusations against them. Let me know what you think. Which model do you have?

RadarDetector.org review of the RMR C-475

I actually owned an old Phantom II (early 2000's model) and it was rubbish. I started using Escort and haven't turned back.
 

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Like I said it was a gift from someone very close to me, so naturally I will use it either way. It seems to work fairly well so far, and the ticket warranty is pretty nifty because I get them here and there.

Definitely not good reviews but from what else I've read, several of the review sites are owned and operated by employees or proponents of Escort, Passport, etc.

While I never would have bought one, I'll die before I say a single negative word about it to the person who bought it for me.
 

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Ha, I completely understand, I would never say anything bad about a gift.

I have a very bad tendency to drive very fast, so I needed something I could count on.

Sorry to jack your thread OP.
392 Hemi: Do you drive an SRT around in Seoul? I lived there back in late 1994, and the traffic was gnarly back then. You gotta take some pictures of your car by the Olympic Stadiums and Villages and other cool sites. Ever been to the Nashville Club in Itaewon?
 

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392 Hemi: Do you drive an SRT around in Seoul? I lived there back in late 1994, and the traffic was gnarly back then. You gotta take some pictures of your car by the Olympic Stadiums and Villages and other cool sites. Ever been to the Nashville Club in Itaewon?
Oh no, mine is safely in storage at Arrington Performance while I am here. I am flying home in February for my midtour, hopefully the weather will hold up and I will get to drive her then. I haven't went to Nashville, our normal route is Polly's, Gold Bar and UN Club. LOL

There was a white Inaugural Edition when I first got here...I only seen it once though.
 

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I tried to hardwire, by that diagram but it will not work. The weather is getting better and I know I am going to need that radar up and working very soon LOL.
 

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I used the blendmount mount and the wire from escort for hard wiring to wire mine up... tried the blendmount tap no luck. either way you cant see the wire when done. with the blendmount the detector is not parallel with the front windshield as it would be with a windshield mount. don't know if that matters or not but I got busted by laser and it never went off.
 

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I tried to hardwire, by that diagram but it will not work. The weather is getting better and I know I am going to need that radar up and working very soon LOL.
Tony, I threw in all the discussions I've seen and been involved in, but I did have some trouble with speedy!'s pics when doing my own install. I figured they'd give you at least an idea of the terrain, or that my car's wiring might be slightly different from his due to different options. But scparts' info was the correct one for me. I bought my Passport & Blendmount from them, by the way. See this writeup if you missed it the first time (especially that useful top pic):
Blendmount Radar Detector Mount for Dodge Challenger | Challenger Blogger

One of my pins wouldn't go in and broke, forcing me to do a splice job, but it works. Very well. :bigthumb:

I used the blendmount mount and the wire from escort for hard wiring to wire mine up... tried the blendmount tap no luck. either way you cant see the wire when done. with the blendmount the detector is not parallel with the front windshield as it would be with a windshield mount. don't know if that matters or not but I got busted by laser and it never went off.
I keep mine horizontal so its front and rear receivers (radar and laser) have a better chance of picking up signals from either direction. And I want it high and centered enough to see through the back glass without the seats getting in its way. Then I tuck it under the mirror so it's more discreet (for thieves and cops). It should also be close to the glass so that the GPS receiver can 'see' the satellite.

"As a rule of thumb, a lower detector mounting position is better for laser and a higher position is better for radar. But, in most vehicles, the difference in height between the top and bottom of the windshield is not enough to make any perceptible difference in radar reception."
Best Radar Detector Frequently Asked Questions - Escort Inc.

Now for laser the right counter-measure is a jammer and the veil, not a detector. Because when you are lucky enough to detect laser, it's very likely too late (they're already shooting you with a very thin beam that's probably not a reflection bouncing back into your sensors, unlike radar waves). They call it a warning that you're about to get pulled over. The officer may very well be shooting straight at your plate or headlights without the beam hitting your Passport at all. The veil delays the reading while a jammer makes you invisible (the time to slow down and turn it off in a hurry so the cop does get a speed, or he'll know you're jamming him).

All this to say that I'm not counting on my 9500ix for laser, even if it can detect it in theory. Laser jammers are unfortunately illegal in my state, but while laser is used, K & Ka band radars still seem to be the bulk of my threats here so I live with that. There's no counter-measure for air surveillance either and it's best to remember that you have to remain smart if you're gonna speed.

I did a lot of reading on that a while back, and the above is to the best of my understanding. Now it's possible that various MYs have different wirings. In that case, look for power and ground connections to piggyback, by trial and error if necessary. I did this when speedy!'s pic misled me. Turned on the unit and watched its reactions based on where I inserted the pins.
 

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My Cobra has been wired in there for 3.5 years now, mounted next to mirror on windshield just below eyebrow as blend mount is too low in these cars to get good rear reception unless they are shooting off a bridge behind you. Also my Cobra sences power loss and will automatically shut off, and for some reason when you turn car off it will send some small/momentary pulse of power almost a minute or so AFTER shut off, and if I DONT turn the Cobra off before shut down, it sences that and goes in shut-down so it doesn't come on at start up, have to shut off, turn off Cobra, restart PITA! Gonna rewire to my shift light switch powered on ACC and run the wire up A-pillar to it as I'm old and never seem to remember to turn it off first.
 

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That's the correct wiring for a 2014 maybe you didn't have a good connection .
 

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That's the correct wiring for a 2014 maybe you didn't have a good connection .
I maybe I am just 'tarded.

I will try again later today. I don't have a blend mount. Money is super tight right now and I got the $9.00 telephone wire with the two prongs welded to it (had the same in my 300CSRT) and it worked flawlessly.

Worse case scenario: I will go buy a 50' telephone cord at Office Depot and head over to a stereo shop buddy and have him hard wire it into my fuse box.

I can repair aircraft equipment blindfolded. I work for JPL, Lockheed, Boeing and yet when it comes to a few simple wires...... Oy.
 

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OK, I gave this 10 or 20 tries and I will get power ONCE. Then when I shut off the car, start it again, I loose power. Checked all fuses, nothing blown. I would have to remove the wires and plug them in again in order to get power again every time I start the car.

Now, with the plug removed from the rear view mirror, it works every time. The second the plug is put back in, it only works ONE TIME.

Solution: Hard wire the unit to your fuse box. Problem solved.

I tried 10+ times. My stereo guy tried for 3 hours and didn't charge me because he couldn't get it to work. Tried bypassing this that and other and nothing worked. He hard wired to fuse box, charged $30 to hide wire and now it works flawlessly.

DO NOT TRY THIS ON 2014! Something about the rearview mirror plug that only works ONCE. Unless you plug it in again. Hard wire is way easier.
 
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