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      04-24-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Hardwire Escort 9500ix via Invisicord

Alright, this is my very first DIY, so excuse me. All the usual warnings and prefaces apply . . . do so at your own risk and I accept no responsibility.

On to the fun . . . I wanted an easy hardwire install of my radar detector. I debated about the fuse tap, which seemed to be the best. But I found a few threads on other car forums (Nissan, Honda, Acura) about tapping into the rearview mirror for the hardwire. So I thought I'd give it a try. By the way, excuse the iPhone pics (it doesn't have the best macro lens)

What you'll need:
1. Invisicord - www.invisicord.com (get the standard fused one, not the micro pin model)
2. Radar Detector
3. Pair of hands

Steps:
1. Sit in the passenger seat. Open the plastic housing hiding the rain sensor on the windshield. It's just held together at three points with some clips. There are vents at the most inferior aspect of the housing. I just slid my hand between the housing the windshield and pulled the halves apart. The pic below is with the passenger half removed.


2. There's a molex plug coming down from the headliner into the rearview mirror. Here's a view from the passenger seat.


3. Looking down on the molex plug, you'll see a bunch of wires. If you're sitting in the passenger seat, look at the bottom row of wires. The 2nd from the right is the ground wire (it's a black wire with a red stripe). The 3rd from the right is the switched 12V wire (it's a dark green wire with a white stripe). If you're using an invisicord, insert the black pin alongside and into the same hole as the ground wire. And then insert the yellow pin alongside and into the same hole as the switched 12V wire. They will fit alongside the wires, but need a little push. They should not easily slide out. And you will have to insert them till the entire pin is in the hole. Sorry for the color wash out in this pic. The iPhone flash really distorts the colors of the wires, but the order is correct and trust me on the colors of the switched 12V (green with white stripe) and the ground wire (black with red stripe).




4. Plug the invisicord into your radar detector. Turn the power onto your car and verify that the radar detector is receiving power.

5. Reattach the two halves of the plastic housing that you removed in the beginning. I found it was best to lay the invisicord so that it is coming out of the top of the housing alongside the rubber grommet that's coming out of the headliner. Then I aligned the passenger half the housing up and attached the driver's half to it. One tip, is keep the car on and the power going to the radar detector as your put the housing back on. As your fiddle with the housing, you may inadvertently loosen the yellow power pin. You won't know this till you try to turn your car on and the radar detector doesn't turn on. Then you're back at step 1. Once the housing is closed again, the invisicord shouldn't move out of the molex plug.


That's it. Easy as pie.

Tips for an easier installation:
1. Purchase the 12" fused invisicord with standard pins (NOT micropins; the micropins are too small and will not stay in the molex plug; they are also not long enough to reach the end of the plug)
2. Sit in the passenger seat when doing this install
3. Tilt the rearview mirror down when plugging in the pins
4. Straighten out the mirror before you reattach the plastic housing
5. Align the passenger half of the rain sensor housing on first
6. Keep the power going to the RD as you reattach the rain sensor housing
7. This installation will power the RD when you start the car and power it down when you turn the car off, so no need to turn it off.

Although I used an Escort 9500ix, I'm sure this would work with any radar detector. The invisicord website offers customization as well for older detectors.

Last edited by JBM; 09-03-2012 at 03:54 PM.
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      05-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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Your pictures are not showing up. Is there anyway to repost the pictures? I am about to install my Valentine in 2011 328i....Thanks
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      09-03-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
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Sorry of all sorry for the long delay in fixing the pics. I have been out of the country forever and hadn't been back on this site for a while. I hope this helps everyone or anyone.
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      09-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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What did you use to mount it? Hard to tell from the pics if you used the standard suction cup mount, or went with a blendmount-style setup.
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      09-05-2012, 02:10 AM   #5
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pics of window mount?
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Is there a way to relocate the detector?
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pics of window mount?
+1. Looks like a sweet set up. Just curious on your mount.
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I'm using a suction cup mount. But not the one from Escort. It's from the Package group; I got it from Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/MegaMount-Rada...generic&sr=1-7

It's nice, but I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of suction cup mounts. I've had both the escort mount and this one fall. I'd like a blendmount, as they just released a BMW version of their mount. But it's $129+, which is a bit pricey for a mount. And it's not transferrable to the new F30 if you decided to get a new car.
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Is it possible to use a smartcord live system with the invisicord? Or will it cause the set up to be sloppy? And could you also move the radar more towards the driver side or would it affect the quality of picking up signals?
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Just used this to mount my Escort Redline. Thanks for this. I had one quick question, did you end up routing the invisicord through the top of the casing or through the bottom? I had some trouble snapping the two casing piece back together without closing it on the invisicord.
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Thanks for the guide, works perfectly except I pulled off the entire thing instead of splitting it in half and got confused, didn't know how to put it back. Found out that you have to snap it back in at an angle.
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thanks for the diy - ill tackle this over the weekend
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Thank you for the clear and concise DIY. I'm keenly interested in mounting options for this type of setup. I'd prefer to mount above the rearview so as not to occlude too much of the windshield. I could go with a BlendMount, but I just don't like having the RD that low. I'm also looking for something robust so it doesn't come loose when I mount and dismount the RD every day when parking.
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Great DIY! I don't have the smokers package including the 12v plug in front of the shifter. I have to do something like this. I got the invisicord, however the only thing to note is to go with a slightly longer cord. I went with a 12", and it wasn't quite long enough, leaving the radar the same hight as the rear view mirror, and slightly blocking it. Otherwise easy DIY. Thanks again.
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My Experience with this

Great DIY. I started out using the invisicord pins but the stiff part was too long and needed to be inside the rubber grommet, making the plastic cover not fit over the grommet assy.

In the end I cut the wires and soldered them into the wires specified and covered with heat shrink.
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Is it possible to use a smartcord live system with the invisicord? Or will it cause the set up to be sloppy? And could you also move the radar more towards the driver side or would it affect the quality of picking up signals?
Yes, they have a new version of the Invisicord that works with EscortLive

http://www.invisicord.com/
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Thanks for this.
I'm about to order this kit, do I need the 1.5A fuse option?
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Thanks for this.
I'm about to order this kit, do I need the 1.5A fuse option?
Guess it couldn't hurt - I added a fuse when I did my install that uses a piggyback fuse connector directly in the fusebox...

Fuses protect the line they are connected in - so wire does not melt
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Thanks for the info.

Does anyone know if these invisicords can be used for dashcams? I'm looking for a way to piggyback my rearview mirror power for my dasham.
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Do you think this would work with a Valentine 1?
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Perfect DIY. This should be the de facto radar detector install sticky... Took 5 minutes and everything is working perfectly. Installed a new Escort SmartRadar and I also plugged in my V1 for kicks.

Thanks!

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