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      04-20-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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DIY: Escort Passport Radar detector stealth Hardwire

I decided to hardwire my Escort Passport 8500 radar detector into my E90.
What I used was the 8500, and
Escort's Smart cord to be disassembled.

Started off by removing the front lamp module assembly

Disassembled the unit


Took off the "airbag" cover

Drilled a small hole for the mute button

Hot glued the smart cord in place

Melted a hole on the side so that I could run the cables through

Took apart my 8500 and wrapped it in antistatic bag

Hid the radar unit in the roof liner and reassembled everything

Ran a wire from the fuse box to power the smart cord/detector

You will loose the ability to detect Laser but its works great so far, You wouldn't be able to tell I have a radar detector in my car.
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      04-21-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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don't you need line of sight for this to work proper?
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      04-23-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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No radar waves do not need a clean line of sight, with this you will lose LASER detection which requires it to see the beam. If you were to be hit with laser your already toast.
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      10-01-2012, 12:00 PM   #4
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No radar waves do not need a clean line of sight, with this you will lose LASER detection which requires it to see the beam. If you were to be hit with laser your already toast.
thats why you get laser jammers
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      11-17-2012, 03:04 AM   #5
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Definitely book marking! Thank you!
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That is great.... did you fit the radar detector above the dome light or on the side, between the light and the sunvisor? The detector is totally hidden or you cut a bit of the roof?

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Pretty slick, but Im concerned about detection issues since it seems that it may be too close to the roof... the metal may hinder waves being detected...not an expert but from what I have read in radar forums the radar needs to be high and clear of any metal or metallic film in the path of the waves...
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